There have been numerous reports about the possible psychological affects suffered by women who take the contraceptive pill.
A study released in October 2016 by the University of Copenhagen confirmed a link between taking hormonal contraceptives and depression, with teenage girls being 80 per cent more likely to develop depression if they were taking it.
New research, however, suggests that the pill may also have health benefits.
A study from the University of Aberdeen claims that the pill can protect women from certain cancers for up to three decades.
The information was collated over 44 years and tested 46,000 women, making it the most extensive study into the pill of its kind.
It found that women are less likely to develop bowel cancer, endometrial cancer or ovarian cancer. It also confirmed that the pill does not cause cancer in later life.
Dr Lisa Iversen, who led the research started by the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1968, said: “What we found from looking at up to 44 years’ worth of data, was that having ever used the pill, women are less likely to get colorectal, endometrial and ovarian cancer.
“So, the protective benefits from using the pill during their reproductive years are lasting for at least 30 years after women have stopped using the pill.
“We were also interested in what the overall balance of all types of cancer is amongst women who have used the pill as they enter the later stages of their life.”
Iversen aded: “We did not find any evidence of new cancer risks appearing later in life as women get older.
“These results from the longest-running study in the world into oral contraceptive use are reassuring.
“Specifically, pill users don’t have an overall increased risk of cancer over their lifetime and that the protective effects of some specific cancers last for at least 30 years.”
More than 3.5million women in Britain are prescribed the contraceptive pill.