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Women's Health
« on: March 16, 2010, 06:11:06 AM »
I have no idea if this is true. I'll leave that to others that know something of the subject.

These latest results, led by Professor Philip Hannaford from the University of Aberdeen, relate to the 46,000 recruited women, followed for up to nearly 40 years, creating more than a million woman-years of observation. The results show that in the longer term, women who used oral contraception had a significantly lower rate of death from any cause, including heart disease and all cancers (notably bowel, uterine body and ovarian cancers) compared with never users.”

http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/03/14/do-women-on-the-pill-live-longer-one-study-says-yes/
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Re: Women's Health
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2010, 08:21:17 PM »
I checked out the site.  Interesting.  I have been under the impression for a long time that contraception medication actually caused some of these medical issues.  After more research, there really hasn't been any new information.  I will explain.

Reading the article, I did notice this statement: "And while there are proven risks to hormonal contraception–such as blood clots and strokes for some women...."  This statement is said in such a way that it would imply there are still other risks. 

I read from Reuters and Yahoo's Associated Press article.  The British Medical Journal was sited on Yahoo who is the source of the study.

I would like to add a couple of quotes from AP:

>> "Slightly higher death rates were found among women under 30 on the pill, but that began to be reversed by age 50."

>> "Because the study only observed women on the pill compared with those who weren't, researchers weren't able to make any hypotheses about cause and effect."

One of the things that concern me is that there are more risks with the younger generation.  I am concerned because it's the younger generation who are more likely to take birth control pills.

It was stated in one of the articles that most women take the pill for about four years, but in another article it said that the benefits aren't noticeable for about 10 years of use.  Seems suspicious.

About the risks.  Through more research it looks like women are just trading the risks of one cancer for another.  There are still cancer risks: Enough risks to be concerned. 

Overall, I wouldn't take contraceptives to maintain my health.  That would be ridiculous!!  If I was currently taking any, I probably wouldn't stop taking them just because of the risks that could happen - I would already be aware that there are risks of cancer no matter what cancer it might be.  Also, the information I read doesn't make me feel any safer about the pill.  The pill still isn't the answer for birth control, IMO.

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Re: Women's Health
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2010, 10:27:37 PM »
Truth is it did not sound correct to me. My wife says no way is that the truth. Case closed. Next?    [peace]
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