Oral contraceptives linked to increased risk of multiple sclerosis

February 28, 2014 8:16 AM

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Oral contraceptives linked to increased risk of multiple sclerosis

In a new study, researchers found an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) among women who have taken oral contraceptives. However, the findings do not mean women should stop using birth control, the researchers say.

Overall, researchers found a 30 percent increased risk of developing MS amongst women who had at least three months of oral contraceptive use, compared to a control group of 3,050 women who did not have MS. They found that 29.2 percent of women with MS used birth control before their diagnoses, whil...

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