HERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT FACTS
YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- The daily, nonstop use of the potent estrogen in
the birth control pills designed to do away with menstrual periods results
in a woman’s having LESS AVAILABLE NATURAL TESTOSTERONE in her body. The
consequences of this state of testosterone deficiency can be subtle to
severe. One thing that women taking pills to do away with their periods
notice is that they have significantly less interest in making love, and
experience less pleasure in sex. Many women have told me that when they
report this to their doctors, they are told that “the Pill” has NOTHING TO
DO WITH IT. The truth is that “the Pill” can have EVERYTHING to do with
it, and nonstop use of “the Pill” can absolutely be the cause.
- In my book,
The Hormone of Desire, you will find everything you (and
your doctors) should know about the vital role that testosterone plays
not only in a woman’s sexual functioning, but also in building healthy
bones, protecting against depression, keeping muscles strong, protecting
against heart attacks and strokes, keeping hair shiny, keeping eyes from
developing “dry eye,” and contributing to the health of every organ
system in a woman’s body. NONSTOP USE OF THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL REDUCES
THE LEVELS OF TESTOSTERONE WE NEED FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH.
- Using potent hormones non-stop, with the
consequence of doing away with any monthly bleed, deprives a woman of the
only naturally-occuring means of ridding her body of excess stored iron.
Excess stored iron is a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.
- It has been shown that the use of birth control
pills is a partner to high-risk strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
in CAUSING cancer of the cervix. More than 99% of all cervical cancers are
caused by certain strains of HPV, and women who use birth control pills
are at GREATER risk. Further – we know that the longer-term a woman uses
birth control pills, the greater the risk. No studies have yet been done
to evaluate the INCREASED risk of cancer of the cervix in women who use
birth-control pills NONSTOP. Common sense tells us that it is likely that
nonstop use of the birth control pill will further increase this risk.
While cancer of the cervix can often be cured, unfortunately some such
cancers are resistant to treatment. Even here in the United States,
several thousand women, some of them young women, die each year from
cancer of the cervix. A few years back, Dr. Jerome Groopman wrote an
important article in the New Yorker magazine about what is NOW an
epidemic of HPV infection -- and about his experience with one college-age
woman whose life he couldn’t save (issue of September 13, 1999 – “A
Sometimes Lethal Sexual Epidemic That Condoms Can’t Stop.”)
- ALL of these risks -- yet taking “the Pill” nonstop
does NOT immediately do away with bleeding. Unpredictable bleeding and
spotting often continues for months. This bleeding can be as heavy as a
“usual period.” On the basis of a television advertising campaign that
underplayed the facts about the bleeding and distracted the viewer from
attending to the disclaimer about the risks, in December, 2005, the FDA
warned the makers of Seasonale to stop this irresponsible advertising. You
may have noticed that these ads have stopped.
- The pharmaceutical companies who are encouraging
women to do away with their periods are jockeying for a position in an
INDUSTRY worth more than 2 BILLION dollars a year.
"Tampering with the hormonal climate of healthy, menstruating women,
including teenage girls, whose lives stretch ahead for decades, for the
purpose of doing away with their periods is, in a word, reckless.
Manipulating women's hormonal chemistry for the purpose of menstrual
suppression threatens to be the largest uncontrolled experiment in the
history of medical science.
What the media has not conveyed, what the public has not heard, what too few
health professionals know, and what every woman and her doctor MUST know
deserves a voice. I am determined it will have one."
Susan Rako, M.D.