Blood clot risk linked to taking common painkillers alongside certain hormonal birth control

According to the study, women who used certain “high risk” contraceptives, such as estrogen-and-progestin patches or vaginal rings, alongside NSAIDs were at the greatest risk of developing blood clots. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Women who use some types of hormonal birth control and common painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) at the same time may have a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots, new research suggests.  

In an observational study of 2 million women in Denmark published Wednesday (Sept. 6) in the journal The BMJ, researchers found that those who used NSAIDs at the same time as hormonal contraception had an increased risk of developing blood clots in their veins, a potentially disabling or deadly condition known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). NSAIDs include drugs like ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac. 

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