Media hype blood clot risk of birth control pills

February 17, 2014

(Nursing Times) – Combined hormonal contraceptives (or “the pill”) are in the news after letters were sent to doctors to tell them about the latest evidence on the risk of thromboembolism (blood clots) associated with combined contraceptives. Unfortunately, most of the UK media overhyped the potential risk in their reporting. The Mail’s panic-maximising implication that 1 million women could be at risk doesn’t reflect the reality that only around 12 women per 10,000 taking combined contraceptives are thought to be at risk of having a blood clot in any given year.

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