There is good news for women who have been taking the contraceptive pill. A new study shows that those taking the pill have less risk of cancer. They are less likely to have bowel cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer than women who have not taken a pill.

The study was conducted at the University of Aberdeen and found that women who have taken the pill for a long time are not at risk of cancer. 46,000 women were followed for up to 44 years which is how the researchers were able to look at the long term effects associated with the pill.

The protective effects of taking the pill last at least 30 years after women have stopped taking it

This study was one of the longest running ones in the world.

There are many pros and cons of taking the pill, and the debate over whether the pill is good for your health is a raging one. While it is an effective measure of birth control, studies have shown that it is also linked to depression.  A study conducted in Denmark showed that women who use contraceptives have a higher rate of depression. Girls between 15 and 19 are 80 per cent more likely to be depressed.

On the other hand, the pill can be used for treatment of hormonal imbalances. It can clear up your skin, regulate your period and even negate the effects of that dreaded PMS.

The new research is path-breaking, especially as the recently released data from the National Family Health Survey shows that use of pills has risen for 2015-16 compared to 10 years ago.

Also Read: Contraceptive Use Falling In India, Trend Driven By Men: Health Ministry