Effects of oral and transdermal estrogen/progesterone regimens on blood coagulation and fibrinolysis in postmenopausal women. A randomized controlled trial.

Authors: Scarabin PY, Alhenc-Gelas M, Plu-Bureau G, Taisne P, Agher R, Aiach M.

Publication Year: 1997

Citation: Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 1997; 17(11): 3071-8.

Oral hormone replacement therapy postmenopausally has been associated with an increased risk of stoke due to thromboembolism. This randomized, placebo-controlled study evaluated the differing effects of oral and transdermal estrogen/progesterone therapy or placebo on hemostasis. Oral, but not transdermal therapy was seen to increase the susceptibility of clotting in healthy post-menopausal women 45-64 years. The authors concluded that route of administration of hormones can affect the incidence of clotting, with oral hormone replacement increasing risk, and transdermal hormone replacement demonstrating no negative effect on clotting.