The contraceptive pill can aid against Alzheimer's

November 9, 2012, 9:42 amWomen's Health

New research shows the contraceptive pill could stave off Alzheimer’s years after women stop taking it.

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New research from the Journal of Women's Health suggests a link between the contraceptive pill and women's brain power in later life.

Scientists say women who use hormonal contraceptives, even for a short period in their twenties and thirties, may improve their brain power in middle-age and beyond.

But not only could it have positive effects on your next Trivia outing, it may also halt the declining cognitive function typical in disease like Alzheimer's.

While previous research has shown that hormone therapy can have a protective effect against the onset of dementia in women, a review did not establish a link between the oestrogen or combined oestrogen and prostegin therapy and overall brain function.

In the latest study, researchers performed cognitive performance tests on women with an average age of 52.4 years, who were enrolled in the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention. Researchers recorded the women's hormonal contraceptive use history and duration of use and then categorised the women as 'ever users' and 'never users'.

The results showed for the first time that hormonal contraceptive use could be linked to significantly better performance in certain brain functions - such as visuo-spatial ability and speed and flexibility.

The study found that those who took the Pill for only five years still performed better than those who had never taken it. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health researchers also discovered that these benefits increased the longer a woman was on the Pill.

Study author Kelly Egan said: 'Our study examined the cognitive effects associated with hormonal contraceptive use in women with and without a history of parental Alzheimer’s Disease.

'Our analysis indicated that hormonal contraceptive use may have a protective cognitive effect even years after use is discontinued. This is especially true in subjects with a longer duration of use.

'These data provide preliminary evidence that hormonal contraceptive use may influence cognitive outcomes, even years after use is discontinued.'

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  1. Alistair12:25am Saturday 10th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I have been caring for my dear ol'mum for nearly ten years. She does have Alzheimer's disease. I know for a fact that she went onto the contraceptive pill in the 60's (10 years after my birth) so it has done "Sweet #$%$ Adams" for her Alzheimer's. Did it delay it? Did it slow it? Did it cause it? Far better everybody takes: 1). Zovirax TABLETS (because they are cheap, effective and may impede virus migration), 2). Daily 100mg Asprin (because it's cheap and is thought to slow viral migrations), 3). or get innoculated with a genital wart vaccine as that also stops migration of viruses.

  2. Glib02:53pm Friday 09th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So that's why catholics are so vague.


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