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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Sep 26, 2009 07:05PM - edited Sep 26, 2009 07:07PM by bcamnb

I was one of the first group of women to take "the pill." I took it - in its highest dosage - from 1966 - 1969, when I was encouraged to take a break (and became pregnant!). I think I took it for a few years between babies. Then I was on HRT for 5 years from age 50 - 55. I have always had fibrous, lumpy breasts and several cysts drained over the years.

Great we've been such wonderful estrogen guinea pigs, eh?

Caroline Dx 5/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 30, 2009 02:02PM abbey11 wrote:

I took the pill off and on for about 20 years from 18 to 40ish.  I took time off for two pregnancies and nursing.  I am fit, active, eat well, don't drink, got my first period late, had my first child before age 30, and breast fed both my children for almost two years.  I have no family history and am BRCA neg.  Birth control pills were my only risk factor.  If it's clear that manipulating your endocrine system with HRT post menopause causes breast cancer, it stands to reason that manipulating it pre-meno with the pill can also cause it.  I don't know why BCP are still used so pervasively; especially when there are option like IUD's that contain no estrogen.  I wish I had used one of those.  And, I wish my docs had warned me!  Do you think that the medical community is keeping mum about this because they don't want to be accused of taking away women's reproductive freedom??

Diagnosed age 44 with BL BC Sept. 08; right side 5mm, left side 1cm. BL mast. Oct. 08, expanders, exchange to silicone implants Feb 09. Completed 10 years of tamoxifen April '19. Dx 10/2/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 30, 2009 02:33PM jancie wrote:

I took the Ortho Novum pill for 19 years at the highest strength possible.  I didn't stop taking it until I got my tubes tied at age 37.  I didn't get a mammogram for 12 years so I don't know how long my BC was there before I was diagnosed.  I never had children. 

Never Alone - My TaTa Sisters are always with me! Dx 12/30/2008, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 30, 2009 03:55PM thepinkbirdie wrote:

I took birth control pills for several years and got off of them about 3 years ago.  I did read the inserts when I began taking them and I was aware that the pill could possibly cause breast cancer. As I remember, the inserts also stated that smoking while on the pill also greatly increased the risk of breast cancer and a host of other things.  I was never a smoker.

I asked my oncologist his opinion about the pill and the breast cancer link.  It was his opinion that the pill from the 60's or early 70's had a strong possibility of a link to breast cancer, but not the pill from the last couple of decades.

Personally, I think just about anything could have caused my breast cancer. Dx 6/2/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 30, 2009 03:57PM WendyInCalif wrote:

I also never took BCPs. 

If one were able to visit a dairy farm and a cattle ranch, and observe the amount of hormones administered to these livestock to increase growth rate and milk production - and then witness the water run off and manure being used for the fields here in the Central San Joaquin Valley,

 I think one would have to wonder if our foods and water are not laced with huge amounts of estrogen and testosterone.  They will not let camera crews onto them for this reason.  I was a rancher's wife.  This man had 20,000 head.  His main goal was to get them to a certain weight as fast a possible with as little feed as possible so he could sell them for beef.  The females were used for the dairy and they too were pushed to milk production as fast as possible.  I believe this has a major role in our diagnosis as well as the BCP and HRT.

 That they use the water run off and the manure to grow the vegetables would only conclude in my mind that traces of the hormones are in them as well.  It is a big money industry and they are protected via lobbyists and campaign contributions - in modern day America, the only thing that would stop this from occurring would be a nationwide boycott of  their products/byproducts and with exports, i am not sure that would even happen. 

Very disturbing.

DX 3/07, G1, S1, IDC, RT. Dx 3/25/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 30, 2009 04:08PM Meece wrote:

Speaking of hormones in food.  Is it just me or has anyone else noticed how the young women of today, under 30, seem to have larger breasts that those say 40 years ago?  I mean when I was a teen, the one who were "satcked" had thicker waists, or on the heavy side.  Now girls have big busts at an early age, and many of them retain a proportionate waiste.  Could that be due to hormones in meat and dairy?

Sure it's tough, but so are you! Dx 11/23/2003, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/16 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/5/2004 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/1/2004
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Sep 30, 2009 04:26PM Sunris wrote:

I took the pill for approx.  7 years, then at age 30 had a complete hysterectomy of which afterwards was given the hormone patch which I hated (too sticky!!) so went on the pills ( premarin) which I took for approx. 6 years then took myself off of them.   I remember reading at an early age that BCP could increase risk of BC as well as reading HRT could also.  I was always one of those people that read the fine    Did I ever think it actually would cause BC?  Obviously not....and who knows....did it?

BCP are horrible for many reasons I have learned.  When my daughter was 17 and finally informed me that she felt it best she get on the pill , we did just her on the pill.  Within a year she had continued episodes with yeast?bacteria? infections.  Naturally I pushed monistat on her the first time but it was not relieving her symptoms so naturally I suspected an STD.  Long story short...In approx. an 8 month time frame we saw 4 diff. GP's & 3 diff. OBGYNS's...(with many dx of bacterial inf. which they gave antibiotics).... the last one finally decided to take her off the pill and guess what ???  Those infections went away and have never returned !! ( she is now 23) . Odd, huh??  Who woulda thought!


Dx 3/9/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 1, 2009 09:55AM Grakenmom wrote:

I was on Ortho-Novum and LoOvral for about 12 years. Very fit (marathoner and triathlete), but drank probably more than I should have. Got married & went off the pill, only to find out that I'm infertile - unexplained (oh yeah, that was lots of fun too), went on Clomid for about 5 cycles total with 2 pregnancies/deliveries at 36 and 38. Started drinking soy milk with first pg - thought it was good for the baby with extra protein, etc, well duh, if I'd known that soy "acts" like estrogen, never would have drunk it. Started having cramps and "twitches" in my ribcage when I drank it, so quit the soy milk after first delivery. Never went back on the pill, so have been off since 1998 - 11 years.  Started eating my cheerios with regular skim milk last year to help reduce cholesterol. Switched to organic fat free milk earlier this year when I learned about the hormones, but also dx'd with BC in August 2009.  No family history, slightly overweight, kids late in life, and 5'6". My tumor was a slow-growing and non-agressive form, so it's possible that it started 8 or 9 years ago (would coincide with the soy milk consumption).  With each situation, I thought I was doing the best, healthiest thing possible for myself, my husband, and our kids.  But reading over this, it appears I am the poster child for "How to Get BC by Unknowingly Messing With Your Hormones at Every Opportunity". ...Lucky me.

E Dx 8/21/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 5, 2009 02:45PM lea321 wrote:

Wow, I am so glad I am not the only one who thinks birth control pills caused my bc!  I have taken them since I was 18, with a few years off, and was DX at 38.  My doctor would not come right out and say it was the pill that caused it, but she rolled her eyes in such a way to tell me, indirectly, she believes it could be the cause.  I hope there are more studies done on this!

Dx 7/1/2008, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 7/28/2008 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 8/11/2008 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 9/24/2008 Breast Dx 2/28/2012, DCIS, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR- Surgery 3/29/2012 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 8/23/2012 Reconstruction (right): Latissimus dorsi flap Surgery 12/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/21/2014 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Oct 5, 2009 02:49PM rosered wrote:

I don't know what caused my bc but it was not birth control pills - I never took them!

Dx 6/23/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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