New article of mine up on Suite101. Finally. It’s amazing how full-time jobs kill creative endeavors.
This article is a derivative of my post Planned Parenthood is a Pussy About Litigation, except less use of pussy puns and more statistical analysis:
“To put the risk of developing a blood clot from a birth control pill into perspective: The risk of blood clots is higher when using any birth control pills than not using them, but still remains lower than the risk of developing blood clots in pregnancy and in the postpartum period… For example: If 10,000 women who are not pregnant and do not use birth control pills are followed for one year, between 1 and 5 of these women will develop a blood clot.”
According to that statistic, the chance of a woman having a blot clot while not on the pill is between 0.0001% and 0.0005%. Hard figures for an increase in risk don’t exist because of conflicting data. But even if you multiply it by a conservative factor of seven, the risk remains well below 1 in 1,000.
Is it a statistically significant increase? If it were, wouldn’t the FDA simply recall the drug and pull it from pharmacy shelves?
Read more at Suite101: The Truth About Yaz (Drospirenone) Birth Control Dangers | Suite101.com
The FDA report was actually like over 50 pages long, and had a lot of extraneous information about what birth control is. I read mostly the parts about the two FDA-funded studies, and there was info about seven other medical studies involving drospirenone. It was a long and tedious task. You’re welcome, women.