The risk of thrombosis is 5 in 100,000 for healthy women not on the Pill. This risk increases to 30 in 100,000 for those taking third generation versions of the Pill, which on the other hand reduce the risk of heart attack, according to research reported in 1995.
2. The Pill is the most tested medicine of all time. The low-dose preparations used today are just as effective and much safer than the early pills, and any risk of abnormal blood clotting is virtually confined to women over 35 who smoke. Research has shown that the protection given by the Pill against cancers of the ovary and uterus outweighs any slight increase in the risk of breast cancer in young women. Overall, the Pill reduces a woman's risk of developing cancer. More women die each year from allergic reaction to penicillin that from disorders brought on by the Pill. Using it is far less dangerous than becoming pregnant.