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Birth Control To Reguate Periods And Cancer
I had my period on 2 occasions with a span of 5mo in between. I was told by Dr. Nothing serious (cancer/cysts)is wrong with me. Can birth control help?
Maybe: The original studies of the pill were designed to reduce irregularity, excessive bleeding and pain with menses. Eventually the side effect of birth control became the main reason for their use. This is something you should discuss with your OBGYN. It has certainly been a benefit to many with the same problem. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Period ended on the 20th, and I'm still "bleeding". I did not have sex, and I'm not on birth control... It's not uterine cancer is it? Maybe stress?
Minimal risk: If you mean risk for cervical cancer because of birth control, it is not increased. Studies have shown some association but it is likely related to sexual practices. In other words, if you have multiple sexual partners then there is higher risk of getting the HPV virus which is at least partly related to cervical cancer. But the hormones in the pills will not increase your risk per se. ...Read more
I have a possible diagnosis of cervical cancer and am starting on birth control for the first time. At how much risk am I?
I had idiopathic PE a year ago. No risk factors no birth control. No ongoing problems. I'm 30f should I worry about underlying cancer? Is it common?
Complete checkup: Cancer can present with a pulmonary embolism (PE) as the initial symptom, but this is not typical. A cancer risk assessment should include your family history and environmental exposures, particularly smoking. At age 30 a complete physical exam (with PAP smears) blood work, stool for occult blood, is all that is typically needed. Persons with risk factors may receive extra screening tests. ...Read more
I'm 37 and I've been taking birth control for 11yrs. Is there a health risk for taking pills for so many yrs. Can it cause cancer also thank?
Yes less so with modern birth-control: Modern birth-control pills are very low dose compared to the oral contraceptives of yesterday. They are generally safe however there are complications from birth controls especially in smokers! Deep vein thrombosis as well as endometrial hyperplasia and less commonly endometrial cancer. ...Read more
Yes: Birth control pills prevent ovarian and endometrial cancers. Cervical cancer is increased due to most pill users do not use condoms and are more at risk for hpv infection which can cause cervical cancer. There is a small increase in breast cancer with more than 10 years use, but these patients tend to have a much less aggressive form o breast cancer. ...Read more
Was on birth control for 5 years now stopped is my changes of getting endometrial cancer still decreased for years to come?
Yes: Birth-control pills reduce your lifetime risk of of ovarian and uterine cancer. The longer you're on them, the greater the risk reduction. Women who don't menstruate regularly (who have long gaps between their periods) also have a higher risk of uterine cancer. Birth-control pills are especially important for them. Maintaining a healthy weight and normal blood sugars are also important. ...Read more
Bad things: Smoking while on birth control pills can cause deep vein thrombosis-blood clots usually found in leg veins. These can break off and go to the lungs-pulmonary embolism-and be deadly. If you are concerned with cancer, I recommend you seek help with smoking cessation. Tobacco is responsible for many types of cancer and other terrible diseases. ...Read more
Can you get ovarian cancer from birth control pills? Can birth control pills cause ovarian cancer?
Does the cervical cancer shot help reduce the risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?
Kind of: Birth control pills can increase the risk of cervical cancer in a round about way. If you have unprotected sex (don't use a condom) because you figure you're safe on the pill to do so, then you may contract the hpv virus which can cause cervical cancer. The vaccine can reduce the chance of you catching this virus. The moral is, birth control pill or not, use a condom to reduce your risk of std's. ...Read more
It depends: If the cancer is an estrogen dependent cancer, then the risk of pregnancy has to be balanced with the contraceptive pill's estrogen contribution to further cancer enhancement. If it is not an estrogen dependent cancer, then the use of the pill prevents an unwanted pregnancy in the midst of a serious medical life condition and its' use is very prudent. ...Read more
How long does cervical cancer take to develop? Normal pap less than a year ago but have been having some spotting the last few days. On birth control
Slightly: A 1996 analysis of more than 50 studies worldwide by the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Ca found women who were current/recent users of birth control pills had a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who had never used the pill. The risk was highest for women starting oral contraceptives as teenagers. However, the risk was gone 10 years after stopping. ...Read more
Can the cervical cancer shot counter the increased risk for cervical cancer from taking birth control pills?
Much more than!: The increased risk of cervical cancer from use of birth control is tiny, if at all, depending on what studies you read. However, the hpv vaccine reduces your risk of cervical cancer by 75-80%, so it is way better! You figure if there is an increased risk of 1-2% from birth control pills, or even it was as much as a 5-10% difference, (which no way it is), then the vaccine really wins out. ...Read more
Does a cervical cancer shot counter the increased risk for cervical cancer from taking the birth control pill?
No birth control, not pregnant, spotting very lightly for 11 days now. Is this cancer? Always been irregular, dr says that's normal for me 2B irreg.
Have a thickened endometrium & mild-persistent abnormal bleeding, no stds, no cancer. Now on birth control but bleeding won't stop. Help stopping it.
The utility of: The 'thickened endometrium' finding, premenopauselly, is not high. It is cycle dependant. It appears you had an endometrial biopsy. How long have you been on the sprintec? It can take 3 months to normalize bleeding. You may need a 'withdrawel bleed' but without knowing how long you have been on the pill it c an be difficult to say. ...Read more
I have had two arm dvt's. One from birth control and one unexplained. I've heard these unexplained ones can be from occult cancer? How likely is this?
Low risk: Much more likely that you have a clotting abnormality where your blood clots too easily. There are a number of these conditions, and more common amongst women who have a clot on birth control. I urge you to set up an appointment with a hematologist (doctor who specializes in blood problems) and have a full evaluation done. Blood clots can be serious and even life-threatening. And if you smoke-stop! ...Read more
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
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