Positive Effects of Oral Contraceptives

AuthorsColla G, et al. Show all Journal
Minerva Ginecol. 1983 Jul-Aug;35(7-8):505-10. Article in Italian.

Abstract

PIP: The usefulness of oral contraceptives (OCs) has been fully reappraised in recent years, and numerous beneficial effects on general health have been demonstrated over and above contraceptive action. Examination of several prospective and retrospective epidemiological studies has pointed to a reduced incidence of ovarian functional cysts and ovarian carcinoma in women taking OCs. Dysmenorrhea and premenstrual tension are also diminished while the risk of iron-deficiency anemia is decreased by 50% owing to a reduction in menstrual flow. There is approximately a 50% reduction in endometrial carcinoma risk, coupled with a significant reduction in the incidence of benign breast diseases. OCs also offer protection against rheumatoid arthritis and pelvic inflammation. Lastly, it is pointed that fears concerning augmented risk for cardiovascular disease while on OCs have proven to be false alarms. (author’s modified)

PMID 6685843 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

SOURCE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/6685843/?i=5&from=/3772907/related

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