Contraceptive effectiveness may be being sacrificed for safety

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7053.363a (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:363
  1. Judy Murty,
  2. Sue Firth
  1. Medical officer Centre manager Marie Stopes Centre, Leeds LS2 8AJ

    EDITOR,—The Committee on Safety of Medicines recently published a statement about the increased risk of breast cancer associated with oral contraceptives.1 Have the effects of previous alerts about the contraceptive pill been assessed to show their impact on choices in contraception? Research shows that women primarily choose a contraceptive for its effectiveness and lack of side effects.2

    Recently, the Marie Stopes Centre in Leeds reported a rise in …

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