Poll: Women Uninformed About Medical Dangers of Birth Control Pill

Posted By on December 4, 2010

In association with a conference held in the nation’s capitol today about the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill, a pro-life group has released the results of a new poll. The survey finds women are generally uninformed about the potentially dangerous medical risks and ramifications associated with the oral contraceptive pill….

Once learning that the birth control pill can raise the risk of contracting breast cancer, about 40 percent of women in the poll were more deterred from using it than before.

Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a New jersey-based breast cancer surgeon, is a presenter at the HLI conference and she says women need to know more about the potential problems.

“The most egregious omission affecting a young woman’s life is the fact that in 2005, the International Agency on Research of Cancer listed oral contraceptives as Group I carcinogens for breast, cervical and liver cancer,” she says. “You’ll find cigarettes and asbestos in the same group as a risks for lung cancer.”…

While 49% of women were warned by a friend or physician about weight gain and 23% of headaches, only 40% were told of blood clots and the risk of stroke and 19% of increased risks of breast cancer.

Read the entire article HERE.

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8 Responses to “Poll: Women Uninformed About Medical Dangers of Birth Control Pill”

  1. The birth control pill is also a mind control pill. Women who take the birth control pill behave differently then when off the pill.

    Women have a natural preference for the smell of men who have different MHC profile than their own. Basically this lets a woman know she’ll be more likely to make healthy babies with the man. Women can tell if a man’s MHC profile is different through smell. The problem is that the birth control pill reverses this effect:

    “The Swiss researchers found that women taking oral contraceptives (which block conception by tricking the body into thinking it’s pregnant) reported reversed preferences, liking more the smells that reminded them of home and kin.

    The effects of such evolutionary novel mate choices can go well beyond the bewilderment of a wife who stops taking her contraceptive pills and notices her husband’s “newly” foul body odor. Couples experiencing difficulty conceiving a child—even after several attempts at tubal embryo transfer—share significantly more of their MHC than do couples who conceive more easily. These couples’ grief is not caused by either partner’s infertility, but to an unfortunate combination of otherwise viable genes.”

    How many families were never conceived because women picked husbands who their bodies would have naturally told them they couldn’t have a child with?

    Swiss research here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200910/the-smell-love?page=4

  2. Ultimately, the poll found women generally believe the birth control pill has had a positive effect on them, their families, and society. By margins of at least 6‐to‐1, the impact of birth control was deemed more positive than negative on society, marriages, and relationships in the U.S.

    ^ What would you make of this information?

  3. My response is that the pharmaceutical industry has an amazing advertising and public relations wing. The “benefits” of the pill (mainly control of fertility so child-bearing can be avoided) are touted so loudly in our anti-natalist culture that they’re practically all women hear. And most of us live in denial about medical risks, thinking, “That will never happen to me.” Yet so many women have died of stroke and heart attack in recent years that there are class-action lawsuits against the big pharma companies that produce birth control. Google “Yaz lawsuit” and prepare to be stunned. Those of us who publicize the dangers of the Pill and the way it changes libido and pheromones (as Walenty noted) are treated as nut cases or right-wing extremists. But we stick to our guns on this one. Messing with natural, normal bodily functions is asking for trouble, and we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hormonal/chemical contraceptives. We simply cannot afford to be so short-sighted and present-oriented when it comes to reproductive health. Women need to learn about how their bodies function and why — and the long-term health benefits of avoiding the Pill and other hormonal cocktails.

  4. tmichelle says:

    I truly think this pill is evil (I’m not exaggerating). I had a perfect cycle before I went on it and my cycle degenerated and I had years of infertility and loss, much of what I contribute to use of the pill. I have also spoken to other women who had their cycles negatively affected by the pill.

    If women really knew all the negative effects of the pill, I think they would demand they not be sold. I also had a good friend who loss both had to have both her legs amputated because of blood clots caused by the pill.

  5. aly75 says:

    tmichelle–Many, many, MANY women who had incredibly irregular and entirely unpredictable cycles have had that problem corrected by the pill. Even if you completely disregard it as a method of birth control (generally being the key point of controversy), it is very important to many women.

    Some women have cramps so bad they are literally incapacitated for a couple days each month. Many of these women are able to function normally because of the pill. (However, it is also true that some women who did not previously experience cramps begin having them after taking the pill.) It also helps prevent endometrial cancer in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, as well as helping regulate their cycle and normalize their hormone levels.

    One could argue that having an incredibly irregular cycle is not a true medical concern, since it is more of an annoyance than a health hazard, but there is evidence to suggest that not having regular periods can increase your risk of endometrial cancer.

    To be honest, though, I think the slight risk of complications (which can be said of ANYTHING, including aspirin and caffeine) is worth even getting rid of the annoyance of a completely unpredictable cycle (which can include having periods too frequently, such as 2-3 times a month, or to infrequently, such as 2-3 times a year, or having periods that last 10, 15, sometimes 25 days at a time), let alone incapacitating cramps.

    Also, just because a few women have had bad things happen because of it does not in any way mean that is the norm. I am sorry that you and the women you know have had such bad experiences with it, but the fact of the matter is, over 3/4 of American women have been on the pill at some point in their lives. The vast majority have had no problems, and those who did, most were due to the specific type they took, not the pill in general (given most women can simply ask their doctor for a different kind, which they can then take with no problems).

  6. aly75, the point of this piece is not to highlight the health risks or benefits of the pill but just to bring forward the truth that is an abortifacient. Even if something has fantastic health benefits, it should not be on the “approved” list for Christians if there is even a small possibility that it will destroy life. See http://www.abortionno.org/Resources/fastfacts.html and http://www.pfli.org/faq_oc.html, which shows that “The pill can have a break-through ovulation rate that can be as high as 17 ovulations per 100 women who used the pill for one year.”

  7. aly75 says:

    Given that the title is “Women Uninformed About Medical Dangers of Birth Control Pill,” I would say the point IS to highlight the health risks of the pill. If you would like the point to be that you feel it’s an abortifacient (not a word you see every day), then the title should be more along the lines of “The Birth Control Pill is an Abortifacient.”

    My point was more to the fact that a woman who is not sexually active can take it for a multitude of benefits, under which circumstances it has no chance of destroying life, regardless of your beliefs, as there would be no chance of conception regardless. If you believe contraception is bad, that is fine. I’m not going to dispute your beliefs. I just think it is unfair to say that the pill’s mere EXISTENCE is wrong, because it doesn’t have to be used as a contraceptive or when there is any chance of it serving that purpose.

  8. Sorry, aly75. There are so many comments back here that I lost track of which article this was responding to. You’re right about this one highlighting the health risks of the Pill. We do have other ones that discuss its abortifacient nature. I know many single women who are chaste and take it for health reasons, but it’s important to know that, long-term, the risks are still there if you later get married and want to have children. There are quite a number of articles online about women who could not get pregnant after years on the pill. One of my closest friends had this problem and was later told by her OB that she should have read the long list of disclaimers in her box of birth control, as that was clearly outlined. She was devastated. Took her four years to get pregnant and then another four to have a second child. She has not been able to have any more, and her current OB cites the Pill as the reason. So it’s still wise to research alternatives. They are out there. Shonda Parker’s book, The Naturally Healthy Woman, gives many alternative (safe) treatments for extreme PMS and other “female problems.” There are entire websites dedicated to natural, diet-based approaches to curing extreme PMS, too. Worth checking into!