Leslie Carol Botha: Had an email from my long-time colleague and fellow menstrual health advocate, Renate Klein from Australia the other night asking me if I heard any news about girls committing suicide while on Implanon. [Sorry Merck & Co. if this is giving Implanon and you company a bad rap – but I have Continue Reading …
Where the global market in contraception is concerned, cost-effectiveness comes first, women’s health second. NHS guidelines repeatedly note cost effectiveness as a reason for recommending hormonal implants, injections, and intrauterine systems to women. Meanwhile, the contraceptive pill comes with a whole host of similar assorted miseries. Though for many women these can be liberating choices that unshackle pleasurable sex from reproduction, for others, dramatic side-effects make life a trial.
Holy Hormones Honey! Are we risking our daughter’s fertility by putting them on Implanon – a synthetic hormonal drip placed in a woman’s arm for 3 years? The trend in birth control is moving in this direction. More effective – yet a potentially dangerous synthetic birth control with unknown long-term results. Birth control is the largest uncontrolled medical experiment in history.
Under this news story is a blog post by a young woman who had to have the stick taken out and replaced. Read her ordeal. Her muscles actually grew around the Implanon stick – virtually making the device a part of her arm.
Forty-five years ago birth control activist were jailed for distributing birth control information and products on college campuses. Today, breezy, informative, well-written articles about birth control options are considered normal fare in college newspapers.