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Birth Control Hormonal Methods (cont.)

What are the risks of taking birth control pills?

  • Some women may be at risk for blood clot formation (venous thrombosis). At particular risk are heavy smokers (especially those older than 35 years), women with high or abnormal blood lipids (cholesterol levels), and women with severe diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or obesity.
  • The association of birth control pill usage and breast cancer has been controversial. More recent studies have shown that birth control pill usage does not increase the risk of breast cancer.
  • The relationship between birth control pill use and cervical cancer also is somewhat controversial.
  • Risk factors for cervical cancer include the age at first sexual intercourse and exposure to the human papillomavirus. The current opinion is that if birth control pills increase the risk of cervical cancer, the risk is small and related to sexual behavior. Thus, women who are sexually active and use birth control pills for contraception should have a periodic Pap test.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2016
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