Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Hormones Cause Edema?

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 03:20 PM

Question: Are there causes of edema swelling in the legs besides heart or pulmonary issues? Can hormones cause this condition?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Yes. Swelling may occur in women during parts of the menstrual cycle. Most women have some swelling during pregnancy. More severe swelling during pregnancy may be a sign of preeclampsia (also called toxemia), a serious condition that includes high blood pressure and swelling. Hormonal changes during menopause can also cause swelling in the legs. Birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy and testosterone therapy are also causes for swelling in the legs.

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Edema may occur in women in parts of the menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, or during menopause.
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 03:20 PM
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