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Is Birth Control Pills for Diabetics Okay?

I would need more information regarding your age, the duration of your diabetes, your medical history, the nature of your menstrual irregularities and even the dose and duration of use of these birth control pills. But let me try to address your question anyway. You are correct that there is some reason for your concern. Oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills have been known to cause blood clots in certain predisposed individuals.These drugs may put women who take them at increased risk for blood clots in the leg veins (which may travel to the lungs causing difficulty in breathing), and could even cause strokes and heart attacks.

Not everyone of course is at risk. Currently, there are still millions of women worldwide who are taking these pills for various indications, such as for the treatment of the symptoms of menopause or to regularize menses, who experience little or no side effects from the intake of these pills.The more common minor side effects include weight gain, water retention, headaches, breakthrough bleeding and even acne. But these are typically transient and less common with the newer kinds of pills.

If you are relatively young, with well controlled diabetes, and have no other risk factors like high blood pressure or smoking,then these pills should be safe to use. Those women who are of increased risk for blood clots in the leg veins, or for strokes and heart attacks while taking these pills are those with a personal or past history of blood clots; have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or hypertension; have uncontrolled or complicated diabetes mellitus; are overweight (especially those with a body mass index of over 30 kg/ml; with severe varicose veins; of older age (over the age of 30 years): or who are immobile due, for example, to some paralysis or disability. To allay your fears however, the pills that have been prescribed for your irregular menses are probably the newer generation pills. These have been designed to have lower doses of hormones and studies have found it to be safer than the older formulations. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and to discuss treatment options. After all, your personal doctor is still the best informed about your medical history, and any risks or benefits from taking these medications which could be related to your other medical problems.

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