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Women face unique risks for blood clots connected to choices they make about use of birth control, pregnancy and childbirth and the use of hormone-replacement therapy. Find out more about risk and blood clot signs and symptoms.

Samantha Letzkus’ Blood Clot Story

Blood Clot Awareness Month Day 2 Community Connection: Samantha writes, "I was a seemingly healthy young woman with no worries. Now I take a daily dose of warfarin and have to get my INR tested twice a week. Life is short and it shouldn’t be wasted. So for me there will be no more excuses."

The use of birth control pills, patches and rings with estrogen increases a woman’s risk for blood clots. That risk is even higher in women who have a history of blood clots or have an inherited or acquired clotting disorder, unless they are taking anticoagulation therapy or blood thinners. Understanding your risk and taking steps to protect yourself are crucial to reducing your risk of a blood clot while taking birth control.

Changed in an Instant - Jenna Kirsch's Blood Clot Story

Blood Clot Awareness Month Day 27 Community Connection: Two days after reconstructive knee surgery, Jenna Kirsch felt what she thought was a Charley horse in her calf of the same leg. The pain became unbearable a day later and she went to the hospital where she was diagnosed with multiple DVTs or blood clots in her leg and a PE or blood clot in her lung. Although her surgery and situation did not go as planned, Jenna lives everyday doing her best to look at the positive side of what…

Take note, the risk of blood clots with estrogen-containing birth control methods is much higher in women who have a history of blood clots or who have an inherited or acquired clotting disorder, unless they are taking blood thinners.

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Against the Odds, Appreciating Life. Larry Jacquez’ Story

Blood Clot Awareness Month Day 6 Community Connection: Larry Jacquez is a family man whose life has been changed by his ongoing battle with blood clots. Against all odds, he's appreciating life.

Know The Signs And Symptoms Of Blood Clots. There are several important signs and symptoms of blood clots. If you can recognize these signs and symptoms, you can save your life or the life of a friend or family member.

Kathy Summerfelt’s Blood Clot Story

Blood Clot Awareness Month Day 19 Community Connection: Kathy Summerfelt says her health was failing for years before she was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism or blood clots in her lung after experiencing some very painful symptoms. She explains, "On June 22, 2003, I felt the worst pain in my chest. It doubled me over. That evening my back felt hot, as if I had a sunburn. The next day at work, I couldn’t even walk a few feet without gasping for breath and taking a rest.”