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Low-Dose Oral Contraceptives May Increase Risk of Pelvic Pain During Sexual Climax
Date:5/3/2013

SAN DIEGO, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Low-dose (low estrogen) oral contraceptives (OCPs) may increase a woman's risk for chronic pelvic pain symptoms (CPPS) and even pain during sexual climax, according to a new study. This study will be presented to reporters at the 108th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) during a press conference at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA on May 7 at 11:00 a.m. PDT.

Oral contraceptives have been available in the United States for more than half a century and while considered innocuous today (because of lower doses of estrogen) than even 25 years ago, their effects on conditions such as CPPS are not yet fully understood. Therefore researchers from New York University and Waitemata District Health Board in Auckland, New Zealand conducted a study to compare CPPS between young women who are current OCP users and non-users.

Researchers used data collected from an anonymous, Internet-based survey of women 18-39 years of age within large university populations. The researchers did not include women who were pregnant or had a history of endometriosis or pelvic pain, and gathered demographic data as well as information on the type of OCP, duration of use, and indication for usage. Once data was collected, respondents were sorted into the following groups:

  • Not using an OCP
  • Taking a low-dose of estrogen
  • Taking a normal dose (>20mcg) of estrogen

Additionally, respondents were classified as having CPPS if their total index pain score was greater than or equal to four. The researchers then compared the responses between the groups.

Of the 932 respondents who were eligible for the study, 605 were categorized as non-OCP users and 327 were cat
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