Breast Effects of Contraceptive Methods
reast pain is lessened with lower estrogen dosage, and with the newest progesterones, also there is more breast pain during hormone-free intervals. So consider using longer cycle pills when you want to treat breast pain. Breast cancer rates and the rates from the use of the birth control pill probably don't change, or don't change much. One study looking at over 50 other studies showed lots of conflicting information regarding breast cancer and birth control pill use. New diagnosis increases very slightly for women on the pill, but after pill use, the rates of breast cancer for pill users is no different than for women who didn't use the pill. Skin pigmentation issues are common with hormonal methods, and in fact there can be a darkening of the nipples from hormonal contraception. Breast cysts are a bit less likely if you are on birth control. And in fact some women can have success in treating breast cysts with the right contraceptive method. Whether you need a pap, or are changing your contraception, it's a good thing to spend time with your gyno discussing breast heath concerns at your visit this year!