ARE THEY BETTER?
IS THERE ANY ADVANTAGE TO THE NEWER TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL PILLS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Women who take birth control pills run an increased risk of developing blood clots, but now new research shows that the newer generation of birth control pills such as Yaz are associated with about twice the risk of clots as older formulations. Anne Burke, an obstetrician gynecologist at Johns Hopkins, says she isnít convinced that the popularity of Yaz and other newer pills is because theyíre better.
BURKE: I think some of that quite frankly is due to advertising and the way that certain pills are marketed. I think one of the things that people pretty much agree on is that the drospirenone pills are probably not any better than other pills for things like PMS or controlling periods or things like that, so they may not have a clear advantage in that regard. For most women most pills are going to help with PMS, most pills are going to help with painful periods and with heavy periods and Iím not sure that drospirenone is going to make a huge difference. :31
So if you have a family history of blood clots, perhaps consider an older formulation if you choose to take the pill. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.