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Which types of birth control increase the likelihood of deep vein thrombosis?

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Three kinds of birth control have estrogen: combination pills, the patch, and the ring. While these methods are considered safe for most women, they do increase the likelihood of deep vein thrombosis. Combination birth control pills could more than triple your risk, though the risk overall is still small.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute "What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?" "What Is Pulmonary Embolism?" :

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Women's Health," "Is It True That Birth Control Pills Cause Blood Clots?" "What Every Woman Needs to Know About Blood Clots."

American Society of Hematology: "DVT: Myths and Facts."

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis," "Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (Beyond the Basics)."

Practice Bulletin, , September 2011. Obstetrics & Gynecology

Stegeman, B. Sept. 12, 2013. BMJ,

Committee on Gynecologic Practice, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, April 2013.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute "What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?" "What Is Pulmonary Embolism?" :

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Women's Health," "Is It True That Birth Control Pills Cause Blood Clots?" "What Every Woman Needs to Know About Blood Clots."

American Society of Hematology: "DVT: Myths and Facts."

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis," "Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (Beyond the Basics)."

Practice Bulletin, , September 2011. Obstetrics & Gynecology

Stegeman, B. Sept. 12, 2013. BMJ,

Committee on Gynecologic Practice, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, April 2013.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 18, 2018

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