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Date:12/7/2011

y 2001 and December 2009. During that time, more than 4,200 first episodes of clots occurred.

Women taking birth control pills with a newer progestin hormone had twice the risk of clots compared to those who took the older form of contraceptive pills, the study found.

Compared to women who did not use birth control pills, the clot risk was three times higher among those who used pills with levonorgestrel, and six times higher among those who took pills with drospirenone, desogestrel or gestodene.

But the absolute risk of blood clots associated with the newer pills remained relatively low, about 10 per 10,000 women, according to the University of Copenhagen researchers.

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has more about birth control pills.

SOURCES: Tara Narula, M.D., cardiologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Christopher Estes, M.D., assistant professor, obstetrics and gynecology, University of Miami School of Medicine; Oct. 27, 2011, statement, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Oct. 26, 2011, BMJ, online


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