How Do Birth Control Pills Affect Women's Risk of Heart Disease?

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Please understand that as a woman if you take birth control pills, your risk of heart disease could go up. If you smoke and then are taking birth control pills, your risk of clotting and the development of heart disease goes up exponentially. Birth control might be okay for you, but please talk to your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for heart disease. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, or you smoke, or have a strong family history of heart disease, taking something that you might think is safe like a birth control pill may actually increase your risk of heart disease. Please talk to your doctor.

You have to understand in birth control pills there's estrogen, and estrogen can increase your risk of clotting. So if you have risk factors of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity, talk to your doctor before you take the birth control pill. You might think it's safe, but it might not be safe for you. It could actually increase your risk of heart disease.