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Will taking a daily aspirin reduce my risk of blood clot from birth control pills? Is daily aspirin safe? What would I need to know?

By Anonymous April 18, 2010 - 9:22am
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37, 9 months postpartum. Hormone tests show I'm in PeriMenopause (mom was menopausal by 40, as was my sister). Taking birth control pills to help ease some symptoms, help with acne and hair issues but am worried about increased blood clot risk. I'm taking Ortho Novum 777 which I believe is a First Generation pill?

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Hi Anonymous,

Aspirin is used in addition to its effects on pain, fever, and inflammation, aspirin also has an important inhibitory effect on platelets in the blood. This antiplatelet effect is used to prevent blood clot formation inside arteries, particularly in individuals who have atherosclerosis (narrowing of the blood vessels) of their arteries, or are otherwise prone to develop blood clots in their arteries.

You should always consult your physician prior to using any medications for any period of time. Have you sought a physicians opinion about your blood clots and/or treatments? Since there are several drug interactions associated with all medications, seeking a physicians opinion is necessary.

April 18, 2010 - 10:40am
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