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How safe are birth control pills for women with congenital heart disease?

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Women with congenital heart disease may be able to use most forms of birth control. Research suggests that progestin-only options as well as IUDs may be safest for you. Get your doctor's advice. And no matter your age, if you use birth control pills, don't smoke. The combo raises your risk for blood clots and heart disease.

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: "Hormonal Contraception."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Heart Disease Fact Sheet."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring."

American Heart Association: "Birth Control and Heart Disease."

Mayo Clinic: "Healthy Lifestyle Birth Control."

National Institutes of Health: "Contraceptive Hormone Use and Cardiovascular Disease."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Cholesterol."

American Family Physician: "Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 03, 2018

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: "Hormonal Contraception."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Heart Disease Fact Sheet."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring."

American Heart Association: "Birth Control and Heart Disease."

Mayo Clinic: "Healthy Lifestyle Birth Control."

National Institutes of Health: "Contraceptive Hormone Use and Cardiovascular Disease."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Cholesterol."

American Family Physician: "Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on June 03, 2018

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