In-depth: The benefits and risks of birth control use

by Haley Gardner


Birth control is a part of over 62 percent of reproductive womens’ lives to make life easier, emotionally and hormonally, although there are studies that show the pill and other forms of birth control can lead to cancer.

Birth control has more functions besides preventing pregnancy. It can be used to balance hormones which is important in a woman’s life to be able to focus on her career or family.

“Birth control pills provide multiple health benefits like relief from menstrual disorders, reduced risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, improved bone mineral density, and also have been shown to slightly decrease the risk of ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer.”

The pill can stop acne, weight gain, migraines, periods, cramps and other pains, which can allow women to focus on their jobs rather than having to fight through their day.

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With all of the benefits that go into having these options, like any prescription drug there is a risk. Studies have recently been done that various birth control methods, at a moderate dose, actually increase the risk of breast cancer by 60 percent, according to Harvard Medical School. 

Up until 2009, people used the average dose of birth control that led them to these seriously high risk rates. The birth control containing high levels of estrogen and major use of birth control before 40, women were being diagnosed with “Triple Threat Breast Cancer” which is not only difficult to treat, but is aggressive and moves quickly in younger women. It takes ten years for the body to overcome the built up risk.

Since 2009, contraceptives have become more advanced.






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