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Birth Control Pill Linked to Brain Tumors

Birth Control Pill Linked to Brain Tumors

Dr. David Gaist, a neurologist at Odense University Hospital and the University of Southern Denmark, and his colleagues found that women taking hormonal contraceptives — those containing estrogen, progestin or a combination of both — showed higher rates of a rare brain tumor known as glioma. Their results, published Thursday in the British Journal of […] [...more]

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The Pill linked to risk of gestational diabetes

The Pill linked to risk of gestational diabetes

Women on the pill before getting pregnant are 40% more likely to suffer from gestational diabetes than women who do not use any method of birth control, a new study suggests. “This study provides evidence that hormonal contraceptive methods may increase a woman’s risk for GDM (gestational diabetes) in her following pregnancy, even after adjusting […] [...more]

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Contraceptive use linked to prostate cancer

Contraceptive use linked to prostate cancer

As if the risks to women that contraceptive pills present were not enough, a study from researchers at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto shows a link between use of the birth control pill and the incidence of prostate cancer. Researchers  studied rates of the disease in countries around the world in 2007, and cross-referenced […] [...more]

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Depo Provera linked to memory loss

Depo Provera linked to memory loss

According to a recent study, the hormone found in the popular birth control shot causes memory loss in lab rats. Not surprisingly, an Internet search yielded anecdotal reports of memory loss years ago such as this one by “Clara” in 2004: I was on the Depo shot for a year. In the beginning, I was […] [...more]

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Birth Control Pill Affects Memory

Birth Control Pill Affects Memory

According to a study at UC Irvine, hormonal contraceptives have a strong effect on the way women remember emotionally charged events. Researchers tested 72 women who were either naturally cycling or on the pill. Every woman in the study viewed either a brief, narrated story containing “emotionally arousing” elements or one containing only “neutral” elements. […] [...more]

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Some Birth Control Pills Pose Gallstone Risk

Some Birth Control Pills Pose Gallstone Risk

Some of the newest and most popular oral contraceptives — including the drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol combo marketed as Yaz — have been linked to a small, but significant risk of gallbladder disease, according to a large retrospective cohort study. The study of nearly three million women taking ethinyl estradiol combined with one of seven progestins between […] [...more]

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BC Pill weakens bones

BC Pill weakens bones

Teenage girls taking low-dose oral contraceptives showed abnormally low levels of bone growth, and sometimes even lost density, compared with teens who took birth control pills with a higher dose of estrogen, Czech researchers found. In a randomized, crossover trial, bone mineral density (BMD) failed to increase in girls 15 to 19 years old who […] [...more]

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Renewed concern about pill safety

Renewed concern about pill safety

A Dutch study on the safety of birth control pills shed more light on the dangers of hormonal contraceptives. Scientists have long known that oral contraceptives, which contain the female hormones estrogen and progestogen, increase the likelihood of deep vein thrombosis of the leg and pulmonary embolism, but new studies in Denmark and the Netherlands […] [...more]

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Yasmin Under Investigation

Yasmin Under Investigation

Switzerland’s highest medical authority is investigating the case of a 16 year girl who suffered a lung embolism and is now severly disabled. The victim was taking the hormonal contraceptive Yasmin. Switzerland’s medicines supervisor says it will analyse all birth control pills after a young woman suffered a lung embolism possibly linked to a contraceptive. […] [...more]

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Hormonal birth control a carcinogenic to humans

Hormonal birth control a carcinogenic to humans

A 2005 press release stating the connection of hormonal birth control and cancer made plenty of headlines when it associated the pill with a lowered risk of ovarian cancer. The very same press release also pointed to findings of a higher risk of breast cancer among women taking the pill. Somehow this news did not […] [...more]

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