May is Women’s Health Month

May is Women’s Health Month

May is Women’s Health Month. The National Blood Clot Alliance is raising awareness about the unique risk factors that women have for blood clots. Knowing that increased estrogen – from hormonal birth control, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, or IVF- raises the risk of developing a life-threatening blood clot can make a life-saving difference.  Protect yourself or the women in your life by learning more.

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Watch our Most Recent PEP Talk: VTE and She 

Facts and Statistics

  • Use of birth control pills – combined hormonal contraceptives – doubles the venous clot risk.
  • Venous blood clots are a leading cause of death in a woman during pregnancy or just after having a baby.
  • In pregnancy, the risk of VTE is increased 5 times greater than in non-pregnancy.
  • Clot risk is increased during all trimesters, but is highest – a risk of 100 fold – in the first week after the baby is born. Risk remains elevated for up to 12 weeks following delivery.
  • Use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases VTE risk by 2 to 4 times.

Learn More

Birth Control & Blood Clots 

  • Birth control methods that contain estrogen can place a woman at increased risk for blood clots.

Pregnancy & Blood Clots 

  • Women who are pregnant or who have just given birth are at increased risk for blood clots.

Treatment of Menopause Symptoms & Blood Clots

  • As women approach menopause, they begin to experience symptoms that are sometimes treated with hormone therapy, which contain estrogen and can increase a woman’s risk for blood clots.

Women and Blood Clots Risk Timeline

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Women and Blood Clots Risk Assessment Tool

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