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Birth control and pregnancy

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source: Sickle Options

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If you are sexually active, it is very important for you to prevent an unplanned pregnancy – talk to your doctor!


Female Birth Control: 

• It is generally safe for females with sickle cell to use contraceptives.

• Combined oral contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots.

• Progesterone, a form of birth control, may help to decrease pain crisis related to your period.


 Male Birth Control:

• Condoms must be used at all times to prevent pregnancy

• Abstinence (no sex) – Prevents any chance of pregnancy

• Talk to your doctor and your partner

It is better to discuss with your doctor about the safety of any contraceptive method before using it.


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