New brand of pills can cause DVT to women

Researchers claimed that women who do not use safest brands of pills are at a high risk of blood clots. All types of combined Pill slightly increase the risk of the problem of blood clots, which can lead to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the leg or arm and potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. Women to be given more information by doctors when, they choose which of 26 types of Pill to use.

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Having a family history of blood clots, being overweight & smoking raises the risk irrespective of the Pill brand. The lowest risk of thrombosis in women taking pills containing a progestogen called levonorgestrel. But those on contraceptives containing desogestrel (for example, Mercilon or Marvelon) had the highest risk.

The researchers found that women taking levonorgestrel had an almost fourfold increased risk of suffering. Those on gestodene (for example, Femodette) had an almost sixfold increased risk, while those on desogestrel had a risk that was more than sevenfold. Women taking a pill with norgestimate (for example, Cilest) had an almost sixfold extra risk as did those on drospirenone (for example, Yasmin).

The researchers said 'Currently available oral contraceptives still have a major impact on thrombosis occurrence and many women do not use the safest brands with regard to risk of venous thrombosis.' The safest option is an oral contraceptive containing levonorgestrel combined with a low dose of oestrogen.

Dr Anne Szarewski said, “All Pills carry a risk but it is misleading to suggest some are less safe than others. A family history of blood clots is most important in assessing a woman's risk factors but she may be too young for this to have become apparent. Other research also stresses the importance of smoking, which doubles the risk & being overweight.”

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