The relationship between oral contraceptive use and functional outcome in women with recent-onset inflammatory polyarthritis: Results from the Norfolk Arthritis Register

EM Camacho, M Lunt, TM Farragher, SMM Verstappen, D Bunn, DPM Symmons

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Objective Use of oral contraceptives (OCs) may prevent the development of rheumatoid arthritis, but the influence of OC use on disease outcome is unresolved. The purpose of this study was to examine functional outcome and OC use in women with inflammatory polyarthritis (IP). Methods The Norfolk Arthritis Register (NOAR) is an inception cohort of patients with recent-onset IP. We studied patient-reported history of OC use in 663 women who were born after 1945 and who had not used OCs during followup. OC use during followup was additionally investigated in 265 women who were
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2183-2191
Number of pages9
JournalArthritis & Rheumatism
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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