New research on birth control pills and ovarian cancer


Interesting recent article about ovarian cancer prevention by using birth control pills.


  • Northwoodsgirl
    Northwoodsgirl Member Posts: 571
    Birth control pills and ovarian cancer

    The researchers concluded that women who had never used hormonal contraceptives had the highest incidence of ovarian cancer.

    Specifically, the researchers found 7.5 cases per 100,000 person-years among the women who had never used birth control pills, whereas in the remaining groups of women, the incidence was 3.2 per 100,000 person-years.

    This means, the authors explain, that the "use of hormonal contraception prevented 21 [percent] of ovarian cancers in the study population."

  • cmb
    cmb Member Posts: 1,001 Member
    New Findings

    I remember how, when I was young and on the birth control pill, the concern was a potential increase in strokes. Since vascular problems run in my family, I minimized the time I took the pill.

    Perhaps I should have stuck with the pill longer as I never developed the high blood pressure or migraines that the rest of my family did. Oral contraceptives are also believed to help prevent my type of cancer.