France's health authorities have decided that a higher risk of blood clots, strokes and thrombosis in the latest versions of birth control pills pose an unacceptable danger to women's health. As a result, the government has changed its prescription guidelines for oral contraceptives. The decision could affect 2.5 million women in France and many more overseas, should other countries follow suit.
AFP (Oct. 18, 2013) Marion Larat is the first woman in France to take the German pharmaceutical company Bayer to court over newer-generation birth control pills that caused her to have a stroke and left her severely ... watch video
Newsy (Aug. 5, 2015) An analysis of datasets for thousands of women has found birth-control pills can provide long-lasting protection against a type of uterine cancer.
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AFP (Apr. 8, 2013) South Africa's health minister launches a new single dose anti-AIDS drug, which reduces the need for HIV positive patients to take multiple pills each day. The country has the largest HIV positive ... watch video
AP (Mar. 25, 2014) The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for ... watch video
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Sep. 18, 2015 Birth control pills cause a small but significant increase in the risk of the most common type of stroke, according to a comprehensive report. Worldwide, more than 100 million women currently use ... read more
May 26, 2015 New evidence to confirm the link between newer contraceptive pills and higher risk of serious blood clots (known as venous thromboembolism or VTE) has been provided by a new study. About 9% of women ... read more
Aug. 1, 2014 Women who recently used birth control pills containing high-dose estrogen and a few other formulations had an increased risk for breast cancer, whereas women using some other formulations did not, ... read more
Apr. 18, 2011 Drospirenone, the top-selling oral contraceptive marketed as Yaz or Yasmin in the US and Canada, doesn't carry any more risk of gall bladder disease than the older generation of birth control ... read more