Reported in the New England Journal of Medicine 15,000,000 Person-Years of Observation on Birth Control

As your gynos, we want to help you manage your risks, whatever they should be. As your research journal, the New England Journal of Medicine wants to help you and your gyno understand your risks. And in a study reported by them in the June 14th issue 2012 , it was concluded, that risks from birth control are very low, and have decreased with most new forms of  hormonal contraception.  The study looked at the entire Danish population (so imprssive) of 1.6 million women, or in statistics lingo 15 million person years of observation, who used these methods over a 15 year time span. They specifically were looking at the risk of having a deep vein blood clot, and other forms of blood clots. They found that older birth control pills raised the risks of these clots new pills only raise the risk about two and a half times, but the newer products only raise the risk 50 to 80% of the time. Some of the quoted literature talked about "telling women over 35 that they have safer alternatives" relative to blood clotting. I constantly stress the well woman approach to care. You need to evaluate what your pros and cons are with respect to many aspects of your body. Do you have PMS? Do you get ovarian cysts? Do you have heavy menstrual bleeding and anemia? How do methods affect your sexuality? These are a few of many questions that you and your gyno can consider, in light of the 15,000,000 person-years of observation.  And as reported in a recent study out of the University of Pittsburg, family docs don't always cover the topic of contraception as they should, so when you get a chance, be sure to touch base with your gyno about this!


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