Be alert, but not alarmed. That’s the message from doctors.
Twenty five days.
That’s how long UK woman Fallan Kurek had been on the pill when she died.
In the month leading up to her death, Kurek – who was taking the pill to regulate her periods – began to experience the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. But at the time, Kurek nor her parents, had no idea the symptoms – which included leg and chest pains and breathlessness – could be related to the contraceptive pill.
Even after a visit to the doctor, nothing was mentioned.
One day earlier this month, Kurek woke up, took her pill, and collapsed before making it down the stairs in her home.
It wasn’t until Fallan was in intensive care that the Kurek family even knew it was a danger.
“While they were working on her someone came in to talk to me,” her mother told The Daily Mail.
“They asked me if there were any heart problems in the family, or if Fallan had taken drugs – to which I replied definitely not.
“The third question was, ‘Is she on the pill?’
Three days later, she was pronounced brain dead.
According to her parents, the doctors confirmed it was a blood clot that killed her — possibly triggered by the contraceptive pill.
While Fallan’s case is extremely rare, there is plenty of documented research that indicates that the risk of a blood clot is three times higher for women on the pill than those who are not.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that women on the pill should be alarmed.
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Gino Pecoraro confirmed to Mamamia that the risk is still miniscule and less than the risk faced by women during and after pregnancy.