There is an association between progestin-only oral contraceptives (POC) use and decreased heart disease and stroke, according to a recent study. Using Medicaid data from 2000 to 2013 to assess the relationship between the type of oral contraceptives and CVD incidence, researchers found:
• Compared to combined oral contraceptives, POCs were associated with decreased heart disease and stroke incidence after adjusting for important covariates (OR, 0.74).
• Conversely, there was a positive association between POCs plus combined oral contraceptives and both heart disease and stroke incidence (OR, 2.28 and OR, 2.12, respectively).
Citation: Samson ME, Adams SA, Merchant AT, et al. Cardiovascular disease incidence among females in South Carolina by type of oral contraceptives, 2000-2013: A retrospective cohort study. [Published online ahead of print July 11, 2016]. Arch Gynecol Obstet. doi:10.1007/s00404-016-4143-5.