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Birth control pills carry risk of heart attack,stroke

A report on NBC 10 out of Massachusetts mentions a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine dealing with risks of birth control pills.

Researchers found that otherwise young, healthy women doubled their risk of heart attack and stroke if they use oral contraceptives that contain low-dose estrogen and progestin, such as the compound drospirenone.

Pregnancy itself is a risk factor for the blood clots that cause strokes. But a number of studies indicate that birth control pills containing drospirenone – such as Yasmin, Yaz, Beyaz and Ocella – carry up to three times the risk of potentially fatal blood clots as other birth control pills on the market.

According to the report, about one-third of women in the United States who practice contraception use birth control pills.

Patients should consult their doctors before making any changes in their medication. A consultation with a Beyaz lawyer is also important if there are significant injuries.

See the report here:

http://www2.turnto10.com/lifestyles/2012/jun/18/health-check-birth-control-pill-risk-ar-1075197/