Warning On Using The Pill for New Mothers

Posted By on September 6, 2011

We don’t advocate using hormonal/chemical birth control in any season of life (click on “birth control” in the tag cloud for the full spectrum of articles we’ve posted on this topic). This piece highlights the increased risk of blood clots and stroke for mothers starting on the pill shortly after birth. This risk is certainly higher for new moms, but it exists for all women taking the pill. OB/GYNs should be required to fully inform women about the dangers of hormonal contraceptives, but you’ll rarely hear this information in a doctor’s office unless you ask pointed questions.

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that women who have recently given birth and are older than 34, or who had a caesarian, are at greater risk and should not take this form of contraception for at least six weeks after giving birth.  The current guidelines suggest that no woman should take these types of oral contraceptives in the first three weeks following delivery.

This is a serious situation as blood clots, if they travel to the lungs or the brain, can lead to serious complications including stroke, shortness of breath, or even death according to one of the guideline’s authors Dr. Naomi Tepper.  When she and her colleagues analyzed a number of recent studies to determine whether birth control pills raised the risk of blood clots in new mothers they found that the risk was really much higher than had previously been thought.

Read the full piece HERE.

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Mrs. Chancey is the mother of 12 children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.


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