Despite 20 years of controversy, the definitive answer as to whether newer contraceptive pills further increase venous thromboembolism risk remains elusive
The 19th century German physician Rudolf Virchow described the mechanism of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in terms of interactions between haemodynamics, vein wall disruption and hypercoagulability. An understanding of this interplay is particularly important in a women’s health context since changes in the hormonal milieu, such as those seen in pregnancy and the use of exogenous oestrogen therapy, may act in concert to further increase VTE risk.
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