Gradual Bone Reduction Seen in Some Pill Users

Changes in bone density in oral contraceptive users depends on age and hormone dose

Birth control pills may reduce a woman’s bone density, according to a study published online July 13 in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism by Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) scientists. Impacts on bone were small, depended on the woman’s age and the pill’s hormone dose, and did not appear until about two years of use. The study size and design allowed the researchers to focus on 14- to 18-year-old teenagers, and to look at how bone density might change when a woman stops using the pill.

GHRI Senior Investigator Delia Scholes, PhD, led the study. Hormones are a key component of bone health, she says, and hormonal contraceptives are a major source of external hormones for women—the pill is the most common birth control method worldwide. A woman’s risk of fractures later in life is influenced by the bone mass she gains in her teens through her 20s, and this age group has the highest use of oral contraceptives. Continue reading

Kebabs, Coca-Cola, Chocolate Contraceptive Myths Still Rampant in UK!

LONDON – If you thought kebabs, Coca-cola or chocolate could be used as oral contraceptives, then think again, for a UK poll has listed the belief as one of the many myths about contraception.

 According to the survey, headed by market research company Opinion Health, sponsored by Bayer Schering Pharma, contraceptive myths may be widespread.

 The survey, which quizzed 1,000 women aged 18 to 50, found that, one in five women had heard of kitchen items, including bread, cling film and even chicken skin, being used as alternative barrier methods, reports the BBC.

 One in 10 women thought that it always takes a number of years to regain fertility after discontinuation of the pill while others believed that the pill could protect them against HIV.

 Dr Annie Evans, Women’s Health Specialist at the Bristol Sexual Health Centre, said: “It is not surprising, given that Britain continues to have the highest unintended pregnancy rate in Europe.”

 Professor Steve Field, Chairman of the Royal of General Practitioners, added: “This is alarming but not surprising. I’ve had complications with patients over the years that have concerned me.

 “The more we can put appropriate information to the public about the availability of different methods of contraception, about their advantages and disadvantages, the better.

 “It is important that access to advice is made as easily as possible for all ages.”