Updated: May 12
Many people wonder whether Birth Control pills have a chance in developing Blood Clots, but the truth is that there is little risk for women who are not pregnant. Birth Control Pills have little effect on your health and only pose a threat when you become pregnant.
First let’s understand what different type of Blood Clots are and common symptoms.
There are three main types of Blood Clots, each with its own symptoms. A Blood Clot in the leg is called a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and may be prevented by wearing special stockings. Blood Clots in the lungs are called Pulmonary Embolism (PE), which can lead to death if untreated. Blood Clots can break loose and travel to other parts of the body, which is called an Embolism. Blood Clot symptoms include:
- Swelling and pain in one leg (usually a leg, but it could be an arm)
- Leg pain that worsens when you walk or take a breath
- Chest pain or shortness of breath
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Severe sudden headache
The relationship between Birth Control Pills and Blood Clots:
Pregnancy has a much higher chance in developing Blood Clots because your veins must endure the dramatic increase of blood flow. Birth Control Pills do not have a great risk in developing Blood clots, because the only time you are at a heightened risk is when you become pregnant. The Birth Control pill can be extremely dangerous when taken during pregnancy because it can lead to Any Type of Birth Defects. Birth Control Pills are not dangerous in any way when you are not pregnant.
If you are taking Birth Control pills then it would be wise to remember that you would have to become pregnant to possibly develop Blood Clots, which is a very unlikely outcome. Birth Control Pills only pose a threat when taken during pregnancy and even then it is at a marginal risk, so Birth Control Pills don't pose many health risks.
If you are not pregnant and taking Birth Control Pills you only have the chance of developing Blood Clots if you also happen to be on Birth Control that has high levels of estrogen such as Yasmin, Yaz, Loestrin Fe 1/20 or Ortho-Cyclen. Birth Control pills with lower levels of estrogen do not carry much risk in developing Blood Clots and Birth Control Pills also do not make your blood clot more than it already would without any pill consumption.
Birth Control Pills are a safer alternative to Birth Control methods such as condoms and diaphragms, so they pose little if any threat at all. Birth Control Pills don't have many ill effects on your health and only pose a risk when you become pregnant, so it is safe to say that Birth Control is for the most part completely safe. Birth control pills do not affect your health in any way. Birth control pills only pose a threat during pregnancy because they can lead to birth defects, but there is no threat of developing Blood Clots from Birth Control Pills.
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