Planned Parenthood Pushing Birth Control Implants & Shots Despite the Risks

This video is a Planned Parenthood video promotion piece for birth control implants.

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The video below is a very casual “review” of the implant from a teenaged mom who is using it. Be advised that she speaks frankly about personal body issues.

None of the side effects she describes are medically necessary, since the implant itself is not medically necessary. Side effects of Implanon include irregular periods, acne, dizziness, facial hair growth, viral infections, mood swings, depression, anxiety and the side effects associated with birth control pills.

The Implanon implant costs between $400 and $800 USD.

None of this is medically necessary. These are risks women have been taught to undergo in order to shut down their reproductive systems.

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In this video, Planned Parenthood champions the long-lasting birth control shot, Depo Provera.

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And here we have the FDA warning of bone loss resulting from taking Depo Provera. The warning specifically mentions that this may be especially dangerous for adolescent girls who are going through an important increase of bone mass which will not be repeated later in life. What age group is most likely to take Depo Provera????

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Again, these are unnecessary risks being pushed on young women by a misogynistic medical profession and population control industry who clearly do not care for them or their health.

The actual FDA warning says:

WARNING: LOSS OF BONE MINERAL DENSITY
Women who use Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection may lose significant bone mineral density. Bone loss is greater with increasing duration of use and may not be completely reversible.

It is unknown if use of Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection during adolescence or early adulthood, a critical period of bone accretion, will reduce peak bone mass and increase the risk for osteoporotic fracture in later life.

Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection should not be used as a long-term birth control method (i.e., longer than 2 years) unless other birth control methods are considered inadequate. (See Warnings and Precautions (5.1)).

One of the most disturbing parts of all this is the willingness of the medical profession to collude in promoting dangerous medications to well people. I am not taking a position either for or against using contraceptives to limit family size. But I do take a strong position against using dangerous medications to treat well people for social convenience. I don’t see how that can be considered good medical practice.

In truth, there are birth control methods available that do not endanger the woman’s health. Most of them also do not require a prescription or expensive trips to a doctor or clinic such as Planned Parenthood.

I will ask again as I did in the first post I wrote on this topic today, can you imagine our medical establishment marketing things like this to men? From everything I’ve seen one of the reasons these dangerous methods of birth control are being pushed on women is for the convenience of men, to make women sexually available at all times with no requirement for male responsibility.

Assuming that the men in question may actually love some of the women in their lives, it might behove them to speak out against these dangerous methods themselves. Do they really want their wives and daughters dosing themselves with powerful hormones and implanting devices in themselves than can do them harm?

This is just another expression of the bad old double standard that the women’s movement fought so hard against in the past. It is a tragedy that they now use the advertising slogan “reproductive health” to support it in this newer and even more dangerous form.

  • http://theraineyview.wordpress.com Serena

    This information needs to be in everyone’s hands, especially young women’s and teen girls’. Isn’t it unsettling how the promoters of the devices use their loaded words? How can anyone stand there with a straight face and call such poison “health,” “freedom” or “love”? Yet there are people who do, and they are the people with the most power right now. Brrr.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I agree. Brrr.

  • Vision_From_Afar

    “can you imagine our medical establishment marketing things like this to men?”

    Have you looked at the ED medication side-effects? A voluntary, proscription-required, highly expensive set of drugs that cause:
    – Headache
    – Upset stomach or heartburn
    – Flushing (feeling warm)
    – Nasal congestion
    – Changes in vision (color, glare)
    – Back pain

    And can lead to:
    – Rash
    – Painful (results)
    – Prolonged (results) (longer than 4 hours)
    – Fainting
    – Chest pain

    Looks just as bad to me. Big Pharma itself is the enemy, pushing untested expensive drugs on the populace, not your mythical cadre of evil, misogynistic Men-Doctors cackling madly as they think up new ways to “poison” women.

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  • Leah

    Please show me a type of birth control with no side effects. There are none, I never want kids and don’t have regular enough cycles to rely on the fertility awareness method. And yes, my 30 yr old boyfriend cares deeply about me. He offered to get a vasectomy if the hormones are going to mess up my body too much. Yes, I wish there were better options. Some are better than others. I would not get the shot because of the bone loss, but the side effects of the implant can be easily reversed by getting it removed if you are reacting badly to it,

    • hamiltonr

      Go to your local pharmacy, or any Wal Mart. They’re hanging on the racks for you to buy.

      “Please show me a type of birth control with no side effects.”

      • Leah

        I don’t understand your comment. Are you talking about condoms? The problem is that condoms don’t have as high of an effective rate as a lot of other forms of birth control, hence why I think it’s important to use condoms as well as another form of birth control,

        • hamiltonr

          The greasy kid stuff works if you use it. The alternative is a serious risk of blood clots, cancer and decreased fertility down the road. I have an aunt who had blood clots from the pill. Have you watched someone die with breast cancer?

          If you value your health and life so little, that is your choice, btw.

          • Leah

            What are you referring to when you say “greasy kid stuff”? I do agree with you that all medications/prescriptions have side effects and I don’t use medication unless I absolutely need it. It is important that people look at possible side effects before getting birth control (or any other meds). I don’t think the chance of permanent complications are as frequent as you make them sound. Most people are putting themselves at much greater risk by eating processed foods, which pretty much guarantees that those people will have life long health problems. Personally I think we should start informing people about the most dangerous things before trying to nitpick about things like birth control.

            • hamiltonr

              Go to the pharmacy and Wal Mart and behold the greasy kid stuff.

              Processed foods are off the topic. If you want to discuss them, feel free, but it’s a red herring to equate them with dosing yourself with dangerous hormones.

              The implant is very dangerous and has lots of side effects. You seem to equate pregnancy with terminal cancer or end stage renal failure.

              If your health is so precarious that a pregnancy would kill you, you certainly don’t need to be using implants.

              I’m not sure why you’re so fixated on condoms and condoms alone. Educate yourself about your alternatives.

              • Leah

                I looked up greasy kid stuff, and it appears to be a hair product? What are my nonhormonal side effect free options? I legitimately am trying to learn. I’ve spent hours researching birth control, both hormonal and nonhormonal methods, but I haven’t found anything that was side effect free that it also very effective.

                • hamiltonr

                  You are a free person Leah. Dose yourself with whatever you want.

          • Leah

            One other thing I forgot to write: Even with perfect use, condoms have a 2% failure rate. The implant has a .05% failure rate, meaning that the condoms do work most of the time, but the implant is 40 times more effective. I do value my health greatly, which is 1 reason that it’s important for me to prevent pregnancy – how my body is built and with my present health concerns, it would be very dangerous for me to get pregnant and give birth.


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