WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Tasha Luck was 15 when she was prescribed the pill to relieve her painful periods.
- But four years after she was advised to take the medication, she developed a six-inch tumor in her liver that needed surgery.
- Doctors said if the tumor was not removed, Luck would have struggled to have a child.
For most women, contraceptive pills are safe and come with low risks of serious complications. However, a baker from Hastings, East Sussex in the UK claims she nearly lost her fertility and even had a tumor growing in her liver after taking birth control pills for years.
When 25-year-old Tasha Luck was only 15, she was prescribed the Pill to help alleviate her painful periods. Out of a month, she was advised to take the pill for three weeks with a seven-day break in between. She was told later in 2014 that she could stay on the medication without the seven-day break.
It wasn’t until four years later, in November 2018, when Mrs. Luck started feeling the side effects — extreme exhaustion. A routine blood test showed raised alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels, which is an indicator of liver disease. After going through a CT scan, biopsy and PET scan, Mrs. Luck was found to have a 16cm-long, 12cm-down and 5cm-wide liver tumor. Good thing, the tumor was benign.
Earlier this year, Mrs. Luck said that the tumor seemed to shrink when she stopped taking the pill.
“Due to the size of the tumor there was a chance of a rupture at any time, so I came off the pill, as the doctors were certain this is what caused it, in hopes that it would shrink my tumor – which it did – but not enough for them to operate.”
On September 25, she underwent a five-hour surgery to remove the mass and more than half of her liver. She is now on the road to recovery and waiting for her scar to heal.
NHS studies have suggested a connection between the Pill and the likelihood of developing liver tumors. It is believed that the hormone estrogen present in birth control pills encourage cancer cells typically in the breast or cervix, to grow.
Initially, doctors said if the mass went unchecked and not removed, Mrs. Luck would be unable to carry a child. She said that although she can conceive, doctors said she cannot carry the baby while the tumor was there because the growing baby would push on the mass causing it to burst and flood her insides with blood. Furthermore, the tumor can regrow because pregnancy hormones can feed the tumor.
However, following the surgery, she and her husband Lydon are now confident that they can start a family next year.
She said she is sharing her story because while people are aware of the common side effects of contraceptive pills, most do not know yet the dangers it may bring.
Source: Daily Mail