Birth control pills have been doing more than keeping you from getting pregnant, regulating your period, and relieving you from dysmenorrhea. A study recently published in The Lancet Oncology journal found that over the last 50 years, the pill has prevented 400,000 cases of endometrial cancer, a type of cancer that begins in the inner lining of the uterus. And believe it or not, half of those prevented cases were just from the last 10 years!
The researchers from the University of Oxford in England reviewed 36 studies which covered 27,267 women with the cancer and more than 115,743 women without it. They learned that women taking the contraceptive pill had a lower risk of the endometrial cancer, and that taking the pill for every five years lowers the risk of endometrial cancer by 24 percent. That means if you're on it for 10 or 15 years, your risk of endometrial cancer is further lowered to half.
Even those who stopped taking the pill were actually kept from the cancer for more than 30 years after their last use.
It's still unclear exactly why the pill prevents endometrial cancer, but researchers suppose it has something to do with regulating the amount of estrogen the body produces. It makes the body think it's pregnant, so the estrogen level drops which stops the lining of the uterus from building up that can lead to overgrowth and cancer.
There have been very few instances of blood clots and death due to taking an unsuitable pill, so consult your doctor and have a through checkup before you buy your first pack.
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