A new study suggests that girls who take the Birth Control Pill may be less likely to suffer from severe knee injuries than those who don't. Injury prevention may just be added to the list of uses for the Pill, if further studies confirm what researchers have found.
Darian Stevens, Julia Krass, and Maggie Voisin - all who suffered from ACL injuries last season
Authors of the study noted that females are two times as likely to suffer from an ACL injury versus men, which may be a result of increased levels of estrogen. "The teens with ACL injuries who were on the birth control pill were less likely to need corrective surgery than girls not taking the pill who had ACL injuries."
Skier Lindsey Vonn recovering from a torn ACL.
"Birth control pills help maintain lower and more consistent levels of estrogen, which may prevent periodic ACL weakness," stated Aaron Gray, an M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
The research merely suggests a link between the Pill and knee injuries, rather than a direct association.
The study was published recently in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.