A comparative study of the effects of the hemostatic system of two monophasic gestodene oral contraceptives containing 20 micrograms and 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol.Contraception. 1996 Feb; 53(2):75-84.C
The effects of two oral contraceptives, containing gestodene and either 20 micrograms or 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol, on hemostatic parameters was investigated in a six-month randomized study involving a total of 40 healthy women between the ages of 18 and 30 years. A large number of hemostatic parameters were measured, which were categorized as either pro-coagulatory, anti-coagulatory, profibrinolytic, anti-fibrinolytic or indicative of fibrin turnover. Additionally, tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1) were measured before and after venous occlusion and delta and ratio values calculated. Pro-coagulatory factors as well as reaction products reflecting in vivo coagulatory activity (thrombin-antithrombin III complex, prothrombin fragment 1 + 2) were found to increase. Among the anti-coagulatory parameters, only protein S concentration and protein S activity decreased, most notably in the 30 micrograms EE group. There was a corresponding increase in fibrinolytic activity reflected by reaction products of in vivo fibrinolysis (plasmin-antiplasmin 2-complex, fibrin-degradation products). Measurement of t-PA and PAI-1, before and after venous occlusion, revealed that the fibrinolytic response was more pronounced in the 20 micrograms EE group. There was also an increase in the threshold of fibrinolytic inhibition (ratio PAI-1) in both groups, which was less pronounced in the 20 micrograms EE group. Apart from isolated measurements, all parameters remained within their normal ranges and values returned to baseline in the follow-up cycle. It is concluded that both preparations had a balanced effect on the hemostatic system stimulating both pro-coagulant and fibrinolytic activity. No statistically significant differences were observed between the two groups; however, there was a trend towards greater fibrinolytic capacity in the 20 micrograms EE group.