Birth control after treatment?

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Question from Dena: My breast cancer was diagnosed when I was 46. I was taking Lo/Ovral 28-day for birth control. What are the best options for me now that hormone therapy is over?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. The best option for birth control at 46 if you have not gone through menopause would potentially be either an IUD (intrauterine device) or possibly a combination of a diaphragm with spermicide cream or spermicidal cream condoms. If the birth control pills were being used as an estrogen replacement therapy, then a careful look at your tumor to be sure of its estrogen receptor status would be required prior to adding any hormonal therapy, including estrogen suppositories or cream.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Open for Your Questions featured Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions covering a wide variety of issues relating to breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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