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Do I need to stop contraceptive medication prior to a tummy tuck?

It is advisable for patients that before they undergo a certain procedure, they should ask their surgeons about their concerns regarding the surgery. One of the questions they commonly ask is if they need to stop taking contraceptives prior to surgery. The answer for this is yes. The main reason for this is because it increases the risk of blood clots. In the United States, birth control pills are the leading method of birth control. They may not cause blood clots but most birth control pills increase the chance of developing a blood clot by about three to four times.

You may not know about it but most oral contraceptives contain estrogen and synthetic progesterone. Since estrogen and progesterone are female hormones, they have many effects on a woman’s body. These hormones are responsible for sustaining a pregnancy and, when given in the form of birth control pills, imitate pregnancy, thereby preventing pregnancy. These hormones also increase the levels of clotting factors. It is assumed by many that these are responsible for women’s increased risk of blood clots during pregnancy.

Did you know that only 1 in 1,000 women per year who are taking birth control pills are possible to develop such a clot? New patches may increase this risk even more. The amount of estrogen absorbed from the patches has been reported to be 60 percent higher than the amount delivered by pills. To minimize the risk of blood clots, you will need to stop contraceptives prior to surgery. You may start retaking these pills 2 weeks after the surgery. It is advisable that you ask your surgeon first about what you should do after the surgery. Follow what the surgeon will recommend and tell you to avoid complications or other problems, to make a fast recovery and to get better results.

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