Effectiveness is, of course, one important factor to be considered when choosing birth control, but it’s also important to weigh this crucial benefit against any potential risks associated with the birth control method you might choose.
While hormonal birth control has been used safely by millions of women over the past six decades, as with any prescription medication it can cause side effects. Specifically, birth control methods that contain estrogen can increase a woman’s risk for dangerous blood clots.
Estrogen and synthetic progesterone (called progestin) are hormones commonly used in many forms of birth control (including the pill, patch, and ring). Estrogen-based contraception methods cause an increase in the level of clotting proteins in a woman’s body, which increases a woman’s risk for blood clots.
All too often, we hear stories of unsuspecting and otherwise healthy women of child-bearing age who are prescribed birth control that contains estrogen and who subsequently have experienced a blood clot or lost their life to a blood clot.