When you think of blood clots you assume it’s something your grandparents would suffer from, not young and healthy women. Shockingly enough it actually does happen to women who are young, thin and active.
Many women who are suffering from blood clots have been popping up in the news. These women are developing clots due to birth control, and genetic disorders.
A 28 year old woman, Rachel Seitz, was diagnosed with having multiple blood clots in her lungs after she collapsed in her home. She collapsed because the clots had cut off the oxygen to her brain. She was then put into a medically-induced coma for 14 days and upon waking doctors informed her it was her birth control that caused it.
The experience changed her life forever as she experienced not only memory loss but brain damage. Se had to learn how to eat, walk, talk and read all over again. She had to leave her government consulting job to recover.
Many people don’t think twice about popping birth control pills because it’s the norm. But they can have serious side effects. There is a risk of getting blood clots but most people who take birth control will never have an issue.
Schuyler Williams is a marathon runner and works at the Wall Street Journal. At the age of 27 she suffered from shortness of breath when climbing stairs. As the week progressed she experienced the feeling of seeing stars and even had moments where she would just blackout. She experience trouble swallowing with severe pain and that pain travelled to her rib cage and back.
After her friends convinced her to go to the hospital she discovered that she had three blood clots in her lungs. The doctors informed her the cause of it was a genetic blood mutation. She was also on birth control and was told that the mutation combined with birth control increased her risks of developing blood clots.
Both of these women weren’t aware of the risks involved when it came to birth control or the fact that they had genetic disorders. Both these things can put you at a higher risk of developing blood clots. It’s important to know the risks to yourself when it comes to obesity, smoking, sedentary lifestyles and your own family history.
It’s important to talk to your family to see if anyone else has suffered from blood clots. This information can help prevent you from experiencing it yourself.