Holy Hormones Journal: You know sometimes you read things and shake your head saying this cannot be possible. I agree with the author that putting little girls on this type of LARC – (Long-Acting Reversible Contraception) at the tender age of 10 will indeed put them at risk for sexual abuse and rape. And I so wished that the cases were rare – but according to the article in the last 5 years, almost 10,000 “slow-acting” implants had been inserted into girls’ below the age of consent.
This is horrific.
And just when I thought it could not get worse – a 10 year old posted on my blog as she was experiencing withdrawal symptoms coming off of Depo Provera
Hi I’m 10 and I only had one Deposit shot in July of 2014 and was due again in August but lost insurance and never went back blah blah. I didn’t have my period for a while just some light bleeding but now the terrible psychological symptoms are the only thing to warn me. I just bled heavily for 5 days straight, stopped for like 1 and a half and now am bleeding heavily again. My lower abdomen hurts so bad it’s hard to walk. Getting the shot was the first and only time I’ve visited a gyno since and since I was a virgin (still am) he said I didn’t need an exam. So I don’t know if the shot is still having effects, even though it has been about 5 months. I take medicine for anxiety and an antidepressant. Any ideas?
What are we doing to our girls? How can they be implanted, injected and inserted with these synthetic hormones without informed consent – and when they are under the age of consent? Do their parent’s know – how would they know unless the daughter shared the information with them?
Were they also vaccinated with the HPV vaccine at the same time? There have been no studies done on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in conjunction with the use of LARCs’ – and add to that antidepressants and anxiety drugs.
This insane cruelty and abuse has to stop.
This is morally, legally and ethically wrong. Where are the long-term studies on the safety of these drugs on girls this age. My greatest fear is that the LARCs’ become will cause irreversible damage and infertility. How can putting a girl on these synthetic hormones that will suppress her brain and her endocrine system development – before they even start maturing be healthy? It is impossible.
And I will say what I have said before – these damn things deplete vital nutrients out of the body – that will lead to all sorts of cascading affects throughout her adult life. Look at the sweet young woman who posted above – anxiety and antidepressants at age 10? She is already nutritionally depleted.
10-year-old girls given contraceptive implants by NHS
New figures disclose that girls as young as 10 are among those who have been given powerful contraceptive implants by the NHS, amid fears that it could increase their risk of abuse
January 26, 2015
By Laura Donnelly, Health Editor
Girls aged just 10 have been given the contraceptive implant by the NHS, new figures show.
Charities raised concern that the practice is putting vulnerable girls at increased risk of abuse, while doctors said they were fearful about the long-term effects of the powerful hormones on pre-teen girls.
NHS trusts said the decision had been taken in “exceptional circumstances” and in order to safeguard a child, or for health reasons.
Two girls of 10 are among thousands of NHS cases in which the long-acting contraceptive devices have been implanted in those below the age of 16.
Freedom of Information disclosures show that in the last 5 years, almost 10,000 slow-acting implants have been placed in girls below the age of consent.
Implants were given to 56 girls aged 12 or younger, with 281 cases involving girls of 13, the figures show.
More than 3,000 cases involved girls of 14, with 6,000 implants given to 15-year-olds, disclosures from 61 of 160 NHS trusts show.
University Hospitals of Leicester trust and East Lancashire NHS trust each disclosed carrying out the procedure in girls of 10, despite the fact the implants have never been tested on under-18s. South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust said it had provided an implant to a girl of 10 or 11 years old.
The NHS trusts declined to describe the circumstances of the cases, citing patient confidentiality.
The Department of Health said such cases were “extremely rare” and likely to result from doctors acting on serious concerns about exploitation or abuse.
The contraceptive implant is a small flexible tube about 40mm long which is inserted under the skin of the upper arm, and works by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary by releasing progestogen into the body. It is inserted by a trained professional, such as a doctor and lasts for three years.
Makers of the leading implants, Nexplanon, said the contraceptive’s “efficacy” had only been established in women aged between 18 and 40.
Norman Wells, from the Family Education Trust, said: “This casual and relaxed attitude towards underage sex is exposing young people to the most horrendous abuse.”
“The fact that the safety of these implants has not been established for girls under the age of 18 in itself means that health professionals are taking a massive risk with the immediate and long-term health of these girls.”