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Painkillers Combined With Contraceptive Pill Could Increase Risk of Blood Clots Among Women


Women are being warned that taking some common painkillers while using the contraceptive pill may increase their risk of suffering blood clots.


Like all drugs, painkillers and contraceptive pills each carry a risk of side effects. When used together, however, as this study demonstrates, the results can potentially be deadly.

However, while there is growing public awareness of the dangers of common painkillers such as ibuprofen, the risks of contraceptive pill use are still frequently underestimated. As Dr. Rath explains in chapter 9 of his classic book, ‘Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do’, long-term intake of estrogen and other hormones – both as hormonal contraception and hormone replacement therapy during menopause – causes a depletion of vitamins and other essential nutrients in the body.

A study published in the scientific journal Nature in 1972 reported that women taking hormonal contraceptives have significantly lower blood levels of vitamin C than normal, for example. Other research has confirmed this finding and concluded that intake of the hormone estrogen is associated with vitamin C depletion.

Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives not only decreases levels of vitamin C, however, but also other essential nutrients such as B vitamins and calcium. As such, it is not the birth control pill itself that increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, and other health problems, but the associated depletion of the body’s nutrient pool.

To learn more about drug-induced nutrient depletion, see this article on our website.