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Combined Oral Contraceptives: A Comprehensive Review

KILEY, JESSICA MD; HAMMOND, CASSING MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: December 2007 - Volume 50 - Issue 4 - pp 868-877
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e318159c06a
Hormonal Contraception

Millions of women use birth control pills for contraceptive and noncontraceptive reasons. Although there have been reports of rare adverse events, birth control pills do offer well-documented health benefits, including a decrease in the risk of ovarian and endometrial carcinoma. In addition, manufacturers continue to modify birth control pills to reduce side effects and medical risks.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

Correspondence: Jessica Kiley, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University, 680 N. Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1015, Chicago, IL 60611. E-mail: j-kiley@md.northwestern.edu

© 2007 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.