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Obese women on pill told to lose weight

2nd April 2009

A leading family planning specialist has urged GPs to warn overweight women who are on the pill to lose weight or face being switched to a different form of contraception.

Speaking at the MIMS Women’s Health conference, Dr Anne Szarewski from The Margaret Pyke Centre, London, said obese women should be taken off the pill due to increased risk of venous thromboembolic events.

Some 28% of women use oral contraception as their main method of preventing pregnancy but Dr Szarewski said rising obesity may leave fewer people suitable for the pill.


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