3rd generation birth control pills have increased risk of blood clots


#1

Should I switch from 3rd generation birth control pills to 2nd generation birth control pills because 3rd generation birth control pills have twice increased risk of blood clots (I read that 3rd generation birth control pills are going to be banned or have already been banned in France)? I have been taking 3rd generation birth control pills (Lindynette, Harmonet) for several months.


#2

Hello @pig

We always prescribe 2nd generation pills first, because, as you say they have a lower risk of blood clots. If people are happy on these pills then they are safer. Then if they are not happy we move on to alternatives. National guidance generally says start with 2nd generation.

Many thanks

Paula


#3

I also suggest to use 2nd generation birth control pills.