Archive for the ‘Women and blood clots’ Category
Stephan Moll, MD writes… Interesting and noteworthy observations published in the last 2 weeks: Heavy menstrual bleeding appears to occur more commonly with Xarelto® than with warfarin [ref 1] and may be also more common with Xarelto® than with Eliquis® [ref 2].
Stephan Moll, MD writes… Interesting and clinically relevant publication this week [ref 1]. It is well known that estrogens and certain progestin preparations increase the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). A woman on an anticoagulant may have heavy menstrual bleeds and hormonal therapy – such as estrogen-progestin contraceptives – may be considered to decrease the bleeding.
The newly published study Read the rest of this entry »
Stephan Moll, MD writes… An information article on various aspects of thrombophilia, written for patients and family members, was published today – available here – as a Vascular Disease Patient Information Page in the journal Vascular Medicine. It addresses (a) in which patient with venous thromboembolism to consider thrombophilia testing, (b) what tests might be appropriate to do, (c) how the test results might influence length of anticoagulation therapy (d), what contraceptives are safe to use in women with a history of DVT or PE or thrombophilia, and (e) in which family members to consider thrombophilia testing. This article can be used as an education handout for patients in clinic or the hospital who have DVT, PE, venous thrombosis in unusual locations, or an established thrombophilia.
Last updated: April 1st, 2015
Stephan Moll, MD writes… A recent NEJM study (ref 1) examined whether the risk for thrombosis in women persists beyond the first 6 weeks after delivery. It found that an increased risk persists for at least 3 months after delivery, although the absolute risk was low after the first 6 weeks. This is of clinical relevance, as the post-partum period has traditionally often been defined as the 6 weeks after delivery and, if post-partum anticoagulation prophylaxis is considered, it is typically given for 6 weeks only (ACOG – ref 2). Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Stephan Moll writes… Skyla® is a new IUD (intrauterine device) contraceptive, approved in February 2013 by the FDA. Skyla® is like a small version of the Mirena® IUD. It has the following features: Read the rest of this entry »
It has long been known that estrogen-containing birth control preparations (pill, patch, ring) increase the risk for DVT and PE (venous thromboembolism = VTE). This risk is partially due to the estrogen. However, part of the risk is also due to the type of progestin in these preparations. Read the rest of this entry »
A new guideline about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of DVT and PE associated with pregnancy was published today by ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) in its respected series of Practice Bulletins. The bulletin includes detailed reference to thromboprophylaxis in pregnant women with thrombophilia. Read the rest of this entry »
The CDC today published recommendations on use of contraceptive methods for non-breast feeding women in the post-partum period (full text is here). The key recommendations are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »
How common is pregnancy loss? What are the causes?
Pregnancy loss in the general population is common. Most losses occur in the first trimester. As many as 5 % of women have 2 or more early losses; 1-2 % have 3 or more early losses [ref 1]. Well established risk factors for pregnancy loss are: (a) advanced maternal age, (b) anatomic uterine abnormalities (fibroids, septum, etc), (c) chromosome abnormalities of fetus, mother or father, (d) comorbid diseases of the mother (endocrine, immunologic). The acquired antiphospholipid antibody syndrome is also a risk factor for pregnancy loss. The role of inherited thrombophilias contributing to pregnancy loss is less clear. Read the rest of this entry »
It is well known that combination contraceptives (containing estrogens AND progestins) increase the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Relatively few data, however, have been published on progestin-only contraceptives, so that until recently it was not clear whether they increase the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) or not. Read the rest of this entry »