Hormonal contraceptives not fully safe for obese women, says a study

Published: July 26, 2020

Obese women who use hormonal contraceptives may suffer from less effective birth control, says a new health research report published by www.sciencedaily.com. The research was carried out on 39,531 women and the conclusion was that the women, who were obese, were the ones to suffer a high risk of pregnancy, even when they were taking hormonal contraceptives. In the case of contraceptive pills, women with Body Mass Index of 25 or more suffered the risk while in the case of skin patches, same thing happened with women who had more body weight. But the good news is that some of the implantable and injectable contraceptives work well, regardless of the body weight of the women.

The study has been originally published in the Cochrane Library and the researchers think that amount of body fat is one of the reasons for reducing the effectiveness of the hormonal birth control measures. According to www.physorg.com, the studies focused on BMI and body weight. The studies conducted for BMI found out the relation between body fat and hormonal contraceptives and the studies for body weight focused on knowing about the amount of doses of the contraceptives in overweight women. Amitasrigowri Murthy, director for the reproductive choice program in Bllevue Hospital, New York is of the belief that “Some studies show that estrogen-based contraceptives can increase the risk of heart attack, blood clots, high blood pressure and gallbladder disease in obese women, who are already at increased risk for these conditions,” Murthy said.

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