TELFORD, England, August 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A healthy 23-year-old woman died from a blood clot caused by hormonal birth control pills, a coroner ruled last week.
Charlotte Foster experienced an embolism in her lungs caused by deep vein thrombosis in her legs or pelvis, which caused her to go into cardiac arrest.
She suffered brain damage and died in January after three days in the hospital.
Foster had visited her doctor three weeks before her death. She complained of back pain and shortness of breath, but her doctor did not take her off Dianette, a contraceptive pill. Dianette increases a user’s risk of a blood clot.
Evidence provided to an inquest indicated that Foster had not reported any side effects after taking Dianette for several months, so her prescription was continued. She had reported a family history of pulmonary embolism, but different doctors had conflicting opinions about the risk contraceptives posed to Foster.
Sadly, Foster’s story is not an anomaly. Also in the United Kingdom, a 21-year-old woman died from a blood clot in her lungs caused by contraception she had taken for only 25 days. Numerous other women have died from blood clots caused by contraception.
In 2012, a teenager died from a blood clot after taking Dianette.