(Closed) Just lost a former colleague to blood clots from birth control…

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Wow…that is horrible and scary 🙁

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh that’s terrible.  I’ve always heard that’s a possibility but if she had them everywhere you’d think there’d have been alot of symptoms.  I know a girl at work gets blood clots in her legs when she’s pregnant and almost died from the one she got with her son.  She now has to get injections twice a day.  What a terrible waste of a great life.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That’s terrible!  Do you know which one she was on?

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I am so sorry hear that! that is super scary – im a smoker (i know horrible habit) and i was on BC for a good 3 years before stopping in February – i knew it wasn’t safe to smoke and be on BC but i had no idea it could be this serious. i really dont think i will ever get on the pill again, i had continuous problems with it.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

That’s awful!  But I don’t know why her doctor would prescribe BC pills if she was a smoker.  It’s a known risk factor.  Preventable deaths are just extra sad.  Worse for someone so young.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Thats horrible. I’m so sorry to hear. 

Thank you for sharing, its important to know the risks of both pills, smoking and the combination.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know a girl who was in her twenties and actually had a stroke from her blood clots (related to birth control). She had the typical signs-droopy fave, unable to talk. She was just about to get married to and her Fiance had to take care of her for a long time until she recovered, but she won’t ever be 100% again.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Definitely something to think about–thank you for sharing.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That’s why I stopped taking the pill. Lucky for me I noticed weird swelling and soreness of my leg and called the doctor’s office right away. Because I read the inserts that come with my medicine. I had to call twice, because the first doctor I spoke to just laughed at me and said I’d probably bumped into something because women my age (mid 20s) didn’t have that problem. The second doctor took it quite seriously and had me come in right away.

Women should definitely be aware of the symptoms of clotting disorders that are linked to BC:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/phlebitis

http://www.webmd.com/dvt/deep-vein-thrombosis-dvt-symptoms-diagnosis

(ETA: and for anyone following the health care discussion elsewhere, that was a private medical practice in the US.)

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

How sad and tragic. That’s very frightening.

This is a big fear of mine, even as a non-smoker. I am counting the days until we get married, not only because it’ll be such a wonderful day, but it’ll be the last day I ever take the pill. FAM from there on out, due to the risks of hormonal BC pills. 

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am currently not on any BC after 12 straight years, and I am seriously debating going back on. I am no longer a smoker (5.5 years!) but blood clots are genetic in my family, so it definitely has me worried. I really want to get Novasure done, but not sure what my doctor will say because I’m just 28 (almost) but I think its the best option for me

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

My cousin almost died from this several weeks ago.  She had a blood clot in her lung and they barely caught it in time.  I don’t believe she smokes and she’s in her mid 40s…

Such a sad story.  I’m so sorry for your loss 🙁

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Buzzing bee

I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. This really kinda opens my eyes to the risks of BC, I’m not a smoker but it still a bit worrying.

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