The Oral Contraceptive Pill - Is Your Stroke Risk Higher?

Photo of young woman contemplating the risk of stroke associated with the oral contraceptive pill

Midtown Medical Clinic has had many queries regarding the recent publicity about a young woman having a stroke associated with oral contraception pill use.  This publicity was distressing but does need to be kept in perspective.

The stroke risk in young women on the pill is low, approximately 4 per 10,000 women using the pill for a year .

This compares to approximately 2 per 10,000 women not using the pill over a year and 3.4 per 10,000 deliveries in pregnant women.

Some people are more prone to stroke risk and these may include being over 35 years old, being a smoker, having  high blood pressure, being obese or being a  migraine sufferer.

Women need to weigh the risks and benefits of any medication in consultation with their own General Practitioner.

Don’t hesitate to raise this with your General Practitioner if you are concerned, as there are a variety of alternative contraception methods available to choose from.

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