Dr. Iva Smolens explains if taking a birth control pill will increase a woman’s risk for heart disease.
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Oral contraceptives do increase the risk for heart disease. When you are younger and typically using oral contraceptives, the risk is probably pretty low. However, as women get older, perimenopausal women using estrogen used to be thought to be protective for them from heart disease, and a study early in 2000, The Women’s Health Initiative, demonstrated that not to be true, and actually using estrogen as a decrease for risk factor for, decrease in risk of incidence in heart disease has been disproven, and in fact, women should be taken off of estrogen replacement once they hit the perimenopausal years.