Topic: How many of us took Birth Control Pills?

Forum: Hormonal Therapy - Before, During, and After — This is a safe place to share your experiences of others considering or on hormonal treatment.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2009 03:29PM

Posted on: Sep 16, 2009 03:29PM

KorynH wrote:

This same question may be burried in the 2 thousand other posts but I haven't found it. I was diagnosed at age 44 and had been taking birth control pills for the previous 13 years. Once I was diagnosed my doctor said to stop the pill immediately....even mid cycle! I at that time had not had a period in  a year but was not testing post-menopausal according to bloodwork. Then when I decided for the first time to read the pamphlet that came in the pill pack it stated right there in black and white MAY CAUSE BREAST CANCER IN YOUNG WOMEN (pre -meno) WITH LONG TERM USE yet no doctor in 13 years ever warned me to stop it and I was there faithfully every year for my paps! I took Lo-Ovral.

I was furious! When I questioned my ob.gyn she said the pill doesn't cause breast cancer.  However, now that chemo has put me into early menopause and I seek help for the hot flashes she says, oh you can't take hormones they might cause breast cancer! I find that just crazy. So I am finding many other survivors who also took oral contraceptives for many years and later developed breast cancer. I would just be curious to see just how many on these forums were too and for how long you were on it.

The pill may not CAUSE breast cancer but what it does to our cycles, creating an estrogen dominance can cause breast cancer, so says the book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer.

Tell your story!

KorynH -age 44 at diagnosis (2008) , IDC 1.6cm , ILC 1.6cm ,Rt. mast. 10/08, 0/6 nodes,stage 2a, gr. 3, ER+/PR+, Her2NU+++, BRCA Neg.,TCH chemo 12/08 - Herceptin completed 12/09, T.E., silicone implant exchange July 2009
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Dec 20, 2014 09:21PM shelleym1 wrote:

I took birth control pills from age 18-35. I stopped taking them earlier this year. I was diagnosed 12/1.

Oncotype Score 15 - no chemo. Diagnosed at 35. Re-excision 1/29. Started 4 weeks of hypofractionated radiation 3/17. Dx 12/1/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/12/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 1/12/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/17/2015 Breast
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Dec 20, 2014 10:27PM melissadallas wrote:

Birth contol pills have been shown to be a very minimal risk factor.

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor. Dx 5/20/2012, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes
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Dec 20, 2014 10:51PM GrammyR wrote:

I was on BC from age 26 thru 35 . Taken off for severe high BP. No more pill. I did go on hormonal replacement however when I went into early menopause at age 45. I was on them until age 58 when diagnosed with ER pos BC. I blame these as I had no family history was super thin non smoker or drinker. Still my MO would not blame them. I wish I had sued the drug company and alas the Statute of Limitations ran out in Florida. Had return of disease last year after 7 years.

RHH Dx 12/1/2005, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIB, 1/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/6/2006 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 7/3/2013 Lymph nodes Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs/other, Grade 3, 6/22 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 8/17/2013 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Feb 16, 2015 08:33PM knmtwins wrote:

me too - for period pain starting at 14 or 15, ended at 29. I also did 2 IUIs then 1 IVF. Did progesterone for a few months to help 'keep' the pregnancy.

Dx 6/4/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 7/15/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 7/15/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 7/16/2014 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/2/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 3/17/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 5/2/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/27/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/3/2015 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Targeted Therapy 10/1/2017 Nerlynx Targeted Therapy 11/4/2017 Nerlynx Chemotherapy 3/27/2019 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery
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Feb 16, 2015 08:58PM Lolis wrote:

I took BC pills in my early 20s for a few years to control my acne, it was a low dose BC pills. I must have taken them for maybe 2 years. My cancer was highly hormonal.

I don't if the BC pills contributed to it or was the fact that my period started very early (11-12) or just my luck. My grandma (from father's side) died because of breast cancer at age of 55 but my cancer was negative for BRAC 1/2.

First dx @ 33, mets @ lucky number is 3 😊 Dx 3/22/2014, DCIS, Left, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 8/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/22/2014, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/22/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 5/15/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 9/11/2014 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 9/29/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 12/6/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2-, Targeted Therapy 1/8/2018 Kisqali Hormonal Therapy 1/9/2018 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery 5/16/2019 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Feb 17, 2015 01:08PM Srh242 wrote:

I didn't took birth control

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Feb 23, 2015 01:01AM kittysister wrote:

I took birth control in my 20's and early 30's. Also, after menopause hit, I used the estrogen patch for a number of years. My doctor seemed to think the benefits to my heart and bones were worth the risks. Helped tremendously with hot flashes and mood swings, too. Don't know if it contributed to my diagnosis.

Dx 8/4/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 23, 2015 01:44AM canuckmom wrote:

I took bc pill from 18 - 32 yrs and then just went back on them oct 2014 at age 40. Was dx with bc in may 2014. Surgeons first words were "stop taking the pill immediately". I asked my MO how long my cancer had been there & she said "A few mos". Also read a study a while back that said the pill was linked to triple negative bc, which is what I had. Coincidence? Who knows?

Triple Negative with slight Estrogen Receptors Dx 5/8/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/30/2014 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/20/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 12/4/2014 Breast
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Feb 28, 2015 09:17AM Annie88 wrote:

I did take birth control pills for over 10 years, throughout my 20s. At 31 I had my first child and a second at 34. With both I breastfed for a full year, but went back on the pill afterwards. I do have endometriosis, so this is the chosen method for treatment in between surgery. Endometriosis is caused by high levels of estrogen, as my tumor is ER+ and PR+. I am wondering if the pill or hormones in foods have caused it. I was diagnosed at 43, a month before my 44th birthday.

Dx 10/8/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/8/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/11/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/19/2015 Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/25/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx
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Feb 28, 2015 06:18PM - edited Feb 28, 2015 06:19PM by Srh242

Hi Annie:

Don't beat yourself up. I used to do it a lot. The truth is that having hormone receptors are not the same as having hormones. So the cause for this wasn't probably under our control. We might not be braca positive but there's probably a lot of genes that had not been discovered, especially when we get this stuff so young.

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