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Editor's Correspondence
February 12, 2001

Lack of Objectivity in the Debate Concerning Third-Generation Oral Contraceptives and Venous Thrombosis

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(3):484. doi:

The debate on possible differences in thrombogenic potential between so-called "third-generation" oral contraceptives and "second-generation" pills has generated more heat than light, providing many examples of unwarranted conclusions based on inconclusive data; for example:

Although these numbers are too small to arrive at stable conclusions, they support those in the literature about differences in venous thrombosis risk for different types of contraceptives. They also indicate that the "starter effect" does not explain the difference between different types of contraceptives.1

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