HC Deb 09 February 1993 vol 218 c618W
Mrs. Fyfe

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she has on the effects of high doses of hormones on women taking oral contraceptives.

Mr. Sackville

[holding answer 8 February 1993]: Oral contraceptives containing high doses of hormones are more likely than low-dose preparations to cause side-effects. The most serious side-effects include high blood pressure, thrombosis and thromboembolism involving the heart and lungs, but occur rarely in women without predisposing factors. To minimise side-effects doctors are advised to use the lowest effective dose and the use of oral contraceptives in those with significant predisposing factors for cardiovascular disease is discouraged.