Leslie Carol Botha: ‘Demand for modern contraception remains high.’ This is the statement in Pearson’s article that is disturbing.
Do not get me wrong – that more women are getting access to birth control is a good thing – and long over due. However, it appears to me that birth CONTROL – a RIGHT women fought for has know become CONTROLLED by the pharmaceutical companies. These modern contraceptives – also known as LARCs – long acting reversible contraceptives – means that a woman has to see her doctor to either get on this method – or see him to get off. The pharmaceutical companies are again laughing all the way to the back as they continue to make BIG BUCKS of of women’s pelvic goldmines.
No one seems to be acknowledging the fact that women are suffering from hormone imbalance due to the use of the LARCs. They are switched back and forth on estrogen birth control to progestin and back to estrogen – like a ping pong game. What the hell does that do to a woman’s endocrine system? Women become anxious, irritable – cannot sleep, do not want to have sex – lash out of the kids and their hubands and before you know it – the family unit becomes dysfunctional.
Hormone contraceptives are steroids. They alter the brain. So when doctors say ‘it all in your head’ – they are right – except they do not realize it through their patronization as they write out scrips for more mind-altering drugs.
Not to mention the wake up call women, men and children in developing world countries will have as estrogen seeps into their water systems.
This is hormone havoc. Hormone contraceptives are dangerous and they do not prevent the spreading of sexually transmitted diseases. It is ironic to not that the pharmaceutical companies that market hormone contraceptives are also hawking their STD vaccines.
How big an issue is hormone contraception and what are the implications? Dr. Katie Hasson (USC Sociology), is speaking at a lecture series on No Need to Bleed: How Menstrual Suppression Redefined Menstruation. According to Hasson,
“The introduction of these “new” menstrual suppression pills changed the meaning and salience of women’s bleeding on and off the pill. Various actors worked across social arenas, including clinical research, federal regulation, and marketing, to redefine menstruation. Clinical researchers – with support from pharmaceutical companies – introduced new definitions of bleeding that distinguished menstruation from the “scheduled” and “unscheduled” bleeding that occurs when taking hormonal birth control.”
If we do not wake up – menstruation will be as controlled as birth control. And when that happens women will be suppressed into submission- in more ways than one.
More Than 200 Million Women Will Need Contraception By 2015
by Catherine Pearson
March 12, 2013
“Contraception is the single most cost-effective intervention that can reduce maternal mortality … improve maternal and child health and help women and families achieve their desired family size.” Dr. Daniel Grossman, Vice President for Research at Ibis Reproductive Health
The percentage of married women or women in couples who use at least one contraceptive method has grown over the past two decades, from 55 percent in 1990 to 63 percent in 2010. But new projections suggest that the demand for modern contraception remains high: By 2015, 233 million women worldwide will have an unmet need for contraception, according to a United Nations study published Monday.
“The gains in contraceptive prevalence and the reduction in unmet need for family planning since 1990 are indeed significant,” study author Dr. Ann Biddlecom, chief of the fertility and family planning section at the U.N. Population Division, told The Huffington Post. “But some parts of the world are still coping with high unmet need for family planning.”
From 1990 to 2010, the unmet need for family planning — or the percent of women who wish to postpone having a baby or avoid it altogether but who were not using any method of contraception — dropped from 15 to 12 percent. The results of the contraception study — based on numbers from available U.N. data on married or in-union women age 15 to 49, as well as mathematical modeling — were published Monday in The Lancet. The study was conducted by researchers with the U.N. and the National University of Singapore.
The biggest gains in the percent of women using any form of contraception occurred in southern Asia as well as eastern, northern and southern Africa. However, in both central and western Africa, contraceptive use remained low: By 2010, fewer than one in five women used any method.
“The African region is often painted with a broad brush,” Biddlecom said, noting that the study’s results emphasize the very different paths followed by varied sections of the continent.
Overall, the new findings suggest there is a huge range in contraceptive use across the globe. In 2010, just 8 percent of married or cohabiting women in central Africa reported that they or their partner used a modern method of contraception, compared to more than 70 percent in parts of Asia, Europe and North America, including the U.S. Hormonal birth control pills, intrauterine devices, condoms, vaginal barrier methods, emergency contraception and male or female sterilization all constitute forms of “modern” contraception, while traditional forms include withdrawal and the rhythm method.