Lower Your Risk of Leg Clots

There are many ways of lowering one's risk of blood clots. Exercise, lower cholesterol, support stockings, sitting correctly, and taking medications which actually thin the blood if you are genetically at risk all help. But altering the birth control you take may be one way of lowering your risk as there are low, but increased risks with certain types of pills. A new study on blood clots with the use of Yasmin birth control pill discusses those risks. To put them in perspective, the study found rates of 3 women out of 10,000 at risk for blood clotting, vs the normal population rate of about 1/10,000 in the control population not on those pills. The increased rate is still lower than the rate of blood clots in pregnancy which is estimated to be about 50 times higher than none pregnant (although some studies put this number much lower at only 4-20 times as more common, which would be lower than the newest rate for Yasmin). Remember that methods such as a ParaGard IUD for women who want to get pregnant in the future and sterilization for women who are done having children have no known increased risks of getting a DVT, or any kind of blood clot.

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