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What should you consider about the side effects of birth control pills?

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Birth control pills that contain drospirenone, including YAZ and Yasmin, have been investigated by the FDA because of the possibility that they may cause an increased risk for blood clots. Drospirenone is a man-made version of the hormone progesterone. Other brands containing drospirenone include Beyaz, Safyral, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Syeda, and Zarah.

The results of the investigation are inconsistent. Some studies showed there was an increased risk, while other studies showed no increased risk. The drugs are still available. A summary of the findings is contained on the packaging label. If you are taking a pill with drospirenone, talk with your doctor about your risk.

From: Birth Control Pills WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The National Women's Health Information Center.

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News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 12, 2016

SOURCES: The National Women's Health Information Center.

ContraceptionNet.

Seasonale.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 12, 2016

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