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New blood clot warning with NuvaRing contraceptive device

A new warning has been added to the safety label of the NuvaRing contraceptive vaginal ring, alerting health care providers and women that the birth control method should be discontinued if symptoms of blood clots are experienced. Symptoms of blood clots include chest pain; shortness of breath; upper body discomfort such as in the arms, back, neck or jaw; redness, warmth or swelling in the lower leg; headaches; speech changes; paralysis, dizziness; or trouble speaking. “Stop NuvaRing use if an arterial thrombotic or venous thromboembolic event (VTE) occurs,” the warning reads. “Stop NuvaRing use if there is unexplained loss of ... Read More

Hormonal birth control may put women at greater risk for heart attacks, strokes

The safety of hormonal contraception for women has been debated for years, with numerous studies showing that the treatments can increase a woman’s risk for dangerous blood clots. Now new research suggests that hormonal birth control may also increase a woman’s risk for heart attacks and stroke. The overall risk for heart attacks and strokes in women using hormonal contraception is relatively low but there nonetheless, according to the study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. For the study, researchers looked at data from more than 1.6 million women during a 15-year period and tracked all their ... Read More

Blood clots linked to contraceptive patches, rings

Lawsuits and bad press over Yaz birth control pills have brought attention to the dangerous risk of blood clots with oral contraceptives. But a new Danish study suggests that non-oral forms of hormonal contraceptives may be just as, if not more, dangerous. Contraceptives that use hormones, including pills, patches and rings, often carry some risk for blood clots. Blood clots are serious health issues. If they break free and travel to the heart, lungs or brain, they can trigger heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, or strokes, all of which can be deadly. Yaz made news in recent years because studies showed drospirenone, ... Read More