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Minerva Ginecologica 2010 August;62(4):319-29

language: English

Non-contraceptive benefits of hormonal contraceptives

Schindler A. E.

Institute for Medical Research and Education, Essen, Germany


Besides the contraceptive effect of the various hormonal contraceptives, it is intended to demonstrate the non-contraceptive health benefits for treatment and prevention of bleeding problems, menstruation-related pain and other disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome and signs of androgenisation. The effectiveness can be improved by choosing the proper progestogen with antiandrogenic action. Treatment but also prevention can be achieved with hormonal contraceptives in benign proliferative diseases of women, such as ovarian cysts, endo-metriosis, adenomyosis, endometrial hyperplasia, myoma and benign breast disease. Furthermore, hormonal contraceptives such as estrogen/progestogen combinations reduce pelvic inflammatory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma symptoms and preserve bone density. In addition, a major impact in oncological prevention seems to be possible for ovarian, endometrial and colon cancer and these positive preventive effects seem to persist also after discontinuation of hormonal contraceptives. In addition, practical concepts for hormonal contraceptive selection will be outlined.

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