New study reveals that women on the Pill have an increased risk of Crohn’s Disease.

By Kate Hassett

New study reveals that women on the Pill have an increased risk of Crohn’s Disease.
A new study has revealed that women who are predisposed to Crohn’s disease and who take the Pill, are three times more likely to develop the disease.

The incurable disease that causes digestive issues, diarrhoea and anaemia has garnered the attention of the medical field due to its surge in cases over the last 50 years.

A study of 230,000 American women by Dr Hamed Khalili, a Harvard gastroenterologist, found that women who had taken the Pill for at least five years, were three times more likely to develop Crohn’s disease than those who did not take the Pill.

But don’t go running to your doctor just yet.

Dr Khalili stressed that this increase in risk was only associated with patients who had a strong genetic predisposition to the disease and the Pill was unlikely to be the sole cause.

At the moment, there is no cure for the disease and women who are at risk of developing the disease are being urged to revaluate their choice to be on the Pill.

The bowel condition, which is also aggravated by smoking, affects 30,000 Australians and approximately 15,000 New Zealanders, usually between the age of 15 and 40.

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