i am 36 yrs. old can i still use contraceptive pill? until what age should the pill be taken

Healthy women, who are not

Healthy women, who are not overweight and do not smoke can use combined oral contraceptive pills at any age. The major concern regarding age and the Pill has to do with the risk of stroke and blood clots among women who smoke.

Heavy smoking by women older than 35 precludes the use of most oral contraceptive pills. Any smoking by women older than 40 completely prohibits their use. Light smoking by women age 35 to 40 merits caution. The older the smoker, the more cigarettes she smokes, and the more additional cardiovascular risk factors she faces, the greater the danger posed by oral contraceptives.

Additionally, smokers tend to metabolize estrogen more rapidly (one of the main chemicals in the Pill), which makes it less effective.

Consider another type of birth control method if you smoke.

Dr. Williams

Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
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