Leslie Carol Botha: Well, it appears that the message – you don’t’ need to have a period is finally getting through to women. Women are taking their hormone contraceptives and using them for their own gain? But are they really? It might be convenient to ‘alter the menstrual cycle’ around a woman’s busy schedule – Continue Reading …
Women and their physicians need more data about the uses, efficacy and side-effects of oral contraceptives. There is a lack of data about the general health of girls and women who use oral contraceptives and about the efficacy of these pills in treating non-birth-control related conditions. The purpose of this survey is to fill that data void; to learn more about the off-label uses for oral contraceptives – why birth control pills are prescribed and whether or not they work for the host of non-birth-control related conditions.
In addition to the traditionally acknowledged risk factors for breast cancer (age, reproductive history, genetic profile, obesity, alcohol intake, smoking, etc.), scientists are increasingly coming to understand that many chemicals commonly found in products we use daily may also be contributing to the very high incidence of breast cancer.
Excess estrogen levels during pregnancy can disable, in their daughters, a powerful breast cancer tumor suppressor gene, say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. They found the DNA repair gene BRCA1 to be silenced in one year-old girls exposed to a high hormonal fetal environment.
Not only was this woman forced to go through a painful and brutal procedure during the birth of her first child – it was labeled and approved because of Church attitudes about Caesarean sections which for some odd, bizarre and simply perverted reason were considered to be an artificial form of contraception.
The politics of reproductive health hides the real issue. Why would the morning-after pill be made available without prescription of girls age 16 and younger? Especially if what HHH Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is saying is true? Has emergency contraception been tested for safety in this age group?
I am not a proponent of any synthetic hormone use at menarche – the time of first menstruation. Synthetic hormones are endocrine disruptors.
According to a new Guttmacher Institute review of more than 66 studies conducted over three decades, a woman’s ability to control her fertility affects much more than just if and when she’ll start a family; contraception plays a big a role in the financial, professional and emotional lives of American women, too.