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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Take The Pill: Stop Ovarian Cancer

Only two years of taking a birth control pill will reduce your ovarian cancer risk by 40-80%. This will not work to reduce your chances of ovarian cancer if you only take the pill for a very few months. The reduction of risk starts to accumulate as the years of pill use accumulate since it is related to a reduction of the number of times you ovulate. It's unlikely that this protection will be as great if you begin your pill use in your 40s, the earlier you begin your birth control pills the more efficient the treatment is in preventing ovarian cancer. See your gyno about other strategies to reduce ovarian cancer as well. 

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