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Two recent studies have suggested that certain birth control pills that contain the progestin, “Drospirenone” may have 2 to 3 times the risk of causing blood clots (venous thromboembolism, VTE) than other birth control pills that do not contain this form of progestin.

These studies contradict an earlier study that said the risk of VTE is not increased with drospirenone-containing birth control pills.

The FDA is evaluating the situation and will comment once any new information becomes available.

Brand names of birth control pills containing drospirenone are Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, and Safyral.

You may want to discuss this information with your physician, especially if you have had any kind of blood clotting issues previously.

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.


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