A 31-year-old female asked:
Can the oral contraceptive pill cause iron overloading? and if so, should it be stopped (my doctor has ruled out hemochromatosis)?
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Hepatology 35 years experience
Possibly: Women who use oral contraceptives have higher blood iron levels than women who do not. It is thought that this may be due to the decrease in menstrual bleeding that is associated the the pills. However, there is no clear data that this causes iron overload/disease in the liver.
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