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Oral contraceptive use and diseases of the circulatory system in Taiwan: an analysis of mortality statistics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6111479     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Whether or not increased prevalence of oral contraceptive use in developing countries is associated with increased morbidity and mortality from circulatory system diseases is a serious concern for health and family planning administrators. An analysis of Taiwan's mortality statistics to determine whether such an association existed was undertaken, taking advantage of the excellent vital statistics and medical care systems existing there. The analysis failed to demonstrate that death rates from circulatory system diseases among Taiwanese women of childbearing age have increased since the promotion of oral contraceptive use began in 1967. In fact, mortality from all forms of circulatory system diseases has generally declined since 1967 and the slopes of declines for females of childbearing age who were exposed to oral contraceptives were somewhat greater than those of males of the corresponding age groups.
Whether or not increased prevalence of oral contraceptive use in developing countries is associated with increased morbidity and mortality from circulatory system diseases is a serious concern for health and family planning administrators. Analysis of Taiwan's mortality statistics to determine whether such an association existed was undertaken, taking advantage of the excellent vital statistics and medical care systems there. The analysis failed to demonstrate that death rates from circulatory system disease have generally declined since 1967, and the slopes of declines for females of childbearing age who were exposed to oral contraceptives were somewhat greater than males of the corresponding age groups. Another study conducted by the World Health Organization found that cases of deep-vein thrombosis were less common among Thai women than among English women. Few women in Taiwan smoke cigarettes. The prevalence of oral contraceptive use in Taiwan was low, never exceeding 10% of the married women of childbearing age. The average duration of pill use by Taiwanese women has been short, 10.5 months. The mortality rate from circulatory system disease among childbearing women, which averaged 38.9 during the prepill period (before 1967) has declined significantly to 27.6 in 1976 and 25.8 in 1977.
Authors:
L P Chow; N K Nair
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  1980  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-06-23     Completed Date:  1981-06-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  420-32     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Age Factors
Cardiovascular Diseases / mortality*
Cerebrovascular Disorders / mortality
Contraceptives, Oral / adverse effects*
Female
Heart Diseases / mortality
Humans
Lymphatic Diseases / mortality*
Middle Aged
Taiwan
Vascular Diseases / mortality
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contraceptives, Oral

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