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    HCG shots and blood clots
    teenteen22 posted:
    I have been considering doing the HCG shots and weight management but I worry about blood clots. My GYN gave me birth control pills to try and help me manage my menopause symptoms four years ago. I threw two blood clots in my left leg and have not been able to take the birth control pills and have managed as best I can. Hot flashes are the devil as is insomnia! Anyway, I'm concerned that HCG may cause me to throw blood clots again since it is a hormone.
    Is it safe for someone with my history of blood clots when taking birth control?
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear teenteen22,
    The answer is "unknown". HCG is not an estrogen; however, it is possible that it could stimulate estrogen production, indirectly. I never recommend HCG for weight loss. However, losing weight will indeed decrease your chance of developing blood clots in the future. So I would recommend sticking to a good nutrition plan and getting lots of exercise.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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