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Thursday, December 16, 2004

So a scientific paper was presented in October at the annual meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, it was published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, and the worldwide MSM trumpeted both from the rooftops as "FACT" because it said that the birth control pill "protects [women] against subsequent heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases" and even breast cancer! All without the prior review, approval and consent of the groups who gathered and are studying the data the paper used, namely the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Now those groups have had a chance to review it, and have
"found flaws in both the design and interpretation of the WHI data used in the study. The October presentation of the abstract...– and subsequent media coverage – may have created the impression that OC [oral contraceptive] use is linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, the WHI review of the abstract shows no evidence that OC use is linked to lower risk of CVD."
The statement goes on:
"There is a large and reputable body of higher scientific evidence linking current OC use to future increases in risk of stroke and heart attack, especially in older women and in smokers...Research conducted in the past to answer specific questions about OCs and breast cancer has shown an increased risk of breast cancer in women who have recently used OCs. Past research has also shown a decreased risk of ovarian cancer and a slight decreased risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer in women who use some types of OCs."
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is part of the NIH (National Institute of Health) which is part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

The press statement from the Women's Health Initiative researchers indicates
"...we have found that analyses of these data don’t support inferences of either cardiovascular disease benefit or risk when additional account is taken of the complex relationships between the ages of participating women and both oral contraceptive use patterns and cardiovascular disease."
Why talk about OCs on an "After Abortion" website? This is why.

Hopefully no one thinks I'm "gloating" or anything: I'm in the same boat with you as far as increased CVD risk (which I already have one "disease" of) and also BC risk, having had one abortion and having used OCs for a total of 17 years (mostly to keep the endometriosis "in check," if you can call it that).

Sure wish we knew then what we know now...

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