Oral contraception: Safety issues re-examined

Lee P. Shulman*

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Oral contraceptives are highly effective contraceptive agents that are used throughout the world. However, misperceptions about the safety of oral contraceptives as well as a relative lack of information concerning their numerous and important noncontraceptive benefits may limit their use and place women at increased risk for unintended pregnancy. Safety issues concerning the use of oral contraceptives have largely been laid to rest; indeed, except for a slight increased risk of venous thromboembolism in combination oral contraceptive users, conventional oral contraceptive use is not associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular events. In addition, fears regarding breast cancer development in OC users have been unsubstantiated by the plethora of available data. Clinicians must provide accurate and empathetic counseling concerning the safety and applicability of oral contraceptives and other pregnancy prevention methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-82
Number of pages5
JournalInternational journal of fertility and women's medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1999


  • Breast cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Contraception
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Reproductive tract cancer
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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