Cranberry Juice and Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk after Hysterectomy

Cranberry juice is brilliant for helping to avoid and deal with urinary tract infections after a hysterectomy. It’s often recommended to those who suffer from cystitis; however if you are taking any drugs for thinning the blood, such as Warfarin, then you will probably be advised to avoid it.

This also applies to those who are screened for deep vein thrombosis whilst in hospital – some patients may be given an injection to prevent this happening if there is some concern about their risk.

Having a hysterectomy increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis for around 1 in every 250 women having a hysterectomy. Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot which forms in the leg, it can move to the lungs causing pulmonary embolism.Therefore, you will not be able to take cranberry juice if you have been given a preventatitve treatment for DVT

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational counsellor, coach and women's health advocate. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in change management, culture change and adoption of digital technologies in large enterprises and organisations. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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4 Responses

  1. Joy says:

    It’s funny I started bleeding today 3 weeks post op, only thing I did different was snack on cranberry mixed fruits( dried).
    I just googled to check now to see if it contributed to my bleed and came across these comments.
    Might just make sense but I wish others can contribute bout cranberry post op and possible bleed.

  2. Berny Baretto says:

    I received a general email about trying to combat urinary tract infections,from the group. It said that taking cranberry juice could increase the risk of DVTs. The problem arises specifically from patients on medicines such as warfarin where cranberry juice can possibly enhance the anticoagulant effect of the warfarin, thereby increasing the chance of bleeding. Therefore in this group cranberry juice should be avoided. I think that information should be checked before being posted out otherwise it can confuse and misinform individuals.

  3. I take your point Anne, if there had been an issue for you I’m sure the hospital would have mentioned it.

  4. Anne says:

    Hopefully this doesn’t apply to those of us whose DVT standard 7 day post op treatment consisted of heparin once daily. 2 weeks after the op I drank cranberry juice. I think it would be helpful to be a little more specific when dos & don’ts are recommended.

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