Can birth control pills cause a stroke?

Can birth control pills cause a stroke?

In our previous article, we took a negative stance on the potentially harmful correlation of birth control with stroke in women. See our piece: Today we offer the counter-argument.

Female deaths from stroke and birth control in America

According to data from the National Library of Medicine, 780,000 people in the United States have stroke (15% is life-threatening), and of those who die from stroke, 60% are women.

Therefore, studies have begun to examine the relationship between stroke susceptibility and women, specifically the type of birth control used by women. Some studies have found that women who use oral contraceptives or the patch are twice as likely to have a stroke than women who use other forms of birth control.

Others have divided these results into several age groups: under 20 years old, 20-40 years old and over 40 years old.

Adolescents generally have a lower risk of stroke.

Although estrogen in birth control pills can increase the chance of stroke. The risk of having a stroke in teenagers is relatively low as long as they maintain a low dose of oral contraceptives (less than 50 mg). In fact, many pill manufacturers are now designing their pills to contain less than 50mg. So many pills are relatively safe. In contrast, when teenagers do not use any contraceptives. There is a higher risk of becoming pregnant or being exposed to a hormonal imbalance. It is therefore the student’s responsibility to weigh up the risk of stroke and pregnancy.

In addition, women in the 20-40 age group make up the majority of customers of oral contraceptives or patches.

They are also more prone to unhealthy habits. Such as smoking or alcohol consumption and pre-existing health conditions such as bleeding disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome, etc. Considering all these factors, they tend to be at a higher risk of suffering a stroke while using oral contraceptives. Therefore, they should consult their doctor or take other precautions before opting for these two contraceptive methods mentioned above.

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Finally, women over 40 are less likely to have a stroke because of their form of birth control. However, they are at a higher risk of suffering a stroke because of their age.

This is because women over 40 often choose a more permanent method of birth control, such as surgery. And fewer use pills or patches. Therefore, contraception plays less of a role in why women in their 40s have strokes. In short, the relationship between birth control methods and stroke deaths can be overstated.

In summary, youth are not greatly affected by contraception. In addition, healthy middle-aged women are often still taking contraceptives with no ill effects.

Additionally, older women tend to choose a more efficient way to avoid pregnancy. The likelihood of having a stroke is therefore lower because of contraception. Regardless of the form of the drug, a risk-benefit assessment is required before ingestion. To make an informed decision depending on their needs and conditions.

Written by Katherine Tang

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Works Cited

Bushnell, Cheryl D. “Stroke in Women: Risk and Prevention Throughout the Lifespan.” NEurological Clinics volume 26.4 (2008): 1161-76,xi. doi:10.1016/j.ncl.2008.05.009

DeNoon, J.Daniel. “Experts: Risk of contraceptive patch overstated.” WebMD. ed#:~:text=The%20deaths%20of%2016%20women,per%204.1% 20 million%20woman%2dy ears. Moawad, Heidi. “The Link Between Birth Control Pills and Stroke.” Very good health.,women%20without%20other%20risk factors

Can birth control pills cause a stroke?

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