The consumer group Public Citizen wants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take certain low-dose birth control pills off the market.
According to Public Citizen, the pills increase a woman’s risk of potentially deadly blood clots more than other pills. The low-dose pills contain a type of progestin, desogestrel, which can double the risk of a clot. Public Citizen said for every 100,000 women using a low-dose birth control with desogestrel, 30 will develop blood clots. In comparison, pills without desogestrel translate into 15 blood clots per 100,000 users.
Low-dose pills already include a warning about the blood clot risk increase, but the FDA still plans to look into Public Citizen’s request.