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‘The risk of clots has been very real for women for many years. Why didn’t they take the pill off the market?’


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by Dearbhla Crosse
15th Apr 2021

Read time: 7 mins

The risk of a blood clot when taking the oral contraceptive pill is 5-12 in 10,000. Why are women's lives being treated as less valuable?

As Amy Walsh lay on the hospital bed, she asked the doctor if she was going to die. “I was petrified. I was hallucinating, my memory was really bad, and I couldn’t understand what was happening.” Six years previously, Amy got her first oral contraceptive pill from her university doctor at 19. She was asked about a history of blood clots and was then given a box containing the pills, although it didn’t include the...

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