Complications that occur during pregnancy
Women who have been diagnosed with liver hemangioma face a risk of complications if they become pregnant. The female hormone estrogen, which increases during pregnancy, is believed to cause some liver hemangiomas to grow larger. A growing hemangioma can cause signs and symptoms and may require treatment.
Having a liver hemangioma doesn't mean you can't become pregnant. However, discussing the possible complications with your doctor can help you make a more informed choice.
Complications related to hormone therapy
Medications that affect hormone levels in your body, such as birth control pills, could cause complications if you've been diagnosed with liver hemangioma. But this is controversial. If you're considering this type of medication, discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.
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