Mortality among contraceptive pill users: cohort evidence from Royal College of General Practitioners’ Oral Contraception Study
What is the long term effect of taking the pill on disease and mortality in later life?
- By: Leanne Tite
This study is a follow-up of a long term study assessing the effect of use of the contraceptive pill on women’s risk of disease and mortality. Early analysis of data carried out not long after the study began in 1968 found an increased risk in mortality from certain diseases in women who had ever used the pill, compared with women who had never used the pill. A more recent look at the data, in 1999, based on 25 years of following the women in the study, suggested that the increased risk of disease and death previously linked to the pill disappears 10 years after women stop taking the pill. However, at that time, the women in the study were below the age that age related diseases, such as cancer, become common. More recently still, in 2007, evidence from the study shows a decrease in the numbers of cancers diagnosed in