Rheumatoid Arthritis and Birth Control Pills

Recent research was conducted to examine the effects of birth control pills on rheumatoid arthritis. The studies concluded that oral contraceptives may

reduce the risk of occurrence of severe rheumatoid arthritis.

The studies has shown positively that by using oral contraceptives there is

40 to 50 percent

reduction in the risk of premenopausal rheumatoid arthritis.

The effect of birth control pills was published in the

Journal of Rheumatology in 2004.

The researchers found that the exposure to the oral contraceptives or birth control pills are the reason to reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis in contrary to the conception that estrogen replacement therapy reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. This article is only the information on the research conducted but not the report of any research studies.

However, this information that pills reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis does not mean that one should take them as a part of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. It is again said that there is no guarantee that solely by taking oral contraceptives the total risk of the disease is reduced.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic inflammation of the joints. This type of arthritis can also cause inflammation of the tissues around the joint and also in other organs in the body.

Oral contraceptives

are the pills used by women to avoid unwanted pregnancy or for the purpose of birth control.

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