Holy Hormones Journal: A preliminary report has linked birth control pills to glaucoma – a leading cause of blindness. However, because the findings have yet to be reported in a peer-reviewed journal – adolescents are being recommended to remain on the pill – or talk to their doctor first. Really? Who is willing to take a crap shoot like this? Stay on the pill to prevent unintended pregnancy and risk blindness at some time in your life? Women who are prescribed the pill at an early age – and who stay on this type of birth control for an extended period of time ( >3 years) are more at risk. My ‘educated’ guess is that glaucoma is going to be just one adverse reaction to the pill…. with many more to come.
Birth Control Linked With Higher Glaucoma Risk
November 18, 2013
Taking oral contraceptives for at least three years was associated with a 2.05 times higher risk of being diagnosed with glaucoma, found researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, Duke University School of Medicine and the Third Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University.
It’s important to note that the study merely showed an association, and does not prove that taking oral birth control causes glaucoma. But “at this point, women who have taken oral contraceptives for three or more years should be screened for glaucoma and followed closely by an ophthalmologist, especially if they have any other existing risk factors,” study researcher Dr. Shan Lin, M.D., a professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of California San Francisco, said in a statement.
The findings were presented today (Nov. 18) at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; because they have yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, they should be regarded as preliminary.
Indeed, ABC News’s Dr. Shazia Mehmood Siddique, M.D., wrote that “for adolescent and young women, contraception of any kind is important in preventing unintended pregnancy. So young women taking birth control pills should not stop taking them based on this study alone, at least not without talking to their doctors first.”