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    Here’s What You Need To Know About Birth Control And Blood Clots

    Before you freak out and throw away your pills, you'll probably want to read this.

    There’s been A LOT of talk about birth control raising your risk of blood clots, especially some of the newer kinds.

    Here’s what a blood clot actually is:

    Doctors aren't always sure what causes a clot, but there are some things that can raise your risk of developing one.

    Yes, being on some kinds of birth control can slightly raise your risk of blood clots. But not all of them.

    So what about this new study that says newer birth controls give you a 4x higher risk of blood clots?! OK...let's talk about that.

    So here's what those numbers ~actually~ mean:

    Ready to have your mind blown? Your risk of getting a blood clot is 4 to 5 times higher when you’re PREGNANT, and it’s 20 TIMES HIGHER in the postpartum period.

    And obviously there are limitations to this (and every) study that you should keep in mind.

    So should you switch your birth control or stop taking it completely?

    One last thing! Here are the signs and symptoms of a blood clot, just so you know: