progestogen only pill and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk

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  • based on the current evidence, the progestogen-only pill is probably a suitable alternative to the combined oral contraceptive pill in women still wishing to use an oral preparation when the combined oral contraceptive pill is contraindicated because of cardiovascular risk factors - however these women still need to be carefully screened and monitored
  • the limited available evidence does not support an association between cardiovascular disease and use of a POP


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  2. Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (2000);38 (1): 1-4.

Last reviewed 03/2021