While previous studies have demonstrated that the use of oral contraceptives can slightly increase the risk of breast cancer among young women, other research appears to have found another concerning link. An African study suggests that women who take birth control have a doubled risk of contracting HIV than women not taking the pill. In addition, an HIV positive woman who takes birth control pills is twice as likely to pass the virus to her uninfected partner compared to an infected woman not taking the pill.
Almost 2,500 HIV-positive women from seven different African countries were involved in the study, lasting from 2004 through 2010. The male partners of all the women tested negative for HIV at the beginning of the study. At the end of the study, however, it was found that 2.61% of the men whose female partners used birth control had contracted the virus, versus 1.51% of men whose partner did not use oral contraception.
The same research team studied 1,300 couples in which male partners were infected but the females were not. Almost 7% of the women who used hormonal birth control were infected by the end of one year, versus only 3.8% of women who were not using hormonal birth control.
“Researchers don’t know precisely how the drugs increase the risk of infection. Earlier studies, however, showed an increase of HIV-infected cervical cells in HIV-positive women after they began using hormonal contraception.”
Other Health Issues
In addition to increased breast cancer risk and the potential increased risks associated with HIV, the pill has also been tied to a few other concerning issues. According to NaturalNews, “the Depo Provera shot [is linked- to infertility and osteoporosis, and the Mirena IUD to spontaneous abortions and even death. The Nuva Ring and the Patch can result in weight gain and blood clots, which can increase a woman’s risk of having heart attacks and strokes”.
Unfortunately, millions of young girls are ingesting these extremely unnatural pills each year, having virtually no knowledge of long-term consequences or fertility tracking.
With this new information, women can now make a more informed choice and a knowingness of what to further research in order to make a more informed choice.