Do Women on the Pill Live Longer? One Study Says Yes...
The birth control pill has been around for fifty years, and in that time, a lot of women have taken a lot of hormones. Indeed, the United Nations Population Division estimates that more than 100 million women around the world are currently taking hormonal contraception. That's a huge number to be sure, but it's also one that makes sense when we consider that in America alone studies have found that 98% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 who have ever had sex, have used some form of birth control.
And while there are proven risks to hormonal contraception--such as blood clots and strokes for some women--a study out of the U.K. has determined something a lot of birth control users will be pleased to learn: women on the pill tend to live longer than their non-pill popping sisters.
"These latest results, led by Professor Philip Hannaford from the University of Aberdeen, relate to the 46,000 recruited women, followed for up to nearly 40 years, creating more than a million woman-years of observation. The results show that in the longer term, women who used oral contraception had a significantly lower rate of death from any cause, including heart disease and all cancers (notably bowel, uterine body and ovarian cancers) compared with never users."
It doesn't quite make up for the fact that women still bear the lion's share of responsibility for birth control, but at least it's something.