Posted by Sheila Ring on July 11, 2011 9:44 AM
CDC officials said that women who have recently given birth and are older than 34, or who had a C-section, should steer clear of certain types of oral contraceptives.
Hormonal contraceptives taken during the first 21 days after delivery create a high risk for venous thromboembolism, or blood clots, the CDC said.
The Atlanta-based CDC is presently issuing updated recommendations for the use of combined hormonal contraceptives for post-partum women.
“During 21 to 42 days post-partum, women without risk factors for venous thromboembolism generally can initiate combined hormonal contraceptives,” they said in a statement.
“But women with risk factors for venous thromboembolism generally should not use these methods,” the CDC continued.
These findings were detailed by one of the guidelines’ authors, Dr. Naomi Tepper, an ob-gyn in the CDC’s division of reproductive health.
Birth control pills the largest uncontrolled medical experiment on women in the history of medicine….