There are breast cancer risks for younger women who use birth control pills for many years. A new Mayo Clinic meta-analysis of 39 case-controlled studies into oral contraceptives (OCs) and breast cancer risk has found that women who have used OC’s have a small but significant increased risk for breast cancer when compared to women who have never used them. It also found that women who have used OC’s before their first full-term pregnancy have a greater risk, and that risk is even stronger if OCs are used for 4 or more years before pregnancy. www.mayoclinicproceedings October 2006; 81(10):1290-1302
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The Pill and I: 40 Years On, the Relationship Remains Wary
I am not a scientist. I’m not a doctor. I’ve never been on the Pill. But the Pill and I have been going steady for 40 years, and I seem to have collected information about it that other old-timers either don’t know or won’t tell.
The Pill was a brainchild of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, popularizer of the diaphragm and an indomitable fighter for women’s rights. Surviving jail, ridicule and decades of harassment, she, more than anyone, made birth control respectable. (more…)