SAN ANTONIO, February 8, 2002 ( – Claims by birth control pill proponents that the newest version – third generation – of the pill has overcome safety issues proved hollow today according to findings from a new Dutch study. The study found women who take the newest form of the pill have a stroke risk 2.2 times higher than women who are not taking the pill. The risk is similar to that of the risk with the second generation pill which has a stroke risk 2.4 times higher than non-pill takers.

The study, presented Thursday at a conference of the American Stroke Association, looked at 1,128 Dutch women between the ages of 18 and 49, 205 of whom had had a stroke. Third generation birth control pills are also linked to increased risk of blood clots forming in the veins, called deep-vein or venous thrombosis.

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