On May 7th, 2015, a young newlywed risked developing stroke, collapsing, heart disease, and death with every day she took her birth control pill. Sadly, she was not aware of any underlying risks. Even the medics dimmed her symptoms a no-big-deal and on several occasions said that her symptoms were as a result of dehydration. They never told her that contraceptive pills were the ones causing her blood clots.
The newlywed’s lady name was Kate, a 28 years old business woman. According to “what every woman needs to know on blood clots” a post they published on national blood clot alliance, it all began when she was on her honeymoon in Hawaii. She started feeling pain in her calf that kept her awake all night. She visited an orthopedic surgeon who performed scans, found nothing and discharged her. The issue went out her mind. Seven months later, she fainted in the airport while heading to her flight where medical personnel said that it was as a result of dehydration.
Kate went on with her normal life; little did she know that she had developed severe vein thrombosis in her calf. As a result, blood clots began to break-off, heading to her lungs. Blood clots in the lungs, also known as pulmonary embolism are life threatening; causing the death of 10-15% people according to Dr. Jack Ansell. Jack is a hematologist and a member of a scientific advisory board as well as national alliance blood clot. He said, “The very first sign of pulmonary embolism can be death.”
Thankfully, Kate got help before the condition kills her, thanks to a nurse who was her mother’s friend who suspected the condition. Some other women might not be so lucky, and they know the truth when it is too late.
The average risk of those taking combined oral contraceptives (COCs) is 3 to 5 higher compared to non-users. Thrombosis means blood clots mean an illness that can cause stroke, brain damage, heart attack, blindness, and even death. However, women do not get information on the risks involved as they go on taking their contraceptive pills. This act is a senseless negligence and deception.