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Medical Any medical issues against artificial contraceptives?

  1. Aug 28, 2012 #1
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  3. Aug 28, 2012 #2

    Ryan_m_b

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    Reposting my response from the original thread...
    That list says nothing about how carcinogenic these substances actually are so your assertion that it's on the level with asbestos is incorrect. If you read the paragraphs before the list you'll see:
    This is why alcoholic beverages and gamma radiation are on the same list. Furthermore if you read what it says about the combined pill there is more information than you present, significantly that there is evidence that the combined pill lowers cancer rates in the endometrium and ovary. Regardless though the actual risk should be considered so that an informative cost/benefit analysis can be made, otherwise we just get into a tabloid press habit of instantly becoming fearful or against something that is carcinogenic regardless of the severity or benefits. For more information here is a fact sheet
    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/oral-contraceptives

    EDIT: Just to reiterate; any discussion of the medical considerations of something needs to involve a cost/benefit analysis. Looking at only the cost gives an incomplete picture that at best leaves one uninformed as to how to proceed and at worse misinforms with severe negative consequences.
     
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  4. Aug 28, 2012 #3

    Evo

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    Checkbox, specifically which type of contraceptive are you inquiring about? The number of types (various pill formulations, injections, implants, patches, IUD's, condoms, spermacides...) covers an area too broad to discuss with any meaning.

    Why don't you make an effort to look up the specific type you are confused about, then if you still do not understand what the side effects are, you can ask for clarification on that specific brand of contraceptive.
     
  5. Aug 28, 2012 #4
    The oral contraceptives e.g. pills.

    Clarification - Can we discuss environmental impact of the pill here apart from health impact?
     
  6. Aug 28, 2012 #5

    Ryan_m_b

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    There are literally thousands of papers that have been published on the subject of the combined pill alone (roughly 1/10 are free if you don't have access to journals). For an introduction and further links why don't you read through the wiki page.

    Whilst there are risks associated with the pill literally millions of women use it worldwide and have done for over 50 years. If there were any drastic long-term medical effects (akin to smoking for example) they would have been apparent.
     
  7. Aug 28, 2012 #6
    I think Wiki page is useful as a starting point for orientation on a subject, but not really considered a source to be cited in a research paper.

    Also, I came accross a couple of links and it says otherwise.

    Mod note: inappropriate links removed.
     
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  8. Aug 28, 2012 #7

    Ryan_m_b

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    I wasn't suggesting it as one, I suggested the pubmed link for that. Are you writing a research paper?
    Firstly your first link was just a report on the second link.
    Secondly both of those were extremely bias sources, they were pro-life sites!
    Thirdly they have published a retraction/update regarding their position in acknowledgement of the fact that no medical authority changed its position.
    Finally they provide no data or citations to back up their claims that contraceptives are unsafe and claims that they are safe are lies.
     
  9. Aug 28, 2012 #8

    Evo

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    All of the pills are formulated differently. Specifically which brand & dosage? What side effect of that particular brand are you not understanding?
     
  10. Aug 28, 2012 #9
    Yes, I am.
     
  11. Aug 28, 2012 #10

    Ryan_m_b

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    Right. This site does not exist to do your research for you, if you have specific questions about something you have read but do not understand then feel free to bring it up but asking us to give you the answers to what you are looking for is not ok. Furthermore if this is homework then it must be posted in the homework and coursework forums.
     
  12. Aug 28, 2012 #11

    Evo

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    Then the pubmed link is what you want to use. Are you in school? Your school librarian will be able to help you locate the proper peer reviewed journals. You don't want to be getting opinions off a forum if you are doing research.
     
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