Can the pill prevent rheumatoid arthritis?
It seems the humble oral contraceptive pill can add yet another feather to its cap, with new evidence suggesting it decreases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
It is already established that the pill is protective against acne, abnormal uterine bleeding and certain cancers.
But in the latest case-controlled study of about 7000 women, Swedish researchers found that current oral contraceptive use reduced the risk of RA by 15% compared with non-users.
After seven years, women had a 19% lower chance of developing the autoimmune disease.