Birth Control Pills May Protect You From Certain Cancers

Hormonal birth control pills (BCPs) usually contain low dose estrogen and progesterone. Several long-term studies suggest taking BCPs pills may actually have a protective effect against developing cancers of the breast, ovaries and lining of the uterus (endometrium), especially after the first year of use.

BCPs are taken every day and skipping pills make it more likely you will become pregnant. You may prefer not to have monthly bleeding. In this case, BCPs can be taken every day (known as “continuous cycling”). Some women will use this method to help plan when to have bleeding.

It is important to remember that BCPs and other forms of hormonal birth control are not safe for women with certain medical conditions. And they  do not protect you from infections that can be passed through sex.

The healthcare providers at NOCO Women’s Wellness can help you choose the best option for you. Feel free to call for an appointment to talk about what you are looking for in birth control.