Warning for Birth Control Patch Users


Washington, D.C. - There could be health risks for women who use the birth control patch instead of the pill.

According to an updated warning label on the Ortho Evra birth-control patch product, women using the patch may be at a higher risk for blood clots in the legs and lungs.

The FDA says it revised the product's label to reflect the results of one study that found women using the patch faced twice the risk of clots than did women on the pill.

However, a second study found no difference in risk between the two forms of birth control.

The FDA says that while the two studies are "conflicting," the results of the second study support concerns that using the patch could increase the risk of blood clots in some women.