PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Do birth control pills protect you from cancer?

ANSWER

Yes. Long-time use lowers your risk for ovarian and endometrial cancer. If you took them long enough, the benefit continues after you stop.

SOURCES:

Contraception: An International Reproductive Health Journal , November 2011.

Fertility and Sterility, May 2009.

 NHS Choices: “Contraception Guide: The Contraception Injection."

Planned Parenthood: “Birth Control Q&A.”

“Noncontraceptive Uses of Hormonal Contraceptives,” , January 2010. ACOG Practice Bulletin 110

“Effects of progestin-only birth control on weight,” Cochrane.org, July 2, 2013.

“Effect of birth control pills and patches on weight,” Cochrane.org, Jan. 29, 2014.

European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care: “The influence of combined oral contraceptives on female sexual desire: a systematic review.”

American Family Physician , Dec. 15, 2010.

International Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism , December 2012.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Contraception: An International Reproductive Health Journal , November 2011.

Fertility and Sterility, May 2009.

 NHS Choices: “Contraception Guide: The Contraception Injection."

Planned Parenthood: “Birth Control Q&A.”

“Noncontraceptive Uses of Hormonal Contraceptives,” , January 2010. ACOG Practice Bulletin 110

“Effects of progestin-only birth control on weight,” Cochrane.org, July 2, 2013.

“Effect of birth control pills and patches on weight,” Cochrane.org, Jan. 29, 2014.

European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care: “The influence of combined oral contraceptives on female sexual desire: a systematic review.”

American Family Physician , Dec. 15, 2010.

International Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism , December 2012.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on August 23, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

How soon can you have sex after having a baby?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: