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August 25, 2011

Inconsistent Evidence with Birth Control Causes a False Scare

Today’s society has created a huge suspension in the effects of pharmaceutical drugs due to their immense impact. Skepticism and doubt in birth control pills has been on the rise due to contradicting evidence done by research test. However, even with the media hype there is still a lack in proper biological evidence to say certain birth control pills are directly harmful.

The newest issue to arise is birth control pills that contain a newer form of progestin called drospirenone which increases women’s chances of getting a blood clot. Some tests have shown small results that there is a correlation between the new form of progestin and blood clots. Yasmin, Yaz and Ocella are the main birth control pills that are under review at the moment, because they are newer birth control pills and have a slightly different formula. Previous generations of birth control pills did not contain this new formula. More than 4,000 women are suing Bayer, which is the company that produces Yasmin and Yaz as well as more than 800 women have joined in a class-action lawsuit. Yet Yazmin and Yaz continue to stay in the market bringing in 2 billion dollars in sales in 2009.

The confusion lies in the contradictory research evidence. Other studies have shown that the overall risk of serious blood clots remains low with the Ocella birth control pills containing drospirenone. In fact a woman who is pregnant has a high chance of getting blood clots than compared to the chances they would have taking another birth control pill containing drospirenone.

Inconsistent evidence along with some isolated cases of a personal bad reaction and the media have caused a fear amongst Yasmin, Yaz and Ocella users. However woman that are obese, older than 35, are smokers or have family history of blood clots should not be taking birth control pills at all. Birth control pills react differently to everyone so it’s important to consult your doctor regularly. There are many other types of birth control pills which are safe and effective.

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