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Benefits and risks of oral contraception 

Benefits and risks of oral contraception
Benefits and risks of oral contraception

John Guillebaud


November 28, 2012: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 19 September 2021

Efficacy of the ‘pill’ as an oral contraceptive—users of combined oral contraceptives (COC) must understand the importance of not lengthening the pill-free (contraception-deficient) time, and be appropriately advised if prescribed enzyme-inducing drugs.

Noncontraceptive benefits of COC use—these include fewer disorders of the menstrual cycle and less risk of colorectal cancer and cancers of the ovary and endometrium, which may sometimes provide the principal indication for prescription....

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