OTTAWA, August 9, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The lecture of noted endocrinologist Dr. Maria Kraw, speaking at the Humanae Vitae Conference "A New Beginning" last year, described the serious medical risks involved in taking hormonal birth control.
It also debunked the common myths of the so-called "health benefits" of the pill.She
began by noting that one of the major risks of taking hormonal contraceptives is an increased risk of cancer.Looking at 54 studies of the pill, she
observed that researchers found that it caused a 24% increased risk of breast cancer.The real tragedy, however, Kraw
noted, is that the greatest risk occurs right after early puberty when the breasts are still developing.Taken before a woman's first pregnancy, the hormonal contraceptive has the most negative side-effects.
said, 1 in every 200 Canadian women has the genetic mutation BRCA1, a disease that increases their risk of developing breast cancer by 50-80%.Women with this condition who take the pill make themselves especially vulnerable to cancer, increasing their risk by an additional 33%.
Thirdly, hormonal birth control makes the cervix more susceptible to the more dangerous strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection, and increases cervical cancer in women already carrying HPV.As an endocrinologist, Kraw has spent a lot of time treating people with diabetes, an insulin-imbalance that makes metabolism more difficult.
The progestin-only pill was found to cause a three-fold increase in the development of diabetes, while depo-provera causes a 60% increase.This in turn increases the risk of vascular disease, including high blood pressure and heart attack, even when the pill is taken at the low-dose currently being used.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases such as HIV, HPV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Chancroid and Syphilis also appear more commonly in users of birth control, particularly hormonal birth control, said Kraw
commented, "We may think, 'Oh well, we'll just pull out the bottle here', but the majority of the developing world doesn't have that option and will either look towards formula feeds with the risk of sterilization and gut infections or look at childhood malnourishment."Kraw
concluded by debunking several of the major so-called health "benefits" of taking birth control, in particular the controlling of an irregular menstrual cycle or especially heavy menstrual bleeding.As Kraw
explained, however, a woman's cycle is "a highly sensitive marker of her
underlying hormonal health."Often the bleeding points to other problems such as insulin resistance that have "very marked medical consequences that go beyond the reproductive system."
By taking the pill, a woman only delays solving the problem, oftentimes causing the underlying problem to get worse over the passing years.This can create other serious problems later on when a woman finally wants to have a child.
"So it's like I've got here a huge ulcerating sore," Kraw
said, "but you can't see it because I'm wearing a shirt.
There are "effective alternative therapies," states Kraw
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