Does reproductive health promote and protect the health of women?
The modern methods of family planning referred to are birth control pills,intrauterine device (IUD), barrier methods (condoms/diaphragms) and sterilization(ligation for women and vasectomy for men).
Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills (BCP) have been largely promoted as a panacea for womeninterested in family planning yet even its promoters agree that when they claimthat it is safe, it does not mean that it has no adverse effects. Indeed there arenumerous side effects which unfortunately are not made known to the generalpublic. For example on top of numerous studies showing its carcinogenicproperties since the development of the synthetic estrogens in 1938 by Sir EdwardCharles Dodds finally the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) ofthe World Health Organization (WHO) announced on July 29, 2005 that
after athorough review of the published scientific literature, it has concluded that combined estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives (and combined estrogen progestogen menopausal therapy) are carcinogenic to humans (Group I category. This category is used when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans.)
Prior to this, a respected journalist from Columbia University, Barbara Seamanafter years of research, published books exposing estrogens detrimental effecton the health of women notable among them
The Doctors Case Against the Pill
The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women. Exploding the Estrogen Myth.
is a co-founder of the National Womens Health Network
a womens advocacy group in Washington D.C. that refuses money from thedrug industry as part of its charter.
The listed major adverse effects of the pill on women1. Cancers, Heart Attacks and Strokes
Breast cancer, cervical cancer, liver cancer, premature hypertension andcoronary artery disease resulting in heart attacks and strokes,thromboembolism / pulmonary embolism. Other adverse effects are decreased