Post # 1
Thats it. I’m on the Nuva Ring and have been for 7 years. I’m 25. Well, lately, I’ve been reading more and more articles about women dying from blood clots from their birth control. And to bring it even closer to home, my friend’s wedding planners sister died suddenly from a blood clot brought on from her birth control.
I know my chances to die from that are slim… but I’m sure all those women who died thought the same thing. FI tells me to get off of it, which I want to for this reason, but I know we both HATE condoms, and (TMI) neither of us can finish with them. He is very supportive about my health and whatever I choose, so I know he would use condoms so I could stop BC… but I know he hates them, so I feel bad.
I also am trying to hold out through December. Our wedding is 12-13-14 and we leave for our week long honeymoon the next day. Right now I am on track to get my period the week after we return, and I’m afraid if I quit NuvaRing now my cycle may shift and I’d be on my period on our honeymoon (not ideal).
After the wedding, I am quitting birth control for good (I think) and hope we can chart to keep track so I don’t get pregnant until we’re ready. And if we do get pregnant before we’re ‘ready’ I’ll be okay with it (we both just really want to be married before being pregnant).
Its just that the thought of dying so young scares me. Yes, I know I could die in a car crash today, so why worry? But I don’t want to add to my chances.
I’m really torn about stopping now or waiting until December. I keep telling myself its only three months away, but a major blood clot could form and kill me in that amount of time! I’m just constantly anxious and stressed about this.
I’d be more comfortable staying on my BC if I could go to the doctor to check monthly for any possible forming blood clots or something like that. Will they do that? Is that such a thing? If anyone has any comments, opinions, stories, help about charting how NOT to get pregnant… please feel free to comment!
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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.