Birth Control

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The Center for Disease Control conducted a study on contraceptive use; their findings concluded “four out of five women have used birth control pills” during one point of their lives (Basset). Birth control pills have been around for over six decades, and their popularity has significantly increased during the past decade. Thousands of sexually-active women are turning to birth control pills as a way to prevent unplanned pregnancy, regulate periods, and to control acne. Nonetheless, birth control pills are synthetic hormones that influence the female body in severe ways. In fact, doctors and media are not presenting the menaces of consuming birth control pills in women; instead, they disguise the risks with commercials of synchronized swimmers. The risks of consuming these toxic pills outweigh the benefits; women must become aware of the effects birth control is having on their bodies and find alternatives to pharmaceutical contraceptives. In 1960, birth control was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for contraceptive use (Nikolchev). Since then, birth control pills have had a tremendous impact in the American culture. Women were now able to prevent unplanned pregnancy without the consent of their partners and eliminating the use of condoms and other dual consent birth control methods. Birth control pills contain two important hormones: estrogen and progesterone. Natural estrogen is a hormone that is produced in the ovaries and helps regulate the menstrual cycle (Rettner). According to Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Steven Goldstein, “progesterone is a hormone that stimulates and regulates important functions, playing a role in maintaining pregnancy, preparing the body for conception and regulating the menstrua... ... middle of paper ... ...b. 21 Mar. 2014. Hergenrader, Jamie. "The Dangerous Side of Birth Control." The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post, 31 July 2013. Web. 28 Mar. 2014. High Blood Pressure and Women." American Heart Association. The American Heart Association, 05 Feb. 2014. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. Nikolchev, Alexandra. "A Brief History of the Birth Control Pill." PBS. PBS, 07 May 2010. Web. 14 Mar. 2014 "Oral Contraceptives and Cancer Risk." Cancer.gov. National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health, 21 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2014 Rettner, Rachael. "What Is Estrogen?" LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 20 July 2013. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. "Sexual Health, Birth Control And Condoms." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2014. "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism?" National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. National Institutes of Health, n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014.

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