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Association Between the Use of Oral Contraceptives and Patient-Reported Outcomes in an Early Arthritis Cohort

Albrecht, Katinka ; Callhoff, Johanna ; Buttgereit, Frank ; Straub, Rainer H. ; Westhoff, Gisela ; Zink, Angela


ObjectiveTo evaluate the association between exposure to oral contraceptives (OCs) and clinical outcomes in an early arthritis cohort. MethodsFemale patients with early inflammatory arthritis, ages 18-60 years, who were enrolled in an early arthritis cohort and had no exposure to hormone replacement were studied (n=273). Associations between OC exposure (current/past/never) and disease activity, ...


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