What the fuck am I reading? Seriously. What is this?
Birth control changed the world.
That’s not too broad a statement. It changed the whole world. It changed not only the lives of women, but also the economies of entire countries and created a world where more women are in college right now in America than men. Birth control has led directly to the empowerment and freedom of women. Without it, women would still be chained at home at the mercy of their menstrual cycles and their sexual partners’ desires.
I am very aware that there are forms of birth control that do not involve hormones, but they don’t work as well and are often not nearly as convenient (one reason they don’t work as well).
Nicole, as usual, doesn’t read the shit she posts. The article is citing one study. One study.
Never, ever, ever, ever form a settled opinion based on one study. Scientists don’t do it and you shouldn’t either. Science writers for the media sometimes don’t know much about science, and I’m being kind.
Don’t even form a beginning opinion based on a short article citing another news outlet. Go to the source.
Here’s the gist of the thing.
Researchers thought they could reduce the risk of breast cancer in women taking oral contraceptives by reducing the dose. It hasn’t worked out that way. Science gets it wrong sometimes. Unlike religion, science recognizes when they get it wrong and goes back to the drawing board.
BUT, and it’s a very big but, the risk of developing breast cancer due to hormonal birth control is extremely small.
Read that again.
The risk is small. It was small to begin with. It’s still small. It hasn’t changed.
Foregoing birth control pills because you are afraid of getting breast cancer (assuming you have no other underlying risks) is like refusing to fly to Florida because you’re scared of planes and driving instead. Your risk of dying from pregnancy is far, far greater than the risk of breast cancer you might incur from preventing that pregnancy.
Furthermore, birth control pills (hormonal therapy period) offers protection from other things that might kill you, like ovarian cancer, and in later life, heart disease.
As a disclaimer, I was prescribed birth control pills twice in my life. Once was when I was young, for birth control. I hated them. Seriously hated them. I quit taking them because I hated them. As it turned out, I had one child and then we discovered that we had secondary infertility and didn’t need any birth control at all (every cloud has a silver lining).
When I was peri-menopausal, I was prescribed them again to smooth out my entry into menopause. I still hated them. I told my gynecologist what he could do with those horrible little pills and quit taking them. He told me pretty bluntly that I was tossing out something that could protect from heart disease and I told him that I would rather die on the spot than take another one of those damned little pills.
In short, I hated them.
But I’m not all women, and I know that they have changed the world that I live in.
A woman who refused prenatal care, who refused to allow her unborn child to have the benefit of any medical care of any sort through the entirety of his very short uterus-confined life has no business offering any opinion whatever on any subject having to do with reproduction. Period. Anyone who gives her ridiculous opinion any credence whatever is brain-dead.
She has a lot of nerve saying that birth control pills aren’t “safe.” She nearly died in childbirth and her baby did die. What’s not safe is Nauglering.