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Blood Clotting and Platelet Aggregation during Oral Progestogen Contraception: A Follow-up Study

Br Med J 1971; 1 doi: (Published 27 March 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;1:705
  1. L. Poller,
  2. Jean M. Thomson,
  3. Wendy Thomas,
  4. Carol Wray


    A two-year follow-up study of progestogen-only contraception with chlormadinone acetate indicates no increase of the level of factors VII and X, as found after three cycles with all oestrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives. Clotting factors which were raised with combined preparations became normal after the sixth monthly cycle of progestogen and remained normal during the two-year period of study.

    From 12 months onwards significant changes in the thromboelastograph pattern were recorded, but not to the same extent as with combined preparations. At two years platelet aggregation was significantly accelerated with chlormadinone acetate but was not as rapid as with combined preparations.