Our Goal - Ending Preventable Death and Harm Linked to Birth Control
The pill, the patch and the ring (Combination Hormonal Birth Control) are relatively safe for many women who 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 these estrogen based drugs is the increased risk of developing a blood clot which is an extremely dangerous medical condition that is often overlooked, always understated and frequently misdiagnosed.
Why should I care?
Over 1,500 healthy, non-smoking health 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.
1 in every 12,000 women who use combined hormonal contraceptives (Pill,Patch or Nuvaring) will die due to side effects of these drugs.
Most doctors do not take the time to properly discuss the the serious effects of a blood clot and how you can recognize these life saving early warning signals.
5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor by OBGYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton 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.
Download these questions below in preparation to your doctors visit
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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IMPORTANT: Information shared on this website is not intended to take the place of the discussion that you should have with your doctor or health provider. Do not stop using your current birth control product prior to consulting your doctor.