I understand that they have some concerns about increased risk of blood clots in Yasmin, Yaz, and now Natazia (Qlaira in Europe). I definitely think folks should be aware of that, but I'm personally more interested in this study, where Natazia "appears to be more effective than other oral contraceptives" at reducing heavy menstrual bleeding.
Even though I recognize that this is a statement from someone who's a paid consultant for Bayer, I have to admit I'm more than a little intrigued. My iron levels would love it if I didn't gush rivers once a month, and I'd love it if I didn't have to permanently burn out the inside of my uterus to do it. (And okay -- I might love it even if I have to permanently burn out the inside of my uterus to do it.)
So I'm a little excited, even though I think more research is probably needed to definitively draw this conclusion and even though I know a brand name pill new to the U.S. market will be hellaciously expensive. And even if I end up deciding an ablation is safer, more predictable, cheaper in the long run (maybe even in the short run), it's nice to feel like I'm choosing one of multiple options, rather than "down to the last effing thing left."