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MS and Birth Control

August 28, 2015

A recent study has found that women who use birth control pills may be 50 percent more likely to develop the autoimmune disease, Multiple Sclerosis. While previous research had suggested that the use of the pill reduces ones likelihood of getting diagnosed with the disease, the Kaiser Permanente Southern California medical group proves otherwise through their conducted study. 

It was stated that women who used the contraceptives were 35 percent more likely to develop MS in comparison to those who did not use them. Women that used the pill, but had stopped at least one month before their symptoms began were 50 percent more likely to develop the disease.

The findings of the study suggest that using hormonal contraceptives might be a factor contributing to the rise in the rate of women suffering with MS, although there are many different factors that must also be considered.

The World Health Organization states that incidents of MS are significantly higher in wealthier parts of the world. This focuses mainly among the wealthier segments of these societies, ultimately working hand in hand with heavier contraceptive pill usage. The incidence of MS is occurs in approximately 80 in 100,000 women between the ages of 20 and 40 in Europe and North America. Women are also twice as likely to get the disease as men. 

MS and Birth Control - Fri August 28, 2015 2:44 PM