Birth Control Can Up Your Risk of WHAT!?
The Pill comes with some pretty amazing perks—clearer skin, less excruciating PMS, and obviously a baby-free belly. Like all medications, it can also come with risks, too, but a new report shows a weird association that we've never heard of before.Women who take oral contraceptives for more than three years may have an increased risk of developing glaucoma, according to new research presented today at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Ophthalmology.
Researchers looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey on 3,406 women over the age of 40. They found that women who reported having ever used oral contraceptives for three or more years were 2.05 times more likely to also self-report that they had been diagnosed with the eye disease. They're not really sure what to make of this association, says lead researcher Elaine Wang, an M.D. candidate at Duke University School of Medicine, though she notes that previous research has found that estrogen may be tied to the eye disease. "Maybe the variation of different hormone levels in your body may play a role in the development of glaucoma," says Wang.
But don't toss your pill pack just yet. "We do want to reassure women taking oral contraceptives that we do not see a causative effect at this point between birth control pills and glaucoma," says Wang. More research is definitely needed, but Wang says contraceptive use may be one risk factor to consider with your eye doctor, along with other known risk factors like increased eye pressure, having a family history of glaucoma, being female, and being African American.
So can you keep your pill? Absolutely.
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