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 …
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.
SMCR member and menstrual health advocate, Laura Wershler has written a brilliant exposé on the new movement in birth control: LARCs – long-acting reversible contraceptives filled with synthetic hormones dripping into women’s bloodstreams. We may think we have fought and won the struggle for the right to birth control…. but it appears to many that forcing women into these types of contraceptives takes their choices away – placing them in the hands of physicians…
BBC News Health
28 September 2010 Last updated at 20:17 ET
By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News
Promising early trial findings show an intrauterine device (IUD) can deliver hormones to the womb lining to halt and even reverse cancer growth.
Birth control pills appear to remodel brain structure
By Craig H. Kinsley and Elizabeth A. Meyer September 28, 2010
It seems that weekly we hear about some professional athlete who sullies himself and his sport through abuse of steroids. The melodrama unfolds, careers and statistics are brought low and asterisked, and everyone bemoans another fallen competitor. Yet there are millions of cases of steroid use that occur daily with barely a second thought: Millions of women take birth control pills, blithely unaware that their effects may be subtly seeping into and modulating brain structure and activity.
Daily Mail Online
11th September 2010
Girls as young as 13 are to be given the contraceptive Pill without seeing a doctor.
For the first time, teenagers below the legal age of consent will be able to get the Pill from high street pharmacies in a project that could eventually be adopted nationwide.
The scheme is being introduced to try to give young girls greater access to contraception in an attempt to reduce soaring underage pregnancy rates.