How much does contraceptives or HRT increase the risk of venous thromboembolism in women?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Daniel R Ouellette, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Estrogen-containing birth control pills have increased the occurrence of venous thromboembolism in healthy women. The risk is proportional to the estrogen content and is increased in postmenopausal women on hormonal replacement therapy. The relative risk is 3-fold, but the absolute risk is 20-30 cases per 100,000 persons per year.


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