I stopped taking the contraceptive Microgestin because I have an adenoma on my liver that will have to be surgically removed. I would like to know if adenomas are a common side affect of taking contraceptives, and if not, is the adenoma cause for legal action?
Hepatocellular adenomas occur mostly in women of childbearing age and are strongly associated with the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) and other estrogens.
Decreases in dosages and the types of hormones contained in OCPs can help in reduction in adenoma incidence. The annual incidence of hepatic adenoma is 1 to 1.3 per million but increases to 3.4 per 100,000 in long-term users.
Hepatic adenomas may be single or multiple, and they may occasionally reach a size larger than 20 cm. In addition to OCPs, other conditions associated with adenomas are anabolic steroids, androgenic steroids, beta-thalassemia, tyrosinemia, type 1 diabetes mellitus, hemochromatosis, barbiturate usage, clomiphene intake, and glycogen storage diseases (GSDs) (types 1 and 3).
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