Can birth control kill you?


A recent Vanity Fair article detailed the potentially fatal side effects of certain types of birth control. Cristen and Caroline unravel the science of birth control risk factors, how to minimize birth control risk and what the Vanity Fair story leaves out.

Episode sources:

"Danger in the Ring" by Marie Brenner. January 2014. Vanity Fair. http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2014/01/nuvaring-lethal-contraceptive-trial

"NuvaRing Blood Clot Dangers Exposed in Vanity Fair" by Michelle Llamas. Dec. 31, 2013. Drugwatch. http://www.drugwatch.com/2013/12/31/nuvaring-blood-clot/

"Is the NuvaRing ACTUALLY Going to Kill You? A Look at the Evidence" by Casey Gueren. Dec. 11, 2013. Women's Health. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/nuvaring#

"Ring risks -- Separating hype from fact." January 2014. Bedsider. http://bedsider.org/features/315

"Choosing a birth control pill" by Mayo Clinic Staff. Jan. 21, 2012. Mayo Clinic.http://www.mayoclinic.org/best-birth-control-pill/ART-20044807

"NuvaRing (vaginal rings)" by Mayo Clinic Staff. Jan. 21, 2012. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/nuvaring/basics/definition/PRC-20012985

"Implanon (contraceptive implant)" by Mayo Clinic Staff. Jan. 21, 2012. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/implanon/basics/definition/PRC-20015073

"Depo-Provera (contraceptive injection)" by Mayo Clinic Staff. Jan. 21, 2012. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/depo-provera/basics/definition/PRC-20013801

"Ortho Evra (contraceptive patch)" by Mayo Clinic Staff. Jan. 21, 2012. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ortho-evra/basics/definition/PRC-20013014

Mirena (hormonal IUD)" by Mayo Clinic Staff. Jan. 21, 2012. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/mirena/basics/definition/PRC-20012867

"ParaGard (copper IUD)" by Mayo Clinic Staff. Jan. 21, 2012. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/paragard/basics/definition/PRC-20013048

"Birth control pills: OK to take indefinitely?" by Mary M. Gallenberg. Jan. 14, 2012. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/birth-control-pills/expert-answers/FAQ-20058110

"Birth Control Pills May Raise Eye Risks" by Anahad O'Connor. Nov. 21, 2013. The New York Times. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/birth-control-pills-may-raise-eye-risks/

"Birth control containing Drospirenone: Possible Increased Risks of Blood Clots." Oct. 27, 2011. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. http://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch/safetyinformation/safetyalertsforhumanmedicalproducts/ucm257337.htm

Academic insights:

"Elevated risk of blood clots in women taking birth control containing drospirenone, study shows." Oct. 18, 2012. ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121018141846.htm

Topics in this Podcast: birth control, pregnancy, sexual health, best of 2014 health