Another Reason to Ditch the Pill

By Joe Wallace

Listen up, ladies: If you’ve got a knee injury, using birth-control pills may hinder your healing time. “Women have four to eight times more knee ligament injuries than men, even when playing the same sports,” says Ross Hauser, MD, a rehabilitation specialist in Chicago. This is because men’s bodies heal more quickly; testosterone encourages the production of tissue-rebuilding collagen. Estrogen, on the other hand, inhibits this process, so the excess estrogen from birth control may slow your body’s ability to heal torn ligaments. Hauser’s recommendation: Shelve the Pill during your rehab, and use another form of birth control.