Any contraceptive may lower risk of ovarian cancer


December 24, 2010 3:16:44 PM PST
Experts have known that birth control pills can lower a woman's risk of ovarian cancer, but now one study has finds that any type of contraceptive may protect women.

Researchers at the University of Texas interviewed hundreds of women about their use of contraception. Some had ovarian cancer, others did not.

The researchers found that tubal ligation, IUDs and even a vasectomy cut the risk of ovarian cancer by 40 to 65 percent.

They believe that sperm can increase inflammation and that can eventually increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer.