New Birth Control Pills Put Women's Lives at Risk


birth control pillsA few months back, the FDA said they were investigating the matter of those dangerous, "next generation" birth control pills that both Canadian and British studies have shown to be associated with an extremely elevated risk of blood clots. This week, the U.S. verdict came in!

The FDA's study reviewed the medical history of more than 800,000 American women who had taken various forms of birth control from 2001 to 2007. Women on Bayer's Yasmin, Johnson & Johnson's Ortho Evra patch, and Merck's Nuvaring were among those with the highest instances of blood clots. And on average, women taking Bayer's popular Yaz had a 75 PERCENT greater chance of experiencing a blood clot than women on older forms of the Pill. Wow. Now, we have FDA-approved proof that these pills are officially dangerous. And yet ... now what? Crickets?

Across the country, we've still got OB/GYNs pushing their patients to go on these pills. Women putting their feet in stirrups with the little socks "sponsored" by these pills. (Welcome to your annual pap smear ... brought to you by blood clots!) Oh, but if you speak up and say you refuse to go on Yaz or Yasmin, the doc will probably say, "Maybe you'd like to try Beyaz?!" Because apparently, we women are so dense, we can't figure it out that Bayer's marketing the same dangerous drug with two letters switched out and added folic acid. By the way, drospirenone is also in pill brands Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Safyral, Syeda, and Zarah. (Side note: Don't believe it if you're told that you have to be on one of these pills to "treat" PCOS or another hormonal imbalance. Naturopathic and holistic doctors frequently help women take charge of their hormonal health safely and naturally -- without shutting down the entire reproductive system -- through lifestyle, exercise, and possibly supplements.)

You would think this study would be the last straw. You would think that, now, the FDA absolutely owes it to women to take some major steps toward banning drospirenone as a progestin in birth control pills. As for Yasmin, Ortho Evra, and Nuvaring, maybe they should come with a really huge warning on the box and a lot more counsel from these script-happy doctors. Ultimately, it would be awesome if the FDA cared enough to allow bioidentical forms of birth control that wouldn't screw with our bodies in the same way these fake, lab-created versions do. (But Big Pharma would never go for that; too much money at stake since you can't patent something natural!)

But in reality, we're probably going to have to sit back and watch as the FDA continues to OK drugs that are clearly not safe, and listen to BS "statements" from the government and Big Pharma that read like, "Chill out, ladies, and keep poppin' your Yaz!" All the while, women on these drugs are at serious risk. I can only hope more of us start telling our health care providers, "Thanks, but no thanks," and vow to choose safer methods of birth control that won't kill us.

How do you feel about this new finding from the FDA?


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cerai... cerainwondrland

Idk why doctors want us on birth control so much?!? After I had my son they practically shoved BC pills and implants down my throat. Why do they care if I get pregnant again? I never called back for an appointment for my BC implant, I'm glad I didn't who knows how long till we find out its dangerous

bills... billsfan1104

I guess it should be a hint that these man-made hormones are not meant to be. I know that BC helps many women with their periods, but it is my belief that God did not intend for us to be on birth control pills. It is also my belief that is why so many younger women are getting some type of cancer. Its jsut a thought.

tiern... tierneylv

I was on Ortho-tri-cyclen and ended up in the ER with blood clots.  I don't smoke, and I am not overweight.  Just happened!   I had my teen daughter put on Yaz as it advertised IT WOULD  HELP  CONTROL MOOD  SWINGS! SHE WENT  PSYCHO!!!

nonmember avatar Shelly

Ahhh...the FDA. What a joke. It's pretty clear, that our safety is of little concern. They don't protect anyone...but people's pockets, perhaps. I don't understand why anyone trusts the FDA.

Alicia Lili Mauer

I like my birth control pills (Loestrin, so not listed, but still). I have friends who love their NuvaRing and another who adores Loryna. All birth control pills have risk of blood clots, they're well aware of the increased risk but they don't care. Sometimes, that risk is worth it to be on a hormonal birth control method that doesn't make you batty and is comfortable and convenient for you, especially when you're a college student. I frankly don't care what someone else's deity intends, because I don't intend to get pregnant and have kids (ever, much less at 21) and I do not intend to be down for the count for a week every month. Until someone will tie my tubes or I can figure out a way to sell my uterus on ebay, the pill is my mini-miracle, as it is for many other women. Why the pill-hate, Cafemom?

Lynette Lynette

if a person is taking the pill to regulate their cycles and lesson cramps they should definitely check out chiropractic care for that, it worked wonders for me.  2 other things that have helped me w/ the pain of cramps is by keeping myself on a calcium supplement all month long.  Then raspberry herbal tea helps w/ cramps a little too.

Crims... CrimsonRain

Tortoise77: Why is someone who doesn't want to get pregnant not allowed to weigh in on birth control?  Isn't that what it's for?  Are reproductive issues only the domain of women who are mothers?  And why would you say that Alicia sleeps around?

It should come as no surprise that dangerous BC pills, along with many other hardcore medications, are heavily promoted by doctors.  They get a cut from the pharmaceutical companies, and the pharmaceutical companies have a major influence on the government and its regulatory bodies.  It all comes down to profit.  They don't care if you get a blood clot.

babyv... babyvader07

WTH? are we suppose to do with woman who took these BC and blood clots?   Since Some deal with blood clots. Again they get the money and we gotta Suffer. i think there should be compensation for it.

MrsNe... MrsNewman

I don't trust birth control pills. Never used them and wont push them on my daughters either. There are other ways to avoid pregnancy.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I took them for years then got married it took 7 years to have 1 child so I will not push them on my DD

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