British Study Contradicts Fear Of Increased Clotting From Pill Use

Contrary to popular beliefs about the birth control pill, a recent British Medical Journal study showed that new types of pills, specifically third generation pills introduced in the 1990’s, do not increase the risk of blood clots. Fear of blood-clotting due to third generation pill usage has caused the percentage of women using the drug to fall from 53 to 14 percent among women using oral contraceptives. The recent study provides encouragement for women to resume usage of birth control pills containing desogestrel and gestodene, as the study found no evidence of increased blood clotting in comparing the rate of venous clotting in women between 1992 and 1998.


Reuters (http://www.reuters.com) 18 August 2000

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