Women of child bearing age often face increased risk of health complications when attempting to prevent pregnancy. If you are currently taking birth control pills for the purpose of preventing pregnancy, regulating metabolic systems, or balancing hormones, it is important to become familiar with the cardiovascular risks that may arise. For many women, especially those on long term use of birth control pills, there is a greater risk for arterial plaque development leading to heart attack and stroke.
While clogged arteries are certainly a complication of aging, and often found in women with unhealthy lifestyle habits, the added use of birth control pills, over the long term, can increase this health risk. For women with pre-existing risks for coronary artery disease, this risk can be exponentially higher resulting in the cessation of birth control use later in life. Even if you struggle with prolonged menstrual bleeding, and this is the reason for birth control use, your doctor may consider other treatment options.
When speaking with your physician about the use of birth control pills, it is important to also ask about the impact of birth control pill induced arterial plaque. In many cases, if you insist on using birth control pills, your doctor will require that you engage in a more healthy diet, get exercise on a daily basis, undergo pre-screenings for cardiovascular risks, and also stop smoking. By engaging in these healthier lifestyle habits, you can reduce your risk for developing arterial plaque but not negate the effect with 100 percent certainty.
A change in cardiovascular chemical composition is primarily related to the development of arterial plaque, and clogged arteries, in response to birth control pill use. Over the long term, while using birth control pills, your physician should, at least, run regular blood testing and heart diagnostic tests to monitor for early indications of heart complications. When arterial plaque becomes a health concern, even after switching to a healthier lifestyle, you can expect that your physician may require that you cease using birth control pills and find another way to regular hormones or prevent pregnancy.
While birth control pills are relatively safe and effective for their use in women, there are some women who are at-risk for developing cardiac risks with arterial plaque development. Never dismiss any risks of cardiovascular disease if you are taking birth control pills and remember that using these prescription contraceptives may increase your risk for health complications in the future.
Sources: Reverse Heart Disease Now, by Stephen Sinatra