Obese women who take birth control pills may want to consider a different kind of contraceptive.
A new study found that overweight women who take the pill were 30 times more likely to develop a rare kind of stroke known as cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT), when compared to women of normal weight who do not take the pill.
CVT is rare in the sense that it affects just over one person per 100,000. The chances of ever getting diagnosed with it even if you do take oral contraceptives will remain relatively low. Still, because both obesity and oral contraceptive use are tied to an increased risk of blood clots, women who combine the two are potentially putting themselves in a risky situation. Additionally, anyone with a history of cancer will also see their likelihood rise.
The main symptoms of CVT include headache, confusion, blurry vision or seizures. This particular kind of stroke is also less disabling than others that are caused by a blocked blood vessel, as about five in six patients have good memory recovery and overall outcomes.
If you’re concerned about your own birth control use, you may want to consult your doctor about other contraceptive methods that may be better suited for you and your body.
For more information on how obesity and birth control can increase your risk of CVT, check out the video above.