Natural killer cell activity is reduced in association with oral contraceptive use.

Oral contraceptive (OC) use has been associated with increased incidence of a number of infections, but the mechanisms behind these changes is unclear. The present study compared OC users and nonusers in natural killer (NK) cell activity, NK phenotype, and illness frequency. Subjects were 55 female medical students (19 OC users, 36 nonusers). Three blood… (More)