Birth Control Archive

The Lancet Promotes Abortion for Adolescents

The Lancet, known for its medical journal, and highly esteemed at the United Nations, has released a new report, “Our future: a Lancet commission on adolescent health and well-being”, through which it addresses the health of adolescents, the group who “will be the policy makers of 2030”, the year the SDGs conclude. The report begins by acknowledging that today’s youth are the “largest generation of 10 to 24 year olds in human history” reflecting concerns by population control elites for the reproductive potential of what is called the “youth bulge”. Access to abortion is cited throughout the report and listed under various categories. Abortion is described as an ‘essential health-care response’ for all girls with the report declaring, “Health services should provide all essential health-care responses, including modern contraception and safe abortion regardless of age, marital, and socioeconomic status; providers should have the skills to provide confidential and non-judgmental care.” Abortion is included as ‘accessible preventive health care’ which is described as: “Care should include guarantees of preventive care to all sexually active adolescents, maternal health care when necessary, and access to affordable modern contraception, particularly long-acting reversible contraceptives; if unwanted pregnancy does occur provide access to legal, safe abortion.” Abortion is also listed as a ‘health service intervention’ detailed as: “Health service interventions involve the provision of information and counselling, contraception, prenatal and postnatal care and delivery, abortion services and post-abortion care, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing and counselling, and care for sexual and gender-based violence.” PNCI notes that it is regrettable that the Lancet commission does not hesitate in promoting access to abortion,...

Planned Parenthood Heartland Caught Engaging in $28 Million Medicaid Fraud, Loses Bid to Stop Lawsuit

Just one Planned Parenthood affiliate in Iowa allegedly committed $28 million in medicaid fraud. And now a federal appeals court has ruled that it cannot stop the lawsuit a former Planned Parenthood clinic director filed against it. Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Sue Thayer filed the lawsuit against the abortion giant’s Iowa affiliate accusing it of submitting “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid and failing to meet acceptable standards of medical practice. Alliance Defending Freedom filed the suit for Thayer in March 2011. The lawsuit claims that Planned Parenthood’s Iowa affiliate submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid and failed to meet acceptable standards of medical practice. Thayer, former manager of Planned Parenthood’s Storm Lake and LeMars clinics, sued under both the federal and Iowa False Claims acts. The suit alleges that Planned Parenthood knowingly committed Medicaid fraud from 2002 to 2009 by improperly seeking reimbursements from Iowa Medicaid Enterprise and the Iowa Family Planning Network for products and services not legally reimbursable by those programs. “During my last years working at Planned Parenthood, it became increasingly clear to me that not all of their policies and protocols were completely legal and ethical. After much thought, I contacted the Alliance Defending Freedom,” Thayer said about the lawsuit. “I believe that it is an important piece in the nationwide effort to shed light on the darkness and deception surrounding America’s largest abortion provider – Planned Parenthood.” The lawsuit alleges that Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, an affiliate now known as Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, filed nearly one-half million false claims with...

Gates Foundation Suspected of Forcing Controversial Contraceptive on Africans

HIV/AIDS and women’s health advocates are criticizing a recent report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the safety of a controversial contraceptive favored by the Gates Foundation. Depo-Provera is a long-acting contraceptive distributed to poor women in the U.S. and through foreign aid programs. “Population control, unfortunately, is back in vogue,” writes Betsy Hartmann, a longtime reproductive rights proponent reacting to the WHO’s policy reversal on Depo-Provera, also known as DMPA. WHO’s revised guidelines released October 21 now mirror those issued by Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Depo-Provera’s manufacturer. It states there is “no evidence of a causal association between DMPA use and an increase in women’s risk of HIV acquisition.” This reversal, says Hartmann, despite 25 years of scientific studies citing an increased risk of HIV transmission among women using it, raises questions about whether WHO abandoned caution due to “outside ‘encouragement’” by special interest groups. Some 40 sexual and reproductive health groups and advocates have asked WHO’s Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan to sideline the new guidelines and remove it from WHO’s website until it can undergo “a rigorous consultative process” at a key meeting scheduled in December. The criticism comes as WHO faces accusations of being unduly influenced by its biggest contributors. Some 70% of donations to WHO are restricted for specific programs. “WHO’s priorities have been “distorted” and “perverted” by these voluntary contributions, said Dr. Linsey McGoey, who studies global philanthropy. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation established a $40 billion endowment for WHO. The $3 billion disbursed annually to WHO makes up 10% of its annual budget. Currently there are no major high-level policy decisions...

Attention, Low-Income Women of Oregon: Your Reproduction Is Now the Government’s Business

Who is REALLY in your bedroom? [Comment: At my follow-up exam after the birth of my fourth child, I was asked what kind of birth control I was on by my obstetrician’s partner. I was a bit offended by the bluntness and tone of the question. I answered that I was going back to Natural Family Planning (NFP) which had worked so well in the past. The doctor immediately exclaimed that NFP doesn’t work. When I quoted the statistics and my experience, he then said that NFP was “too hard”. Really?? Now, I was really offended. I told my regular obstetrician about this exchange so that he could educate this young doctor not only about the benefits of NFP but also the risks of artificial contraceptives. I was sadly lacking in that information when I was first married and had to discover it myself when I had problems with the Pill. Reading this article as well as various other medical articles that sing the praises of medical contraceptives while dismissing the real risks and ignoring NFP, I believe this tactic is widespread. All women deserve to know all the risks and options to give truly informed consent. N. Valko RN] Attention, Low-Income Women of Oregon: Your Reproduction Is Now the Government’s Business Oregon’s implementation of its new contraceptive metric is an alarming sign that nationwide governmental monitoring of America’s low-income women’s reproduction is on its way—along with flagrant disregard for women’s privacy and religious freedom. Print Friendly Oregon’s low-income women are about to be subjected to a level of invasive questioning and religious disrespect by government-funded health-care providers on...

Facebook Message Describes Personal Adverse Effects of Mirena IUD

Updated 7/9/2015 — I want everyone to share this please. My husband wanted me to share this story to possible save the next young girl that decides to get this nasty thing! On March 29,2015, 6 weeks after giving birth to my daughter, I was pushed into getting the mirena birth control (iud), bc it helps controls bleeding ( I have a blood disorder Von Willabrands Disease) & it’s good for 5 years! After getting it I had vaginal bleeding, hair loss, weight gain, headaches, severe stomach pain, and depression, memory loss, and other symptoms. After a office visit & numerous office calls my doctor & nurses said its all normal & to just try it for 90 days! On June 23rd I went to have the mirena removed because I couldn’t take the side effects any longer. The doctor wanted me to just take medicine to control the symptoms; I refused as I thought if you had to be on medicine just to control your birth control issues, something is wrong. We proceeded the exam to have mirena IUD removed. The doctor could reach the strings to remove it but it wouldn’t come. I went across the hall over for ultrasound to locate it which revealed that it was embedded in myometrium and would have to be surgically removed. On Wednesday July 1st I went in for my 1st surgery to have the mirena removed which was only supposed to take 30-60 minutes. After 3 hours I came out with the mirena still embedded in me. The doctor went through my uterus and went thru my belly button...

March – January 2010: Birth Control

Yet Another Morning After Pill… The Only REAL Effect is Abortifacient… NEW! Synthetic Hormonal Use in Humans and Emerging Risks to the Environment NOTE: Study Finds Half of Women on "Birth Control Shot" Suffer Bone Problems (OG, 1/10)  Protest the Pill Day — June 5 NEW! Women Sue Birth Control Manufacturer over Serious Health Issues 2nd STUDY: Low-Dose Birth Control Pills Decrease Bone Density in Young Women (CJ, 1/10) / Abstract There are long-term adverse physiological and psychological effects for human users of synthetic hormones… and the ecological safety of our environment and drinking water due to the survival of their metabolites through our bodies and through our waste water treatment facilities… Nearly half of women using depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), commonly known as the birth control shot, will experience high bone mineral density (BMD) loss in the hip or lower spine within two years of beginning the contraceptive [University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston]. More than two million American women use the birth control shot, including approximately 400,000 teens… NOTE: The primary effect of this and any "emergency" contraception is abortifacient. New Morning After Pill 'Can Be Taken up to Five Days After Sex' The first emergency contraceptive pill that can be taken almost a week after sexual intercourse has been developed – but there are fears it could promote promiscuity and lead to a rise in sexually transmitted diseases. The existing "morning-after pill" can be taken up to three days after intercourse, but a new version, called EllaOne, still works five days afterwards. A study shows that it is potentially more effective, reducing the small risk...

December – September 2009: Birth Control

Research Abandoned on Contraceptive Vaccine to ‘Immunize’ Women Against Pregnancy Taking the Pill for Past 40 Years 'Has Put Women Off Masculine Men' Europe's Most Popular Long-Term "Contraception" is Abortifacient IUD Health Concerns Over Popular Contraceptives Yaz & Yasmin Emergency Contraception Resulting in More Menstrual Complications Morning-After Pill Proving To Be Ineffective and Abused Injectable Contraceptive Use Significantly Increases Risk of Obesity… Research Abandoned on Contraceptive Vaccine to ‘Immunize’ Women Against Pregnancy   A leading contraceptive researcher has abandoned her attempts to create a vaccine that would render a woman “immune” from pregnancy. The Population Research Institute lauded the end of the research, which it said tried to make a woman’s body treat pregnancy as a disease. Based on research into women who are infertile because of antibodies that inhibit sperm from fertilizing the egg, Dr. Donnie Dunbar had hoped to develop a vaccine that would trick a healthy woman’s immune system into a hostile reaction to her own eggs. She intended the vaccine to help combat what she saw as the “world population problem.” Tests which injected rabbits with pig proteins caused an autoimmune response, but it completely destroyed the ovaries. “Unfortunately, we weren’t just looking at preventing fertilization now; we generated a complete autoimmune disease, which is also known as premature ovarian failure,” Dunbar said, according to the Population Research Institute. “I am responsible for killing this vaccine for further human research, and I made some people in my biotech company and some other people very unhappy.” The Population Research Institute (PRI) described her vaccine as “an insidious attempt to make the body treat pregnancy as a...

August – May 2009: Birth Control

The Unintended Consequences of Oral Contraception Plan B One-Step Is Abortifacient Abortifacient Mifepristone (original name RU 486) To Be Approved in Italy Bayer Sued Over Safety of Popular Birth Control Pills Withdrawal Method Finds Ally (Note Failure Rates of Condoms in this Article) Hologic Gets FDA Approval for Birth-Control System Study Shows Teen Contraception Use Declining, Level of Sexual Activity Unchanged Peruvian Government Shelves Investigation into Massive Forced Sterilizations of Indigenous Women Scotland Figures Show Sexually Transmitted Diseases Up Despite Plan B Promotion Contraceptive Pill Limits Lean Muscle Mass Gain from Exercise: Study Plan B for Minors: A Bad Prescription Group Challenges Federal Order to Sell Morning After Pill to Minor Girls Condom Facts — http://www.hli.org/condom_facts.html…     THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF ORAL CONTRACEPTION Joel Brind, MD, explains in this article the actual classification of birth control hormones as steroids and the likely damage they wreak on breast tissue, the environment, other species, and human fertility: “But few in the general public are aware that oral contraceptives ("the Pill"), levonorgestrel ("the morning-after pill"), and mifepristone, or RU-486 ("the abortion pill"), are also all steroids. "In fact, they are the same sort of synthetic anabolic steroids that are illegal for professional athletes to take, but they are anabolic for female tissues (like breast tissue) rather than muscle… "In 2006, the World Health Organization acknowledged that the estrogen-plus-progestin drugs (birth control pills and combination hormone replacement drugs like Prem-Pro) cause cancers in the breast, cervix, and liver.” [JUL 15, 2009, Abstinence Clearinghouse Email Update; http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/bri/bri_01steroids.html)     PLAN B ONE-STEP IS ABORTIFACIENT American Life League’s director of The Pill Kills project issued...

April – January 2009: Birth Control

Condom Facts — http://www.hli.org/condom_facts.html Population Controllers Complain that Indigenous People in Bolivia are Aware of Health Risks of Contraceptives: Curiously, abortionist organization Marie Stopes Int'l blames these beliefs on a lack of "sex education"; perhaps it's MSI who lacks medically accurate knowledge… Studies Find Contraception Makes Women Obese and Newborns Too Thin Swiss Women Abandoning the Pill Due to Adverse Health Effects Plan B Pharmaceutical Information from FDA and Barr Pharmaceutical Lawsuits over Ortho Evra 'Patch' Birth Control Continue to be Filed even as Older Cases Settle The Pill: What You Might Not Know Co-Creator of the Pill Laments Resulting Demographic "Suicide Scenario" American Society of Reproductive Medicine Statement Confirms the Pill Causes Abortion… Population Controllers Complain that Indigenous People in Bolivia are Aware of Health Risks of Contraceptives. Supporters of contraception and population control are deeply concerned that indigenous people in Bolivia are aware that using the birth control pill causes cancer and other diseases. [ed. You'd think they'd be overjoyed that these people already knew the true facts!] According to the Bolivian newspaper La Razon, "among the inhabitants of the high plains there exists the belief that contraceptive methods, with the exception of the condom and the rhythm [method], cause cancer and other illnesses in those who use them." The newspaper says that it did a "tour" of various communities situated on the road to Oruro, asking the people what they believed about birth control, and claims they know "very little." However, numerous scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals have shown a statistical link between the use of the pill and various diseases, including breast cancer, cervical...

December & November 2008: Birth Control

'Contraceptive Pill is Outdated and Does Not Work Well', Expert Warns $68.7 Million Paid in Out-Of-Court Settlements by Contraceptive Patch Manufacturer… 'Contraceptive Pill is outdated and does not work well', expert warns The contraceptive Pill is outdated and leading to unwanted pregnancies and abortion as few women take it correctly, a leading expert said.  One in 12 women taking the Pill get pregnant each year because they miss so many tablets, Prof James Trussell, of Princeton University in America warned. Women should instead use longer-lasting methods such as the implant or intra-uterine device (IUD) which can be fitted and forgotten, he said. Half of all pregnancies in America are unintended and half of those happen because contraception failed or was not taken properly, the rest were not using any contraception. No UK studies have ever been carried out but the rates are thought to be similar. Half of unintended pregnancies end in abortion. Prof Trussell was speaking at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service conference in London and said few GPs offer long acting reversible contraceptives or are trained at fitting them, so most women end up using the Pill by default. Also sexual health clinics where the methods are available are being closed down, either because of financial deficits in the NHS or just because it is a low priority, Prof Trussell said. He said: "The Pill is an outdated method because it does not work well enough. It is very difficult for ordinary women to take a pill every single day. The beauty of the implant or the IUD is that you can forget about them." He said...

September – June 2008: Birth Control

New Study Shows Contraceptive Pill Increases Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke Ortho-Evra: Patchy Information Given to the Public Hormone Treatment Could Work as Male Birth Control Protest the Pill Day '08 was June 7 Experts Confirmed Abortifacient Potential of Morning-After Pill / EC Conjugated Equine Estrogen Increases Benign Breast Disease Risk NEW! Abortion and Morning After Pill Rates Rise Together in Sweden The Pill Disrupts the Normal Hormonal System –> Often Leads to Adverse Health Effects NEW! Massive Brazilian Vaccination Raises Suspicions of Covert Sterilization Program New Study: Oral Contraceptives Disrupt Ability to Choose Genetically Favorable Mate… PROTEST THE PILL DAY '08: THE PILL KILLS BABIES. Saturday, June 7 marks the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut. This was the first of many decisions leading to the decriminalization of birth control and abortion, which, in turn, gave rise to the culture of death we live in today.   In Griswold, the Supreme Court claimed that the Constitution grants women the “right to privacy” with regard to matters of sexual practice, even though the constitutional right to privacy in fact had nothing to do with sexual matters. Because of this decision, states could no longer stop married women from taking the birth control pill.   The history behind this case is that Estelle Griswold, then Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut’s executive director, and Dr. C. Lee Buxton opened a birth control clinic. They were arrested and fined because they were administering the birth control pill, which was then illegal. The case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, where it was decided in...

March – Feb 2008: Birth Control

British Abortion Business Admits Birth Control Does Not Prevent Pregnancy Birth Control Patch Label Reflects Increased Risk of Blood Clots NEW! The High Cost of Birth Control NEW! Fertility Treatment is Very Successful but Largely Ignored by Medical Field NEW! Birth Control Pills Spark Debate Over Environment… FERTILITY TREATMENT IS SUCCESSFUL BUT LARGELY IGNORED BY MEDICAL FIELD. NaProTECHNOLOGY (Natural Procreative Technology or NPT) is a dramatically successful, but not well known or practiced method of diagnosing and treating gynecological diseases and infertility in women. It is a morally acceptable and very cost effective method of restoring fertility, using a fertility-care based medical approach, rather than a fertility-control approach. This new reproductive science works cooperatively with the natural fertility [menstrual] cycle. It has been developed as a series of medical applications based on a standardized assessment of the biomarkers of the fertility [menstrual] cycle, known as the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. It can be used to evaluate and treat infertility, miscarriage, irregular cycles, ovarian cysts, premenstrual syndrome, postpartum depression and many other women's health conditions. When used to treat infertility alone, NaProTechnology has a success rate of 76% in assisting couples to achieve pregnancy – remarkably superior to the 10-15% success rate of in vitro fertilization, and without the enormous financial cost and adverse emotional and other psychological effects of in vitro fertilization. NPT was developed from thirty years of scientific research in the study of the normal and abnormal states of the menstrual and fertility cycles by Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers, director of the Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and the National Center for Women's Health in...

December – November 2007: Birth Control

NEW! Study Links Birth Control Pill to Artery-Clogging Plaque NEW! Morning-After Pill Not Leading to Fewer Teen Abortions in Spain Oral Contraceptive Use Linked to Small Increase in Cervical Cancer Risk Maine middle school provides birth control to students… STUDY LINKS BIRTH CONTROL PILL TO ARTERY-CLOGGING PLAQUE: Birth control pills have been linked for the first time to plaques that could potentially endanger the heart, doctors here said 6Nov07. A study of 1,301 women ages 33 to 55 suggests that the likelihood of finding plaques in key arteries increased by 20% to 30% for every 10 years of pill use, Ernst Rietzschel [Ghent University, Belgium] told an American Heart Association meeting. The study also links the pill to potentially artery-clogging plaque in women who no longer use OCs, he says, noting that 81% of women in the study took the pill, on average, for 13 years. Doctors cautioned that the study is small and should be confirmed by more research. About 12 million U.S. women take the pill [CDC]. Many of the women in the study used pills with higher doses of estrogen than are used today.  The finding turned up by chance, when doctors studying residents in two Belgian towns found that women who used the pills had triple the expected levels of an enzyme linked with cardiovascular inflammation. [USA TODAY, Orlando; N Valko RN, 7Nov07; http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-11-06-birth-control-heart_N.htm; STOPP Report 14Nov07] MORNING-AFTER PILL NOT LEADING TO FEWER TEEN ABORTIONS IN SPAIN. According to official statistics from health officials in the Spanish region of Asturias, one in ten teenage girls has had an abortion during the last year.  The figures...

September-August 2007: Birth Control / EC / Plan B

Prescription for Strong Bones: Drink Your Milk and Stay Off the Pill Woman Dies from Blood Clot Plan B Sales  FDA Sued Over Unlawful Approval of Morning-After Pill / Plan B Abortion Numbers in Scotland Rise Again Despite [Because of…?] OTC Morning After Pill/ EC Washington Pharmacists Sue State Over Forcing Sales of Morning After Pill / Emergency Contraception… PRESCRIPTION FOR STRONG BONES: DRINK YOUR MILK AND STAY OFF THE PILL. A recent study of female military cadets shows that the Pill and cessation of menstrual periods both decrease bone density during critical years. This side effect could have long-lasting results because women reach their peak bone mass by age 25. The oral contraceptive Lybrel, now available in the United States, also stops monthly periods entirely in most cases. Nutrition and exercise were protective factors. (Source: “Oral contraceptives, other factors reduce bone mass,” Reuters, 08-24-07, http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSCOL46695420070824) [Reuters, 24Aug07; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, 8/29/2007]       BIRTH CONTROL PILL CREATES CLOT AFFECTING WOMAN'S DEATH. An Irish woman has died of a blood clot after taking the birth control pill for several years. Her family and an investigating doctor have publicly attributed her death to the use of the contraceptive. On March 22 of last year, 31-year-old Julie Hennessy was found dead on the floor of her living room, Ireland Independent reports. Although she was a non-smoker of healthy weight, the woman had been taking the drug Mercilon for a number of years. This resulted in her developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein-usually in one of the appendages. As...

June – April 2007: Birth Control / EC

Study Finds Strong Evidence for Abortifacient Effect of Plan B “Emergency Contraception” Spanish Doctors Oppose Over-the Counter Sales of Morning-After Pill    The Cockrane Study: EC Does Not Reduce Pregnancy Rates, But Use it Anyway FDA OKs Pill to Put Full Stop to "Period"  Pill That Eliminates the "Period" Gets Mixed Reviews  Family Groups Sue FDA Over OTC Distribution of "Contraceptive" Plan B Plan B Manufacturer Pamphlet Describes Abortifacient Effect  Report Admits: Emergency Contraception Does Not Reduce Abortion… STUDY FINDS STRONG EVIDENCE FOR ABORTIFACIENT EFFECT OF PLAN B "EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION". [Analysis by Dr. John B. Shea, MD. FRCP(C)]. In a recent article in Fertility and Sterility R.T. Mikolajczyk and J.B. Stanford proposed a model experiment that estimated the effectiveness of the disruption of ovulation by Levonorgestrel used as an "emergency contraceptive," based on the prevention of fertilization. They also demonstrated what was termed the "effectiveness" of levonorgestrel with or without "mechanisms acting after fertilization." If disruption of ovulation were the only significant mechanism of action of levonorgestrel, its "effectiveness" could not be much more than 50% if given immediately after intercourse. With delays in its administration, it would be substantially less.  This finding contrasts sharply with "effectiveness" rates reported in clinical trials, where rates as high as 95% are reported if administered within 24 hours after intercourse.  The authors suggest that mechanisms other than disruption of ovulation contribute to this "reduction of clinical pregnancy." Those mechanisms were said to include inhibition of sperm migration and reduction of sperm capacity for fertilization (both contraceptive mechanisms) and "mechanisms that act after fertilization," that is, prevent implantation of the embryo in the uterus.  That mechanism...

March 2007: Birth Control / Family Planning

FDA Considers Lowering Acceptable “Failure” Rate on Approved Contraceptive Pills Chilean President Signs Decree to Permit Hand-Out of Morning After Pill to Young Girls Emergency Contraception: Two Recent Articles in the Green Journal   New Study Shows Natural Family Planning Technique More “Effective” Than Contraception Contraceptive Patch Found to Raise Blood Clot Risk… FDA CONSIDERS LOWERING ACCEPTABLE “FAILURE” RATE ON APPROVED CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS. The US Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering contraceptives, but only to make sure they are more effective at preventing – or ending – a pregnancy. The FDA has asked an expert panel whether it ought to ensure higher standards of “effectiveness” of new hormonal contraceptive/abortifacient drugs before approval for the market. The 14 member panel of outside experts met this week to advise the agency on future guidelines for drug manufacturers seeking approval. The pills approved by the FDA in 1960 contained much higher doses of hormones than modern pills and had a lower “failure” rate, approximately 1 in 100 “woman-years” of use. That is, one woman in one hundred using the drug for a year became pregnant. The dangerous side effects of the high dose drug prompted the development of lower dose versions. In recent years, the FDA has approved lower doses of the pill, though studies have shown that they allow more pregnancies to occur and also still have serious side effects. The agency has approved pills allowing more than two pregnancies for every 100 woman-years of use. According to a 2005 study by Planned Parenthood’s Guttmacher Institute, 11.6 million US women use hormonal birth control pills. Possible side effects of low-dose pills, apart...

February 2007: Birth Control / EC

FDA Considers Lowering Acceptable “Failure” Rate on Approved Contraceptive Pills Chilean President Signs Decree to Permit Hand-Out of Morning After Pill to Young Girls…   FDA CONSIDERS LOWERING ACCEPTABLE “FAILURE” RATE ON APPROVED CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS. The US Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering contraceptives, but only to make sure they are more effective at preventing – or ending – a pregnancy. The FDA has asked an expert panel whether it ought to ensure higher standards of “effectiveness” of new hormonal contraceptive/abortifacient drugs before approval for the market. The 14 member panel of outside experts met this week to advise the agency on future guidelines for drug manufacturers seeking approval. The pills approved by the FDA in 1960 contained much higher doses of hormones than modern pills and had a lower “failure” rate, approximately 1 in 100 “woman-years” of use. That is, one woman in one hundred using the drug for a year became pregnant. The dangerous side effects of the high dose drug prompted the development of lower dose versions. In recent years, the FDA has approved lower doses of the pill, though studies have shown that they allow more pregnancies to occur and also still have serious side effects. The agency has approved pills allowing more than two pregnancies for every 100 woman-years of use. According to a 2005 study by Planned Parenthood’s Guttmacher Institute, 11.6 million US women use hormonal birth control pills. The pill has three main actions: to suppress ovulation; thicken the cervical mucus making it difficult for sperm to reach the ovum; and to alter the lining of the uterus so that the developing embryo (blastocyst) cannot...