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BIRTH CONTROL PILLS AND BLOOD CLOTS

SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL PILLS ARE MORE LIKELY TO CAUSE BLOOD CLOTS THAN OTHERS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Birth control pills are a very effective means of contraception and offer other advantages to those who take them, but they can result in an increased risk for blood clots. Now new research reveals that newer pills containing a drug called dospirenone, including the very popular Yaz, are more risky than others. Anne Burke, an obstetrician gynecologist at Johns Hopkins, comments.

BURKE: The bottom line from the article seems to be that pills that contain drospirenone, which would be pills like Yaz, may have a higher risk of blood clots than pills that contain another hormone specifically levonorgestrel, which has been around in birth control pills for some time. And it actually looks like from these two studies that the rate of blood clots among women on the dropspirenone pills is about twice as high as the rate in women on the other pills. The question is becoming what does this mean? I think the good news is that regardless the rate of blood clots is still quite low, blood clots are still quite rare.       :31

At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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