In principle, women in their 40s or 50s have access to all available methods, so long as there is no health risk involved. Barrier methods are, however, the most advisable in these cases, as they help prevent sexually transmitted infections.
The combined pill is not indicated for women who smoke, and/or suffer from obesity or high blood pressure, as they may lead to heart, stroke or blood clotting problems. On the other hand, the pill has many advantages for women in this age group, as it regulates periods and helps maintain bone mineral density.
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