Are Birth Control Pills Good For You?

Birth control pills come with a long list of risk factors.  This has been a concern for many women.  The Star Phoenix recently has a report on a major longitudinal study into the effects of birth control pills.  Instead of being harmful, the study indicates that oral contraceptives may actually be beneficial, resulting in a decreased incidence of death and cancer.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal on Friday, followed 46,000 women for nearly 40 years, creating “more than a million woman-years” of observation, according to Philip Hannaford from Aberdeen University, who led the study.

The results showed that in the longer term, women who used oral contraception had a significantly lower rate of death from any cause, including heart disease and all cancers, compared with women who had never taken it.

But the scientists said their findings may only be true for women who have taken older-style pills rather than those on more modern types of drugs, since their study began in 1968.

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Since the study began in 1968 and modern contraceptives are generally considered safer, does that mean that they are even more beneficial?  Alternately they generally have lower levels of hormones and thus may be less active and provide less of a benefit.  Maybe we will find out in another 20 years.

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