Rachael Rettner
September 14, 2012

Taking birth control pills may make women’s bodies more hospitable to staph bacteria, a new study from Germany suggests.

In the study, women taking hormonal contraception  were about twice as likely to persistently harbor staph bacteria in their nasal passages compared with women not taking hormonal contraception.

The findings suggest that the widespread use of birth control increases the “pool” of people harboring the bacteria, which in turn, may contribute to its spread to people susceptible to getting sick from an infection, said study researcher Dennis Nurjadi, of the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Tübingen.

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