by Jenn Giroux on February 15, 2012 · 17 comments
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Excellent and consice. Thank you for the current dangers and sources. I ail be copying and sharing. Thank you!
Also, I found on the NuvaRing website, that these hormones also increase the risk of gall bladder disease and liver tumors. The side effects are listed in bold print on the websites of the companies that produce the “medications”. But women still ignore them.
Keep up the good work. Birth control is prescribed to young girls who may be silently suffering from pressure to have sex by their peers. The doctors off the drug as some lying sort of cure-all; acne, pms pain, you name it, they list it. The idea is false, and what girls truly need is to go to a prolife chiropractor or doctor (Dr. Hilger’s or Brownstein are good sources.) I had some irregularity issues and the chiropractor was the only doctor out of 6 that began to relieve my ailments with supplements for my pituitary (which is commonly affected negatively by braces), hypothyroidism, hypothalamus, and progesterone/estrogen levels. I’m a working lady! The first time I was offered birth control I accepted a FREE!! sample and couldn’t have ruined my life more… it was unhealthy, unacceptable, and overall a kill-all. Thank God for REAL doctors. God Bless~
What needs to start happening is if someone is on it, they need to talk to a reliable friend who will help them get off of it. Or a priest if possible!!
thank you, why is it that even Catholic women are not informed concerning this? All women should know.
They SCREAM at us; “The Church has no business in MY bedroom”. The Truth can hurt but only at 1st, Blessings follow ie; those who follow the Church’s recommendation of NFP(not the old Rhythm Method) don’t have any bad side effects. [It can even be used to promote pregnancy.] This warning from St. Paul applies; “For those who recieve (Eucharist / Communion) unworthily… For this reason many are weak & sick among you” 1Corinthians 11. 29-30
Looked up breast cancer at the Mayo Clinic. Didn’t find anything suggesing the increase in breast cancer because of the pill and it also mentioned that the pill decreased the chances of getting other forms of cancer.
That’s wonderful that you found an alternative therapy to help you, but oral contraception helps a lot of women for various ailments, myself included. You’re making very large generalizations. I wish we could all understand that there are millions of people in this country, and we all have different bodies, and it’s each woman’s right to decide (hopefully in an educated way) what is right for her own body. Assuming that all women are coerced or duped by doctors is offensive. There are a lot of very smart women out there who are able to make their own decisions, again, myself included.
I am shocked so few women (or men) bothered to read this excellent editorial, much less comment on it. I knew all of this years ago, but had trouble finding any worthy research, to say nothing of getting anyone to discuss it. To me it is THE health problem of the past 100 years!
Your article did not mention the higher risk of blood clots. I know of two people who had pulmonary embolisms and were in danger of dying. In both cases, the doctors (different
doctors in different states) stated the cause was birth control pills. Another pulmonary doctor told me that most cases involving young women are caused by the pill.
(5) Kahlenborn et al., “Oral Contraceptive Use –as a risk factor for pre-menopausal breast cancer: a meta analysis”, Mayo Clinic proceedings 2006 pp. 1290-1320, 2006
19 yrs ago I learned most
profoundly the meaning of this statement, when my son was 11 and a boy, not
even his close friend, told me he would do sacrifices for my son’s vocation. He
never noticed, but those words hit me like I had heard the voice of God, that
moment. Those words shat thru me, changing me into someone I had never been
before. Since then, that statement
lights my life at every level, not like a lighthouse in the fog, not
like headlights of my car in the rain, not like a candle during prayers, but
like the sun, brilliantly detailing the intricacy of how love rules every
moment, every thought, every step, every temptation to not.
Nine years ago, my husband and I
moved to Omaha, NE. and shortly after, I went to volunteer at a large parish of
mostly Spanish people. Very quickly it became evident what God was drawing my
eyes to see. The Hispanics have NO ACCESS to Natural Family Planning here,
none. The parishes don’t teach it, the radio station tells all about free love,
and their doctors press them ferociously to use contraceptives but better yet
to get sterilized, that is the most practical of all. To date, I have met two
24 yrs old sterilized at 21, irrationally pressed by their doctors to do so.
Countless of married women are been sterilized without knowing what they
signed, and some never signed anything, just went to deliver her second or
So I became a Natural Family Planning
teacher and I use this statement in my classes as an introduction to Natural
Family Planning. What would you do for love?
The classes teach couples how to
use their conjugal fertility strategically as to space their children according
to their plans, life styles, financial situations, even careers and vacations,
using what is there naturally already, the rhythm of nature. No, it’s not the
rhythm method, nor the calendar method, but the understanding of how to notice
one’s own fertile time.
We, women, learn to know the
time of fertility, the moment of ovulation. Try it, it’s incredibly
empowering. It is true control of one’s
own body, one’s own sensations, one’s own choices, yes, one’s own choices are then
As opposed to what??? Any woman
using contraception will tell you about the headaches, sore breasts, moodiness,
weight gain, depression, and some more sensitive ones will tell you that they
know they are used, just used, not loved.
Some may be aware of the side
effects, worst yet are the consequences: the many cancers killing women the past 30 yrs,
such as breast, cervical or ovarian cancer, permanent changes to the cervix, blood
clots, birth defects of the children conceived while on the pill, strokes,
shrinking womb, greater susceptibility to AIDS due to the weakening of the
immune system, irreversible bone loss, decreased libido, acne, hair loss, back
pain, and the knowledge that the pill does not always prevent pregnancies, so early
undetected abortions are a reality, no one knows just how frequently it happens.
That brings back the initial
question. What would she do for love?…Take contraception, even though it may
kill her, for her guy?
But, what would her guy do for
love?? Keep her on contraceptives to “love” her often? Or to take her off
contraceptives to love her deeply?
Current statistic for divorce rates
is 51% across all faiths but it is .2% among NFP users, and for the prayerful ones….? divorce rate is.02%.
So what would you do for love?
Yolanda Bello http://theoutlawedgod.wordpress.com
It breaks your heart when a young woman is in tears b/c she can’t conceive due to long term use of birth control before she was married. False security in a woman teens and 20s can lead to empty cradles in her future.
And I would scream back “The government has no business in MY religion!”
My young wife experience with near poverty and children one after another led me to look into finding a way to understand my fertility. Our Catholic Church gave a good woman from Nigeria opportunity to teach us NFP. So very wonderful. Her approach was so positive, so beautifully spoken…so pro-life. I have always been surprised this hadn’t been made public knowledge..whatever happened it appears we now have opportunity to correct that lapse. My prayer is that this goes viral. We have a treasure and we must give it to the world. The truth sets people free, you know. God bless America.
Thank you for writing this, Ms. Giroux! The FDA in December said that it would have to consider new safety measures on newer forms of hormonal contraceptives because of the many reports of blood clotting. How horrible that women have to risk their lives for the FDA to realize that the dangers of hormonal contraceptives should be taken seriously. The fact that these problems have existed since the inception of the Pill and are ignored but so many doctors still push them while not knowing a thing about NFP methods is the real “war on women.”
excellent article. keep posting please!
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