23-Year-Old Woman Dies From Huge Blood Clot After Taking Birth Control Pill

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 4, 2016   |   10:24AM   |   London, England

Another young British woman died recently from a blood clot supposedly caused by the birth control pill that she was taking.

The Daily Mail reports that Charlotte Foster was taking the oral contraceptive pill Dianette when she was taken to Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and later died on Jan. 25 from a blood clot in her lungs.

Her death is one of several recently that have been linked to birth control pills in England. LifeNews reported 16-year-old Sophie Murray died in November and 21-year-old Fallan Kurek died in May from blood clots believed to be caused by the oral contraceptives that they were taking.

An inquest into Foster’s death was held this week. According to the report, Dr. Nigel Tuft, an anesthetist at the hospital, listed Foster’s cause of death as brain damage as a result of a pulmonary embolism caused by the oral contraceptive pill.

Foster’s parents, Stephen and Cecilia, told the inquest they were “devastated at the sudden and unexpected loss” of their daughter. They described their daughter as an “intelligent, beautiful caring young lady.”

A retired anesthetist, Stephen Foster added that his daughter was relatively healthy. He said he was unsure exactly how long she had been taking the birth control pill but estimated that it had been for a few months.



“I don’t really want to pass comment [on the dangers of the contraceptive pill] because it’s not my position to make public health recommendations,” her father said. “We will just wait for the full inquest, which I’m sure will reveal more. At the moment, we just want time to be able to grieve.”

Foster was a graduate of the University of Liverpool and a customer category executive with Muller.

A full hearing on the case is scheduled for later this year, the report states.

According to the British National Health Service, birth control pills can cause blood clots but the risks are “small and, for most women, the benefits of the pill outweigh the risks.”

Pro-lifers take varying positions on the issue of artificial contraception. Some argue that birth control can help reduce abortion rates by preventing unwanted pregnancies, while others argue that it leads down a slippery slope to abortion. No matter what their position on artificial contraception, pro-lifers agree that even one innocent life lost is one too many.