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Med J Aust. 2003 Jun 16;178(12):621-3.

The efficacy of non-contraceptive uses for hormonal contraceptives.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.


In addition to providing safe and effective contraception, both the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) and selected long-acting progestogen-only contraceptives have significant health benefits. The COCP may reduce menstrual blood loss, dysmenorrhoea and premenstrual syndrome; unequivocally reduces the later incidence of endometrial and ovarian cancer; appears to help protect future fertility, probably by reducing the risk of acute pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. The quality of evidence for individual non-contraceptive health benefits of the COCP is very variable.

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