A teenager is prescribed a hormonal oral contraceptive. Which of the following findings indicates to the nurse that the patient is experiencing a serious side effect?


•Patients taking hormonal oral contraceptives have a 3 to 5 times higher risk of venous thromboembolism than those not taking hormonal contraceptives.

•Signs of a venous thrombosis include swelling, warmth, pain, tenderness, and redness in the affected area.

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