Hormonal Birth Control Thrombosis

Blood clot risks are increased in contraceptives that use estrogen, which are called combined hormonal contraceptives. Hormonal methods that use progesterone only—such as a progesterone-only pill, IUD, injection like Depo-Provera, or arm implant like Nexplanon—do not have the same risks - Stephanie Bryson

Hormonal Birth Control Thrombosis

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