Can there be an association between women taking oral contraceptives and increased risk of breast cancer? Can things get worse for young women who use birth control pills?
You will all remember my post from Dec 7, 2017, “Sex, Depression, and Suicide”. In it I described how scientist have linked the Pill with depression. I quoted an article from JAMA Psychiatry, “Teens who were started on combination-hormone oral contraception had an 80% higher risk of being started on anti-depression medication.” And from the American Journal of Psychiatry: Girls who were given oral contraceptives where three times more likely to attempt and/or complete suicide.
If all of that is not enough to scare the “Pill” out of a young woman’s medicine cabinet, there’s a December 7, 2017, article in The New England Journal of Medicine that should do the trick. Researchers in Denmark studied 1.8 million women age 15 – 49 for 10.9 years. And found 11,517 cases of breast cancer. “As compared with women who had never used hormonal contraception, the relative risk increased from 1.09 (95% CI, 0.96 to 1.23) with less than 1 year of use to 1.38 (95% CI, 1.26 to 1.51) with more than 10 years of use (P=0.002). After discontinuation of hormonal contraception, the risk of breast cancer was still higher among the women who had used hormonal contraceptives for 5 years or more than among women who had not used hormonal contraceptives.” This is not a huge increase, but ask yourself, would you really want your teen daughter to start a drug that increases her risk of cancer? Consider, too, that the longer she takes the medicine the greater her odds are of the disease. It’s possibly that she could be on the drug for 25 – 30 years. You should know the study was Funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, a maker of oral contraceptives.
Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., ethicist from Washington D.C. notes that women have been sold a bill of good about the so called “Sexual revolution” and its promotion of contraception as the solution. “It’s a bitter pill,” she says. Along with women’s sexual freedom come side effects like head ache, weight gain, depression, suicide, stroke, heart attack, and now breast cancer.
The answer to the two questions posed above are “Yes”, or perhaps the answer to the second one is,”It already has!”
In Messengers in Denim, teen-age Nicole tells me, “Most things churches say we shouldn’t do aren’t good for us anyhow.” Therein lies the solution!
Get married first! Then think about conception and contraception!