Birth control that contains artificial hormones and synthetic estrogen can lead to an increased risk of blood clots, according to researchers. Leading products that contain artificial hormones include birth control pills as well as devices such as the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), which releases a synthetic hormone called progestin.
Birth control blood clots have become a serious concern for women exploring their healthcare options. Blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, can develop in perfectly healthy women, often causing severe health problems including heart attack and stroke when they travel to the lungs or heart.
The Mirena IUD is one of several new types of birth control growing in use since it was approved — more than 2 million American women reportedly use the device. However, Mirena side effects have caused tens of thousands of women to file complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration documenting injuries, including perforation of the uterus and pelvic inflammatory disease.