In matters of coronavirus, each day represents a new discovery for science. This outbreak came to defy any medical conviction, but it has also served to reinforce the investigations that are carried out around any viral disease.
Every day there is an in-depth talk about effective remedies, advances in vaccines and even potential sequelae of the disease. Secondary to this, an important warning for women with an active sexual life recently went viral on social networks.
When a person contracts coronavirus, they must take extreme precautions to protect themselves and those around them. Until now, the most widespread advice (in addition to good medical monitoring) is that convalescents avoid leaving the home.
However, when the infected patient is a woman and uses hormonal contraceptives (in pill, patch, syringe or any other presentation) she should be aware of a higher risk.
The explanation given by specialists is that estrogens can increase coagulation activity, decrease antithrombin and increase fibrinolytic activity, also altering the ability of platelets to aggregate.
This produces a state of hypercoagulability and favors a higher incidence of thromboembolic disease, especially in the case of smokers, overweight, hypertensive patients or with any history of vascular disease.
In summary: when the aforementioned side effect of hormonal contraceptives is added to SARS-CoV-2 itself, there is a potential risk of manifesting a thrombosis, that is, the formation of a clot inside a blood vessel, and with it, a possible acute myocardial infarction.
hrombosis can be classified according to the level of occlusion it reaches, but in many cases it becomes fatal.
Should a woman infected with coronavirus stop taking contraceptives?
For specialists, there is no doubt that hormonal contraceptives represent a serious risk for patients with coronavirus, and although they do not know to what extent it would affect each one, leaving them aside is a priority for now.
The general recommendation is to look for non-hormonal contraceptive alternatives so as not to expose yourself to any danger.
Of course: always ensuring that a doctor closely monitors each patient to define the best option, we must not forget that unwanted pregnancies have also represented a serious public health conflict during this pandemic.