Birth control patch and blood clots: new warning

Hormonal contraception for women carries risks. These risks often include a small but real risk of blot clots, strokes and heart problems. Guys, if you didn’t stop to think that your girlfriend or wife takes on health risks so that you can ejaculate into her vagina without a condom or much of a worry about unintended pregnancy, then think about that right now. I mean, seriously, take it to heart.

This New York Times piece discusses how Ortho Evra, also known as the birth control patch, seems to have a higher than expected rate of blood clots. Such blood clots, it is pointed out, could potentially lead to a lung embolism. This new information will be added to the drug’s label, thanks to the US Food and Drug Administration. You can read more here.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at