Progestin-Only Contraceptives Not Linked to Heart Attacks
A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, breaks the misconcept that women on contraceptive pills are at a higher risk of developing heart disease. The research reveals that there is no link between the pills and the heart attacks. The pills contain progestin hormone without the estrogen. The traditional contraceptive pill uses estrogen.
According to Chrisandra Shufelt, from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, it is indeed reassuring to know that taking the pills does not increase the risk of a heart attacks. Millions on women are on progestin-only pills. Studies were conducted on more than 18,000 women in the age group of 16 to 44, taking contraceptives. They were compared to the ones not on the pills. The findings are based on the six previous studies which were carried out to see if there is any link between the progestin-only contraceptives and heart diseases. However, the safety of the contraceptives which are a blend of progestin and estrogen is still debatable.
It is believed that 2 out of a million women in early 30s suffer heart attack. This study can help women decrease the chances of heart diseases by switching to progestin-only contraceptives. Women who are heavy smokers or with high blood pressure might also benefit from this study.