I'm deathly afraid of my birth control

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
4404 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have you talked to your doctor about your fears? He or she would be in the best position to advise as to your particular risks as well as options for alternatives. 

Post # 3
437 posts
Helper bee

I am 31 and last year I had a TIA (mini stroke). I was taken off my birth control pill immediately and at that point FI and I said that we would stop using contraceptives and see what happens.

i have a history of migraines, so that is what they attributed the TIA to. I’ve been fine ever since. 

We have been actively TTc since May 2013 with no luck (long stories!) so my advice is IF you are DEATHLY afraid of your birth control, then stop it. Worst case, you’ll be in your first trimester at your wedding or get your period on your honeymoon. Both better than “being constantly anxious and stressed” about it. 

Post # 4
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

About a month ago I stopped taking my bc pills, which I was on for about 3 years. I just didn’t feel myself- no libido, tired all the time, I would get randomly nauseous, I started getting migraines (which made me nervous of blood clots since I NEVER had a migraine until I started bc pills)…

It has been good so far, I feel like I have more energy and I feel my sex drive is slowly coming back- although FI is getting impatient haha. I know it will take a bit longer to get back to normal completely, but I’m pretty convinced that it’s the bc to blame for my issues. I hate condoms, too, but at this point it’s better than the alternative.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do!

Post # 5
6977 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you’ve been on the same thing for 7 years I think it’s pretty unlikely that it would suddenly give you a blood clot. I had a scare when I tried switching to the 3 month BC pills, but I later found out I have a blood clotting disorder.

Post # 6
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I read a terrifying article about Nuvaring and blood clots.  I went off it along time ago in favor of Seasonique.  Have you talked to your doctor about Nuvaring compared to pills?

Post # 7
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

LeonardLady:  I second PPs advice to talk to your doctors. There are a lot of things that can raise your risk of blood clots like age, smoking, stuff like that. I’d also suggest talking to your doctor about a non-hormonal method like the copper IUD (might not be great if you want to get preggo soon because you’d just have to have it removed) or other hormonal contraceptives. I believe that some forms–Depo shot, implant, Mirena–don’t have the same risk of strokes. There are a lot of options. Your doctor can help you pick the one that’s best for you.

Post # 8
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would look into Progesterone only birth control. The risk of blood clots and stroke are due to the mixture of progesterone and estrogen.

Post # 9
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

LeonardLady:  The main risk factors for blood clots/strokes with HBC are:


If you smoke

If you have a history of migraines

If you have high blood pressure

If you have a family history of heart attacks/strokes/clots


Your doctor should assess all these factors at each check-up (in the UK you go every 6 months). If you were in at ask-risk group they would likely change you to a different method.

The risk of clots with the ring if you are healthy is absolutely minuscule, and my honest opinion is you are being overly paranoid.

However, if it’s making you worry all the time, by all means come off it or switch to an alternative method like the progestogen-only (mini) pill, the copper IUD or the Mirena IUS.

Post # 10
1665 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Westwood:  that’s not necessarily true. I was on the pill for 15 years and my dr found a blood clot on year 14.5. I stayed on it because of the same reasons as the OP but I also started taking aspirin daily and drinking a lot more water & the clot dissolved. But I stopped the pill immediately after my honeymoon. I also don’t smoke or have high blood pressure. So it can happen. It’s a valid fear OP and more women need to consider it. 

Post # 11
561 posts
Busy bee

after being hospitalized for hypertension at 24 (yikes) my doctor immediately pulled me off of BC pills and put me on depoprovera. it was never certain BC was the cause of high blood pressure, but i was on BC from 15-24 because i couldnt regulate my period – and aint nobody got time for a 14 day flow! was miserable once i switched to depo and blame it for terrible mood swings, and making it extremely hard to lose weight. i finally said “screw this” almost a year ago and now we just use condoms. while it’s a pain and makes it a little less fun, i feel a lot better.

it’s definitely something you should talk to your dr about as everyone is different, and all forms of BC effect people differently and can cause risks – just like every other medication out there.

Post # 12
102 posts
Blushing bee

I developed a blood clot in my leg when I was 26 (32 now) after being on birth control since highschool. My muscles atrophied and it tooks months of physical therapy to recover. I was immediately taken off of hormonal bc and discovered that I have a fairly common, mild clotting disorder. I took coumadin for six months, and when I was pregnant with my second child (clot happened between pregnancies) I had to give myself shots of Lovenox to avoid clotting, having a stroke, or doing serious harm to the baby. I’m now on an aspirin regimen and am hyperviligent about getting another clot. I ended up having a hysterectomy at 29 due to other health reasons so I don’t have to worry about bc anymore. I would consider an iud over bcp’s.  

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