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  •  I think BC pills are a great idea - (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCalSal

    but they need to better educate consumers about the risk of blood clots after a certain age.  I ended up with a blood clot in my leg when I turned 40, and had to stop taking the pill.  

    That can mean only one thing: Republicans think all the jobs are trapped inside women's uteruses. - BiPM

    by Jensequitur on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 03:18:34 PM PDT

    •  That's what I'm worried about. I need to be on (0+ / 0-)

      BC for endometriosis.  When my last prescription ran out in March of 2010, I decided to see what happens...... I was fine for at least 14 months and then it all came back.  So, for the foreseeable future I need to be on BC 9 months and then off 9 months.  I'm choosing that because of the blood clot issues.  I'll be 46 in a couple of weeks.

    •  I think IUD is better alternative to pill (1+ / 0-)
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      mamamedusa

      and IUDs are actually more effective in preventing pregnancy than BC pill.

      The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. -FDR

      by SoCalSal on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 03:26:48 PM PDT

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      •  One size does not fit all (2+ / 0-)
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        SoCalSal, Brooke In Seattle

        IUD can cause and have caused horrible problems. Every woman is different.

        •  True, each woman has her own needs. (1+ / 0-)
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          skywriter

          I couldn't take the pill, had an IUD for years. Daughter can't take the pill either. Having looked into the risks and side effects, contraceptive pills have greater health risks and side effects than IUD; serious IUD problems are more rare.

          What I wish for every woman is safe, sure, affordable contraception. Obviously, more research is needed.

          The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. -FDR

          by SoCalSal on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 04:51:29 PM PDT

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    •  You know what's even higher risk? (1+ / 0-)
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      Brooke In Seattle

      Unplanned pregnancy.

      Every woman should have a "health home" where she can get individualized advice for her unique risk profile.  Going off the pill may not be the most rational choice in preventing DVTs (deep vein thrombosis), since being pregnant increases risk of clot formation even more than using the pill does.

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