A WOMAN has spoken openly about how birth control pills gave her two benign liver tumors.
Mackenzie Hammond, 30, of Orange County, California, suffered from liver adenomas – a rare tumor associated with birth control pills.
She had been on the pill for 13 years before the heartbreaking diagnosis was made in January this year.
She has since had to undergo a biopsy and may have to undergo surgery while she puts her plans to have children on hold.
Ms Hammond stopped taking the oral contraceptive pill as soon as her liver specialist spotted the tumors on scans and said it was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.
In a video on TikTok, Ms Hammond said: “I was diagnosed with two liver tumors caused by a drug I was taking for 13 years – hormonal birth control.”
“I can confidently say that going off birth control was one of the best things I’ve ever done for my health.
“I was also taught the most important lesson of all, which is to be the CEO of my own body.
“I will never put my health in the hands of others again.”
Hepatic adenomas are extremely rare, estimated to occur in only 0.01 percent of the population.
They are most common in women of childbearing age between the ages of 20 and 44 and are usually benign.
Research has linked the tumors to birth control pills. Experts believe that the high levels of estrogen could be interacting with the liver, which normally metabolizes hormones.
Mrs. Hammond told Newsweek: “I had to stop taking it the same day I saw my liver specialist.
“Right now the tumors are benign and fortunately most birth control related liver tumors are benign too, but when these types of tumors get larger than 5 cm, they are more likely to rupture and become malignant.
“This means that the tumor can become cancer in the future.”
Her largest tumor is currently 5.8cm and she is hoping both tumors will shrink now that she is off estrogen.
About 78 percent of liver adenomas shrink once a patient stops using hormonal birth control.