My Nurse practitioner recommended Lo Loestrin due to fibroids and cycle lasting ten days with lite bleeding after day 5 and I'm 51. Not really sure if I wanted to deal with taking a birth control pill after 35 the risk for blood clots are higher for women past 35.
The risk for blood clots elevates slightly for women over 35. The real danger is for women who take hormones that are over 35 and smoke! If you do not smoke, your risk is minimal. When I worked a family planning clinic, we would counsel women when they turned 34 who were taking BCP and smoking that age 34 was the last year they could get the pill if they continued to smoke. If they chose to continue with BCP, they had the year to stop smoking but once they turned 35, the Dr would absolutely, under no circumstances, continue to prescribe BCP if the were 35 and still smoked. The risk was just too great and outweighed any benefit of birth control. If you do not smoke, the risk is only slightly elevated as opposed to women under 35, but it is yours to decide if it is a risk you are willing to take. Did she discuss any other options with you? They can do surgery now where they remove the fibroids but leave the uterus intact. It used to always mean hysterectomy but now sometimes depending on the size of the fibroids, they can just remove the fibroids. Look into all your options before you decide.
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