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Birth control pills can double risk of strokes: Study

Regular use of birth control pills nearly doubles the risk of strokes in young women,according to a new study.

Written by Agencies | Washington |
October 28, 2009 12:38:17 pm

Regular use of birth control pills nearly doubles the risk of strokes in young women,according to a new study. There are about 4.4 ischemic strokes for every 100,000 women of childbearing age but regular use of oral contraceptive pills increase the risk of stroke by 1.9 times,to 8.5 strokes,says the study by three neurologists at Loyola University.

Ischemic strokes occur when an artery carrying blood to the brain is blocked due to any ailment. Nearly 100 million women worldwide use birth control pills,which contain much low concentrations of estrogens.

Besides taking these pills,those who smoke or suffer from high blood pressure or migraine face a greater risk of strokes,said the study published online in journal MedLink Neurology.

Stressing on the dangers of the pills,Jose Biller,one of the three authors of the study,said doctors should balance the risks and benefits while prescribing oral contraceptives to their patients.

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“For a healthy young woman without any other stroke risk factors,the benefits of birth control pills probably outweigh the risks. But if a woman has other stroke risk factors,she should be discouraged from using oral contraceptives,” said Biller.

Though it is not clear how the pills trigger strokes,the neurologists predict the increased risk of blood clots and high blood pressure associated with the pills could be the main reasons.

📣 The above article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

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