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.