Tell the FDA you only want the safest birth control options on the market.

It could be—7.5 million prescriptions for third-generation oral contraceptives were filled last year in the U.S. alone!

Chances are, if you’re taking one of these drugs, you weren’t told very much about it. But oral contraceptives with

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desogestrel double the risk of life-threatening blood clots compared to birth control pills that do not contain

Do Not Use:

Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol (combination)


Are you taking one of these drugs?

Talk to your doctor about your birth control options. The safest alternatives are second generation pills that contain
low-dose estrogen and levonorgestrel, norgestrel, or norethindrone such as the combination Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol, or the brand names Levora and Trivora.

Do not stop taking your pills suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions for switching birth control to make sure there is not a chance of pill failure.

this ingredient.

So why would doctors choose to prescribe something that’s twice as likely to hurt you when there are other, safer alternatives available? And why does the Food and Drug Administration continue to ignore evidence that these drugs hurt women?

Support Public Citizen’s petition to the FDA. Demand that the FDA ban third-generation oral contraceptives.

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