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I'm a 29 year old female & pretty healthy overall. Taking birth control for 5 years- what's the risk of deep vein thrombosis or serious blood clot?

I'm a 29 year old female & pretty healthy overall. Taking birth control for 5 years- what's the risk of deep vein thrombosis or serious blood clot?

Depends: The risk with birth control pills is higher than without, but much lower than the risk with pregnancy. The risk is higher in overweight women and those who smoke. A small number with a genetic mutation have excessive risk. Regular exercise will reduce the risk. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/tc/hormonal-birth-control-risk-of-blood-clots-topic-overview ...Read more

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Using Oral Contraceptives (Definition)

Contraceptives are devices, drugs, or methods for preventing pregnancy, either by preventing the fertilization of the female egg by the male sperm or by preventing implantation of the fertilized egg. Choosing the appropriate contraceptive is a personal decision. Contraceptive options include: * Hormonal contraceptives (such as oral contraceptives, skin patch, vaginal ring, implant, and injection) * Intrauterine devices (IUDs), which contain either a hormone or copper * Barrier devices with or without spermicides (such as diaphragm, cervical cap, sponge, and condom) * Fertility awareness methods (such as temperature, cervical mucus, and calendar) * Female sterilization (tubal ligation, Essure) The condom is the only birth control method that provides protection against ...Read more


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Can trauma to the scrotum cause deep vein thrombosis?

Can trauma to the scrotum cause deep vein thrombosis?

Scrotum trauma: Trauma to the scrotum is more likely to can severe pain or damage to the testicles that a dvt. Hope that helped. ...Read more

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Can sleeping with your legs crossed cause deep vein thrombosis?

Can sleeping with your legs crossed cause deep vein thrombosis?

Probably not: If you are otherwise healthy with no history of blood clots, recent surgery etc, crossing your legs should not cause dvt. ...Read more

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Can a tummy tuck cause deep vein thrombosis? I've been told that deep vein thrombosis can happen during or after a tummy tuck. Is this true, and if so, why? How is it prevented? .

Can a tummy tuck cause deep vein thrombosis? I've been told that deep vein thrombosis can happen during or after a tummy tuck. Is this true, and if so, why? How is it prevented?

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Virchow's triad: The tummy tuck itself does not cause the clot but the stasis ( lack of movement) associated with being still under general anesthesia or in the post-operative period. To minimize this using foot pumps during surgery with compression stocking as well as encouraging movement after surgery is prescribed. Blood thinners may be used for high risk patients but not typically advised. ...Read more

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What can cause the disease deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

What can cause the disease deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

Many factors: There are many factor which cause dvts: dehydration, stasis of the blood in the legs, smoking, trauma, family associated hereditary disease (thrombophilia), injuries, inactivity including hospital stays, long flights without activity, obesity. Certain surgical procedures can also predispose a person to DVT as well. I recommend you to speak to your physician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Could deep vein thrombosis in the leg be caused by a bicycle gash on the leg?

Could deep vein thrombosis in the leg be caused by a bicycle gash on the leg?

Not very likely: If the gash was associated with tissue trauma like a crush injury with profound bruising and immobility, then a DVT could be possible, as dr. Press said. But if you only had a cut without much oterh deeper tissue damage, it is unlikely. ...Read more

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Is it possible that deep vein thrombosis in the leg be caused by a gash on the leg?

Is it possible that deep vein thrombosis in the leg be caused by a gash on the leg?

Possibly...: While the gash on the leg wouldn't 'cause' the blood clot, if the person were immobile for a period of time related to the gash then the immobility could cause the blood clot. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep venous thrombosis is a clot within the deep veins of the leg. The blood clot causes pain and swelling of the calf. This is a concerning condition, because if the clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lung and become lodged there, blocking blood ...Read more