Pill is Still Dominant Choice for Contraception – and other Meanderings

Holy Hormones Journal: Truly this article was written by a man. Choice of words like ‘dominant – and the ensuing analysis kind of makes me feel like (if I was menstruating) like a statistic instead of a woman choosing not to get pregnant. I think this article is important  for a couple of reasons: 1. because of the male view and writing style and 2. the absurd pushing of long-acting reversible contraceptives on women that do not prevent that from getting STI’s.

Might I add – this is what happens when women lose power over their bodies…

I am glad to say that there is a growing number of young women who are using apps to keep track of their fertility. With a Plan B back-up and condoms and spermicide to prevent infection – why subject yourself to synthetic hormone steroids? Remember this is the largest uncontrolled experiment in medical history.

Susan Rako, M.D. has been an outspoken proponent of synthetic birth control for a long time. These are some of her comments:

“Tampering with the hormonal climate of healthy, menstruating women, including teenage girls, whose lives stretch ahead for decades, for the purpose of doing away with their periods is, in a word, reckless.

Manipulating women’s hormonal chemistry for the purpose of menstrual suppression threatens to be the largest uncontrolled experiment in the history of medical science.

What the media has not conveyed, what the public has not heard, what too few health professionals know, and what every woman and her doctor MUST know deserves a voice.  I am determined it will have one.”

And Dr. Rako reminds us that the pill is known to promote growth of high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus – otherwise known as HPV. hence the HPV vaccine, Gardasil right? The one with all of the side effects and deaths right? Are you beginning to understand that our bodies are cash cows for the pharma and medical industries? They create one ‘solution’ that causes other problems so they create another ‘solution’ that causes problems….. enuf said.

The pill keeps its dominant position for women’s contraceptive method

by Daniel Thomas
December 12, 2014
The pill, next to female sterilization and condoms, is still one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, a new study indicates.

Among women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011 and 2013, 16 percent of them used the pill.

Female sterilization, the method requiring women to have their fallopian tubes blocked, was used by 15.5 percent, while 9.4 percent used male condoms, says a report in U.S. National 12-pack-of-pills-mainCenter for Health Statistics (NCHS) published Dec. 11.

However, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, which are reversible contraceptives, are narrowing the gap in statistical numbers with 7.2 percent of women using them.

“Use of long-acting reversible contraceptives is becoming more popular,” said Kimberly Daniels of the NCHS and report author. Daniels also said that the use of IUDs has nearly doubled since the last report on findings from five years earlier, when approximately 3.8 percent of women were using them.

Among long-acting reversible contraception methods, IUD is the most popular, being used by 3.5 percent of women between 2006 and 2010, and by 6.4 percent between 2011 and 2013, according to Daniels. In United States, Mirena and Skyla are hormonal versions of IUD, while ParaGard contains copper.

The increased number of long-acting reversible contraception follows changes in guidelines which now recommend their use to younger women and those without children, according to Laura Lindberg, a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute.

“Currently, male and female condoms are the only methods on the market that prevent both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections,” Lindberg said. “Until such time as other options become available, continuing to promote and support the use of these methods, either alone or in conjunction with a hormonal method, is critical to reducing the risk of STIs.”

A perspective focused on educational levels shows the same differences: 27 percent of women with only a high school diploma or G.E.D. were using sterilization, compared to 10 percent of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

“This is one of the many reasons that the Affordable Care Act is so important,” Cullins said. “Because of the ACA’s birth control benefit, millions more women have access to no-copay birth control, so cost is no longer a barrier.”


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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