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I want to go on the birth control pill. should i be worried about dvt?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Worried? Concerned?: Ocp's are are known to be associated with dvt. Some are more prone to DVT than others. Smokers should not take ocp's as a a general rule. Anyone with a history of clot or strong family history of clots should be very careful in considering this form of contraception. Have a very frank discussion with your prescribing physician, a pharmacist and research it yourself.
Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Generally no: Dvt risk is very low. The risk is higher with a family history of thrombophilia ( a predisposition to a clot in the leg or lung). Bear in mind however that even if there was a genetic disorder that increased your risk (like leydig factor v) the chance for having a clinical event is less then 1%. The general quoted risk for a DVT with the low dose pill is 3%, but up to 8-12% with pregnancy.
Dr. Miguel Cano
Dr. Miguel Cano commented
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
And please don't smoke...
Jan 6, 2013

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