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Wisconsin teen says birth control caused her to have a stroke

(CNN) — An 18-year-old high school student who had a stroke says it was caused by a pill that two-thirds of all women between ages 15 and 49 take some form of.

Now, she wants all women to be aware of the warning signs.

Hannah Drummond, a high school senior in Wisconsin, was in gym class when she just didn’t feel right. She said her body suddenly felt tingly and went numb.

She went to the hospital and learned she had a stroke.

“It was actually scary knowing I was so young, I’m 18 this is happening to me,” Drummond said.

Luckily, although her vision is still impaired, she is expected to make a full recovery.

Now, she’s sharing what caused that scariest moment of her life — birth control pills.

But at the hospital, Drummond also learned she has a hole in her heart.

Doctors told her that the estrogen in the birth control she was taking caused a blood clot, which must have slipped through the hole in her heart and up to her brain, causing the stroke.

Drummond is not alone. Amy Bergeron from Maine also had a stroke as a teenager. Her doctors also believe it was caused by birth control.

Loyola University Medical Center found that women who have no medical problems are not at risk for strokes by taking birth control. But, the medical center found that for women who have certain health problems or conditions, taking birth control could significantly increase the risk for a stroke.

Some doctors don’t recommend taking the pill. If you’re unsure if birth control is right for you, talk with your doctor about your concerns.

Drummond is hoping her story can help other young women, but she says not to be afraid of birth control just because of what happened to her.

“Find the one that works for you, and also listen to your body. If you don’t feel something is right, say something, tell someone,” Drummond said.

Courtney Terlecki

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