IPPF Medical Bulletin: the safety of third and fourth generation oral contraceptives

This statement is developed in response to recent public alarm in European countries, where women sued manufacturers for potential fatal blood clots (Venous Thromboembolism) as a result of using Meliane (Gestodene-containing oral contraceptive pill). The conclusions presented below do not apply to implants, IUS or other products containing the active components in third and fourth generation oral contraceptives.