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British researchers find: New versions of “the pill” are more likely to cause blood clots

by , 29 May 2015

According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK, newer forms of the birth control pill - brand such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen - are more likely to cause blood clots than older versions.

Although the odds of a clot remain low for any woman who uses these pills, researchers stress that it's important you're aware of the risks.

Here's why…

The benefits vs the risks of oral contraceptives

Researchers say that before you start using to the pill, or continue to use it, it’s important you weigh the benefits against the risk. For example: Unwanted pregnancies and abnormal uterine bleeding vs. anaemia and blood clots.
 
In the study, team leader Yana Vinogradova and colleagues analysed two large UK patient databases. The team specifically looked at blood clot risk among women aged 15 to 49 taking birth control pills.
 
They found that women who used the pills with newer types of progestogen hormone (drospirenone, desogestrel, gestodene and cyproterone) were 1.5 to 1.8 times more likely to develop blood clots than those who used pills containing older progestogens (levonorgestrel, norethisterone and norgestimate).
 
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In addition, they found that women on newer types of birth control pills were 2.5 times more likely to develop blood clots than those who didn’t use birth control pills at all.
 

The bottom line: Birth control pills carry risks but, for most of us, they’re safe

The team emphasised that despite these findings, it’s still safe to use the pill. They pointed out that it’s just necessary women are constantly updated on newfound risks associated with birth control pills.
 
They conclude by stating that at the end of the day, all medications come with pros and cons.

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