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Why Testing for Thrombophilia Before
Using Birth Control Is Important

Raquel Goldstein, RPA-C, MS, is a physician assistant at Dr. Polcino’s office. Today she speaks about thrombophilia’s effect on a woman using birth control. Since about 10% of women will carry thrombophilia, it is important to be informed about this genetic trait and what is recommended if it is identified.

Raquel Goldstein starts out by defining thrombophilia: Thrombophilia is an inherited genetic disorder that causes an increased risk of blood clots. Approximately 10% of women will carry this genetic trait. The use of many birth controls increases the risk of blood clots, and when they are taken by a woman that has thrombophilia, the risk is further increased.

Before prescribing birth control, many health care providers will order a thrombophilia blood test. If the woman is found to carry this genetic trait, then she may be sent for a hematologic consult. If you are thinking about starting birth control, please speak to your health care provider to see if thrombophilia testing is right for you.

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