A study recently published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) shows that newer forms of birth control pills - rather than older versions - could cause an elevated risk of blood clots in women.
The newer pills - including Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen - contain a newer type of progestogen hormone which is associated with a 1.5-1.8 times higher risk of blood clots than older versions of the pill.
What does this really mean to women?
Check out this comprehensive article from the New York Times which explains that blood clots are very rare - no matter what pill you are taking - and that pregnancy actually poses a greater risk of blood clots. But that doesn't mean you should take a decision about contraception lightly. The piece also gives great recommendations for how to talk to your doctor about finding the right option for you.