Using an IUD and Dying Your Hair Could Increase Your Chances of Getting Breast Cancer: Study

Using an IUD and Dying Your Hair Could Increase Your Chances of Getting Breast Cancer: Study

Using a condom and going proudly grey could be your best options.

Considering striking out to try new forms of contraception and cringing at your greys? A new study out of Finland might help you find the best answers to each problem, to keep you healthy.

Research from the University of Helsinki analyze self-reported data from thousands of patients in Finland and found some surprising results.

In women who had breast cancer post-menopause, those who had used a hormonal intrauterine device in the past as a form of birth control had a 52% increased risk of developing breast cancer. Copper IUDs were found to be considerably safer for this population.

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And when it came to other hormonal contraceptives like the birth control pill, these were found to be associated with a 32% higher risk of breast cancer in women under 50.

How about the hair dye? There was a 23% increase in the risk of breast cancer among women who dyed their hair compared to those who didn’t.

OK, so you have to live your life- you can’t go around avoiding everything from wine to steak to hair color simply because of some warning, this is true. Using a dye that’s more naturally based, such as henna could be a safer option, though.

And it could be worth talking to your doctor about alternative forms of contraception that don’t involve hormones, to be on the safe side.

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