4 Ways You Can Reduce Your Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
3. Oral contraceptives (another maybe)
Different birth control options
Although oral contraceptives were at one point considered helpful in decreasing a woman’s risk of RA, this one is currently up for debate. The estrogen concentration in birth control pills today is far less than what it was when they were first introduced in the 60s, which may account for a more recent lack of association with a decreased risk of RA. Still, some recent evidence has shown oral contraceptives can help. Additionally, some research has determined that, while oral contraceptives may not protect against RA, they may help prevent the progression of RA. We may not know why these medications seem to help, but you may want to consider starting a conversation with your doctor.