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i have a factor v leiden blood mutation. what kind of birth control pills (not iuds) can i take?

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Dr. David Kurss
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possibly progestin : Generally, you have a 6 fold increase risk of a clot in the leg or lung. Adding estrogen/ progestin birth control pills increase the risk by between 15 x to 80 x- if you received a factor from one parent or two, respectively. The risk is unacceptably high- more than getting pregnant. The literature seems to indicate that a progestin only pill or an iud without hormone is safer.
Answered on Jun 21, 2013
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