A 53-year-old member asked:
If I have factor five leiden, can I take birth control?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered
48 years experience in Pathology
Not advised: People who inherit the leiden variant of coagulation factor v are at incresed risk of venous thrombosis. Those who are heterozygotes their risk is 5-10 fold higher, homozygotes are about 50 fold greater risk. Women on birth contol pills are partiuclarly susceptible to thrombosis if they have leiden factor v. If the affected individual develops thromobsis, life long anti-coagulation may be needed.
Answered on Mar 3, 2013
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