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 12:29PM

Posted on: Sep 16, 2009 12:29PM

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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Mar 3, 2015 12:02AM Beachbum1023 wrote:

Hi Ladies, I took them for maybe 8 to 10 years total starting at 18 and ended around 30. I find it interesting that if you never get pregnant it is a red flag for BC. Nobody ever said a word even though all of my Doctors knew I couldn't get pregnant. I have zero history of BC or any cancer in my family ever. Nice history but I have BC. And triple negative to boot. So I have few treatment options to begin with. I cannot take any more Adriamycin ever because I have permanent heart damage from the first 4 dense dose I had. I cannot take Taxol, it regrew the tumor in 6 weeks, so surgery was moved up 2 weeks after chemo. Then I have neuropathy in both feet, thank you chemo! I don't feel guilty, very unlucky maybe! If they could tell me why I have it, or where it came from I would think about it. So far the best answer I got, we don't know. So far it cost me a lot to be unlucky!

Beachbum - AIN'T NO 5! Dx 7/15/2014, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/18/2014 AC Chemotherapy 10/13/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 12/14/2014 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Dx 12/26/2014, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 1/25/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Sep 6, 2016 07:43PM Licata519 wrote:

I took birth control pills, and when I went into menopause at 41, HRT for 10 years until the day I was diagnosed. Totally blame them (and myself) for this bc.

Dx 8/26/2016, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/18/2016 Lumpectomy: Left, Right; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 11/8/2016 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Feb 6, 2018 04:28PM - edited Feb 7, 2018 07:07AM by valentina7

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Dx 11/27/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/1/2017 Surgery 12/20/2017 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy 1/12/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 1/22/2018 3DCRT: Breast
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Feb 9, 2018 01:30AM Katiejane777 wrote:

I took the pill for about 3-4 years about 25 years ago. Still got BC ER+ and PR+.

Katiejane777 ❤️ Dx 11/7/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/21/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/16/2018 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Feb 9, 2018 03:36AM Paco wrote:

I used Loestrin FE birth control from the age of 39 to 48 when I was diagnosed. I used it sporadically before that between my 2nd and 3rd pregnancy in my late 20s. My DCIS is grade 3 and was found to be very highly ER and PR+.

I have zero other risk factors. Not saying the BC caused the cancer to show up, but it may have made the conditions more amenable to its growth.

Dx @ 48 Dx 12/28/2017, DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 2/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 3/27/2018 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 9, 2018 07:37PM houmom wrote:

I took the pill in various forms for a few years here and there, in 3 different countries. I also had the shots for a while, and tried the patch for a month. I had my tubes tied at 32 after the birth of my second child and was diagnosed last November at 40.

Dx 11/20/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-,
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Feb 9, 2018 08:24PM veeder14 wrote:

I took birth control pills for less than a year back in the mid 1970's, and then again for about a year in the 1980's to give my system a break from really bad cramps. No other hormones taken.

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/25/2018 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 3/7/2018 Hormonal Therapy 2/28/2019 Hormonal Therapy
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Feb 10, 2018 03:28AM - edited Feb 10, 2018 03:29AM by Falconer

After the birth of my third child at 42, I went on the mini-pill for one year. I was very reluctant to do so, but my midwife wouldn't hear of my desire to have my tubes tied by the gyn in her office. She said "it's only the smallest amount of progestin. I take it." Since my mother developed bc in her early fifties after HRT, I never wanted hormones in my body. And yet; I trusted my midwife. I stopped the pill when I was 43, as I was sinking into a depression, and I wondered if the pill had something to do with it, the depression lifted when I stopped. That year I went for my annual exam with my midwife. She herself had developed BC and was out receiving treatment. Remember those ads in the 1950s that showed your doctor smoking cigarettes? I felt the same way when I was diagnosed a year later. My dx was ER 100% PR 98%.

Strong is the new strong. Dx at 45. Onco 16. Monthly Lupron shots Nov. 2016-December 2017 Dx 7/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/2016, DCIS, Left, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 27, 2018 11:42PM pandabay wrote:

My nurse practitioner told me birth control doesn't cause cancer but the hormones may cause breast cancer to grow faster.

I took lo-ovral for two months this year and got a large breast cyst and immediately stopped taking them. I got an ultrasound and mammogram and they said it appeared to be normal, but I still feel a little something there. My right breast, the denser one, is the one that got the cyst.

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