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Offline emily1994

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Birth Control and Cancer?
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:52:56 PM »
I have been on Generess Fe oral contraceptive for a year and a half. I am paranoid about continuing it because I feel like it's bad for you...

Does anyone know if there's any research that suggests a link between oral contraceptives and an increased risk of cancer or other diseases?
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Re: Birth Control and Cancer?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014, 01:54:52 PM »
I have worried about this is well. I have talked to my OB about it. Apparently, while you are on it it can slightly raise your risk for breast cancer. However, it lowers your risk for cervical and ovarian cancer overall. To me that is worth more since ovarian cancer is far, far more deadly that  breast cancer typically. My aunt died of ovarian cancer last year.
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Re: Birth Control and Cancer?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014, 02:12:23 PM »
Wow, that is scary... I'm sorry about your aunt.

So when you go off of the pill, your risk of developing breast cancer returns to normal?
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Re: Birth Control and Cancer?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2014, 02:41:14 PM »
Yes Emily, the risk for breast cancer drops away over time until it's back to normal. However, you keep the lowered risk for ovarian cancer as you do not ovulate typically on bc pills. That prevention of ovulation is less stress and damage on the cells of your ovaries.
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