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Albuquerque, NM
A 28-year-old female asked:

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
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
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.

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Is it ok to take a stool softener with birth control pills?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
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Yes: Will not interfere, but if you are 47 you may want to consider an in office tubal by the essure or adiana method that I do on my pts takes 5 minutes easy to do minimal to no pain miss 1/2 day of work, and then if u do not want periods you can get an in office endometrial abaltion to get rid of the endometrial tissue so no more periods or cramps takes 8 minutes easy to do.

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