1) There are approximately 100 million women worldwide who currently use oral contraceptives, 12 million women in the United States and 1.5 million in Canada.
2) A period on the pill is not a normal period, it is a withdrawal bleed caused by the withdrawal from progesterone.
3) “It is now established that in addition to increasing the risk of venous thromboembolic disease, oral contraceptives increase the risks of myocardial infarction, thrombotic stroke, and hemorrhagic stroke.” New England Journal article.
4) HPV studies point to an increase of incidences when women are on the pill.
5) Estrogen has been added to the list of known carcinogens.
6) As the pharmaceutical companies make millions of dollars in profits every year by promoting hormonal contraception, Aids, STD’s and HPV rates continue to rise. Research into non-hormonal forms of birth control has been cut in half since the 1970’s and products like microbicides that could potentially offer protection against both sexually transmitted diseases and infections as well as pregnancy are stifled by the lack of funding. A revolution in birth control options that do not include hormones and protect against diseases is more important now than ever.
7) “Several studies over the last 30 years reported negative effects of oral contraceptives on sexual function, including diminished sexual interest and arousal, suppression of female initiated sexual activity, decreased frequency of sexual intercourse and sexual enjoyment. Androgens such as testosterone are important modulators of sexual function. Oral contraceptives decrease circulating levels of androgens by direct inhibition of androgen production in the ovaries and by a marked increase in the hepatic synthesis of sex-hormone binding globulin, the major binding protein for gonadal steroids in the circulation. The combination of these two mechanisms leads to low circulating levels of “unbound” or “free” testosterone.” [This article is published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.]
8 ) The Associated Press found that before the patch was approved, the FDA had already noticed nonfatal blood clots from the patch were three times that of the pill. The AP then examined what has actually happened since the patch came on the market and found that deaths also appear to be at least three times as high. If you are a woman taking the pill who doesn’t smoke and is under 35, the chance that you are going to have a blood clot that doesn’t kill you is between 1 and 3 in 10,000. Your risk of dying from a blood clot while using the pill is about 1 in 200,000. By contrast, with the patch, the rate of nonfatal blood clots was about 12 out of 10,000 users during the clinical trials, while the rate of deaths appears to be 3 out of 200,000. [“AP finds more fatalities from Birth Control Patch than expected,” Martha Mendo]
9) “Unhappily, very few women anywhere are ever exposed to detailed explanations of alternatives [to oral contraceptives]. And so, for the vast majority of pill-using women, even in the United States, where we pride ourselves on ready access to the most intimate information, the deceptively easy act of swallowing the innocent-looking pill is, in fact, an act of uniformed consent.” [Barbara Seaman, The Doctors’ Case Against the Pill, p.5]
10) While depression and mood changes are known potential side-effects of the birth control pill, they are not listed on the information labels and are rarely mentioned by doctors.