Condoms Should Include ‘Heart Attack Risk With That Pregnancy’ On Wrappers

heart attack warningHealthy women who choose to carry babies are putting themselves at risk for a lot of factors. A complicated pregnancy could loom as does the array of standard risks that come with childbirth or even a c-section.  But simply by carrying a child, soon-to-be mommies are putting themselves at an admittedly low risk for more “severe” heart attacks, which doesn’t completely disappear until 12 weeks after birth.

Can you imagine squeezing all of that on the side of a condom? In case of malfunction? Perhaps even more adults would know how use condoms properly.

Reuters reports that even though the risk of having a heart attack is small for pregnant woman (just one in every 16,000 deliveries), the odds are still three to four times higher for them versus non-pregnant women of the same age. These heart attacks are apparently wrought with more complications, as these ladies aren’t having heart attacks for the same reasons as the non-pregnant populations. Physiological and hormonal changes, along with increased blood volume cause pregnant women to develop a different condition:

The more common reason pregnant women had a heart attack was a condition called coronary dissection, a separation of the layers of the artery wall that blocks blood flow. They said this condition is very rare among non-pregnant patients.

Many of these pregnant women have not been diagnosed with traditional heart problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. But pregnant heart attacks have a reported death rate that is two to three times higher than that of non-pregnant women the same age, making this a risk that many women should be aware of, consider, and acknowledge before expanding their families. And for the childless, perhaps state more boldly on the side panel with that 90%-ish success rate.

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  • CW

    Or perhaps women should be warned to start their families earlier, when the risk of heart disease is lower. There is a lot of social pressure on women to delay starting their families these days when from a health standpoint the absolute best time to have children is in one’s twenties. When I got married at not quite 22 and then got pregnant at just turned 25 you’d have thought that I was announcing I planned to rob a bank the negative reaction I got. I don’t think we should return to the 1950′s where girls got married straight out of high school and started having babies shortly thereafter. But the pendulum has swung way too far to the opposite extreme. The risk of a pregnancy-induced heart attack is far lower at 26 than at 36.

  • Clericsdaughter

    This seems an arbitrary thing to stick on a condom wrapper. Should they also mention that women who give birth at some point in their lives are slightly less susceptible to breast cancer and uterine cancer? The different health effects of a pregnancy or a lack thereof are practically endless, and it certainly shouldn’t be the job of birth control manufacturers to address them. Let doctors and women worry about women’s health during pregnancy, and let the condom companies worry about whether their product actually serves its stated purpose (keeping the little spermies out).