Contraception – Adverse Effects: Cancer / Stroke / Abortion

What About Prevention?

“An ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of Cure.” This past May, Karen Malec succumbed to her last bout with cancer. She had survived colon cancer as a young mother but a particularly virulent form of ovarian cancer took her life despite a valiant struggle. Karen was a great activist who challenged medical authorities and government agencies entrusted to advance medicine to tell the scientific truth known by scientists but denied to the public. She wanted women to know the truth of the abortion breast cancer link and that hormonal birth control caused cancer. Karen was President of the Abortion Breast Cancer Coalition from its inception in 1999. She created an informative web site that was encyclopedic in its breadth and depth. She was a teacher, and although she had no medical background, she did become an expert when it came to the medical literature about abortion’s link to breast cancer. She was also very knowledgeable about oral contraceptives as a known carcinogen for breast cancer. She never lost her outrage that although many in the scientific community knew that abortion and the Pill were linked to breast cancer, especially in young women, they were silent when it came to informing the public of these risks. For example, Karen and I both knew the results of the 2009 Dolle study which showed a 320% increase risk of an especially aggressive breast cancer in young women on the Pill. But Karen became angry and indignant that one of the co-authors was Louise Brinton, a National Cancer Institute authority who, despite having been part of a 2003 NCI Workshop, now...

American Society of Reproductive Medicine Statement Confirms ‘The Pill’ Causes Abortion (2008)

Amidst an ongoing debate among prolife advocates about whether to classify the Pill as an abortifacient or a prophylactic, pro-abortion advocates have published an authoritative statement declaring that the Pill prevents implantation of embryos, thereby causing an abortion. In a supplement to its November 2008 issue, top reproductive health journal Fertility and Sterility published the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) statement, “Hormonal contraception: recent advances and controversies.” In a summary of the development of contraception in the United States the statement called oral contraceptives the “most widely used” reversible method. In the “wide variety” of oral contraceptives that are available, the “mechanisms of action” are the same, said the statement: “inhibition of ovulation, alteration in the cervical mucus, and/or modification of the endometrium, thus preventing implantation.” Pro-life advocates who oppose abortion, but not contraception, have long considered the Pill as an ethical contraceptive option, as opposed to the IUD, which causes abortions by preventing implantation. However, the statement by the ASRM clearly indicates that the pill is medically classified as a drug that acts by “preventing implantation,” thereby causing the death of a fertilized embryo – a unique and living human being. A large body of literature supports this statement, including articles from Fertility and Sterility. The most significant of these is a 1996 study by a group of OB/GYNs from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, that concluded that “impaired uterine receptivity” is “one mechanism by which OCs exert their contraceptive actions.” [12December2008, Ellen M. Rice,...

The Pill Kills Again: Tragedy Strikes as 21-year-old Dies after 25 Days on The Pill (2015)

She died after 25 days on the pill. She was only 21. As in so many blood clot cases caused by birth control, she was misdiagnosed when she went to the hospital struggling to breathe and experiencing pain in her legs and ribs. She was sent home diagnosed with a bruised sternum. Four days later, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. On May 14, three days after arriving at the hospital, she was pronounced dead. According to an article in Cosmopolitan, tests revealed a large blood clot on her lung. Her name was Fallan Kurek, and she worked with disabled children in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. She had started taking the pill—a combination oral contraceptive—to regulate her menstrual cycle. Why wasn’t Fallan warned about the possibility of blood clots that accompany pill use? Why did the hospital not immediately connect her symptoms to the contraceptive she had just started taking? Fallan’s devastated mother was quoted in the Birmingham Mail, “She was only on it to regulate her periods. I couldn’t believe nobody had said the pill could do this. It should say it on the pack that they can kill and the label.” Annually, one in every 3000 women taking birth control pills will develop blood clots. It is well known all across the medical community that the pill increases the risk for deadly blood clots. And that information is indeed printed on the very lengthy packet insert, which most women never read. But it is not displayed on the packet, the label, or any other prominent place. And even knowing of the possibility of blood...

The Pill Kills National Day of Action – 6 June 2015

American Life League Leads International Effort to Show ‘The Pill Kills Truth’ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American Life League Leads International Effort to Show The Pill Kills Truth ALL and over 38 cosponsors will observe June 6 as The Pill Kills Truth National Day of Action Washington, DC—On June 6, American Life League, STOPP (Stop Planned Parenthood International), and over 38 cosponsors from 18 states and Australia will rally to expose the dangers of hormonal contraception. This marks the eighth annual observance of The Pill Kills National Day of Action. The 2015 theme is The Pill Kills Truth. Discussing plans for the event, Rita Diller, director of STOPP International, stated, “On June 6, we will hit the streets and the Internet to decry the Griswold decision and the havoc the pill brings to women’s lives and to our world. Doctors, nurses, lawyers, clergy, moms, and dads from all walks of life—with facts in hand—will refute the lies of Planned Parenthood and Big Pharma.” Some of the notable cosponsors with national or statewide reach are Pharmacists for Life International, JillStanek.com, American Right to Life, Operation Rescue, California Right to Life Committee, TheWandererPress.com, and Pro-Life Wisconsin. “The truth is the pill is killing babies, killing and crippling women, and tearing away at the very fabric of society—the family,” added Diller. “There is no end to the lies that are planted by population controllers to ensure every woman takes her daily dose of the death-dealing pill. We will refute the lies.” For more information, visit ThePillKills.org. Media Contact: Rob Gasper May 26, 2015 540.659.4171 | e-mail: [email protected]     PROTEST THE PILL DAY...

Scientists: Hormonal Contraceptives May Alter Behavior; Widespread Use Could Lead to ‘Significant Consequences for Society’

Comment: This is an important article and validates experiences over the years. I personally had emotional side effects to hormonal contraceptives I took as a 25 year old newlywed. I didn’t even realize these side effects until I got off the Pill. I have since become an ardent supporter of NFP. With my daughters, I exhorted them to stay away from these contraceptives, even when they were encouraged to take them for menstrual difficulties. I learned that taking the Pill could mask underlying issues. N. Valko RN An article in the Frontiers journal of medicine is sounding the alarm about the possible effects of hormonal contraception on the human brain, suggesting that the effects may be much more profound than previously thought and calling on the scientific community to devote more research to the topic. “Hormonal contraceptives are on the market for more than 50 years and used by 100 million women worldwide,” wrote Belinda A. Pletzer and Hubert H. Kerschbaum, a pair of Austrian neuropsychologists from the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg. “However, while endogenous steroids have been convincingly associated with change in brain structure, function and cognitive performance, the effects of synthetic steroids contained in hormonal contraceptives on brain and cognition have barely been investigated.” Based on what little scientific data exists tracking behavioral and neurological changes in users of hormonal contraceptives, the authors asserted that “synthetic steroids may contribute to masculinizing as well as feminizing effects on brain and behavior.” “We conclude that there is a strong need for more systematic studies, especially on brain structural, functional and cognitive changes due to hormonal contraceptive use,” wrote Pletzer and Kerschbaum....

Abby Johnson, Former PP Director: ‘Sorry Folks. Contraception Access Increases Abortions. And Here’s the Proof.’

Every time I post something on my Facebook about abortion, there will inevitably be someone who makes a comment that says something like this, “Don’t women know how to use birth control these days? What is wrong with them? With so many birth control options these days, no one should ever have an abortion.” I supposed that is a really common misconception…that birth control reduces the abortion rate. But is that true? Look at this quote from Ann Furedi, the former director of British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Britain’s largest abortion provider: “Often, arguments for increased access to contraception and for new contraceptive technologies are built on the assumption that these developments will bring down the abortion rate. The anti-choice movement counter that this does not seem to be the case in practice. Arguably they are right. Access to effective contraception creates an expectation that women can control their fertility and plan their families. Given that expectation, women may be less willing to compromise their plans for the future.” In the past, many women reluctantly accepted that an unplanned pregnancy would lead to maternity. Unwanted pregnancies were dutifully, if resentfully, carried to term. In days when sex was expected to carry the risk of pregnancy, an unwanted child was a chance a woman took. Today, we expect sex to be free from that risk and unplanned maternity is not a price we are prepared to pay. It is clear that women cannot manage their fertility by means of contraception alone. Contraception lets couples down. A recent survey of more than 2000 women requesting abortions at clinics run by BPAS, Britain’s...

Breast / Prostate Cancer & Oral Contraceptives Etc. (2010-2012)

"Breast Cancer: Its Link to Abortion and the Birth Control Pill" Author: Chris Kahlenborn, M.D. (Internal Medicine) Book is available online at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Breast-Cancer-Abortion-Birth-Control/dp/0966977734/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349588285&sr=8-1&keywords=kahlenborn       ISBN-10: 0966977734       ISBN-13: 978-0966977738 Dr. Chris Kahlenborn has his own website: http://www.polycarp.org/overviewabortionbreastcancer.htm To read more on how oral contraceptives act as a carcinogenic steroid, visit http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/download/HeartbeatCareNetSteroidart091005.pdf Here's a link to a year 2012 article titled, "Study Finds a Link Between Injectable Contraceptive Use and Increased Risk of Breast Cancer in Young Women" https://www.fhcrc.org/en/news/releases/2012/04/dmpa-breast-cancer-risk-chris-li.html  Here's a link to the study http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2012/02/25/0008-5472.CAN-11-4064.abstract [from 1 Nov 2010, http://breastcancerawarenessnews.blogspot.com/ ] ################################################################################### BREAST CANCER PDF: German Study: The Earlier OCP (Oral Contraceptive Pill) Started, the Higher the Breast Cancer Risk Abstract Breast cancer is progressively diagnosed with increasing age. This study aimed to determine whether women who started using the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) at an early age developed breast cancer earlier than women who started using the OCP later in life. A database review of 1,010 breast cancer patients, who had used the OCP at some point in their life, was carried out. Associations of age at OCP start with age at breast cancer diagnosis were determined by multiple linear regression analysis, considering year of birth, year of diagnosis, age at first pregnancy, number of live births, age at menarche, and length of OCP use. There was evidence of a linear trend between age at OCP start and age at breast cancer diagnosis. Women who started using the OCP aged 18 years or younger were, on average, 4 years younger at breast cancer diagnosis than women who started using the OCP over the age of 30...

The Pill's Deadly Affair with HIV/AIDS

The Pill's Deadly Affair with HIV/AIDS The U.S. is contributing to the spread of HIV/AIDS among African women by its reckless distribution of hormonal contraceptives of all kinds in so-called “reproductive health” programs. The world's deadliest killer, HIV/AIDS, and the Birth Control Pill have been carrying on a secret and deadly "love affair" for decades. While women swallowed their “freedom” with the morning orange juice, studies that should have made global headlines yellowed in medical journals, unknown to the general public. Only doctors learned about the pills deadly affair with HIV/AIDS, and they were too busy writing prescriptions for hormonal contraceptives to talk. More than 50 medical studies, to date, have investigated the association of hormonal contraceptive use and HIV/AIDS infection. The studies show that hormonal contraceptives—the oral pill and Depo-Provera—increase almost all known risk factors for HIV, from upping a woman's risk of infection, to increasing the replication of the HIV virus, to speeding the debilitating and deadly progression of the disease.1 A medical trial published in the journal AIDS in 2009—monitoring HIV progression by the need for anti-retroviral drugs (ART)—saw “the risk of becoming eligible for ART was almost 70% higher in women taking the pills and more than 50% higher in women using DMPA [Depo-Provera] than in women using IUDs.”2 Studies aside, it is well known that HIV/AIDS strikes more women than men. Some would argue that this is a result of the desire of men for young—and presumably uninfected, sexual partners. Few are willing to discuss a more obvious explanation, namely, that the Pill and Injectables render women particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. How serious is...

Studies: Birth Control / Contraception Do Not Cut Abortion Numbers

Studies: Birth Control / Contraception Do Not Cut Abortion Numbers “Contraception reduces unintended pregnancies” has joined its fantastic make-believe friends “death with dignity,” the “efficacy” of embryonic stem cells, the “certainty” of man-made global warming, and the “positive” multiplier effect in the leftist vernacular. Hopeful that repetition supplants truth, choirs of liberal faithful are singing:     "Most importantly, broadening access to birth control will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions" – Jeanne Shaheen, Barbara Boxer and Patty Murray     "Covering contraception saves money for insurance companies by keeping women healthy and preventing spending on other health services" – White House Fact Sheet on Contraception Coverage Now consider, instead, reality. The Science. The results are in: contraception availability does NOT reduce unintended pregnancies. Many adolescent males will wholeheartedly affirm a connection between the availability of contraception and sexual activity, and scientific data supports the link. Studies have shown that contraception increases sexual activity — i.e., that more contraception means more sex. [see below] One study, based on Centers for Disease Control data, established clear links between birth control and increases in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STD increases are a very reliable indicator of increased sexual activity and show that contraception is wrongly perceived as low-cost insurance — a perception that motivates increased sexual activity. And more sex means more pregnancies. Why? Because contraception is far from 100% effective, and with mass distribution of contraception comes a commensurate increase in sexual activity. More pregnancies will result because contraception fails in predictable percentages. It is noteworthy that failure rates are highest in Planned Parenthood’s customer base:     Failures are...

U.S. Financial Involvement in Worldwide Condom Production (March 2009)

[ED. Over the last many years, USAID used a condom manufacturer in Dothan, AL, to produce hundreds of millions of condoms for USAID to distribute worldwide. "…southern Alabama used to be a hub for latex manufacturing, mostly condoms…" It is a very sad state of affairs when some people's livelihood depends on producing "safer sex" condoms for people around the world, exposing them to diseases which cause their morbidity and mortality. This article contains fascinating information about the condom industry and USAID's involvement.] Chinese Condoms Could Mean Layoffs for U.S. Workers Alabama-Based Company Facing Closure After Loss of Government Contract http://abcnews.go.com/Business/IndustryInfo/story?id=7181080&page=1 By SARAH NETTER March 27, 2009 At a time when America is bleeding jobs, an Alabama condom factory has lost its U.S. government contract to an overseas manufacturer and may be forced to close, leaving its workers with few prospects.. China and Condom Manufacturing Workers at the Alatech Healthcare Products factory may soon be out of a job now that the U.S. government took its condom contract overseas. Condoms for the U.S. Agency for International Development accounted for the majority of Alatech's business. (ABC News Photo Illustration / Alatech Healthcare) For years, Alatech Healthcare Products, based in Dothan, Ala., has relied on its contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides condoms to foreign governments and nonprofit entities, to fight HIV and AIDS and assist in family planning. While USAID has pointed to quality and reliability issues as the reason it's decided to stop using Alatech Healthcare condoms, Alatech's president said the government was only interested in getting its condoms for the cheapest price. And because,...

Second Prempro HRT Study Shows Link to Cancer Risks

[NOTE: Keep in mind that HRT — Hormone Replacement Therapy — uses the same artificial hormones that are used in chemical birth control methods.] Prempro is a “drug that relieves hot flashes but raises the risk of the two biggest cancer killers in women” according to Rowan Chlebowski, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. Prempro is a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin used by 15% to 20% of post-menopausal women in the USA. Chlebowski et al reported in JAMA (Oct 2010) that, compared with a placebo, Prempro increased women’s risk of breast cancer, that their cancers were more likely to have spread to their lymph nodes, and that they were more likely to die of breast cancer. These findings come from a government-sponsored study known as the Women’s Health Initiative. One part of the study randomly assigned 16,000 women, aged 50-79, to either Prempro or a placebo. That study was halted in July 2002 because long-term Prempro use was found to raise the risk of breast cancer, heart attack and stroke. Participants had been taking their pills for an average of 5.5 years. These findings join a growing list of studies questioning the safety of hormone therapy. Last year, the same researchers reported in The Lancet that, compared with a placebo, Prempro raises the number of lung cancer deaths, although it does not increase the number of lung cancer cases. In February 2009, Chlebowski et al reported that Prempro users had a marked decrease in breast cancer risk within two years of quitting treatment. In this second Prempro study just released, researchers followed about 13,000 women for an...

Guttmacher Institute Claims Contraception Lowers Abortions, Data Shows Otherwise (10/09; update 2016)

[Comment: This was in 2009. In the latest Guttmacher report in 2016, they claim the same thing. http://www.physiciansforlife.org/teen-abortion-and-pregnancy-rates-reach-historic-lows-as-more-babies-saved-from-abortions/ ] The new report issued earlier this week by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute claims promoting expanded birth control and contraception has lowered abortions worldwide. However, firm statistical evidence from various nations shows abortions increase despite contraception promotion. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a former affiliate of the Planned Parenthood abortion business, has already been panned for relying on pro-abortion groups to draw its conclusions and promoting a dubious number of how many women have died from illegal abortions worldwide. The Guttmacher study also claims “increases in global contraceptive use have contributed to a decrease in the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions.” It claims “positive global trends in increased contraceptive use” have helped “lower unintended pregnancy rates and declining abortion numbers.” “The rate of abortions in a given country corresponds mostly to the rate of unintended pregnancy, which in turn corresponds closely to rates of contraceptive use,” Guttmacher claims. However, recent news out of England dispels the long-held myth that promoting contraception and birth control reduces the number of abortions. According to the London Daily Mail, teen pregnancy rates in England are now higher than they were in 1995 and pregnancies among girls under 16, below the age of sexual consent, are also at the highest level since 1998. That is despite the British government spending £300 million (that’s over $454 million for those of us in the United States) in an attempt to cut the number of teen pregnancies in half by promoting comprehensive sexual education. The British teen...

Study: Women Who Use Birth Control Pill 1.5 Times More Likely to Develop Bowel Disease (3/09, AJG)

A study on the role of oral contraceptives in the cause of inflammatory bowel disease, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, found that women who use the pill are one and a half times more likely to develop Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC) than women who have not used oral contraceptives. The research by doctors at the Gastroenterology Unit of St. Mary's Hospital, Imperial College, and the Department of Surgery of St. Mark's Hospital, London, reported that a total of 75,815 patients were involved in the study of the etiology of UC and CD between 1983 and 2007. Of these women, 36,797 used the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) and 39,018 did not. The report stated that the relative risk of developing Crohn's disease increased with a prolonged exposure to the OCP. Whereas the overall average of increased risk was 1 1/2 times, the relative risk of developing CD for a woman who has used the pill for three years increases to almost 3.5 times. This study has also shown that the risk associated with OCP exposure was reversed to that of the non-exposed population after stopping the use of the drug. The adjustment of the results for smoking was an important aspect of this analysis, since it was found that smokers are more likely to take the OCP, and oral contraceptive users have been reported as more likely to smoke. The adjustments for smoking increased the relative risk of CD and decreased the risk of UC.   The study also suggested that a reduction in the estrogen and progesterone dosages in OCPs over the last two...

Case-Control Study of Oral Contraceptive Use and Incident Breast Cancer (AJE, 12/08)

 American Journal of Epidemiology Advance Access published online on December 13, 2008 American Journal of Epidemiology, doi:10.1093/aje/kwn360 http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/short/kwn360v1 Original Contribution A Case-Control Study of Oral Contraceptive Use and Incident Breast Cancer Lynn Rosenberg, Yuqing Zhang, Patricia F. Coogan, Brian L. Strom and Julie R. Palmer Dr. Lynn Rosenberg, Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University, 1010 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 Oral contraceptive (OC) use has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, largely on the basis of studies conducted before 1990. In the Case-Control Surveillance Study, a US hospital-based case-control study of medication use and cancer, the authors assessed the relation of OC use to breast cancer risk among 907 case women with incident invasive breast cancer (731 white, 176 black) and 1,711 controls (1,152 white, 559 black) interviewed from 1993 to 2007. They evaluated whether the association differed by ethnicity or tumor hormone receptor status. After control for breast cancer risk factors, the multivariable odds ratio for 1 year or more of OC use, relative to less than 1 year of use, was 1.5 (95% confidence interval: 1.2, 1.8).   The estimates were similar within age strata (<50 years and ≥50 years). The odds ratios were larger for use within the previous 10 years, long-duration use, and black ethnicity, but these differences were not statistically significant. The association of OC use with breast cancer risk did not differ according to the estrogen or progestogen receptor status of the tumor. These results suggest that OC use is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer diagnosed in recent years. breast neoplasms; case-control studies; contraceptives, oral Abbreviations: CARE, Contraceptive...

Oral Contraceptives May Be Linked to Atherosclerosis (2008)

ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES MAY BE LINKED TO ATHEROSCLEROSIS: Evidence continues to increase about the harmful effects of oral contraceptive use. An article by Dr. David Brownstein (http://www.drbrownstein.com/blog.asp?id=124) refers to a study on oral contraceptive use and the link to increased arterial plaque (Birth Control Pill Linked to Hardening of the Arteries, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/apr/08040807.html — see article below). The study revealed that each 10 year use of oral contraceptives was associated with a 42% increase risk of bilateral carotid (the arteries in the neck) plaque. There was also a 34% increase risk of femoral artery (leg) plaque. Commenting on the summary to this research which stated, "The finding was quite a shock. But, there is no need to panic. The next step should be to look at other data sets that include women who used oral contraceptives to see if the finding is replicated," Dr. Brownstein said, "Can you imagine if a supplement was found to cause a 42% increase risk of plaque in the carotid arteries? There would be an immediate call for the removal of the supplement and congressional hearings would commence." "Oral contraceptives totally disrupt the normal hormonal cascade. When the hormonal system is disrupted, cardiovascular disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and other serious illnesses will increase.  My clinical experience has clearly shown that it is impossible to adequately treat these illnesses if there is an imbalanced hormonal system. I do not recommend the use of oral contraceptives for any reason." While manufacturers have reduced the hormone content of oral contraceptives due to the serious side effects and health risks being reported, more and more evidence is showing...

Foremost Expert on Contraception Says the Pill is Not Working – It's "Outdated" (7/08)

While this is not an actual peer-reviewed study, Trussell is internationally recognized. If he recognizes that the Pill does not work, why is it still being pushed on women and young girls?    Meanwhile, Trussell pushes the IUD, which is abortifacient when we use the original definition of conception as fertilization — union of sperm and egg. Of course, if one defines conception as implantation of the embryo in the uterus, meaning that "pregnancy" begins at implantation, then IUDs and any chemical "contra"ceptive abortifacients such as the pill, the patch, implants, etc. would not be abortifacient. With this semantic definition, the first 6-10 days of human life following fertilization simply don't exist…      The Pill is outdated and results in unplanned pregnancies; women should get hormonal implants or intra-uterine devices (IUD) [ed. abortifacients] instead, says a leading contraception expert in the US.   Women do not take the Pill consistently says Professor James Trussell, and it ends up causing more unplanned pregnancies. But rather than encouraging people not to have promiscuous sex or to use Natural Family Planning, what is really needed is a method of contraception that can be forgotten but will still be foolproof, he indicated.   Trussell's statements backed up the observations of those who work in crisis pregnancy centres who say that, despite the government's insistence on more "contraceptive education," a large number of unplanned pregnancies happen while women are on the Pill.   Trussell is the director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University and was speaking in London at the conference of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Britain's largest abortion-promoting...

Nutrition and Womanly Desire

It is not uncommon for women to experience high sexual desire only in Phase II, the fertile time…many women may experience low libido (low sexual desire) at times because of physical factors involving overall health and, in particular, hormonal balance. This is not to dismiss the other realms — the interpersonal, emotional, or spiritual… It is important to point out some physical aspects of desire… Low Desire in Phase III If a woman experiences desire only during the fertile time, and loses all desire during the rest of the month, she is experiencing a form of low libido that should be recognized as such. Even if she were seeking a pregnancy, and not abstaining in Phase II, this would be a most frustrating problem…women are sexually receptive at all times of the month, and it is the norm for women to be able to respond sexually whether or not they are in the fertile time. Some studies have shown that women have two peaks of desire — one during the fertile time, and one during the premenstrual days. John Lee M.D., author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, state that libido depends more on levels of progesterone than on estrogen or androgens ("male hormones") in women. His experience is that women who use nonprescription natural progesterone creams during the second half of their cycle (the luteal phase, or postovulatory phase) report an increase in desire. This makes sense, because progesterone stimulates thyroid function and also serves as the precursor for some adrenal hormones; both glands are involved in libido. …if a woman is in her...

Estrogen Linked to Breast Cancer (2007)

The female sex hormone estrogen turns on a gene linked to breast cancer, according to new research by Brisbane scientists. The cancer biology team from UQ's Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine, believe their finding will help explain the link between breast cancer and high levels of estrogen. “What we've shown is that the ability of estrogen to switch this gene on is important for the growth of breast cancer cells,” Diamantina cancer biology research leader Professor Tom Gonda said. The gene they studied, known as MYB, is found in about 70 percent of all breast cancers and is one of several dozen genes called oncogenes that promote cancer growth. “What's important in breast cancer is the ability of estrogen to turn on MYB rather than there being a mutation in the gene itself,” Professor Gonda said. He said the next step was to take the results, which come from isolated cancer cells grown in the laboratory, and test them in laboratory mice that are a better model for human patients. “We're trying to show directly that MYB can induce cancerous changes in normal breast cells.” Professor Gonda and his colleagues at UQ worked with researchers in Melbourne, Adelaide and the United States and published their findings this month in the prestigious scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. He said a drug that blocks the action of MYB might be used to treat breast cancer in the future but he warned that would take many years of hard work. [ 23 August 2007, University of Queensland] The original press release can...

Migraine – Oral Contraceptive Link (N, 06)

STUDY FINDS ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE-MIGRAINE LINK Women who take oral contraceptives [OCs] have increased chances of suffering from both migraines and non-migraine headaches, a large new population-based study shows. Some women have migraines during menstruation, when levels of estrogen drop, said Dr. Karen Aegidius [Norwegian National Headache Center, Trondheim, the study‘s lead author]. These women also are more likely to have migraines while taking OCs; these pills can boost estrogen levels up to four-fold above normal, resulting in a particularly steep estrogen drop-off with menstruation. Aegidius and her colleagues studied data from 13,944 women included in the Nord-Trondelag Health Study in Norway who responded to questions on both OC use and headaches. Migraines were 40 percent more common among women taking OCs, the researchers report in the medical journal Neurology, and non-migraine headaches were 20 percent more common. However, the team could find no link between the amount of hormones contained in the pills and headache risk. Physicians whose patients suffer headaches while on the pill could prescribe an estrogen patch to be used 2 to 3 days before menstruation, Aegidius suggested, so that estrogen levels wouldn‘t drop so steeply. Another possibility, she added, is for women to stay on estrogen for 3 consecutive months, so they experience headaches just 4 times a year rather than every month. Finally, she pointed out that the fall in estrogen with Mircette, an OC available in the US but not Europe, is gradual rather than immediate, which could reduce headache risk. [Neurology, 14Feb06; posted 4 March06, Anne Harding 2Mar06 New York, Reuters Health;  N Valko RN, 5Mar06;...

Synthetic Testosterone & Fertility

Synthetic Testosterone Seemed Like a Good Idea Until Fertility Issues Arose BROWSE the Internet for information about anabolic steroids, and you will discover a story of turbocharged manhood: huge muscles, adoring women, powerful erections and youthful energy. Some of that story is true. But for men also hoping to father children, there may be some vital information missing. Using testosterone supplements can most likely cause a man's sperm count to plummet, often to zero. Getting it back can be costly and take years.  Among heavy steroid users, it may never return. Even in the medical community, the effects of testosterone on a man's ability to reproduce are often misunderstood. Several top fertility experts say they often see patients whose regular doctors have placed them on testosterone replacement therapy to treat various ailments – often successfully – without explaining that it might also make them infertile.When artificial testosterone is introduced into the body, the pituitary gland in the brain senses its presence and shuts off the supply of hormones that stimulate the testicles to make their own testosterone and sperm. The brain cannot differentiate natural testosterone from synthetic, so it shuts down its own sperm-making mechanisms. "There's a chemical castration going on," said Dr. Paul J. Turek, an associate professor of urology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Turek said it was odd that men abuse testosterone to increase their manliness. "In fact, they've become less of a man," he said. "They can't do what men are supposed to do." Dr. Rebecca Z. Sokol, a male-fertility specialist and professor at the Keck School of Medicine of the University...