Birth Control May Lower MS Odds

NOVEMBER 01, 2005

Women taking oral contraceptives for 3 years saw a reduction in the odds of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, as reported in the Archives of Neurology (September 2005), compared 106 women newly diagnosed with MS between January 1, 1993, and December 31, 2000, with 1001 women without the disease. The participants were chosen for the study based on a research database that included medical and pharmacy records for 3 million British patients.

"The incidence of MS in [oral contraceptive] users was 40% lower than in nonusers," the investigators reported. "Women had a higher risk of developing first symptoms of MS in the 6 months following a pregnancy and a nonsignificant lower risk during pregnancy, compared with those with no pregnancy.... This is consistent with studies on the effect of pregnancy in patients with MS and the immunological changes associated with pregnancy."




SHARE THIS SHARE THIS
0
 

In Seniors: Consider CMV Serostatus
When Recommending Flu Vaccine

Older people who have cytomegalovirus seem to have less robust responses to the trivalent influenza vaccine than those who do not have CMV.


 

 

Conference Coverage
News from the year's biggest meetings


Pharmacist Education
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs


 

SIGN UP FOR THE PHARMACY TIMES NEWSLETTER
Personalize the information you receive by selecting targeted content and special offers.