Is Birth Control Worth the Health Risks?

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After the first two weeks of class, and discussing the book Talking About Health, it help raise many questions on how I view health and healthcare. What is normal? What is considered healthy? Why does healthy vary against different ethnicities, genders, and class? Is there even a universal term that can describe health. Many of us have the opportunity to go to the doctor to get routine check-ups, to get vaccines, and us females have the opportunity to get birth control if wanted and needed with no red flags raised. What’s interesting is that we are taught in class (sex-ed) about contraceptives and why we need to practice safe sex, and the methods. But, on the contrary we are never told the negatives of oral contraceptives, birth control. Health professionals and doctors applaud young teenage girls that are abstinent, use protection, and that are on birth control. You receive a pamphlet that shows side effects, but those side effects are never talked about. I generally speaking they tell you what others may have experienced that is considered normal, and raise the question if you ever experience x,y,z then please let your health professional know.

 

Some recent studies have should that birth control does have negative long term effect on many individuals. Particularly I want to point out the disadvantages to Depo Provera. Michigan Health System at the University of Michigan, listed disadvantages that this drug has on the female body.

 

“Using the birth control shot for 2 or more years can cause bone loss, which may not be fully reversible after stopping the medicine. This concern may be greatest during the teen years, when young women should be building bone mass.1

Another study, from the image above shows statsitics that this drug has been linked to breast cancer, bone density etc. And just recently it shows that this particular birth control method may lead to increase chances of cervical cancer, osteoporosis, and excessive bleeding.

 

Just makes us raise the questions is birth control worth all the health risks, in this case is the bad outweighing the good?

 

Sources:

http://defirma.net/side-effects-of-birth-control-shot.html

http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/tw9515

 

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4 thoughts on “Is Birth Control Worth the Health Risks?

  1. This is an interesting (and possibly controversial) topic. In my opinion, the good would outweigh the bad in the case of this specific form of birth control. If you are taking birth control in order to prevent pregnancy, the side effects you listed seem less extreme than getting pregnant. For your point about STDs, many forms of birth control don’t protect against them and another form of protection is often needed to prevent the spread of STDs. But I agree, some of the side effects you couldn’t prevent and would not be happy to have. However, there are many forms of birth control that don’t have side effects like this form does. I think at least one form of birth control is absolutely necessary for two people who are sexually active and able to conceive together but do not want to.

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  2. I agree with cheesywaters. This is a very interesting topic. I obviously promote safe sex and I think having a child could be detrimental to a person’s life. People use condoms to prevent STDs and they are pretty good at that. So why even use with control if condoms prevent STDs and child birth. Well, it feels better obviously. People like it. So when deciding to use birth control or not, remember your desire. If you feel like you’re going to take the condom off, get on birth control despite the risks.

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  3. So if it is not FDA approved, where do you get this medication (in general, not an address). Its just interesting that if it is not FDA approved how would you get access. I feel for women who have to deal with that, that’s unfortunate. Are the other birth control alternatives safe or do those have big risks as well?

    Gerald Brenner

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  4. This topic is very interesting and also can be very debatable and controversial. There are many reasons other than to prevent pregnancy as to why a woman or a young girl would go on “the pill”. Talking to the pharmacist and the gynecologist can help a woman or young girl understand the risks of taking or receiving this contraceptive.

    – Tarah Klenk

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