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Artículo IUD contraception may dramatically reduce risk of cervical cancer, new study finds Culture


IUD contraception may dramatically reduce risk of cervical cancer, new study finds



Early research suggests cervical cancer risk is lowered by 30 per cent with the IUD

Anna Freeman

09 Noviembre 2017 17:27

The intrauterine device (IUD) - or the coil as it is commonly known as - is not only one of the most effective and long-lasting contraceptives out there for women, but it also might help prevent cervical cancer as well.

A new analysis of available research suggests that women who use an IUD are about 30 per cent less likely to get cervical cancer than women who don’t use the contraceptive method.

The new report, published in the journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, said it was too early to draw definitive conclusions, but early analysis points to a correlation between cancer prevention and the IUD.

‘What we found was a very coherent pattern of less cervical cancer among people who’ve used the IUD based on thousands of women — and the pattern wasn't subtle at all, it was stunning,’ Dr. Victoria Cortessis, the study's lead author, told BuzzFeed Health.

IUDs are small, T-shaped devices that are placed in the uterus to prevent sperm from reaching an egg. They are a highly effective form of birth control and they can offer protection against pregnancy for up to three, five, or ten years.

Cortessis has warned against getting the IUD fitted because it may help prevent cancer, but it is always a good option for anyone looking for long term protection against pregnancy, and it may also have added benefits.