Into the Light: Protecting Health and Lives of Mothers

This series seeks to bring to the light the lies and half-truths that Likhaan, RHAN, FPOP, Remedios and other agencies and organizations disseminate, in their quest to pass the RH bill without it being fully understood by the Filipino people nor even by the lawmakers that support it. Filipinos for Life will address pro-RH claims to show our readers the TRUTH that they need to know and share with others.

From the Consolidated Reproductive Health Bill HB 4244:

Pro-RH claims:

Likhaan believes that contraception is essential in protecting the health and lives of mothers:

Fact #1. Many forms of artificial contraception cause diseases like cancer and other problems:

a. Oral Contraceptives

From the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, Volume 91 (2007): Combined Estrogen-Progestogen Contraceptives and Combined Estrogen-Progestogen Menopausal Therapy

It is important to note, since others have referenced previous monographs from WHO, that according to WHO:

It is strongly recommended to consult the complete Monographs on these agents, the publication date, and the list of studies considered. Significant new information might support a different classification

and that combined estrogen-progestogen contraceptives received a Group 1 Classification (carcinogenic to humans) according to the most recent update (October 2010).

Oral contraceptives have also been shown to increase the possibility of ectopic pregnancies, one of the leading causes of maternal deaths:1

We believe that the association of ectopic pregnancies with oral contraceptives has been overlooked in the medical literature on ectopic pregnancy and that most who prescribe or dispense oral contraceptives are not aware of this association. If a woman who is taking an oral contraceptive presents with pelvic pain and unusual vaginal bleeding, we would recommend that the possibility of ectopic pregnancy be ruled out by using the wise and practical clinical approach suggested by Tay et al.

Besides those, consider this comprehensive list of warnings/precautions from Physicians Desk Reference (PDR), and this, from

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of the birth control pills include nausea, headache, breast tenderness, weight gain, irregular bleeding, and mood changes. These side effects often subside after a few months’ use. Scanty menstrual periods or breakthrough bleeding may occur but are often temporary, and neither side effect is serious. Women with a history of migraines may notice an increase in migraine frequency. On the other hand, women whose migraines are triggered by fluctuations in their own hormone levels may notice improvement in migraines with oral contraceptive use because of the more uniform hormone levels during oral contraceptive use. Uncommonly, oral contraceptives may contribute to increased blood pressure, blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. Women who smoke, especially those over 35, and women with certain medical conditions, such as a history of blood clots or breast or endometrial cancer, may be advised against taking oral contraceptives, as these conditions can increase the adverse risks of oral contraceptives.

More: Breast Cancer/Abortion/Oral Contraceptive Link Part 1
Breast Cancer/Abortion/Oral Contraceptive Link Part 2
Oral Contraceptive Use as a Risk Factor for Premenopausal Breast Cancer: A Meta-analysis
Risk Factors for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer in Women Under the Age of 45 Years
Cancer and the Philippine Cancer Control Program
Poisoned by the Pill: Truths about Chemical Contraception
Combined Estrogen–Progestogen Contraceptives

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Posted in Exposés, The Scientific Perspective, Women's Health
One comment on “Into the Light: Protecting Health and Lives of Mothers
  1. […] My Opinion: Everyone is getting confused and pretty soon the issues are going to be distorted.  The bottom line is to save the lives of the already living and to get this country back on it’s feet.  No other issues on this bill should be addressed.  Church stay of out government business, government stay out of church business.  That’s how it should be.  Oh, and I still think that Manny Pacquiao only got elected because he has money.  He has very little clue about what he is doing and I don’t think he has the smarts to catch on. texaninthephilippines.comAbout UJ Born in Connecticut but raised in Texas. So I'm a transplanted Texan, but I have been planted deep. I enjoy computers, Empire Builder rail games, dominoes, Asian women and fantasy football. My favorite music is classic rock (late 60' to early 80's) and country. Favorite singer,sports team and actor: Hank Williams Jr, Dallas Cowboys and John Wayne. […]

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