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    I know out of all the people who take them, there are so few cases but is it worth risking because of bad period pains?

    Lots of talk in the news, the chances of anything happening are very slim but could still happen, it's scary.
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    What's an acceptable risk to one person may be completely unacceptable to someone else. If it were me, I would say that because I don't smoke and am not seriously overweight, any risks were going to be minimal and worth the benefits.

    So the combined pill increases your chance of blood clots.. but the absolute numbers are small and it's less of a risk than being pregnant. It slightly increases your risk of breast cancer while you're taking it and for a few years afterwards, but ever having taken it reduces your risk of ovarian cancer.

    But I am not you, and it's a decision that you need to take. How bad are the period pains?
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    What's an acceptable risk to one person may be completely unacceptable to someone else. If it were me, I would say that because I don't smoke and am not seriously overweight, any risks were going to be minimal and worth the benefits.

    So the combined pill increases your chance of blood clots.. but the absolute numbers are small and it's less of a risk than being pregnant. It slightly increases your risk of breast cancer while you're taking it and for a few years afterwards, but ever having taken it reduces your risk of ovarian cancer.

    But I am not you, and it's a decision that you need to take. How bad are the period pains?
    That's true, I completely understand that. Interesting to hear other's thoughts and views on it.

    My period pains are really bad, like I can barely walk or stand up straight but only for the first day and the rest is fine.
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    I know out of all the people who take them, there are so few cases but is it worth risking because of bad period pains?

    Lots of talk in the news, the chances of anything happening are very slim but could still happen, it's scary.
    It depends on the person but as far as i'm concerned it's worth it. Everything has a risk- even soup can lead to cancer apparently- so the pill isn't really so unusual.
    I'd think if somebody were already at higher risk they probably wouldn't want to risk it, but i think for a lot of peolpe the risk is negligable, especially when compared to the alternative which is often pain.
    In my case i'd rather take the slight extra risk of the pill than take really strong painkillers all the time when I have a period since they come at a risk too and still wouldn't completely stop my discomfort and pain.
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    Every medication has side effects and risks but generally, contraceptive pills, especially the mini pill is safe. I was originally on the combined pill but came off it after a month due to my history of migraines. I shouldn't have been on that kind of pill at all but the doctor still prescribed me them. I've been on the mini pill Cerazette for 5 years now and had no problems. I've never heard of any horror stories such as strokes or blood clots with the mini pill, just the combined pill but there will be stories out there I'm sure.

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    If you're at increased risk of developing those problems (eg. smoker, over a certain age or family medical history) you usually wouldn't be given the combined pill which has a link and given the mini pill instead (which what happened to me when I went to go on the pill for period pain when I was younger). Saying that I have friends who have been on the combined pill for years and been fine with it.
 
 
 
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