Today on Linderman Unleashed, we welcome Leslie Carol Botha, Women’s Health Advocate and host of Holy Hormones on KRFC FM 88.9 in Colorado. Leslie has been involved in the fight against the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines as well as fighting against putting young girls on birth control to try to control their menstrual cycle. Leslie is leading the way in the fight for women’s health and we’re happy to have her.
An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a small, T-shaped piece of plastic inserted in the uterus that can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years. An implant is a matchstick-size plastic rod that releases hormones. It is placed under the skin of the upper arm and usually lasts three years.
Parents furious as 13-year-old daughters given contraceptive implants without their knowledge or consent
Nurses insert devices into their arms which temporarily prevent pregnancy by releasing hormones into the blood.
Last year 1,700 girls aged 13 and 14 were fitted with implants, while 800 had injections which have the same effect.
The 2010/11 NHS figures also show that 3,200 15-year-old girls were fitted with implants, and 1,700 had injections.
But under strict ‘patient confidentiality’ rules, staff are banned from seeking the permission of parents beforehand – or even informing them afterwards.