Study looks at effect of the pill on arthritis

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

Their study of nearly 300 women with early inflammatory arthritis showed current or past users of the pill reported significantly better outcomes on a wide range of scores. These included the Rheumatoid Arthritis Impact of Disease Score (RAID), Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity Index (RADAI), the Profile of Mood and Discomfort (PROFAD) and the Hannover Functional