VOLUME 14 FEBRUARY 2004 ISSUE 4

Condoms and STD Protection: A Review

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a widespread public health problem in the United States. Nearly one in four Americans has an STD. For decades, male latex condoms have played a key role in STD prevention efforts.

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Letter From the Editor

Male latex condoms remain the most effective method of preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among sexually active men and women. The latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that while some STIs are in decline, others continue to increase.

Copper Intrauterine Devices Modified for Use in Nulliparas

Mexican researchers studied two modified copper intrauterine devices (IUDs) specifically for use in nulliparas. Results indicate that the smaller devices may have lower failure rates, cause less pain and bleeding, and are less likely to be expelled than the standard size TCu 380A device.

Oral Contraceptive Prescribing: Should Body Weight Influence Choice of Pill?

In 2002, Holt et al published data collected during 1990 through 1994 from female enrollees of a large health maintenance organization, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Washington state.

Approach to Oral Contraceptive Nuisance Side Effects

The approach to oral contraceptive nuisance side effects most often consists of anticipatory guidance, careful history, and education of patients to dispel fears.

PATIENT UPDATE:
Tubal Sterilization for Women: 'Getting Your Tubes Tied'

Sterilization, commonly referred to as "Getting your tubes tied," is a permanent method of contraception that requires an operation.

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