Recent Reports About Birth Control Shouldn't Have Women Concerned

By: Amy Walker Email
By: Amy Walker Email

FDA officials say recent reports questioning low dose birth control pills should not make women worry about their effectiveness.

Many women are still wondering, what is safe to take.

Recent reports indicate the FDA was concerned about the effectiveness of low dose birth control pills.

Now officials say women should not worry about switching to a higher dose because the findings were minimal.

"There's only one or two more pregnancies per 200 families. We're talking a tiny percentage here," Pharmacist Bob Dunbar said.

With so many different kinds of birth control on the market, from regular dose, low does formulas, and even patches, the choices can be confusing.

Carrie Lee-Hall says more women are worrying about hormones and how the pill can affect their bodies.

"Today 98 percent of practitioners are writing the low dose for patients. and now more patients are concerned about what the high does can cause," Nurse Carrie Lee-Hall said.

She says the hormone level can make a difference.

"As compared to the high does oral contraceptives, the low dose do tend to lower the number of side effects women experience," Lee-Hall said.

She says pills with a higher dose of hormones are not necessarily bad for you. for some women, a low dose may not be enough to regulate your body and for every woman it's an individual choice.

FDA officials say their meeting was not intended to cause alarm about low dose contraceptives.

Instead, they say they hope to make clinical trials more diverse and more accurate.

Officials say every woman should find a doctor they feel comfortable with to answer their questions.


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