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Abortions increased by nearly 8% in Norway

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:363
  1. Ole-Erik Iversen,
  2. Stein Tore Nilsen
  1. Consultant Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5021 Haukeland University Hospital, Norway
  2. Consultant Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sentral Hospital, PB 8100, 4003 Stavanger, Norway

    EDITOR,—The number of women using oral contraceptives in Norway has steadily increased from about 140 000 in 1985 to 160 000 in 1994 (roughly 17% of fertile women). The recent reports of an increased risk of venous thromboembolism associated with third generation compared with second generation oral contraceptives received much attention in the media, and members of the Norwegian parliament demanded that health authorities should take action against the only third generation pill in Norway that contained desogestrel. Last November the Norwegian Medicines …

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