Birth control pill and Breast Cancer

Interesting Fact: The typical American woman wants two children.

The average age Americans lose their virginities is 17.1. Nowadays women aged 17-44 who are sexually experimented if they want to achieve their goal of having 2 children they are forced to use a contraceptual method. The birth control pill is the most popular contraceptive method with 28% among all the women that use one.

Since the early 1960s, birth control pills have become the most popular form of birth control used in the U.S. But there is a association between estrogen and an increased risk of breast cancer which leads to a debate about the role of birth control pills with breast cancer. Some researchers think this might be due to the fact that the level of hormones in birth control pills has changed since they were studied. Early birth control pills contained much higher levels of hormones than today`s low-dose pills. What was found is that the longer use of the pill seemed to increase the risk and that 10 years or more after women stopped using birth control pills, their breast cancer risk returned to the same levels as if they had never used birth control pills.

A study by Women`s Contraceptive adn Reproductive Experience (Women`s CARE) done between 1994 and 1998 showed there was no increased risk of breast cancer in current or former users of birth control pills. So far, studies have not found a overall increased risk of breast cancer due to the use of oral contraceptives.

http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/guide/pill-breast-cancer-risk

http://www.guttmacher.org/media/presskits/contraception-US/statsandfacts.html

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsfg/key_statistics/s.htm#sexualactivity

5 thoughts on “Birth control pill and Breast Cancer

  1. Caitlin Marie Gailey

    This post reminded me of the smoking lecture we did in class. It’s scary to think that we don’t always know the affects of what we are doing as we are doing them. It’s also interesting that something that is supposed to help women ends up hurting them even more in the end. In addition I found that women who have breast cancer, whether it is related to the pill or not are strongly advised not to take it afterwards as it may cause the cancer to resurface. I also read that most women take a low dosage birth control therefore they aren’t as much risk as increasing their chance of breast cancer. This fact is comforting but for those who do take high dosage I may be worried. No direct link has been found but it’s better to be safe than sorry. To read further on the issue here is an article.
    http://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/study-questions-birth-control-and-risk

  2. Charlotte Moriarty

    This is an interesting theory however there are many benefits to oral contraceptives. For example, while their is lack of basis that they cause breast cancer, several studies show that it decreases your risk of other types of cancer, including ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer.
    Also there are SEVERAL different types of oral contraceptives that adhere to different side effects. For example, many oral contraceptives are given to teens to prevent acne, not promote it. Also, oral contraceptives aren’t likely to make you gain weight, however, they can have an increase of appetite or cravings.
    An interesting blog post might be a study on a SPECIFIC type of birth control because they do all differ.

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/birth-control/in-depth/birth-control-pill/art-20045136?pg=1

  3. Nick Jacoubs

    I find the pros and cons of birth control pills and contraception very interesting. I have heard many side effects that could be caused by a daily birth control pill; such as increased appetite, gaining weight, acne, extreme moodiness, etc. I feel as if a double blind placebo experiment would be an extremely effective means to test these theories. One could put subjects through a routine physical and look for acne, weight gain, behavior patterns, and of course breast cancer. Another thing to keep an eye on is those who use Plan B. I wonder what effects taking Plan B multiple times have on a woman’s fertility, behavior, and overall health. This is certainly a very important topic, as many sexually women utilize birth control and other means of contraception everyday.

  4. Kevin Zheng

    Wow I did not know there was a correlation between breast cancer and birth control pills! The only thing that I would say about this blog post is that it’s a little bit short and vague. So a little bit more facts in this post would make the article a little better. Otherwise nice post!

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