Birth Controls


The market for BIRTH CONTROL DEVICES is positively fertile, with several new products jostling for shelf space. They work like the Pill, secreting the same hormones--estrogen and the synthetic progestin--that are bad news as long-term therapy for postmenopausal women but are still considered relatively safe as contraceptives.

Ortho-McNeil's Ortho Evra is a squarish adhesive patch that sticks onto the body and lasts a week. Organon's NuvaRing is a clear plastic hoop inserted like a tampon and effective for three weeks. The package includes a clock to remind the user when to remove the ring. "These products are designed for women who...

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