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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
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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