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Smoking and Birth Control - October 27th 2011, 10:35 PM

So I recently started taking birth control pills (taking Aviane). I also smoke, which isn't recommended with Aviane.

I'm concerned about the safety of smoking while on the pill. I know it's not safe and best to just stay away, but the reality is that I will end up smoking once in a while. The second best thing I can do is at least get my facts straight.

Anyways, I smoke what they call poppers here: weed on top of tobacco. However, I am not a habitual smoker; I do not smoke every day, and the most I will smoke is every other day. I also do not smoke very much; a popper takes a fairly small amount of each substance, and I'll usually only have 1 or 2 on the average day I decide to smoke (for a better comparison, the amounts are so small that it will take me a good 10 poppers at least to finish a cigarette, so let's say that a popper = 1/10th of a cigarette).

But anyways, to the point:

- A lot of answers on the internet say that the risk of strokes and whatnot do not exist for smoking weed alone, is this true?
- Though I smoke tobacco from cigarettes, I barely smoke, and it probably averages out to about a cigarette every two weeks. Is it still significantly dangerous in such small amounts? The pamphlet says not to take it if you smoke over 15 cigarettes a day, but it also states not to smoke in general, and I just want to check and be safe

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Re: Smoking and Birth Control - October 28th 2011, 12:03 AM

Smoking tobacco products such as cigarettes increase your chances of health problems, such as strokes, but weed doesn't. I don't think smoking once in a while will increase your chances that much, but cigarettes in general are very unhealthy. I think you would end up with health risks anyways.
   
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Re: Smoking and Birth Control - October 28th 2011, 08:00 AM

For birth control, I haven't found anything indicating marijuana directly affects it, although tobacco does.

One of the issues with studies examining marijuana is they tend to examine THC as it is a popular main ingredient but by no means is it the only main ingredient. Studies are very divided, as some say marijuana is therapeutic and protective:

http://www.springerlink.com/content/a54pp81301q75440/

http://test.ebcrp.org/sites/default/...na.pdf#page=60
Page 68, the medication SR 141716 was not clinically released at the time but is currently released under the name Rimonabant.

Other scientific papers do support a link between marijuana usage and cardiovascular symptoms and strokes. For example, the below article outlines how marijuana usage increases production of isoforms of apolipoprotein C-III, which is a known risk factor:

http://www.nature.com/mp/journal/v15...mp200850a.html

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/1...7.01505.x/full

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...02870307010447

http://www.biomedcentral.com/content...1626-1-373.pdf
Page 3 has a short table of cardiovascular events due to marijuana from 2 studies.


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Re: Smoking and Birth Control - November 2nd 2011, 05:09 AM

I had the same issue. I started taking birth control after I quit smoking, and then I picked up the nasty habit again. I had to stop taking the pill, and I tried using the depo shot. (I hated it, it was horrible.) My doctor warned me of the risks..blood clots, strokes etc. of smoking on the pill and I didn't want to even test it. I wouldn't suggest smoking on the pill because of the risks, maybe take a different form of birth control? My doctor told me the depo shot is a better option for smoking, but its still got the risks. I tried it, didn't like it. There's other options though like the patch or the nuvaring(sp?).

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Re: Smoking and Birth Control - November 2nd 2011, 09:53 AM

Thanks for all your info and support, I really appreciate it.

Last night I woke up to a massive pain in my leg. I've only been taking this thing for less than a week and I only smoked once since I've started taking it and I've already got issues Guess I'll be going to the doctor today...
   
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Re: Smoking and Birth Control - November 2nd 2011, 02:24 PM

I really highly doubt that it's a blood clot or anything because it's been less than a week that you've been taking it. Of course I'm not a professional, so it's good your seeing a doctor about it. I'd also suggest asking the doctor all your questions about smoking on the pill, how safe it is and what not.

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