Oral Contraceptives and the Autism Link

12-pack-of-pills-main featureHoly Hormones Journal: On February 12, I posted this article entitled Autoimmune Disease, Mercury, BCP’s, and Autism, reflecting on the number of important articles that crossed my desk that day. One of the most important was an abstract published in December last year linking birth control pills to autism.

My friend and esteemed colleague, Chandler Marrs, PhD of Hormones Matter,  read my article and went one step further… she contacted the author of the paper, asking her to expound on her abstract in an article on Hormones Matter published today, entitled: Potential Link between Oral Contraceptives and Autism.

I know you are going to jump right off this page and on to Hormones Matter, so I will only include one paragraph. The million dollar question is whether or not long-term use (over our life time or generation to generation) severely affect the neural pathways in our babies brains? We do now that estradiol is passed to the infant via the umbilical cord. Puberty at an early age has proved that… but now has downward spiral of hormone imbalance affected the brain in our children? The brain is of course, the largest endocrine gland in the body – and where hormone production begins.

Is it possible that the birth control pill is setting the stage for autism? Where are the studies that show that long term birth control use is safe? Where are the studies about the safety of birth control and infant vaccines?

Oral Contraceptives are Endocrine Disruptors

One of the compounds found in oral contraceptives is the synthetic estrogen called Ethinylestradiol (EE2). EE2 is a known endocrine disrupting compound (EDC) capable of causing harm to the endocrine system and to progeny. Studies show that EDCs have the potential to do harm by adversely affecting the sensitive hormonal pathways that regulate reproductive function in a variety of species including humans. The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reports that EDCs may disturb the endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in humans and wildlife. The NIEHS indicates that research also shows that the highest risk of endocrine disruption occurs during prenatal and early postnatal development. Humans might be exposed to EDCs through foods, beverages, pesticides, and cosmetics, but the case with EE2 is particularly striking because EE2 exposure in female humans occurs at a pharmacologically effective dose, administered every day, for extended periods of time.

Read the article: Potential Link between Oral Contraceptives and Autism.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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