Oral Contraceptives May Triple Risk for Crohn’s Disease
According to a Harvard University Study, women may be three times more likely to develop Crohn’s disease if they have used oral contraceptive pills for five years or more. The risk was especially pronounced in women who already had a genetic predisposition to chronic gastrointestinal disease.
While “the pill” is widely used and highly effective in preventing pregnancy, it has adverse effects.
The study involved 232,452 American women with no prior history of ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn’s disease (CD) from 1976 to 2008. They found 315 cases of CD and 392 cases of UC.
The results of the study were such that compared with women who had never used oral contraceptives, current users had a 2.82 multivariate-adjusted hazard ratio for CD. For past users, the hazard ratio was 1.39.
Reflecting on the strong association between use of oral contraceptives and CD, the authors note that, “After adjusting for known or potential risk factors for CD, including BMI, smoking, hormone use, age at menarche, menopause type and parity, these risk estimates did not materially change.”
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