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Birth Control Pills (Drugs: the Straight Facts) by Jon Zonderman

By Jon Zonderman

Medications are everywhere--on our streets, in our houses, and in our schools--but the directly evidence approximately medicines should not.

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Myocardial infarction is a rare occurrence in young women, but it is less rare in young women who smoke. Early studies involving high-dose birth control pills showed a risk in pill users of two to four times that of nonusers. More recent studies involving lower-dose formulations have shown the users’ risk to be less than two times that of nonusers. Third-generation pills have been shown not to increase the risk of heart attack at all over the risk among women who have never used birth control pills.

Women who have severe migraines, with “focal neurological symptoms” such as blurred vision, temporary loss of vision, Birth Control Pills and Disease seeing flashing lights, or having trouble speaking, are at an increased risk of stroke, whether or not they use birth control pills. The WHO, which has conducted the most thorough research into the relationship among migraines, birth control pills, and stroke, has recommended that women who suffer from migraines with focal neurological symptoms not use the pill.

A DVT can break off and travel to the lungs, where it becomes a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism can be fatal, although it is not common. Studies of first-generation birth control pills showed a marked increase in risk of developing a DVT—about 80 cases of DVT per 100,000 women who used the pill. However, studies of today’s low-dose birth control pills show the risk is not much greater than for nonusers—between 6 and 24 cases of 51 52 BIRTH CONTROL PILLS DVT per 100,000 women, depending on the particular pill formulation.

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