The Risks of Using Contraceptive Pill


The Risks of Using Contraceptive Pill

Even though, the Pill seems to be the easiest method of preventing an unwanted pregnancy, but also one of the riskiest ones.

Although natural methods of contraception have at least the same success rate and cost a fraction of the Pill or nothing at all, they are rarely publicized.

Despite the warning by an increasing number of health officials about the strong side effects of the drug, it is still regarded as the “best and safest” method of contraception.

Women who continually use the contraceptive pill are more likely to develop;

  • circulatory problems,
  • liver tumors,
  • headaches,
  • depression,
  • and cancer than those who don’t use them.

The risk increases with age.

It is said that women taking the Pill who are between 30 and 40 have a three times higher risk of dying from a heart attack than women of the same age group who are non-users.

Women who are over forty and still use the contraceptive pill have a six times higher risk of developing high blood pressure, a four times higher risk of having strokes, and a five times higher risk of developing thrombosis and embolism, a condition where a blood clot may form in an artery and lodge in an artery close to the heart.

The risk of suffering thrombosis is greatest among short-term users.

Moreover, in August 1996, the papers were awash with the shocking news that the Pill had a “time bomb” effect in causing breast cancer.

A four-year study on the Pill, carried out by the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Oxford, England, reanalysed epidemiological evidence on the Pill of more than 150,000 women.

The results show that all users face a risk of breast cancer, even for up to 10 years after they stop taking it.

According to the study, published in 1996 in the Lancet, women on the Pill faced a 25 percent increase in the risk of breast cancer and the risk is still 16 percent up to five years after it is discontinued.

Another large study conducted at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, also published in the Lancet, showed that girls who started taking the Pill before 20 were three and a half times more likely to get breast cancer.

Among the women over 36 who took the Pill for less than 4 years, the risk of developing breast cancer increased by 40 percent.

What is very disturbing news is that 97 percent of the women younger than 36, who had contracted breast cancer, had taken the Pill at some point in their lives, even for a short length of time.

This raises a lot of questions, such as “Is taking the pill by a large portion of the female population responsible for the continuous breast cancer epidemic?”

Furthermore, Klim McPherson, arguably the most experienced British epidemiologist on HRT and the Pill, estimates that up to one in four long-term Pill users who start on it early in life will wind up with breast cancer.

More studies are surfacing almost every other month.

Another major Pill study concluded in September 1996, has determined that women who have taken the Pill at any time have a 60 percent increase in the risk of cervical cancer.

The repeatedly used medical argument that the risk of developing breast cancer with the Pill is outweighed by its benefits of protecting women against endometrial and ovarian cancer is no longer valid.

In any event, risking one type of fatal cancer to prevent another type of fatal cancer is a very questionable conclusion.

Because the Pill causes breast cancer and other diseases, it is outright dangerous and should not be sold to unsuspecting women.

The intrauterine device (IUD), also known as coil or loop, is not a safe method of contraception either.

The IUD has been associated with several debilitating side effects.

A report in 1974 by the Lancet showed that women who have an IUD fitted are 50% more likely to have a miscarriage as opposed to 17% for those using any other kind of contraceptive.

Pelvic inflammatory disease is also common among users.

Other problems include;

  • cramping,
  • backache,
  • risk of ectopic pregnancy,
  • perforation of the uterus,
  • greater incidence of tubal infertility,
  • skin rashes,
  • and increased susceptibility to infection.

If you consider a potential pregnancy, which is not a dangerous illness, to be less a disadvantage than risking your life by developing breast cancer, cervical cancer, a stroke, or thrombosis, you are better off avoiding the Pill or any of the other highly invasive contraceptive methods such as Inject-and-go contraception and IUDs.

Mental birth control, the most ancient method of conception choice, is the preferable method for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.

It is very effective, cost-free, and without any side effects.

The method can be learned within a few minutes from the little book “Mental Birth Control” by Terry League and Milder Jackson.

Other methods include;

  • “Fertility Testers”, which can determine during which days of the month a woman is fertile. All that is required is a drop of her saliva.
  • “Persona” is another new method of contraception. Through simple urine testing, a small, computerized device informs a woman of the days she is at risk of becoming pregnant.
  • “Persona” is 93-95% reliable when used according to instructions, which makes it as reliable as the condom.
  • In any event, the condom is an option, too.


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