Ovarian cancer, along with other female reproductive system cancers, is a diagnosis women most worry about. Many of us no doubt cross our fingers at our annual gynecological visits with an overwhelming feeling there’s nothing we can do to protect ourselves.

However, we do actually have the power to reduce our risk of ovarian cancer in several ways, including by taking birth control pills.

Know your risks

As with any form of cancer, your daily lifestyle choices, combined with genetic risk factors, either increase or decrease your chances of developing ovarian cancer.

If you have a family history of ovarian cancer, you should be especially vigilant in monitoring your health for symptoms. However, if you have a family