Birth Control Pill Use Increases Risk of Fatal Embolism

Birth Control Pill Use Increases Risk of Fatal Embolism

Reference: Lancet, 2000; 355: 2133-2134

Further reinforcing results of previous studies, new research from New Zealand suggests that the use of oral contraceptives may cause a nearly 10-fold increase the risk of developing a fatal pulmonary embolism.

Several previous case-control studies had found that their use was associated with an increased risk of deep-vein thromboses and nonfatal pulmonary embolism. The incidence was somewhat higher than we expected” stated one on the study’s authors, who found that 65% of women who died from pulmonary embolisms were current oral contraceptive users.

The risk of death from pulmonary embolism in oral contraceptive users was estimated at 10.5 deaths per 1 million woman-years, which is much higher than previous estimates, which had put the annual incidence at 1 or 2 per 10,000 women, with a fatality rate of only 1-2%. Risk factors for pulmonary embolism includes a past history of deep venous thrombosis, being extremely overweight, or prolonged immobility.

Our Comment:

Birth control pills increase the risk of blood clots (thromboembolism), liver and gallbladder disease, heart attacks, stroke, breast cancer and they cause depletion of many essential nutrients. It would seem wise for all women to avoid taking oral contraceptives, regardless of any reason for taking them. There are other options for birth control that are far less dangerous.

If one is using birth control pills for birth control, there are far safer options such as the use of the Ovu-Tech, an inexpensive personal microscope evaluation which allows one to evaluate the cervical mucus for fertile days (to avoid sexual activity during these days). This can be used along with other safe forms of birth control (such as condoms, family planning, etc.) and can equal or exceed the ability of “the Pill” to avoid unplanned pregnancies.

If one is using birth control pills to control their menstrual cycles, irregular bleeding, ovarian cysts or endometriosis, they are taking a big risk with their health. The use of birth control pills is not able to correct the underlying dysfunction. There are far better, more effective natural remedies available such as the use of natural progesterone and female-supporting herbs.

Many menstrual problems are related to low progesterone levels in the last half of the cycle. Saliva testing for female hormones has proven to be far more accurate than blood testing of hormones.