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FDA Approves New IUD

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Mirena, an IUD (intrauterine device) used as a contraceptive device by two million women worldwide. The device is implanted in the uterus and delivers small amounts of hormones, providing five years of birth control. The FDA’s studies have shown that Mirena is 99 percent effective in preventing conception and actually reduces the length of women’s periods.

Sources:

Washington Post December 7, 2000; Reuters _ December 7, 2000; Associated Press _ December 6, 2000

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