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Birth Control & Blood Clots

by National Blood Clot Alliance category: Health

“If you are a woman taking or considering taking hormonal birth control, you may be at risk for a deadly blood clot. http://thndr.me/41Zw22

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Birth Control & Blood Clots

There are more than 60 million women of child-bearing age in the United States, and the majority of them report using some form of birth control. In fact, the birth control pill is their number one choice. Just like any other medication, they can pose risks, which is why women should carefully evaluate their risks when considering birth control options.

One risk associated with birth control pills or any form of hormonal birth control that contains estrogen, including the pill, patch, or ring, is a deadly clot. The use of birth control pills with estrogen increases a woman’s risk for blood clots three-fold, and some of the newer birth control pills women use pose a risk two-times greater than older birth control pills. The use of patches and rings containing estrogen poses a risk double that of birth control pills. Women with a clotting disorder, a previous blood clot, or a family history of blood clots are at an even greater risk for blood clots.

In recognition of Women’s Health Week May 13-19, 2018, the National Blood Clot Alliance is partnering with the Alexandra L. Rowan Memorial Foundation to provide women with this essential information, and to help them determine, along with their doctor, their risk for blood clots and their best birth control options. Women considering hormonal birth control can take these steps to better understand their risks, and help to prevent deadly blood clots:

  • Learn more about birth control and blood clot risks by visiting Women & Blood Clots
  • Complete the Risk Assessment and discuss their results and birth control options with their doctor
  • Talk to their doctor about any personal or family history of blood clots, and their existing risk for blood clots

Additional Women-Specific Blood Clot Risks

Women are also at an increased risk for blood clots during pregnancy and childbirth, and when, later in life, menopause symptoms are treated with estrogen:

Signs and Symptoms of a Blood Clot

Just like knowing your risk for blood clots, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of blood clots.

The symptoms of blood clots in the legs or arms, also known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT, include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain or tenderness not caused by injury
  • Skin that is warm to the touch, red, or discolored

Blood clots in your legs or arms can travel to your lungs, which can be life threatening. Symptoms of blood clots in your lungs, also known as pulmonary embolism or PE, include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain that worsens with a deep breath or cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these signs or symptoms.

Visit www.womenandbloodclots.org for more information.

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National Blood Clot Alliance
@StopTheClot

The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing the prevention, early diagnosis, and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and clot-provoked stroke. The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) sees a future in which the number of people suffering and dying from blood clots in the United States is reduced significantly.

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