Danger! Hormonal Contraception Use Doubles Risk of Brain Tumor in 15-49 Year-olds.

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Researchers in Denmark have discovered that there is both a moderate increased risk of developing glioma (a type of brain tumor) among women who engage in shorter-term use of hormonalcontraceptives and a two-fold risk of developing glioma among 15-49 year olds who use oral contraceptives for 5+ years.Every use of hormonal contraceptive was associated with an OR of 1.5 (95% CI: 1.2-2.0) and the OR increased with duration of use (long-term, ≥5 years: OR, 1.9; 95% CI: 1.2–2.9). The asso … [Read more...]

Update from the Hutch: Pope Francis Praises Large Families

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For all the cyber sturm und drang yesterday surrounding Pope Francis comment that Catholics don't have to reproduce like rabbits to be faithful to the Church, many people forget that only a couple of short weeks before,(yes, I know, a millennium in the news cycle), at the meeting of the National Association of Large Families, Pope Francis said some very supportive things about parents who are heroically generous in the service of life. The presence of large families is a hope for … [Read more...]

The Crux of the Matter: Catholics and Contraception–A Challenge to Margery Eagan.

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Over at Crux News the other day, Margery Eagan posted a column indicating that she was "devastated" that Pope Francis crushed her hopes for reform on pelvic issues by affirming Pope Paul VI'scourage in promoting Humanae Vitae.  A snippet: "Although he has not lived it himself, I had thought he understood something about good people living real lives in real marriages. I had thought he even understood something about the beauty of sex in marriage, the need for sex in marriage.  I was wro … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t the Catholic Church Just Get with the Times?

Contraception, abortion, women's ordination, gay marriage.  These represent just a few of the issues the Church is regularly criticized for being on the "wrong side" of.So, why can't the Church change?Today's episode of More2Life Radio was titled, "Stand Your Ground."  We looked at the challenge of knowing when we need to draw a line in the sand and when we need to be more flexible.  Part of that discussion involved an interview with Bishop Jeffrey Montforton of Steubenville (former rect … [Read more...]

The Pill Makes You Hate Sex and Want to Leave Your Milquetoast Man.

New research by the Royal Society says that women taking oral contraceptives, "scored lower on measures of sexual satisfaction and partner attraction, experienced increasing sexual dissatisfaction during the relationship, and were more likely to be the one to initiate an eventual separation if it occurred."The study did also suggest that the same contracepting women were more likely to be satisfied with the non-sexual aspects of their relationships, but the researchers note that this is b … [Read more...]


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