For those familiar with the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) that was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health the link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer is no surprise. Women who participated in the WHI and who used a combination of Premarin and Provera had an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, blood clots, and stroke.
Premarin contains estrogens from horses and Provera is the brand name for medroxyprogesterone acetate. They are not messenger chemicals that are normally found in the human body.
This article makes the mistake of referring to oral contraceptives as hormones. These chemicals do not meet the dictionary definition of hormone because they are not produced by the hormone glands of the human body. Because they are not normally found in the human body they have a different effect on the body’s hormone receptors: that effect is one of hormone disruption.
The estrogen component of the “estrogen+progestin-based birth control” consists of non-bioidentical chemicals like ethinyl estradiol that is not found in the human body. Likewise, the progestin component consists of chemicals like norethindrone that is not produced by the human body. Similar chemicals are also found in injectable contraceptives such as Depo Provera and implanted contraceptives such as Norplant and IUDs.
The side effect profiles of Premarin and non-bioidentical “estrogens” and Provera and so-called progestins is similar. It is unfortunate that many physicians prescribe them inappropriately not only for contraception but also for complaints of acne or diagnoses of polycystic ovarian syndrome, and amenorrhea. It is my opinion that these chemicals have no place in the human body because they poison hormone receptors and disrupt hormone physiology throughout the body.
If a woman seeks contraception I recommend natural family planning or barrier contraceptives such as condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps.
A cancer awareness group says as schools pass out birth control to young girls, they are failing to notify them about an increased health risk.
According to Karen Malec, president of The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, young girls who are prescribed estrogen+progestin-based birth control by their school nurses are at an
increased risk for breast, cervix, and liver cancer. World Health Organization conducted a study in 2005 and found that type of birth control carcinogenic.
“In other words, they cause cancer in human beings,” she notes. “And they assign these drugs the highest level of carcinogenicity — the highest level is group one.”
Malec believes the worst time in a young woman’s life to be exposed to this level of carcinogen is before the birth of her first child. The Coalition is urging concerned parents and individuals to contact their school officials.
“But it’s really the doctors and the nurses who are responsible for giving the information to the high school officials. They’re not doing that, and so we’re just asking people to please contact the high school’s officials and let them know about this fact that the World Health Organization has acknowledged these drugs as cancer-causing.”