The birth control pill has been around for decades and despite clinical study and assurance from the prescribing physician, women continue to hear negative rumors about possible side effects of taking the pill.
Birth Control Myth
The pill causes cancer.
Birth Control Fact
Studies have suggested the pill may actually decrease the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer up to 50%, in some women. There are some studies that show increased risk of cervical cancer in patients who take the pill.
The increased risk does not appear to be associated with the pill directly; it could be, however, that women taking the pill choose unprotected sex more often, leading to HPV infection and increased risk of cervical cancer associated with HPV.
There are plenty of myths circulating about the pill, but most are completely unfounded and untrue. Talk with your prescribing physician about the risks and benefits of taking the pill, including short-term use, long-term use and taking a break from the pill.