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What are the risks of brast cancer and the mini pill

By November 5, 2011 - 7:43pm
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I've been advised againt the pill because I lost my mom to breast cancer a few years ago so I mention to my friend today about nt bein able to take it and she mentioned the mini pill instead because she also has family background of breast cancer. Can you give me any advice??

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Hi Adams2000,

The Mini-Pill is a Progestin-only pill that does not contain the estrogen normally found in Birth control pills. One of the reasons why some women choose to go on the Mini Pill is because of their concern with an increased risk of breast cancer- particularly if there is family history.

The minipill thickens cervical mucus and thins the lining of the uterus (endometrium) — preventing sperm from reaching the egg. The minipill also sometimes suppresses ovulation. For maximum effectiveness, you must take the minipill at the same time every day.

Hope this helps,


November 6, 2011 - 7:27am
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