Do you use the pill brand Yasmin, Yasminelle, Yaz, Beyaz, Ocella, Zarah, or Angeliq? »

If so, it contains Drospirenone. 

A new study published in June 2013 in “BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology" concluded that using birth control pills that contain Drospirenone is associated with a higher risk for blood clots (that can lead to strokes, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, or death) than not using any birth control pills or using a birth control pill that contains Levonorgestrel (mini-pill or progestin-only pill).

We hear it on the commercials all the time, but evidence is continuing to back it up.

Non-hormonal contraception (including the Sympto-Thermal Method of Fertility Awareness) might be a better option for some women. (PS - I just completed my 100th chart of avoiding pregnancy in May… find out more here!) You can either attend a Natural Birth Control class in person here in Denver, Colorado (upcoming class dates are listed at the bottom of the page) or purchase the online version of the class here.

So... would you share what your experience been with hormonal contraception and/or Fertility Awareness?