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Safe Sex Might Not Be So Safe

R.S. McCain is saying that some forms of birth control might have consequences!!!!!!!!!!!! How dare he!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pregnancy prevention has other effects other than preventing pregnancy? Who'd a thunk it?

I can almost hear the cries of protestations now from libs saying McCain has six kids so what the heck does he know about pregnancy prevention anyway, right? (As always with McCain, his language can get a little salty so you're officially warned) But along with the salty language also comes a very sharp mind and strong writing that pulls no punches.

Ah, you can't fool Mother Nature!
The oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin are the top-selling pharmaceutical line for Bayer HealthCare, largely as a result of marketing that presents them as much more than mere pregnancy prevention.
Yaz, in particular, the top-selling birth control pill in the United States, owes much of its popularity to multimillion-dollar ad campaigns that have promoted the drug as a quality-of-life treatment to combat acne and severe premenstrual depression. . . .
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Anonymous said...

Many years ago, I met a woman who had been part of the first human trials for oral contraceptives. Her story was horrifying but not surprising. The part that stuck with me the most was that she got kicked out of the trial because she developed adverse reactions. See, the women were being given "sex hormones" so the researchers' expectations were that they would develop strong sexual drives and when she and many of the other subjects just got extremely nauseated, developed severe acne and gained a ton of weight, this just wasn't acceptable. They were removed from the study and erased from the results.

Much later, it was determined that those effects were the result of high dose estrogen. This lead to what we now have on the market-low dose estrogen pills which are not really contraceptives. They don't so much prevent conception as cause early abortion. But that's a whole other conversation.

It truly isn't surprising that there was little or no concern for serious and long term effects. I'm not accusing all the researchers of having no concern for the health of women but I do believe that any concern they did have was over ridden by their obsessive need to separate sex from procreation.

This obsession is very widespread. My father subscribes to Prevention magazine, which is all about healthy and green and natural. That is until it comes to contraception. According to Prevention, there are no studies showing a link between birth control pills and breast cancer. Apparently, hormone additives are bad for cows and chickens, fish and frogs but not for humans.

William said...

Great food for thought, Terentia.

It's often sad how some people latch on to loving animals much more than loving humans, though of course I understand their reasons. Still, very sad.

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