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Birth control and gall stones

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I had my gallbladder removed. I've been on Yaz for a couple years, but haven't gone back on birth control since the surgery (around a month ago). I am wondering if going back on the pill could cause gallstones to form, since I know birth control pills have been linked to gall bladder disease. Has there been any connection between birth control pills and the recurrence of gall stones after removal?

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replied February 6th, 2010
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Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You would like to know whether there could be any connection between birth control pills and the recurrence of gallbladder stones after removal.

Once the gallbladder is removed due to stones, bile is not accumulated but flows directly into the bowels. In this case bile stones don't appear again. However, birth control pills have lots of side effects including breast cancer, thrombophlebitis, embolisms, myocardial infarction, bleeding, thrombosis, increased blood pressure, gallbladder disease, hepatic conditions such as malignant or benign tumors, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal symptoms, migraine, rash (allergic), mood changes including depression, vaginitis including candidiasis, etc.

According to the data that you described, you have been using birth control pills but stopped due to gallbladder stones and surgery. Since birth control pills have a lot of side effects including those that could be fatal if not diagnosed and treated in time, you might want to avoid using this type of birth control. You may consider using other types of contraception such as condoms, or an intrauterine spiral.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as a gynecologist for further advice and information about types of birth control.

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