fatal pulmonary embolism and oral contraceptive pill

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In a case-control study of 26 young women who died of pulmonary embolism:

  • the relative risk of death from pulmonary embolism was 9.6 in those taking the OCP
  • the absolute risk was 10.5 per million women-years


  • 1) Parkin, L., Skegg, DCG, et al. (2000). Oral contraceptives and fatal pulmonary embolism. Lancet 355, 2133-4.

Last reviewed 01/2018