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Taking the Pill ‘could help women live longer’
Is the Pill saving lives? Women who use it cut their chances of dying of cancer and heart disease, according to a new study...
The contraceptive Pill can extend your life and may even save 1,500 lives a year, according to a groundbreaking new study.
Women who had used thecontraceptivewere less likely to die from a range of diseases, includingheart diseaseandcancer,than those who have never taken it. Overall, the drugs cut the risk of death frombowel cancerby 38 per cent and from any cause by around 12 per cent.
The findings will be reassuring for millions of women who are taking, or have takenthe Pill, following a number of health scares. The results are from the Royal College of GPs Oral Contraception Study, one of the world’s largest investigations into the health effects ofthe Pill.
Although there was small increased risk of death among women under 45 takingthe Pill, in part because of the well-known increased chance of suffering ablood clot, that effect disappeared after around 10 years. And thehealth benefitsto women as they got older more than offset the risks to under 45s, the researchers said.
Introduced in 1961, and initially for married women only, aroundthree million womenin Britain are now thought to take the Pill regularly to preventunwanted pregnancy. Thecontraceptiveswork by using synthetically produced hormones to suppress ovulation.
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