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Medical News & Perspectives
March 20, 2018

Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Hormonal Contraception

JAMA. 2018;319(11):1083-1084. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0448

Since hormonal contraception became available in 1960—in the form of a combined estrogen-progestin pill—researchers have evaluated its risks and benefits. Though widely recognized as a breakthrough in medicine and the first effective long-term, reversible method of birth control, hormonal contraception, which is used by an estimated 140 million women worldwide, has never been free of adverse effects.

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