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I nearly died when I was 18 years old because I was taking birth control pills and did not realize I had a blood clot. Neither did my doctor. For five weeks. After traveling up my legs with no symptoms and lodging just below my heart, the pulmonary embolism grew to block 70% of my vena cava. The cause was taking birth control pills. While oral contraception overall has an impressive safety profile, knowing the risk factors for blood clots and the symptoms of one are important for those who take them.

The risk of blood clots with oral contraception is better known and understood today than it was two decades ago, but women interested in taking the pill may not know the precise numbers…

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