Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Birth Control Pills May Lower Injuries

Women have a higher risk of knee injuries, especially during estrogen spikes.  Women taking birth control pills (which lower and stabilize estrogen) have fewer such injuries.  Athletes may therefore consider this use.  They probably don't want to get pregnant while devoted to sports anyhow.

My suspicion is that estrogen weakens the ligaments, because women's bodies have to be flexible enough to carry and deliver babies.  But if you're not using your body for that, you may not want the heightened risk of injury that comes with it.  Conversely, if you do flexy things like yoga and notice a sudden drop in flexibility after beginning birth control pills, you may wish to consider a different method.
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