Study shows the pill’s protective effect on arthritis

Past or present use of an oral contraceptive may protect women from the worst symptoms of arthritis, say German researchers.

In their study of nearly 300 women with early inflammatory arthritis, current or past users of the pill report significantly better outcomes on a wide range of scores.

These include the Rheumatoid Arthritis Impact of Disease Score (RAID), Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease