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Truth & Lies of Birth Control Labels

Bedsider’s guide to birth control warning labels

Wondering where your birth control stands in terms of safety warnings? Here are links to the nitty gritty details about some of the most common methods. Sadly, some of these labels were created before the FDA designed its new label, so they don’t offer highlights or a table of contents. We’ve marked them “old-style” so you know what you’re getting into…

Front and center

These options have a black box warning before any other information on the label.

Depo-provera: The shot carries a black box warning on loss of bone mineral density. However, recent studies show the bone loss is reversible, so the warning is actually out of date now.

Ortho Evra: The patch carries an old-style black box warning about smoking, venous thromboembolism risks, and the serum spike of ethinyl estradiol that occurs when the patch is first applied.

Yaz: This combined pill carries a black box warning about smoking, as well as new warnings about drospirenone and venous thromboembolism risks. Check out our black box section above for info on other pills containing drospirenone.

The warning can wait

These options carry a warning, but it doesn’t appear till the “WARNINGS” section of the label.

NuvaRing: The ring has an old-style label with a boxed warning about smoking.

Ortho tri-cyclen combined pill: This old-style label, similar to the labels of combined hormonal pills with older progestins, carries a boxed warning about smoking.

Nothing to see here

These options don’t carry any special warnings.

The†Mirena IUD

The†ParaGard IUD (old-style)

Nexplanon (the†next generation of the implant)

Plan B One-step emergency contraception

Micronor mini-pill (old-style)

We’re all about keeping you informed about any potential health risks you could face with your birth control method, but it’s also important to remember that the risks for the riskiest methods are still really small, especially compared to the†risks that come with pregnancy. If you feel good on the method you’re using, your best option may be to stick with what’s working. That said,†if you’re concerned about the potential risks of your method, you should†talk to your health care provider about it.


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1:28AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Hang on a moment!
" risks for the riskiest methods are still really small, especially compared to the risks that come with pregnancy."
Birth control is a lot more risky than pregnancy. It is extremely for a woman to die in the west from a pregnancy related complication, but every year women die because of the pill, even in my little country of NZ, 6-8 women die every year because of birth control side effects.

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11:01AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Thanks for sharing

4:18PM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

5:39AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

1:18AM PST on Nov 13, 2012

Interesting. Thank you for posting it.

7:37PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

The FDA’s [new] job is make sure Big Pharma makes money.

12:04PM PST on Nov 12, 2012


8:28PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

insufficient info 3 pages too long

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