Protect Against Ovarian Cancer

One of the most interesting of the contraceptive benefits of the birth control pill that was listed in the Gyno Gab Top Ten Things Your Birth Control Pills Can Do For You is the fact that birth control pills protect against ovarian cancer. And as soon as Dr. Oz talked about the fact that taking the pill after age 40 could cut your risk of ovarian cancer by half we got an immediate phone call from  a woman over the age of 65 wondering if she could get going on this terrific treatment. But alas it has only been shown as a protective factor over the age of 40 in women who are still ovulatory. t is the quiet of the ovary that is why it works, less ovulations lead to more protection, which is why longer use is associated with more ovarian cancer protection. At age 65 your cannot decrease your risk of ovarian cancer with birth control pills or with hormone therapy. In fact, some studies (although not all) of who have taken estrogen hormone therapy for over ten years have actually an increased risk of ovarian cancer, it's difficult to study this because of the risk of lining cancer of the uterus complicating the reported cases of cancers present in the ovary as well, but newer studies published in Lancet in 2015 by the  Collaborative Group on Epidemiological Studies of Ovarian Cancer. have seemed to confirm the increased ovarian cancer risk by about 1 cancer per 1000 women in women taking hormone therapy in menopause. Other factors which decrease the risk of having ovarin cancer are: having a baby, breastfeeding, having your tubes tied, having a hysterctomy, and having used the pain medication non-steroidal medications (NSAIDS like ibuprofen). Factors that increase your risk for ovarian cancer: infertility, caffeine intake , two or more eggs per week, increasing BMI (obesity) , and of course family or genetic risks. Gyno experts  haven't really figured out if alcohol or smoking are risk factors for or protection against ovarian cancer. Protection against cancer is possible and it's important to discuss with your gyno all the ways you may get this accomplished.


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