December – July 2012: Birth Control

  FIND PAST HOMEPAGE TOPICS UNDER "CURRENT HEADLINES/ BIRTH CONTROL" IN THE LEFT MENU… The Mirena IUD is Becoming More Popular – and the Lawsuits are Piling Up WORTH READING: Birth Control May Boost Risk of Carrying Staph Bacteria WORTH READING:  Texan Surgeon Gives Hope to Sterilized Men Seeking Wholeness Norplant is Back… Norplant, Under Any Other Name, Is Still… WORTH READING: Biochemistry of Sex: What They Didn’t Tell You in Sex Ed Commentary: The Real Risks of Birth Control Pills Experts: No Need to Spend Billions on Family Planning or Contraception WORTH READING: Study: Contraceptive Pills Put Teen Girls at Increased Risk of High Blood Pressure WORTH READING: Hormonal Contraception Can Doubly Increase Women’s Risk Of Acquiring and Transmitting HIV Oral Contraceptive Use Raises Blood Clot Risk in Women with Iliac Vein Condition WORTH READING: Study: Depo Provera Use Increases Breast Cancer Risk WORTH READING: Some Information on EC (Emergency Contraception) That You May Not Know Dr. Lanfranchi: The Perilous Pill… The Mirena IUD is Becoming More Popular – and the Lawsuits are Piling Up by Steven W. Mosher You know a contraceptive drug or device is in trouble when the lawsuits begin to multiply. A growing number of American women are turning to intrauterine devices (IUDs), reports Lawrence Finer of the Guttmacher Institute. Of all American women using birth control, some 7.5 percent had IUDs implanted by 2009. These numbers were double what they had been a few short years before. As befits an employee of a population control organization, Finer is pleased that women are choosing “long-acting” contraceptives over “short-acting, less effective methods.” Fertility delayed is...

Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) / Mirena by Bayer (updated 9/2011)

Mirena is an Abortifacient — It Is an IUD — an 'IntraUterine Device' that Causes Early Abortions… "Mirena is T-shaped. It is made of flexible plastic and contains a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel that is often used in birth control pills. Mirena does not contain estrogen. Mirena releases the hormone into the uterus." [http://berlex.bayerhealthcare.com/html/products/pi/Mirena_PI.pdf] Since most of the progestin remains in the uterus, and very little of the progestin hormone is released into the blood, the ability to actually stop ovulation is questionable… Its presence in the uterus seems to indicate that there is primarily a 'post-fertilization effect' (adversely affects a new embryo as it enters the uterus, thus preventing it from implanting in the uterine lining — an early abortion). According to the ambiguous "Mirena Prescribing Information" — http://berlex.bayerhealthcare.com/html/products/pi/Mirena_PI.pdf — "It is not known exactly how Mirena works. Mirena may work in several ways. It may thicken your cervical mucus, thin the lining of your uterus [negatively affects embryo implantation], inhibit sperm movement and reduce sperm survival. Mirena may stop release of your egg from your ovary, but this is not the way it works in most cases. Most likely, these actions work together to prevent pregnancy [ed. rather, 'to prevent the establishment of the pregnancy in the uterus']. Mirena can cause your menstrual bleeding to be less by thinning the lining of the uterus." "Mirena has mainly local progestogenic effects in the uterine cavity. The high local levels of levonorgestrel1 lead to morphological changes including stromal pseudodecidualization, glandular atrophy, a leukocytic infiltration and a decrease in glandular and stromal mitoses." WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS Ectopic Pregnancy Evaluate women...