I have a question about very occasional smoking and the birth control pill. I was on the pill for about a year and a half, but I went off of it this April because I was worried about smoking while I was on it. Last summer, I smoked lightly but often, maybe a pack every six weeks, but I tapered off during the school year, and eventually quit in March. I hadn't smoked since then when I had one cigarette a week ago tonight, but I don't plan on picking it up again. I was really an occasional smoker and only did it in social situations, and even then, I'd only have about one cigarette. I've noticed a huge improvement in my lung function since I've stopped, and I plan on never smoking again.
I was wondering about the health risks of going back on the pill (I was on Ocella, which is the generic for Yaz, I'm pretty sure) this month. Since I went off the pill in April, I've had horrible acne outbreaks and a lot of mood swings, and the pill really helped me deal with those. I used to be a light smoker, but now that I've quit, will I still face the same health risks, like a blood clot or a heart attack? I'm 17 and healthy otherwise.
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So, here's the deal with smoking and the pill: ideally, you don't want to smoke at all when using it. But when it comes to what the prescribing instructions are, what clinicians are usually looking for are people who smoke more than a half pack a day: for those folks, the pill would not be advised.
All the same, you've quit now (which is fantastic: good for you!), so there's no cause for concern. Having smoked isn't the issue: it's currently smoking that is.
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