Benefits and risks of oral contraceptives.

  title={Benefits and risks of oral contraceptives.},
  author={Katherine D. Sherif},
  journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology},
  volume={180 6 Pt 2},
The major benefits of modern low-dose oral contraceptives include relative safety and a high degree of efficacy, decreasing the need for abortion or surgical sterilization; reduced risks of bacterial (but not viral) pelvic inflammatory disease and of endometrial and ovarian cancer; improved menstrual regularity, with less dysmenorrhea and blood flow; and, when low-dose combination (not progestogen-only) oral contraceptives are used, reduced acne and hirsutism. Major risks are cardiovascular… CONTINUE READING


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