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Factor V Leiden and Contraception


  • Lynette Ament CNM, PhD

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    • Lynette Ament, CNM, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Specialty at Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT.

Lynette Ament, CNM, PhD, Yale University School of Nursing, 37 Jennifer Road, Hamden, CT 06514. E-mail:


Factor V Leiden is the most common genetic cause of primary and recurrent venous thromboembolism in women. It is an inherited thrombophilia that results from a genetic mutation. A college-aged woman who presented for care and had a positive family history of venous thrombosis tested positive for Factor V Leiden. Laboratory tests and plans for continuing care are discussed.