Do You Know Someone who Suffered from Birth Control Side Effects?

Please take a few moments to read the article below from Natural Womanhood. If you or anyone you know had a negative experience using artificial birth control, please consider submitting your comments to the FDA using the link provided and let your voice be heard! 

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by Gerard Migeon, CEO – Natural Womanhood

If, like us, you have any concerns about the lack of transparency and patient warning on birth-control side effects, including blood clots, breast cancer, depression and many other issues, you have a chance to make your voice heard today.

Maybe you’re someone who used birth control and stopped because of the side-effects, or you know someone who suffered extensively, or perhaps you experienced lasting consequences from these drugs yourself.

Citizen’s Petition has been filed asking the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to improve patient information and transparency concerning the evidence-based risks of birth control drugs and devices such as the Pill, the patch, the shot, IUDs, and the vaginal ring.

A Citizen’s Petition is a process provided by the FDA for individuals and community organizations to make requests for changes to health policy. Unlike the usual petition which collects a large number of signatures, a Citizen’s Petition consists of filing an expert report or study stating the facts supporting the change requested.

If this petition is heeded by the FDA, it would result in new black box warnings and more awareness among physicians, which would likely prevent serious diseases and save lives—lives like those of Erika Langhart and Alexandra Williams.

In order to bring more weight to the petition, it is critical that voices from the community of doctors and consumers speak up for it, especially if they had a negative experience on their own.

Since the petition is open to the public, we may even have to defend it against large pharmaceutical companies which will, no doubt, try to defeat this action.

In order to speak up for it, you can simply make your comment by following this link and click the “Comment Now” button in the top right-hand corner of the age.

The petition, which was organized by Dr. William V. Williams, Editor in Chief Emeritus of the Linacre Quarterly and prepared by a team of medical professionals and experts, includes a description of the research available and prevalence for each negative side effect listed. We were proud to contribute to this effort by providing the content regarding the risk of blood clots and other cardiovascular events.

Here is the list of the risks reviewed in the petition:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Depression or suicidal thoughts/behaviors
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Device migration
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Urogenital Problems (such as increased UTIs, yeast infections, Female Sexual Dysfunction [FSD], low libido, or Interstitial Cystitis)
  • Substantial or uncontrollable weight gain/loss
  • Bone fractures
  • Blood clots (or other cardiovascular events)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Couple to Couple League board member Michael Manhart, PhD, a member of the group who submitted the petition, said “Should this petition be acted on by FDA, the result would be new labeling for hormonal contraceptives which will impact direct-to-consumer advertising and likely make some physicians think twice about prescribing these to some patients,” Manhart said. “Public outcry will help motivate the FDA to act.”

Please consider taking a few minutes to fill out the comment form and share this letter with anyone you know who may be interested in doing so. It is important that people at the FDA understand the pain caused by these drugs.

How Observing Birth Control Side Effects Drove One OBGYN to Offer Fertility Awareness in Her Practice

 

by Margaret Brady for Natural Womanhood

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Frustrated. Immobilized.

That’s how Dr. Summer Holmes Mason felt a few years into her practice.  As a board-certified OBGYN, she was dedicated to helping women manage their health. And often, that involved offering her patients contraception, like the Pill.

“Prescribing contraception was bread and butter gynecology for me,” she says. “It was probably one of the largest tools I had in my arsenal as an OBGYN to treat medical issues.” The medication was meant to help. But soon, Dr. Holmes Mason noticed a trend.

“After a couple of years, I realized people were coming back to me with more side effects than I thought was acceptable,” she says. One patient suffered a blood clot, a potentially deadly risk of hormonal contraception. Others struggled to find a form of the medication they could tolerate. “I’ve seen people cycle through birth control. They’d be on, sometimes, five or six or seven different kinds of birth-control pills . . . and they couldn’t find one that worked well for them.”

Click here to read the full article.

 

Natural Womanhood is the most far-reaching women’s health literacy program since the Pill. We exist because many women are harmed by or at risk from the use of contraceptives, and most don’t know they have a viable alternative.

Natural Womanhood is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of fertility charting, as a way to promote disease prevention, self-knowledge, relational intimacy, and effective family planning. Natural Womanhood helps young women and couples regardless of their income, ethnicity, or religion.