Speaking this morning on France Info, Juliane Berdah, gynecologist endocrinologist at Pitié Salpêtrière and in a liberal cabinet, put the dangers of the latest generation of pills into perspective. But she does not deny that the risk is a little higher.
At the origin of this concern which is spreading on the internet, two studies, a Danish and an American, which show a doubling of the risk of having a thromboembolic accident, phlebitis or pulmonary embolism.
A figure that Juliane Berdah does not dispute: “It is necessary to relativize. There must not be a wave of panic. They are not particularly more dangerous. If we take an old generation pill, out of 100,000 women over a year, 20 had a tromboembolic accident. Today with the latest pills, it’s twice as many, or 40 women”.
She recalls the risk factors, cases in the family, obesity, age, travel… And the need for prescribers to properly question their patients.
But Juliane Berdah also insists on a point that she describes as very important: “If patients have taken their pill for more
a year and that everything is fine, there is no danger. They can continue.
If an accident must take place, it is during the first year…”