I Have Been Diagnosed With A Recent Heart Condition. Can I Resume Taking Oral Contraception?

Question: I have been diagnosed with a recent heart condition and would like to resume taking oral contraception. Is this advisable?

Answer: So, women who have recently been diagnosed with a heart condition first need to clarify with their cardiologist what the heart condition is.

Taking oral estrogen, which oral birth control pills or oral contraception typically is, would raise their risk of having a blood clot if they had a specific form of heart disease.

So they would definitely want to clear any resumption of therapy with their treating cardiologist.

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