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February 27th, 2012, 11:12 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
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Hi All,
Just curious is using birth control pills safe for health? As I heard birth control pills might cause blood clots, stroke or heart attack and can effect your kidney or liver. Birth control pills also increase the risk of breast cancer and can increase your cholesterol level. Any thoughts!
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March 4th, 2012, 10:17 AM
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They are effective for preventing and stopping pregnancy, but I would not consider them "safe". To me, "safe" means without risk. Birth control pills come with many serious risks. Since there are other ways to avoid pregnancy which are just as effective without any of the health risks, the risks are also unnecessary.

When will the medical establishment acknowledge the health risks associated with chemical contraceptives?

In 2005, the World Health Organization added birth control pills to their list of highly carcinogenic agents. They got Class 1 - which is the same level as tobacco.
The pill and cancer: what women should know
World Health Organization Classifies Contraceptives as Highly Carcinogenic | LifeSiteNews.com
Hormone pills added to list of carcinogens - Health - Women's health - msnbc.com

Here's the actual list of carcinogens on WHO's website. See page 11, "Estrogen/Progestogen contraceptives"

They do also carry an increased risk for blood clots (which can cause heart attack and stroke).
Increased Stroke Risk from Birth Control Pills

Pills can increase plaque in the arteries:
Abstract 3614: Anticonceptive Drug Use And Increased Carotid and Femoral Plaque Prevalence: Population Data From Asklepios -- Rietzschel et al. 116 (10016): II_820 -- Circulation

Pills can permanently damage libido:
FuturePundit: Oral Contraceptives Permanently Reduce Libido?

Pills have unknown effects on women's brains:
Women's Brains on Steroids: Scientific American

Pills can also affect healthy muscle mass.
Women Using Birth Control Pill Develop Less Muscle Mass
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