Media spotlight increases anxiety about drospirenone

Media reports about the blood clot dangers of drospirenone contraception pills are  causing unnecessary anxiety, says the medical director of Family Planning NSW.

Dr Bateson says the absolute risk for most women is “very, very low, although some studies show newer drospirenone contraceptives are slightly higher risk than the older  levonorgestrel and norethisterone.

“In fact this risk is far lower than the risk associated with pregnancy or the post-partum period,” she says.

“Evidence suggests that the background risk of venous blood