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Women on the Pill May Live Longer

Do You Take Birth Control Pills?

Some good news just came in for women on the pill. In a new study, British researchers discovered that those who took birth control pills lived longer than those who didn't. The study followed 46,000 women for nearly 40 years, most of whom were on the pill for about four years. Experts found that the pill reduced women's risk for bowel cancer by 38 percent and other diseases by 12 percent. Being on the pill may also cut a woman's risk for ovarian and endometrial cancers.

Researchers aren't sure why the pill would increase longevity in women. It may have to do with suppressing ovulation or the fact that women on the pill generally live healthier lifestyles. What they do know is that the benefits of taking the pill definitely outweigh the risks. So tell me . . .

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Asche Asche 7 years
I think that if my doctor refused to tie my tubes on ground that "my entire family might die," I would seek another opinion.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Been on it for about 6 years now. I have super heavy and super irregular periods, and that's why I am on it.. so any other added benefits are great. Spectra - just wanted to tell you an experience my friend had.. she said that after having her third kid, her doctors STILL wouldn't tie her tubes. They said that if her whole family died, she might want to rebuild her family, still having child bearing years left... so they wouldn't do it. I'm sure it depends on the doctor, but just wanted to give you a heads up to an issue that I've heard about.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Some people just don't tolerate medication very well. I know I don't. I took Yasmin for 6 months and almost had to be hospitalized because I was extremely sick after eating every meal, but I didn't know the cause. I stopped the pill and the 3 month long issue ended almost immediately. On Ortho Tri Cyclen lo, both times I tried it, I had period bleeding for 3+ weeks. What works for you might not work for your friends and visa versa. Although quite a few people I met online said they had the issue with Loestrin24 that I did. It's really a gamble with each pill.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
I've been on Yaz for a year, and I LOVE it. After the first month of adjustment for my body, I lost 5 pounds, skin is always clear, and my periods are light and short. (Plus I know EXACTLY when they're happening!) I think some people haven't tried the right pill for them. I did research, and talked to my girlfriends. Of course I avoided the brands they hated -- Ortho Lo (?) made my friend feel bloated all the time, so no go. Etc.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Yep yep yep. :)
runningesq runningesq 7 years
The bottom line is that the pill is a medication. It has benefits and risks and isn't right for everyone.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Diet isn't the only cause of cramps and acne (although cows milk does contain estrogen, doesn't help- that goes for cheese, yogurt, butter, maybe even in meat as they give it to the livestock). I have a very healthy diet and the last year has been terrible for me in terms of periods. My cycles have just changed, they're shorter, but heavier. My diet hasn't really changed though; if anything, I've been eating better since I stopped eating fast food. Some people are genetically prone to these things. My 2 sisters, Mom, and her Mom all suffered from BAD periods... heavy, cramping, and vomiting. Exercise can help in preventing cramps. Also in terms of acne, makeup or makeup brushes can be a factor if it's a constant thing and not just around that time of the month. All things should be considered :) I don't think it's as cut and dry as diet though.
CarrieLyn CarrieLyn 7 years
@ Tadow, you are right on girl! BC pills have a long list of side effects! I'm so glad to read that so many of you are educated and questioning the source of this research. For those of you who take the pill because they don't want to get know, there are other forms of birth control that won't mess with your internal workings and cause death, blood clots, or other serious harm that you may not even know about for years. Personally I took the pill for a couple of years when I was younger and didn't know any better. I went off of them for about a year and then tried to restart them but they made me so sick there was no way I could continue. If you've got problems with cramps, acne, or other stuff you may want to take a look at your diet as that is the largest cause of problems with people today. Things like wheat, processed sugar, and corn are well known allergens with symptoms that often present as other problems. I know once I cut these things out of my diet all sorts of problems I was having cleared up.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I would rather die 10 years early than take The Pill again. I was on it for 4 years, tried 8 different formulas... bad. I didn't feel like myself and it killed my sex drive (LoEstrin24 was the one that did the most damage). Some women have luck, but I didn't. I'm not going to lie, one study is not very convincing. Ovarian Cancer runs in my family, but I think a good diet, exercise, and annual checks will keep me safe.
I don't take them and I am very suspicious of any single study that tries to tell me there are health benefits to the pill. I also question who conducted/funded this study. I will never ever take birth control and I suffer from bad cramps and long periods. But I actually know someone who died from a recalled brand that's currently under a class action lawsuit. I also know someone who was taking another brand until recently and it made her blood pressure go dangerously high. No one in my family has had any type of these cancers, so I am not particularly concerned with taking artificial hormones to prevent them. I'll just live a healthy lifestyle and leave the rest to getting regular checkups and the like.
Meowphotog Meowphotog 7 years
My body doesn't like birth control pills, so I stay away and try to be as safe as possible in other ways. I knew about the ovarian cancer, but the bowel cancer, that is interesting. Still won't get me to take it again.
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
Anon #2, I read an article in Reuters about this study, and they actually found that most of those serious side effects manifested themselves within the first few years of taking the birth control pill, and only in a very small percentage of women. However, the long-term effects were overwhelmingly positive, with no evidence of long-term negative side effects. So if you don't have any reaction in the first few years of taking the pill, you're probably good to go.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No. I've had a short bout with them, and they wreaked havoc on me psychologically and physically. I've tried a few different brands, and contracted every side effect. My body does NOT like the pill. This means I have to be extra careful, as we decided to not have children.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
To #5, I have seriously never experienced anything like that, I am almost 19 now and I got on it when I was 14. I would rather have a few "side effects" than risk getting pregnant at my age.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Yep, since I was about 14-ish, or somewhere around there anyway. And yet, I still haven't found one that's perfect for me. Go figure.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
16 years & still loving it. I'd be surprised if there are very many women who read sugar who are old enough to have been on the pill for more than 20 years.
Passion4Fashion Passion4Fashion 7 years
Being on birth control almost cost me my life- I was diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms in both of my lungs back in September (I was only 27). Needless to say, I am off the BC bandwagon for life.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've been on them for 12 years and I'm going to be on them until I decide to take the plunge and get my tubes tied. I take a low-dose version to minimize the side effects, but it really does help my acne and my mood.
Asche Asche 7 years
Refuse to. Women I know on the pill always have crazy mood swings and complain endlessly about its side-effects.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Was on it for about 10 years... went off in December and now I'm pregnant :P
JennyJK JennyJK 7 years
Hmmm this is a good and interesting finding. I can't help but wonder whether this is more of a correlation thing though. IE- women in higher socio economic status more likely to be on the pill, also more likely to have access to better doctors, nutrition, etc. Just a thought.
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