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After woman’s death, doctor talks about birth control pills and Covid vaccine risks

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Following the death of a 32 year woman, who suffered from blood clotting a couple weeks after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Thailand has advised women think about whether to stop taking birth control pills before receiving the Covid-19 vaccines due to a possible increased risk of blood clots.

The doctor spoke during a live streaming session following the death of 32 year old Naririn Angthong. The woman from Thailand’s Deep South province Yala died from blood clotting in her lungs 2 weeks after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. She was injected with the vaccine on May 14 and died on May 27 at Hat Yai Hospital. The death is still under investigation.

While there’s no evidence that the vaccine will increase the risk of blood clots for women who are taking the daily contraceptive pill, the hormones in the medication increase the risk, according to Siraya Kitiyodom, an OB-GYN at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital. She says women who are concerned with potential side effects of the vaccine might want to consider other birth control methods

Another health official in Thailand also advised women to stop taking the pill before receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. The head of the Centre for Emerging Disease Health Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University, Thiravat Hemachudha, wrote on his Facebook page saying women should should stop taking hormone contraceptive pills at least 14 days before getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. He also said people should stop taking migraine medicine before getting the vaccine.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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