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FDA Warns Clot Risk Higher in Birth Control Patch Than Pill
Date:1/18/2008

women "shouldn't use [the patch]. It shouldn't be used because it's a new product with no unique advantage."

One gynecologist begged to differ, however. "When you look at any estrogen-containing contraceptive product available on the market, whether it's the Pill or the Evra patch or NuvaRing, the vaginal ring, all of them slightly increase the risk of blood clot," Dr. Melissa Mirosh, former fellow of the contraceptive advice, research and education fellowship program at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, told the Canadian Press.

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There's more on reproductive health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: Jan. 18, 2008, U.S. Food and Drug Administration news release; Jan. 8-9, 2008, Canadian Press; Jan. 18, 2008, Associated Press


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