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Keisha Ellis, FNP-C

Millions of women each year use birth control pills (BCPs) as their primary form of contraception. For many published studies and literature concur that oral contraception is safe, however, there is also a risk that estrogen-containing contraceptives, including the pill, and patches can pose health risks, including blood clots in the arms and legs, and deadly blood clots in the lungs.

Estrogen-containing BCPs increase a woman’s risk for blood clots three-fold, and some newer BCPs pose a risk twice as great as older BCPs. These risks significantly increase in women who have other blood-clot risk factors, such as a genetic clotting disorder like factor 2 or V Leiden, SMOKERS, history of a previous blood clot, or a family history of blood clots.