New Birth Control Pills Pose Greater Blood Clot Risk

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Women who use newer oral contraceptives face increased risk of complications.

When it comes to birth control, newer isn't always better.

New research shows third generation contraceptive pills, developed in the 1980s, put women at greater risk for developing health complications than older varieties do. The drosperinone found in newer birth control pills makes women who use them two to three times more likely to suffer from a blood clot, as compared to pills using levonorgestrel. Drosperinone and levonorgestrel are both synthetic versions of the hormone progesterone. Best Birth Control Options

 

These results stem from two trials, one of American women, and one of British women, and are published in the British Medical Journal. Both studies calculated blood clot risk of 100,000 women taking the medicine. In the American trial, the risk was 30.8 for drospirenone and 12.5 for levonorgestrel. In the British study, the risk was 23 for drospirenone and 9.1 for levonorgestrel.

Although the researchers did not deem the clots to be fatal, and the number of cases was small, this finding solidifies the fact that using birth control puts women at a higher risk of health complications. Is The Pill Harmful?

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