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Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S., the only country where it remains available.

IUD program leads to decline in teen pregnancies, abortions

Colorado teen pregnancies and abortions have dropped sharply since 2009, and state health officials attribute much of the trend to the increased availability of free and low-cost access to intrauterine devices at health clinics.

Interest spikes in long-acting birth control following presidential election, threat to Obamacare

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, which operates a dozen clinics in Eastern Washington, saw a 76 percent increase in appointments seeking a long-acting reversible contraceptive method in the week following the election. Tiffany Harms, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, said women are concerned about a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which required all health insurance plans to cover birth control without a copay.