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Is it bad to have been on the pill for 10 years?

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Lonelybunny Mon 24-Jun-13 09:29:33

I've been on the pill for 10 years but had 3 children in between that. I'm on cerezette now. I'm wondering if its bad to have been on contraceptives for so long as I know it increases your risk if breast cancer. Should I find something else ?

nostress Mon 24-Jun-13 13:06:44

I'm in same situation. I'm 40 and been them since age 16 - about 4 years for birthing. (microgynon). I asked my doc who said aslong as you are a non smoker and not overweight you can stay on them as long as you want.

Have any of your relatives had bc? (increases risk). Did you breast feed? (lowers risk). Do you wear underwire bras? (increases risk) Did you have your first child at a young age? (lowers risk). Are you a veggie? (lowers risk).

I'm staying on them as i'm in a low risk group anyway.

Lonelybunny Mon 24-Jun-13 13:21:04

I'm overweight sad I'm on cerezette. Had first child at 21, no breast cancer in family , I'm breastfeeding my third DC , I do wear under wire bras as I'm big chested.

nostress Mon 24-Jun-13 14:08:13

I'd chat with your gp about it then. My friend has a coil and she swears by it!

Lonelybunny Mon 24-Jun-13 16:59:14

I will have a chat , I'm amazed they haven't asked me to review it .

nostress Mon 24-Jun-13 19:08:24

Dont you have yearly review where you get your blood pressure checked? Probs not asked because its still only ten years!

Lonelybunny Mon 24-Jun-13 22:22:14

No , they checked it a while ago and it was hight so put me on a 24 hour one but the cuff wouldn't stay on so took it back and explained it to them but they didnt really bother ?

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