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My mom's cousin died from a blood clot in her brain, supposedly from taking birth control, and I was wondering if there was a form of birth control that has little to no chance of blood clots and still prevents pregnancy?

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Blood clots while on birth control are a risk, but a very small one ( 3-9 for every 10,000 women)and there are several factors that affect your personal susceptibility such as obesity and smoking. If you're in good health and don't smoke, it's probably safe for you to take the traditional pill. However, if you or your mom are worried, there are estrogen-free pills, or mini pills, that do not carry the same risk. The progestin only mini pill is slightly less effective than conventional birth control but is still 91 to 99 percent effective when used according to the directions.

here's some more info: http://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/handouts/mini_pill.html

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Julia Fout

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I can answer questions pertaining to how to choose and acquire contraception, how to talk to parents, doctors and partners about birth control, emergency contraception, missed periods, breakthrough bleeding,and how to use all methods correctly.

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I am working towards my Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Behaviors and Health Education. The advice I provide is based on the most recent scholarly research in the areas of health, adolescent development, sex education and the promotion of healthful sexual behaviors. I want to be able to provide teens with relevant, practical, fact-based information so they're well equipped to navigate tough choices and confusing situations.

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ECU, the Brody School of Medicine, Department of Public Health

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BA in Psychology/minor in Education
MPH Candidate

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