Contraception Decision-Making

Birth Control: It’s Your Choice, Make it Safe.
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  • Hormonal contraceptive pills carry a three- to nine-fold risk of blood clots compared to non-users.6
  • Hormonal vaginal rings and transdermal patches carry a six- to eight-fold risk for blood clots compared to nonusers.7
  • Being overweight or obese (BMI >30) can double a person’s risk for a blood clot compared to normal weight.8


There are many risk factors for blood clots, including the use of estrogen-based contraception. Are you at risk?

Recognize Risk

The best way to prevent blood clots is to recogize your risk. If you are considering your birth control options, learn more about the continuum of blood clot risks that women face throughout their lifetime.


There are both hormonal and non-hormonal contraception options available. Which option might be best for you?

Get the Facts

Get all of the information you need about your contraception options and talk to your healthcare provider about your health history. Make sure you make a fully informed decision that meets your specific birth control needs.


A spectrum of short-acting and long-acting birth control methods are available. Are you familiar with all of your options?

Weigh all Options

Birth control pills and condoms are just two of many options you have for birth control. View and download a chart showing the effectiveness of each option available and discuss your options with your healthcare provider.

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ACOG Chart of Contraception Methods