Professor Philip Hannaford from the University of Aberdeen, conducted a study that involved 46,000 women, who were followed for around 40 years.
The findings of the study revealed that long-term use of birth control pills was not linked to higher death rate, but otherwise may add years to women, who use them. The Pill users were less likely to die from heart disease, uterine cancer, bowel cancer, ovarian cancer and other types of cancer if compared to women, who never used birth control pills.
Scientists say that the results may only apply to women, who used birth control pills of the first generation, since the study began in 1968. They say that the benefits and risks of birth control pills will also depend on other factors, such as patterns of the Pill use and general risk of diseases.
The study was published in the recent issue of the British Medical Journal.