Does taking birth control pills increase my risk for stroke?

Answer. Contraceptives may increase the risk of tromboembolism, discontinue if an arterial or venous thrombotic event occurs, use with caution in cardiovascular disease , can lead to increased risk of stroke or mi( myocardial infarction), check with your doctor to rule out any underlying condition you might be having before starting on a regimen, the right dose makes a big difference on reported side effects.
Yes. Slightly. Birth contol pills (and the patch) can slightly increase your risk for blood clots and strokes. If you smoke or you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, you have an even higher risk.

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Does taking birth control pills increase my risk for stroke much?

Depends on history. Development of some side effects depends in part on history of hypertension, tobacco use, illness, age, etc. Serious side effects of some common ocs can be searched for here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a601050.Html (full disclosure: this is from medline of the nlm. I was on the board of directors of friends of the national library of medicine when it launched medline. Py). Read more...

Are there any birth control pills available to treat PCOS that are low in estrogen/estrogen-free? I have migraines and am currently on Yaz, and want to reduce my stroke risk. I'm in college and the OBGYN clinic here on campus is very unhelpful.

Hmmm... Short answer is yes: there are low-estrogen oral contraceptives. Not sure you'd want to do that, though. First, the ovarian cysts can only be controlled if ovulation is stopped, and this requires taking estrogen to inhibit pituitary FSH release. Without estrogen the cysts might rage out of control. This estrogen must (I believe) be balanced with progesterone and testosterone, EVEN in PCOS patients. Read more...

Does taking birth control pills increase my risk for heart disease if I am 35?

Yes, esp if a smoker. Please look up the name of the drug you might take. Common and serious side effects of many oral contraceptives can be found here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginformation.Html (full disclosure: this is from medline of the nlm. I was on the board of directors of friends of the national library of medicine when it launched medline. Py). Read more...

Can taking birth control pills increase menstrual cycle length?

U mean period length. It should make your periods shorter, and it should not affect the overall length if you take the placebo pills, you can skip the placebo pills under the supervision of your doc if you do not want to get a period which is a perfectly acceptable thing to do if u do not want the period. Read more...

Does taking birth control pills increase the odds i'll get heart disease? I am 38 years old and have taken birth control pills regularly for the past six years. Is it true that taking the pill means I have a greater chance of getting heart disease? .

The . The research suggests that women with risk factors for heart disease are at a higher risk of developing it when on the pill. These risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, family history of blood clots, stroke, and heart disease. The research also indicates that birth control pills with a lower dose of estrogen poses a smaller risk. If you are healthy with none of the above risk factors, you should feel confident in regards to your risk of heart disease. If you are concerned or have further questions please consult your doctor. Read more...