Birth Control May Reduce Heart-Related Risks - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/22/04

Birth Control May Reduce Heart-Related Risks

Women who use birth control pills may be getting an added benefit. A new study of 67,000 women found oral contraceptives reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other heart related problems.

There's more. For each year a woman used the pill, turns out she lowered her risk of cancer by 7%, compared to women who didn't take the pill. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Actually, the scientists say they're not sure why the pill works this way, but they suspect it has to do with boosting hormones at certain stages of life.

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