However, this difference in stroke figures is said to be down to the extended longevity women experience compared to men.
The combined oral contraceptive (combo) pill and contraceptive patch include the hormone oestrogen, which is behind the increased risk of stroke.
This is why it’s important to let your doctor know if you smoke (even if only socially), as both combined increase a risk stroke further.
Speaking of which, smoking is another lifestyle choice that can significantly increase your stroke risk.
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