228011 - Contraceptives: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges and the British Medical Association about possible links between use of the contraceptive pill and Crohn's disease.

George Freeman

A search of the Department’s Ministerial correspondence database has not identified any items of correspondence received since 1 January 2012 from the Royal Colleges and the British Medical Association about possible links between use of the contraceptive pill and Crohn's disease.

The contraceptive pill is a scientifically proven, highly effective medicine for preventing unwanted pregnancy. The benefits associated with using the contraceptive pill far outweigh the risk of serious side effects, which are rare. Several observational studies have found a possible association between the contraceptive pill and Crohn’s disease.

As with all medicines, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency continually monitors the safety of the contraceptive pill and will seek independent scientific advice from the Commission on Human Medicines and the Medicines for Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group on the available data on a possible association between the contraceptive pill and Crohn’s disease to ensure that product information adequately describes the risks associated with use of these medicines.