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Benefits of the Pill Outweigh Risks

A study by the National Stroke Association and the National Institutes of Health suggests that the contraceptive benefits of birth control pills, taken in low doses, outweigh the increased risk of stroke found in earlier studies. Sixteen previous studies showed that women taking the pill suffered from stroke twice as much as those who did not take the pill. The recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, highlights the pill’s benefits, and reports that the risk of stroke amounts to only one additional stroke annually per 24,000 women who take low-dosage birth control pills. The study also outlines the negative consequences of not taking birth control-namely the estimated 687,000 unintended pregnancies, and the risks associated with abortion, pregnancy, and unintended children.

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Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report - 5 July 2000