A HEALTH ALERT for the millions of women who use birth control pills. A new study is making an alarming connection between oral contraceptives and multiple sclerosis. 3 We're taking a closer look at the information researchers just released today. They say women who take birth control, will have a greater risk of developing MS, than those who aren't on the pill. Here's what researchers found so far. They identified more than 300 women previously diagnosed with MS... then compared them to more than 3-thousand women without M-S. Results showed women who used hormonal contraceptives were 35-percent more likely to develop the disease. Channel 4's Kumasi Aaron spoke to doctors about this Health Alert and joins us now live. Kumasi, does this mean women who take birth control should stop? 3 3 3 Researchers stopped short of saying that, so did an expert I spoke with here in Jacksonville.They say there needs to be more research before they tell women to stop taking birth control pills or call them a definite risk factor for MS. 00-0507-1416-2225-2850-561'10- 1'16MARY HENDERSON 14:24:33-40 "I worked in medicine for many many years and I really never heard that there was a connection with MS and birth control pills.Mary Henderson was just one of many women suprised to hear there may be a connection to Birth Control pills and Multiple Sclerosis. WHITNEY RALEY 14:25:46-52 "I really didn't know I mean it's kind of crazy to think that you could get that I mean no one ever told you you could get it I don't think did they?" AUTUMN JACKSON 14:25:52-58 "Yeah I mean it might be in the fine print but it's not something that's just blatantly advertised so I'm really surprised to hear it." Researchers at the Raul Carrerra Institute for Neurologial Research in Argentina found the link in a new study.They identified 305 Women previously diagnosed with MS then compared them to more than 3,000 other women who did not have MS.Results show women who had used Hormonal Contraceptives were 35 percent more likely to develop MS than those who did not use them.The majority of women used Estrogen/Progestin combination pills, and according to Dr. Mary Rensel at the Cleveland Clinic, it didn't take long for the medication to make an impact. DR. MARY RENSEL/CLEVELAND CLINIC 8 Seconds "They saw a slightly increased risk of having MS if they were on at least 3 months of hormonal-based contraceptive or birth control."Dr. Corrina Steiger is the president of the National MS Society of North Florida.She says while the details of the study are new, knowledge of a possible connection between hormones and MS is not. CORRINA STEIGER/PRESIDENT NATIONAL MS SOCIETY NORTH FLORIDA 14:30:45-56 The national MS society more than ten years ago knew that gender in ms is an area we really need to focus research on. So we've been studying gender and ms for a long time specifically hormones. Steiger says while the cause of MS is still unknown, there are many factors that seem to contribute, like genetics, environments, weight, and maybe medications, all areas the National MS Society is currently researching.She says even more research will need to be done before its determined that Birth Control is a risk factor for MS or one of many. CORRINA STEIGER/PRESI DENT NATIONAL MS SOCIETY NORTH FLORIDA 14:32:14-22 "You really need to talk to your doctor there is no significant evidence saying that you should or should not take birth control if you're on ms, or if you have ms or don't have ms." 3 Even though Steiger knows there's much more work to be done, she hopes this will bring more awareness about MS its causes and hopefully lead to a cure.Reporting live, Kumasi Aaron, Channel 4, The Local Station. 3 Kumasi... Did the study point to any other factors that may lead to MS? Yes, obesity. The study found that people who are obese at age 20 are twice as likely to later develop MS as people who are not obese.