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The whole truth about oral contraceptives

June 15 2007

Disputes about the dangers and benefits of oral contraceptives (OCs) are from the day they become available. Research that accused them of provoking the cancer, heart attacks, strokes, thrombosis, then found them in the same lot of useful features. Try to help figure it out.

'll Give tribute to pharmaceutical companies who have worked to improve oral contraceptives and have ensured that today's pills contain very small amounts of hormones, and therefore much safer their predecessors.

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From a statistical perspective, beneficial effects of birth control pills seem to outweigh their negative properties. But this does not mean that a particular person would be all that bright, like an abstract of the average character of scientific research.

All the same hormonal agents have enough contraindications, which can evaluate only a gynecologist, and not a pharmacist at a drugstore or best friend, in which "everything is in order." So, give the pros and cons OK.

Possible benefits of oral contraceptives.

- The longer a woman takes the OK, the less the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Admission for 10 years reduces the risk by 60-80%. Decreases and the risk of developing ovarian cysts.

- The risk of endometrial cancer is reduced by 50%.

- The risk of cancer of rectum and colon may be reduced by 35%.

- Slightly, but decreases the risk of inflammatory diseases of the pelvis, which can lead to infertility.

- Estrogen contained in OCs, protect women from the age of bone loss and, hence, the development of osteoporosis in postmenopausal period.

- Normalize irregular menstrual cycle, as dictated by the body to OK its cycle.

- As UC suppress ovulation, significantly reduced the risk of ectopic pregnancy.

- At a reception OK often disappear acne and seborrhoea because it reduces the sebaceous glands.

- Reduced risk of iron deficiency anemia, as it reduces blood loss during menstruation.

Possible harm from taking oral contraceptives.

- When receiving long-term OK slightly increased risk of breast cancer.

- Slight increase in risk of developing liver cancer.

- Increased risk of infection chlamydia, that is, the development of chlamydia.

- Women who smoke and those who suffer from hypertension increases the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke.

- In cases of UC can increase the risk of thrombosis and thromboembolism.

- Receive UC can cause a slight increase in blood pressure.

- Some women may experience problems with weight gain.

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