Oral contraceptives linked with lower risk of RA

Women who use oral contraceptive pills are at lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a Swedish study suggests.

The large case-control study showed that, compared with women who had never used the pill, those who had ever taken oral contraceptives had a 16% lower risk of developing anti-citrullinated protein antibody positive rheumatoid arthritis.

And long-term users, who had been on the pill for seven years or longer, had a 19% lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis regardless of whether anti-citrullinated