A member asked:

What is the chance of ortho tricyclen lo causing a blood clot? is it rare? been on it for 3 months but don't know if i want to continue use because i do smoke, is 24 and i work a desk job and don't get a lot of exercise

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Dr. Mary Engrav answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Oral : Oral birth control pills raise the risk of blood clots. Smoking also raises the risk, as does a sedentary lifestyle. It would also be important to find out if you have a family history of blood clots. Please discuss these risk factors with your doctor. Mirena iud is safe for women who smoke and it does not raise the risk of blood clots. There are also progestin only birth control pills that do not raise the risk of clots.

Answered 10/3/2016


Dr. Brian Lynch answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Birth control: You need to discuss this with your prescribing doctor . The general recommendations are not to take pills and smoke. The risk of a clot increases with the amount of smoking and age :see the black box warning: https://www.Thepill.Com/.

Answered 12/7/2013



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