Birth control side effects could be dangerous

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Recent studies now show when it comes to dangerous side effects some pills may be safer than others.

More than one hundred million women use birth control pills worldwide. Two new reports by the British Journal of Medicine say blood clot risks change with different oral contraceptives, claiming the right pill offers more protection than others.

Dr. Ralph Turner specializes in Gynecology at U.T. Health Science Center.

Examining the new study, he isn't surprised,"This is something that's been around for three to four decades," says Turner,"We've known about this."

What doctors haven't known much about are the corresponding effects of specific hormones.

The new study shows birth control pills containing Desogestrel, Cyproterone Acetate or Drospirenone raised the risk of blood clots about 1.5 to 2 times, numbers Turner says need to be taken in context.

"It's one thing to have a big study like this where you have many women in there but it does not address the particular concerns of each individual woman in the study," says Turner.

Those with a personal or family history of blood clots are at higher risk of the side effect, but Turner adds individual women respond differently to different drugs and a physician consultation can often cure worries.

"Listen to your body discuss it over with your doctor who's prescribing your medication," Turner says, "I think they'll be happiest with that and not necessarily worrying about something that might affect one person or five people in a thousand."

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