Study finds some birth control methods may pose more risks than previously thought


POSTED: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 10:20am

"It's safe but nothing is without risk," said Dr. Saul Jeck, Gynecologist.

Researchers find that otherwise young, healthy women doubled their risk of heart attack and stroke if they used oral contraceptives that contain low dose estrogen and progestin.

In general, the risk of a heart attack or stroke in a healthy, young woman is low.

So the increase in when taking this form of birth control is still low.

"But if someone were to take the pill and develop a complication and it's related to the pill, then the risk is high," stated Dr. Jeck.

The study finds the risk goes up as the estrogen increases and as the woman gets older.

In addition, the study finds there is an increase risk of stroke with vaginal rings and possibly with the use of trans dermal patches.

Dr. Jeck said that women shouldn't stop taking these forms of birth control.

Still there are other alternatives.

The alternatives include progestin only pills and injections.

There were no increase risk linked to women that were followed.

 Dr. Allison Brucker reporting.

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