Should I take birth control to prevent cancer?

Does birth control cause breast cancer?

Current or recent use of birth control pills (oral contraceptives) is linked to a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer [10,36-39]. Studies show while women are taking birth control pills (and shortly after), their breast cancer risk is 20-30 percent higher than women who’ve never used the pill [36,38-39].

Is birth control a carcinogen?

Hormonal contraceptives and hormone replacement therapies are classified as carcinogenic to humans (group 1) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Does birth control prevent colon cancer?

Growing research shows that taking oral contraceptives may lower your risk of colorectal cancer. Some studies show use of the pill decreases colorectal cancer risk by 15% to 20%.

What kind of cancer does birth control cause?

Cervical cancer: Women who have used oral contraceptives for 5 or more years have a higher risk of cervical cancer than women who have never used oral contraceptives. The longer a woman uses oral contraceptives, the greater the increase in her risk of cervical cancer.

What is the safest birth control?

The kinds of birth control that work the best to prevent pregnancy are the implant and IUDs — they’re also the most convenient to use, and the most foolproof. Other birth control methods, like the pill, ring, patch, and shot, are also really good at preventing pregnancy if you use them perfectly.

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Is birth control actually bad for you?

Even though birth control pills are very safe, using the combination pill can slightly increase your risk of health problems. Complications are rare, but they can be serious. These include heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and liver tumors. In very rare cases, they can lead to death.

Should I stop taking birth control if I have HPV?

An analysis of case-control studies has found that use of oral contraceptives for ≥ 5 years in women with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer.

What type of cancer does birth control prevent?

Birth control can lower a woman’s risk of gynecologic cancer. Both birth control pills and hormonal IUDs can significantly reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer. “Using birth control pills can actually reduce ovarian cancer risk by up to 50 percent,” says Dr. Goldfrank.

Can birth control cause blood clots?

Blood clots are rare, even among birth control users. The rate for getting clots is about 0.3% to 1% over 10 years for a woman on the pill. You’re much more likely to have blood clots during or after pregnancy. A clot in the vessels moving blood up from your legs is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

At what age should you stop birth control?

All women can stop using contraception at the age of 55 as getting pregnant naturally after this is very rare. For safety reasons, women are advised to stop the combined pill at 50 and change to a progestogen-only pill or other method of contraception.

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How many years can you stay on the pill?

As long as you are generally healthy, you can safely take birth control pills for however long you need birth control or until you reach menopause. This applies to both combination estrogen-progestin and progestin-only birth control pills.