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Sue Birth Control Companies for Your Health, Says American Life League
Date:10/11/2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was written by Andrew F. Flusche, J.D.:

Tobacco kills. So does hormonal birth control. Why can Planned Parenthood freely market birth control products, but Phillip Morris must comply with an increasing array of restrictions?

Fifty years ago, people would not believe that their cigarettes were lethal. Many people smoked, especially highly visible public figures and celebrities. Today's world widely understands the negative health effects of smoking, even on non-smokers. Lawsuits were instrumental in heightening social awareness about tobacco and they can have the same effect for hormonal birth control. Birth control companies must be sued to protect women's health.

The risks

Hormonal birth control drugs are well-known causes of breast, cervical and liver cancer. The hormones increase the risk of breast cancer 20 to 30 percent for up to 10 years after the woman stops taking the medication. A recent British study tried to debunk the cancer risk, but went on to show that taking hormonal birth control for over eight years does increase the risk of cancer. The International Agency on Cancer Research found that the risk of cervical cancer increases by more than 50 percent after five years of birth control use, and that the risk doubles after 10 years of use.

Blood clots are another common risk of hormonal birth control and these can lead to deep vein thrombosis, heart attack or stroke. Studies generally agree that hormonal birth control users face a blood clot risk three to six times greater than women not on birth control. Furthermore, the risk for smokers and women over 35 is significantly greater. Finally, birth control drugs that contain desogestrel ("third-generation" pills) double the risk of blood clots, on top of the already-increased risk of other hormonal birth control.

What many women may not know is that hormonal birth control also harms their bones. A
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