1. To help women become informed of the risk of developing a blood clot when using the pill, patch or ring.
2. Help women understand the early warning signals of a blood clot.
3. Stress the importance of seeking urgent medical attention if you experience any of the early warning signals of a dangerous blood clot.
The Message You Should Care About: The pill, the patch and the ring (Combination Hormonal Birth Control) are relatively safe, and most women may only experience the more common side effects such as nausea, headaches, dizziness, spotting weight gain, breast tenderness, etc.
Unfortunately, the more dangerous side effect of this type of birth control drug (pill, patch & ring) is the increased risk of developing a blood clot which is a very dangerous medical condition which is often overlooked and frequently misdiagnosed.
Blood clots linked to the use of the pill, patch and ring effect approximately 20,000 out of the 10.8 million women in the U.S. that use these types of birth control drugs every year. The impact of these blood clots include an very conservative estimate of 1,000 deaths every year in the U.S. due to the most dangerous type of blood clot which is called a pulmonary embolism.
1 in 12,000 perfectly healthy users of combined hormonal contraceptives will die each year as a direct result of the use of the Pill, Patch or Ring. The following statistic that comes directly from a number of the package inserts of the most popular hormonal contraceptives. "For oral contraceptive users in general, it has been estimated that in women between the ages of 15 and 34 the risk of death due to a circulatory disorder is about 1 in 12,000 per year, whereas for nonusers the rate is about 1 in 50,000 per year. In the age group 35 to 44, the risk is estimated to be about 1 in 2,500 per year for oral contraceptive users and about 1 in 10,000 per year for nonusers. When you look at this on a global scale, approximately 60,000 women a year out of the 100 million that use the pill, patch or ring, a year will develop a blood clot due to the increased estrogenic effects (blood clots) of these combination hormonal contraceptives and on average 8,333 will die from the most dangerous type of blood clot, a pulmonary embolism.
While the risk of a women developing a blood clot due to the pill, patch or ring is statistically low, BUT THE MORTALITY RATE IS HIGH! Unfortunately, these events occur more often that most doctors and their patients realize. We believe that one life lost to the use of birth control is too many.
Why all the fuss about Safety?
Because your doctor may not take the time to discuss the the serious effects of a blood clot and how to recognize the early warning signals.
Dangerous blood clots often form in the deep veins of a person’s arm or leg. This type of blood clot is called a deep vein thrombosis or (DVT). If a DVT is left untreated, it can break off or travel to your lungs, heart or brain. A blood clot that travels to the lung is called a pulmonary embolism (PE) and can lead to death.
Because Blood Clots Can Be Deadly...
5 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor
by Dr. Jennifer Ashton
1. What are the risks (given in actual numbers) of this method of birth control that you are recommending and what is the worst thing that can happen to me on this particular type of drug?
2. What are the benefits?
3. What are some option/alternatives?
4. Specifically, what is the risk of developing a dangerous blood clot on this particular form on birth control and how does this compare to other forms?
5. What other factors can increase the risk of a blood clot while I am using this form of birth control.
Up to 1,000 healthy, non-smoking women in the U.S. die every year specifically due to a Pulmonary Embolism (blood clot in the lung) as a direct result of the use of the Pill, Patch or Ring.
Up to 2,600 women in the U.S. are effected by a pulmonary embolism as a result of the pill, patch and ring. PE's are a potentially catastrophic and often lead to death.
Up to 7,700 women a year are effected by some form of a blood clot (VTE- Venous Thrombotic Event) due to the effects of the pill, patch and ring.
Doctors and Pharmaceutical companies refer to this as a "very rare event". Does this sound like a "very rare event" to you??? if it's you or a loved one, we suspect you wished they used a safer and more effective form of birth control.
Effectiveness & Safety
When it comes to birth control, women have more options than ever, but more choices also means there’s a lot more to consider. So how can you choose a pregnancy prevention method that is both the safest and most effective? Effectiveness and safety need to be evaluated together to ensure that you are making the most informed decision.
The most important step is to do your own research so you are prepared to weigh your options with your doctor. You'll want to find out how each form of birth control will affect your health and which methods are most effective at preventing pregnancy. We suggest that you read the use the information on this website to help prepare you to have a discussion with your health care provider that will lead to the most effective and safest method contraception for you.
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