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...

Oral Contraception Linked to Prostate Deformities in Male Offspring (2005)

Oral contraception Linked to Prostate Deformities in Male Offspring Oestrogen [estrogen]-like chemicals commonly found in oral contraceptives and plastic packaging could deform the prostate gland of human embryos, suggests a new study in mice. Deformities to the prostate gland have been linked to prostate cancer and bladder disease in later life. The finding is significant because up to 3% of women taking oral contraceptive drugs become pregnant without their knowledge, and continue exposing the fetus to the contraceptive drug many months into pregnancy. This is because the risk of pregnancy becomes higher when the drug is not taken diligently, but many women do not realize this, says study author Frederick vom Saal of the University of Missouri in Columbia, US. Among the 60 million women using oral contraceptives in the US and Europe, the average number of missed pills is three per month, he says. This results in up to two million women taking the pill accidentally becoming pregnant each year. Environmental pollutant In order to test the effect of a typical oral contraceptive on the development of the embryo, vom Saal and his team gave pregnant mice the contraceptive ethinylestradiol. The dosage was scaled down to the mouse-equivalent of one-fifth of the normal human dose and was administered for five days. They also exposed a group of mice to low levels of a similar oestrogenic chemical, bisphenol A – a common environmental pollutant found in polycarbonate plastics and the lining of food cans. The researchers found a subsequent increase in the number and size of prostate ducts and a narrowing of the bladder neck in male mouse fetuses...

Chemical Pollution ‘Messing’ with Female Metabolic Processes: Commentary

[Comment: When will the pharmaceutical industry and their feminist sales force – left-wing women’s groups – stop messing with women’s bodies by pushing sales of steroidal hormones (used in menopausal therapy and oral contraceptives)? Drug companies are apparently searching for a way that women can continue using hormone replacement therapy, but there are health risks associated with the use of these drugs. Unpatentable products, on the other hand, do not have the same money-making potential as do patented products. Some natural products are alternatives to hormone replacement therapy. These non-estrogen products relieve menopausal symptoms and, unlike hormone replacement therapy, they aren’t associated with the risks of heart disease, stroke and breast and uterine cancers.    Karen Malec,  Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer]   ABORTION-BREAST CANCER NEWS HEADLINES “‘Safe Window’ Allegedly Found for Hormone Replacement Therapy” Four years ago, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a government-funded study, ended prematurely when researchers said they found that use of combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – synthetic estrogens and progestin – raises risk of heart attacks, strokes and breast cancers. The WHI’s 2002 findings were widely publicized and women rushed to their doctors to find some alternative to HRT for the relief of menopausal symptoms. Different cancer risks are associated with the use of combined HRT and oral contraceptives (OCs) versus estrogen-only HRT and OCs. Doctors generally prescribe estrogen-only HRT to women with hysterectomies, but not to women who still have their wombs. Researchers learned in the 1970s that estrogen-only OCs increase the risk of uterine cancer. Progestins (progesterone-like hormones) were added to estrogen-only HRT and OCs because they did not increase uterine cancer risk....

Majority of Unplanned Pregnancies Occur When Using Contraception / Aspects of Contraception (Ehmann)

In a study of abortion patients in 1994-95 [Alan Guttmacher Inst.], 58% of patients reported that they ‘currently used’ contraception during the month of their last menstrual period… In 1995… approximately 29% of sexually active U.S. women who used only [OCs] for birth control reported that they missed a birth-control pill one or more times during the 3 months before…approximately 33% of U.S. women who were using only coitus-dependent contraceptive methods during the 3 months before the interview used these methods inconsistently.” [CDC, MMWR, 7June02, “Abortion Surveillance – United States, 1998”] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Two-thirds of unplanned pregnancies occur among women who described themselves as using birth control, according to a study published in the May 2003 issue of the journal Human Reproduction. Researchers from the Hospital de Bicetre in France surveyed 2,863 women ages 18 to 44; 1,034 of the women had had an abortion or an unintended pregnancy within the last five years and 1,829 of the women were randomly selected. Among the women who became pregnant unintentionally, 65 percent reported using contraception. Among those women, 21 percent reported using birth control pills, 9 percent reported using an intrauterine device, 12 percent reported using condoms, and 23 percent reported using some other method of contraception. However, 60 percent of the women who reported using birth control pills said they had missed one or more pills and 30 percent of IUD users said that device was in the wrong position or fell out. In addition, more than 50 percent of women who reported using condoms said that the condom tore or fell off during intercourse and 30 percent of regular...