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The pill is one of the most commonly used forms of contraception in the UK. So there is no wonder why many women ask why they are advised to stop taking their oral contraceptive pill 4 weeks prior to surgery.

One of the risks associated with taking the oral contraceptive pill is blood clots, which can understandably be heightened following surgery due to the lack of movement when recovering.

A blood clot or DVT/PE (Deep vein thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism) is a serious complication, which you are at risk of following surgery and anaesthesia. Blood clots form in veins usually located in the legs but can move up to the lungs. If they reach the lungs they can impede breathing and result in life-threatening consequences. If you take the oral contraceptive pill prior to surgery then you will be increasing the risk of blood clots forming which could result in life-threatening complications.

Your safety during and following surgery is paramount which is why the MYA clinical team advise necessary precautionary actions to reduce risk. It is important to remember that while you have stopped taking the pill, it is important to safeguard yourself with other means of contraception during this time. You would not be able to go ahead with surgery if you are pregnant so ensure you are being safe during this time. It is also not advised to get pregnant for 1 year following