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Thread: Contraceptives and Glaucoma
20th November 2013 03:03 PM #1
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Contraceptives and Glaucoma
I am in my 40s and looking for alternative contraception methods. I have been on the Pill on and off and now, I have read about how it's being linked to glaucoma. Is it true?
What other forms/methods of contraception can I use? I don't want to go natural since my period can sometimes be unpredictable.
11th December 2013 08:08 AM #2
Yes the latest research does worryingly show that women who are on the pill for 3 years or more have double the risk of glaucoma.
Other forms of contraception include:
- condoms: these are over 98% at preventing a pregnancy.
- IUD: this is inserted in the uterus and is a long term contraceptive option
- contraceptive injections: these are effective for between 8 and 12 weeks
- Implanon: this is inserted into the upper arm and releases the hormone progesterone
- diaphram: often known as the female condom
You could make an appointment with your local family planning clinic to discuss these.