Reflections on contraception  

Women without menstruation? [1]


No much further than last week the Lybrel pill was approved in the United States. Its continuous hormone supply makes menstruation disappear (it is taken the 365 days of the year).

Those of us who are in daily contact with gynecological clinic know how difficult it is for women to recover a normal menstruation or get pregnant after having taken hormonal contraceptives for a long time. It is difficult to believe in an immediate recovery of menstruation (one of the argumentations of the pharmacological industry) and ovulation after having abolished them chemically.

In general, women are not informed about the side effects the use of high doses of estrogens may cause. This dose is much higher if the aim is to completely abolish the menstrual period. A hyperestrogenic state can lead to complications such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, obesity, an increase of autoimmune illnesses, thrombosis, a diminution or lack of libido leading to a lack of sexual appetite.

Abolishing the cycle aggressively ignoring its consequences in the long term can be dangerous. As dangerous as it was, some time ago, the abusive consumption of oral contraceptive methods which nowadays proves its incidence in the increase of women suffering from cancer in first world societies.



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[1] Article published in Diagonal newspaper.  Barcelona, jun 2007.



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