Study Finds New Birth Control Pills May Have Slightly Higher Blood Clot Risk
If you're taking a newer form of birth control like Yaz or Yasmin, listen up. A new study has found that users of these newer types of birth control pills that use the hormone drospirenone may be more likely to develop blood clots.
Although the relative risk is still very low — there were just eight to 10 clots per 10,000 women per year — it's still 43 perecent to 65 percent higher than women taking other types of birth control pills (about sixes cases per 10,000 women a year). Called venous thromboembolisms, these blood clots are usually formed in the leg, but can move to the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolism.
While the risk is relatively very low, researchers of the study caution that it's important to remember the association and have an open discussion with your doctor about the different types of contraceptives — especially if you have other risk factors such as obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.
We say this a lot, but it's just because it's true: talk to your doctor to see what's best for you and your body!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.