IUDS, implants may be best birth control for women with diabetes

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By Andrew M. Seaman

(Reuters Health) – The two most effective hormonal birth control methods for women in general are also excellent options for women with diabetes, according to a new study.

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants that are placed under the skin, both of which are highly effective, were linked with the lowest risk of blood clots in these higher-risk women.

Hormonal contraceptives boost women’s risk for clots, which can lead to heart attack and strokes. That’s a particular problem for women with diabetes, who are at increased risk for blood clots to begin with.

While many contraceptives use a combination of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, the World Health Organization advises that women at increased risk of a blockage caused by a blood clot – known as a thromboembolism – use contraceptives containing only progestin.

Women with advanced diabetes and…

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