Birth control does not cause cancer
These are some pretty serious accusations, especially from someone who is shaping policies that will affect women and families all over the country. So do Talento’s claims hold up? Can birth control actually cause cancer, or contribute to these other health issues? Here’s what you should know…!
Birth control may temporarily increase some risks
doctors pick up more cancers in pill users than they do in women who don’t have to see their doctors as frequently—like those who’ve had their tubes tied, who have IUDs, or who aren’t using birth control at all..!
But overall, the pill protects against several types of cancer
Dr. MacIsaac says the increase in diagnosis of breast and cervical cancers in current pill users “is not equal to the protective effects on uterus, ovary, and colorectal cancer—which last a lifetime and create a huge effect.” In fact, she says, doctors are even performing clinical trials to treat endometrial cancer with hormonal birth control, “because we know that high doses of progestin at the uterus prevents, halts, even reverses early endometrial cancer.”