A 48-year-old member asked:
is it safe to take birth control pills after having a pulmonary embolism?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Devin Namaky answered
13 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: Not if they contain estrogen. A history of pulmonary embolism is a contraindication to contraceptives that use an estrogen, and with good reason. However, despite the same blanket contraindication, progestin only contraceptives are generally safe even with this history.
Answered on Apr 19, 2013
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