Oral contraceptives & breast cancer

By Dr Janey

When you consider that over 100 million women around the world take ‘The Pill’ as an oral contraceptive, it would be easy to assume that it is a safe option for women and girls to be using. After all, doctors and health officials regularly promote it as the first choice for birth control, touting it as safe, convenient and effective.


However, beneath the thin veneer of pharmaceutical cover-ups lies a very different truth with regards to one of the most widely used drugs by women around the world! In fact, the mass production and distribution of the Pill to the mainly unsuspecting public may well turn out to be one of the greatest medical crimes perpetrated against women!

The history of the contraceptive pill reads like a chilling story……The Pill was in fact introduced as a thinly veiled attempt to address the worrying rise in population in the mid 20th century. Frederick Robbins (a Nobel Laureate) stated at the time in his address to the American Association of Medical Colleges that, “the dangers of over-population are so great that we have to use certain techniques of contraception control that may entail considerable risk to the individual woman”.

The ‘dangers’ mentioned in Robbins’ speech referred to the use of oestrogens and progesterone, that as early as the 1930′s were well known for their ability to cause cancers of the hormone-dependent tissues of the breast, cervix and uterus. In spite of this, the Pill was released to the public in 1960.

While the Pill would in time (with the help of aggressive marketing campaigns) be adopted by millions of women and even welcomed as a chance to declare their sexual freedom and equality, the attached health risks that have escalated in tandem with its use have made it a very high price to pay for this much longed-for emancipation.

While the doctors and pharmaceutical companies that promote the Pill would have you believe that the Pill is safe and side effects are rare, the following studies reveal a different story.

Take note of the following with respect to breast cancer alone….

  • The Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Oxford, England conducted a 4 year study on the Pill on over 150 000 women. Their results showed that all users faced an increased risk of breast cancer, including up to 10 years after stopping the usage of the Pill
  • The Netherlands Cancer Institute carried out a large study that showed that girls who began taking the Pill before 20 yrs of age, faced an increased risk of breast cancer that was 3 1/2 times more than those girls who hadn’t taken the Pill
  • The same study showed that women over 36 who had used the Pill for less than 4 years had a 40% increased risk of getting breast cancer
  • 97% of women under 36 yrs who had being diagnosed with breast cancer had been on the Pill at some stage!


Dr Max Cutler, a respected surgeon and authority on breast cancer says the following when discussing the Pill and its relation to breast cancer…. “the risk is a potential time bomb with a fuse that is 15-20 years in length……this is a gamble which is difficult to justify because of the large numbers of women at risk”.

Our bodies are a complex system of enzymes and hormones that interplay with our nervous system and immune system. The Pill consists of a combination of oestrogen and progesterone, or in some cases as with the Mini Pill or depot injection, only progesterone. When we take the Pill (or any other pharmaceutical drug) that contains hormones, it is inevitable that our ingenious, yet delicately balanced hormonal system will become disrupted and there will be side effects!

The considerable risks of breast cancer for anyone taking the Pill, or considering taking it, should be enough to look to other options for birth control.  Breast cancer however is not the only risk; the following additional potential side effects need to be noted:

  1. Heart attack:Women on the Pill of 30-40 yrs of age were shown to have 3x the risk of dying from a heart attack than non Pill users of the same age
  2. Stroke:Pill users over the age of 40 have a 4x greater risk of having a stroke when compared to non Pill users
  3. Deep vein thrombosis
  4. Cervical cancer: if a women has taken the Pill at any time, her risk of cervical cancer is increased by 60%
  5. Liver cancer
  6. Melanomas: These aggressive skin tumours have oestrogen receptors (much like breast tissue) increasing the risk of getting melanomas by 3x in Pill users as opposed to non-Pill users
  7. Headaches and migraines
  8. Depression
  9. Weight gain/obesity
  10. Reduced immunity
  11. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies
    and others…..

These risks are further raised if you are a smoker, are overweight, are diabetic or have high blood pressure.

The Pill is also freely prescribed for reasons other than contraception too, including to young girls to regulate problem periods and reduce period pain. Alarmingly, these women under the age of 20 are most sensitive to the stimulating effects of oestrogen and therefore most vulnerable to breast cancer and it would appear, the most aggressive forms of it.

Added to the health hazards of taking the Pill, there are another couple of important factors that your doctor may not mention to you…..

Firstly, is the factor of efficacy; while your doctor or nurse may quote rates of effectiveness of >99%, this is not true either. The Pill can fail in its purpose of preventing pregnancy for a number of reasons…. forgetting to take the Pill, taking it late, interactions with various drugs including several antibiotics and high doses of Vitamin C. Then there is also reduced absorption of the Pill due to vomiting or diarrhoea amongst other factors. In addition, there is also the factor of ‘breakthrough ovulation’ in which ovulation occurs even when the Pill is taken properly. The reality therefore is that the Pill has an efficacy of 90-96%. Therefore, for every 100 women taking the Pill for a year, 4-10 of these women will fall pregnant!

And secondly, is the moral issue. The Pill is an abortifacient ie it causes abortion!

This is something that is seldom mentioned because it has been cleverly covered over by the pharmaceutical companies that promote it. While this may not be important to many Pill users, to those who are against abortion the pharmaceutical companies have been unscrupulous in attempting to hide this crucial moral point.

One of the mechanisms of action of the Pill is to prevent implantation of the embryo in the uterus by making the lining of the uterus thin and ‘uninhabitable’ by the new embryo. When the Pill fails to prevent ovulation (release of the egg) as is frequently the case, fertilization and the formation of a human embryo still occurs. However, when the embryo attempts to implant in the uterus after 7-8 days, it is usually prevented by doing so because of the thinning of the uterine lining as brought about by the effects of the Pill.

A true contraceptive is one which prevents fertilization occurring between sperm and egg. Any drug that acts on the newly created embryo after conception or fertilization, as is often the case with the Pill, is in fact an abortifacient!

While the pharmaceutical companies have conveniently chosen to define pregnancy as beginning at implantation to cover-up this moral issue, this is not the definition used by all other medical texts and dictionaries!

So what are your options?

Firstly, do not be lulled into believing that the newer versions of the Pill are any safer – this is not the case! There is also a Pill now that eliminates menstruation. While this drug has only been tested for a year, which in itself is a concern, it is likely to have similar side effects and possibly worse, as the normal shedding of the uterus lining with its necessary removal of excess protein and iron cannot occur.

In short, our demand for convenient, quick-fix answers to contraception need to be replaced by the time-honoured and ancient methods of birth control such as mental birth control. This is very effective and can be easily learnt and applied using the book ‘Mental Birth Control’ by Mildred Jackson. Another highly effective method as outlined in the book, ‘Natural Fertility’ by Francesca Naish explains how to monitor fertile and non-fertile times thus safely and effectively employing contraception without manipulation of hormones using drugs. There is also the option of using condoms.

In conclusion, there is considerable evidence pointing towards the use of the Pill by millions of women around the world as being responsible for the escalating breast cancer statistics. With the breast cancer figures as they stand, that being the number one cause of death in women aged 15-54 yrs, and the 2nd highest cause of death in women aged 55-74, we as individuals need to make safer choices. Don’t wait for the FDA or pharmaceutical companies to admit to the true gravity of the health issues attached to the Pill……that day will be a long time in coming!

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