Risks of Logynon

Combined Contraceptive Pill »

Since the combined contraceptive pills release, there have been a number of health scares that have been linked to the pill. Many have been proven to be false but there are a couple of associations between the pill and certain diseases. If you use the contraceptive pill, there is a slight increase in the risk of some cancers, liver disease and blood clotting problems.  Although rare, these are serious health risks.

Blood clots are where your blood clumps together and forms a lump within your blood vessels. Normally, your blood would only do this if your blood vessel had experienced damage of some sort, to prevent excessive blood loss. However, the oestrogen in the contraceptive pill can cause this to happen more frequently because it is a natural coagulant. If these blood clots form in blood vessels that supply the heart or the brain, the blood flow to these organs may be restricted. If it is cut of completely, the result is a heart attack or a stroke, both of which can be fatal. They can also form in the veins in the leg, which causes a condition called deep vein thrombosis, and it can move through the veins to the lungs where it can cause a pulmonary embolism.

The risk of blood clots is slightly higher if you are using the pill when compared to women who aren’t using it but there are a number of other factors that can increase this risk further. If you are extremely overweight, smoke, have heart problems, are immobile, have high blood pressure, have sickle cell disease, have a history of blood clots, have just had a baby, have heart problems or other medical conditions such as Crohns disease, hemolytic uremic syndrome or systemic lupus erthematosus, you should not use the pill. These will increase the risk of blood clots and put your health at risk.

The pill has been linked to breast and cervical cancer. There is a risk of having cancer, regardless of whether you are using the contraceptive pill, but the risk is slightly elevated if you have used the pill. There is a higher risk of cancer if you are using the pill at an older age. The risk of breast cancer does slightly increase but this risk will decrease after you have stopped using the pill in approximately ten years.  There is also a higher risk of having cancer if you have a family history of the disease or are seriously overweight and use the contraceptive pill.

There have been some reported cases of liver diseases such as liver cancer and jaundice. These risks are very rare but have been reported in women that have used the contraceptive pill for a long period of time.

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