Post # 1
She just died yesterday. Early 30s, single, great career, great family, body absolutely riddled with blood clots that weren’t caught soon enough. She was a smoker and on birth control, and the doctors are blaming her death on this combination. We were not super close but this is incredibly sad and makes me seriously reconsider my choice of birth control. I’m not a smoker but I do know of three other individuals who have had clots or strokes from BC.
Anyone else have experience with this?
Post # 3
Wow…that is horrible and scary 🙁
Post # 4
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
That’s terrible! Do you know which one she was on?
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
Definitely something to think about–thank you for sharing.
Post # 11
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:
(ETA: and for anyone following the health care discussion elsewhere, that was a private medical practice in the US.)
Post # 12
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.
Post # 13
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 # 14
This is very scary. I’m going to look into my Nuvaring a little more and see whats up. I’m also considering an IUD but not sure if that’s any different from the hormonal BC.
From what I’ve heard, the girl was on Yaz. As was another coworker who went to the hospital with clots in her legs. But that’s heresay at this point.
Post # 15
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 🙁
Post # 16
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.