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Increase Risk for MS linked to Oral Contraceptives

Posted March 1, 2014

Utilizing membership data from Kaiser Permanente Southern California, researchers analyzed the health records of 305 women aged 14 to 48 who were diagnosed with MS or its precursor, clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), between 2008 and 2011. The study looked at the women’s birth control use up to three years prior to the onset of MS symptoms.

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.

To read more about the study, view the Fox News article here

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