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Are oral contraceptives dangerous to your health and fertility?

I'm talking about birth control that is taken every day, orally. I hear so many conflicting things about birth control when it is taken for a long time, such as a cause of breast cancer, infertility, mood swings, etc. Any educated answers on the subject would be helpful :)

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I wouldn't recommend with my highly professional opinion that you consult anything less than a good doctor for that kind of thing

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I did, and they said it was safe. I've just heard rumors. Thank you, sir :)
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Maybe even the opinion of a few different doctors would be a good thing
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It's been around since the 60's. not much on the market more thoroughly tested or safe.
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Just a recommendation...
Ask.com has been proven not to be a good place for medical advice in general
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Oh I know that better than anyone, Josh lol!
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Just wanna make sure. Hate seeing when people come here, and actually depend on this site for medical advice. Sure, sometimes there's someone that has an idea of what they're talking about, they usually don't have a clue
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You can find anything and everything about the pill, history, original purpose, early side affects, changes through the years, what cancer risks it lowers, what cancer risks is raises, etc.
like I said, very little out there as safe and well researched as the pill
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Thank you, boo!
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The thing to remember about birth control is that it disrupts the natural function of a woman's body. With that comes many symptoms; cancers, heart complication, and even death.

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Thanks for your answer! I do need some evidence to take these accusations seriously though.
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Onemoresoul??? Her whole blog is dedicated to keeping women pregnant. Try the CDC or AMA for actual facts
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I know, but I have to study her for my med class lol
It's really important for complete research
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Blogs of opinions are not facts. Facts backed by data are.
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Thanks, boo!
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no, birth control is safe. abugslife is just so very wrong. the preponderance of medical evidence shows that like every drug there can be reactions on a case by case basis; however, it is safe to use birth control under the supervision of a doctor

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Thank you :)
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Im not an expert or very educated in this area but what i do know is that even if just one person shows a bad symptom when take the drug for experimentation they have to let the people know. even if only one person out of a million have had that symptom. Some people just react differently due to being allergic or maybe something with genetics or some long term health defect. Its also hard to tell if the drug caused it or something else because of all the stuff we have in the world that can cause a threat to our health. Like lead in our toys when we were kids or someone eating fast food but the meat was bad. And its also hard to say if it will have any long term effects cause sometimes it may take years for it to happen and the drug companies arnt going to wait 10 or 50 years just to release a drug they know can help and make a profit off of.
does this help any?
and what i know of Birth control is that really doesnt have any major side effects that happens to the average person who takes them but ask your Dr. so go for it but if you dont like a certain Birth control then find a new one or just tell him to use a condom. sorry its so long.

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No, that was very helpful, thank you :)
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When oral contraceptives first came out they were high in synthetic hormones which carried a certain amount of risk. In modern times the low dose oral contraceptives pose very little risk. In some cases it slightly raises your chance of Brest cancer but lowers your risk of ovarian cancer. Smoking raises your risk and if you smoke you should stop the pill at age 35.
The pill is the safest, most effective birth control out there. they are also quite effective at their original purpose, regulating and lessening pain of period.

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Thank you, that's what I needed :)
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I've been on the same pill for a few years now, and not only has it been very reliable but I haven't experienced any negative side effects. I'm not so sure about long term usage resulting in infertility, but I know my gynecologist assured me I was safe, so I've chosen to trust that.
The one and only interesting side effect I've noticed is that if I try to socially have a cigarette every now and then with friends, I get stabbing headaches. But then again it does say on the label not to smoke when on the pill, so it's my own fault for attempting it lol.

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Thank you!
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I was on them just a short time and developed the brown shadows around my mouth that makes me look like I have a beard! Nasty.
I stay away from every pharmaceutical that I can.
We used the rhythm method successfully for a decade before deciding to have children. (I wanted to have our own house to raise a family in.) I can explain more about that if you like.

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Please do explain :)
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