Long-Term Health Risks From Pill Are Few

Researchers at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the Royal College of General Practitioners believe that the slight increase in heart disease and cancer found in current and recent users of oral contraceptives reduces over time after women stop taking them.

A 25-year study published in the British Medical Journal revealed that, 10 years or more after women stop taking the Pill, the added heart disease and cancer risk caused by oral contraceptive had declined substantially. “Our results suggest that most of the effects of oral contraceptives on mortality occur in current or recent user and that few, if any, effects persist 10 years after stopping use,” read the report.


CNN - January 7, 1999

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