Use of oral contraceptives in women with cystic fibrosis

Chest. 1984 Dec;86(6):863-7. doi: 10.1378/chest.86.6.863.


Oral contraceptive pills (OCP) represent the most common contraceptive method among teenagers and young adults. Because many women with cystic fibrosis (CF) are now surviving into childbearing age and are at risk for the complications of pregnancy in CF, oral contraceptive use may be indicated. However, it has been suggested that OCP use by CF patients may be associated with deterioration in pulmonary function. Ten adolescent and young adult women with CF and moderate-to-severe obstructive lung disease were studied while taking a combination oral contraceptive pill (Ovral 28). No significant deterioration was found in clinical status or pulmonary function. Careful follow-up should nevertheless be continued to monitor for other adverse effects of oral contraceptive use in CF, such as cholelithiasis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Contraceptives, Oral / adverse effects*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Lung Volume Measurements
  • Pulmonary Ventilation


  • Contraceptives, Oral