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Can taking the birth control pill increase my risk for stroke?

There is no convincing evidence that most healthy women who use low-dose oral contraceptives have an increased risk of stroke. However, women taking the pill who smoke and have migraines, high blood pressure, or blood-clotting problems have a higher risk, especially if they have a family history of stroke.

Birth control pills can cause stroke by stimulating clot formation. Other medications like blood thinners cause stroke more often than the pill.

Women on hormonal treatments, specifically estrogen, have a higher risk of stroke.

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