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Can using the contraceptive patch increase my risk for stroke?

The contraceptive patch delivers 60% more estrogen into the blood than the pill. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved changes to the label of the contraceptive patch to reflect results of epidemiologic studies, which found that users of the contraceptive patch had a higher risk of developing serious blood clots than women using birth control pills.

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