Does OCP Use Pre-Pregnancy Increase Risk or Birth Defects?
This study by Charlton et al. (BMJ, 2016) aimed to determine if a relationship exists between oral contraceptive (OCP) use and the risk of birth defects.
Prospective Observational Cohort Study
880,694 live births and the mothers’ history of OCP use were surveyed. Three groups of women were included: those who had never taken OCPs, those who had taken OCPs more than three months before pregnancy, and those who had taken OCPs 0-3 months before pregnancy. There was no link found between OCP use and major birth defects. The prevalence of major birth defects was consistent across the three groups.
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