Letter 24: A Mother-Daughter Chat
I never met you, but after meeting your parents and sister and reading their
wonderful letters to you, I feel as if I know you.
I hope that these letters to you and this website will save the lives of young
women like you, who were never told that some birth control pills are safer than others.
I’m a Mom and here is my message to other Moms: the best Christmas (or Hanukah) present you can give a daughter on birth control is to make sure she’s taking one of the safer types of birth control, and not taking Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, Safyral, Ocella, or other birth control products that contain the hormone drosperinone. For the complete list, see www.letterstoannie.org/riskybirthcontrol
And if your daughter is using any type of hormonal birth control, make sure she knows the signs of a blood clot – blood clots are the greatest danger of birth control pills and hormonal implants (and of pregnancy too, by the way). See some symptoms below, from the National Institutes of Health website:
Swelling of the leg or along a vein in the leg
Pain or tenderness in the leg, which you may feel only when standing or walking
Increased warmth in the area of the leg that's swollen or painful
Red or discolored skin on the leg
Unexplained shortness of breath
Pain with deep breathing
Because Annie was taking Yaz, her symptoms were a little different: swollen ankles, weight gain, hair loss, yeast infections, insomnia, extreme fatigue, and headaches.
Annie, I wish you could see how you’re making a difference for other young women across the country.
And to the Moms out there, please give the gift of a life-saving mother-daughter conversation.