Holy Hormones Journal – 95% of women of reproductive age in the US are on some form of contraception – and I am sure that the majority of the methods used are hormonal. I have recently become involved with my colleague’s project on conducting an independent analysis of birth control and blood clots. There are too many women who have been injured or who have died from the development of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms while on common methods of birth control – like the pill, NuvaRing or Depo is greater than one would think. The mother of one young woman who died from a birth control injury mentioned that every year – the number of girls who died from hormonal birth control would fill three to four jumbo jets. But we would not know this.. because there is no tracking system or birth control injury or death.
Has you doctor ever mentioned the high risk of developing blood clots on hormonal birth control? Yes – it is on the insert… but did it ever come up in discussion? I know some of you are thinking that – you do not have a history of blood clots etc in your family – nor do you imbibe in risky behavior including smoking cigarettes that might trigger a blood clot – but that does not matter.
There have been many women who have the same profile and yet they develop blood clots and because doctors do not understand what is happening right in front of their eyes… even in in the ER – many women are misdiagnosed – mistreated and sent home only to suffer a stroke or heart attack. Please read some of these women’s stories on Hormones Matter, and then take the “Real Risk Study: Birth Control and Blood Clots” survey. Help save another woman’s life.
As I was looking for articles to post – I stumbled up on this article that was posted in May of 2015 in Time Magazine. Did anyone ever bring this to your attention? If doctor’s, the government and the pharmaceutical companies are not going to be concerned for our health then we have to be. And watch the video – then ask yourself – why have women born the brunt of birth control for so long – with so many serious health consequences?
Newer Birth Control Pills Raise the Risk of Blood Clots
Blood clots have been a known risk of oral contraceptives since the 1990s, but for most women, the chances seemed small enough to justify taking the Pill. Now, in a report published in The BMJ, scientists led by Yana Vinogradova, a research fellow at the University of Nottingham, found that using the Pill was linked to anywhere from a two- to more than four-fold increased risk of developing clots compared to women who didn’t take oral contraceptives.
“Our study suggests that the newer contraceptives have a higher risk of [blood clots] than the older agents,” Vinogradova tells TIME in an email. Overall, the risk for women on the Pill was nearly three times that of women not taking the medication. The risk was highest for people taking Pills that contain newer types of the progestogen hormone, such as drospirenone, desogestrel, gestodene, and cyproterone, as compared to people taking the Pill with first-generation versions of the hormone (levonorgestrel and norethisterone).
The difference essentially boils down to the progesterone part of the drug; since the original pill was introduced in 1960, drug developers have tweaked the progesterone to lower side effects such as acne, headache, weight gain and breakthrough bleeding. But the price for those modifications may be more blood clots.
Even after Vinogradova and her team adjusted for the potential contributions of things like cancer, heart disease, varicose veins, arthritis, smoking and obesity on the risk of blood clots, the link between the newer contraceptives and increased risk remained strong.
“While [blood clots] are a relatively rare problem, they are serious and potentially avoidable with the appropriate drug choice,” says Vinogradova. “Doctors need to consider all health issues when prescribing contraceptives, selecting a drug type associated with the lowest risk for patients with particular susceptibilities.”