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Role of Different Methods of Contraception and Time of Menstrual Cycle on Dry Socket

PUBLISHED November 29, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2311p7651716)



Dr Sidra Abid1 , Dr Javeria Khan2
  1. Dow University ofHealth Science
  2. Dow University of Health Sciences

Conference / event

3rd Annual Biological Science Conference, Aga Khan, November 2023 (Karachi, Pakistan)

Poster summary

This study at Dow International Dental College explored the link between dry socket, contraceptive methods, and menstrual cycle timing in 193 female patients undergoing tooth extractions. Notably, a 13.9% prevalence of dry socket was found, with a significant positive association between oral contraceptive use and an increased risk of dry socket. A quarter of participants using oral contraceptives underwent extractions during the first 22 days of their menstrual cycle. The study suggests avoiding surgical procedures on non-menopausal women during menstrual days 1-22 may reduce dry socket rates. This underscores the importance of considering oral contraceptive impact on dry socket in dental extractions. The conclusion emphasizes incorporating contraceptive discussions in informed consent talks and highlights the need for further research to comprehensively understand the relationship between contraceptive use and alveolar osteitis risk.


Dry socket, Localized alveolar osteitis, Oral contraceptives, Dental extraction, Risk factor, Menstruation

Research areas

Biological Sciences


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  5. Ogata Y, Hur Y. A higher incidence of dry socket may be related to the use of oral contraceptives after impacted mandibular third-molar extraction. Journal of the American Dental Association (1939). 2016;147(10):840-2.


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Competing interests
No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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Copyright © 2023 Abid et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abid, D., Khan, D. Role of Different Methods of Contraception and Time of Menstrual Cycle on Dry Socket [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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