Definition of Hypercoagulability, estrogen-associated
Hypercoagulability, estrogen-associated: Hypercoagulability (a supranormal tendency for blood to clot) occurs as an occasional but serious side effect of estrogen therapy.
The blood clots in this situation are dose-related, that is, they occur more frequently with higher doses of estrogen.
Estrogen therapy preparations (all of which carry this risk) include:
The brand names of the estrogen therapy preparations carrying this risk include:
Cigarette smokers on estrogen therapy are at a higher risk than non-smokers for blood clots. Therefore, patients requiring estrogen therapy are strongly encouraged to quit smoking.
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012
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