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Warning over contraceptive pill blood clot fears

Women who use the UK's most popular contraceptive pills are being warned they risk potentially life-threatening blood clots.

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Drug watchdog wrote to doctors over contraceptives

The MHRA wrote a letter to doctors on January 22 which stated that "there is no need for anyone who has been using a combined hormonal contraceptive without any problems to stop taking it on the basis of this review".

Women should continue to take their contraceptive pill. These are very safe, highly effective medicines for preventing unintended pregnancy and the benefits associated with their use far outweigh the risk of blood clots in veins or arteries.

No important new evidence has emerged - this review simply confirms what we already know, that the risk of blood clots with all combined hormonal contraceptives is small.

If women have questions, they should discuss them with their GP or contraceptive provider at their next routine appointment but should keep taking

– Dr Sarah Branch, deputy director of the MHRA's vigilance and risk management of medicines division

The MHRA added: "Combined hormonal contraceptives are highly effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy. They offer substantial benefits and these far outweigh the small risk of serious side effects."

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