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HORMONAL CONTRACEPTIVE SAFETY 

Hormonal contraceptives safe for long-term use: WHO 

 

BY OUR PHARMA  CORRESPONDENT

22 July, 2005: There should be no restriction on the long-term use of the combined oral contraceptives and the 3-monthly contraceptive injection DMPA among women aged 18 to 45, recommends the World Health Organisation (WHO), in a statement. 

Hormonal contraceptives including the injectables are highly effective and widely used as they have important health benefits. For most women the health benefits of using a contraceptive outweighs the insignificant risks associated with contraceptive use, according to the statement. 

World Health Organisation put out its recommendations at a consultation held in Geneva on June 20-21 2005 to assess current evidence on the relationship between hormonal contraceptives and bone health. The consultation was held in response to some questions regarding the alleged association of hormonal use to bone loss.

 

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