More facts about the use of hormonal contraceptives. 39% of the users have objective risk factors

Hormonal contraceptives risk factors A recent report by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that hormonal contraceptives should not be used in women with contradictions for their use, as they can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases,...

Contraceptives. Latest findings on their efficacy

Aside from the ethical and moral issues that accompany the use of contraceptives, one biomedical and social aspect of interest is to determine their efficacy, particularly when this is compared with natural fertility regulation methods, and most especially when it involves...

Bayer contraceptives. Civil proceedings against the company due to higher risks

Last December, in the regional court in Waldshut (Germany), civil proceedings were opened against pharmaceutical company Bayer because of the higher risks of serious adverse reactions associated with  hormone Bayer contraceptives. The claimant, Felicitas Rohrer, suffered a severe...

Interference in the use of contraceptives in HIV positive women

The use of contraceptives in HIV positive women who are receiving antiretroviral therapy could be problematic, since antiretroviral therapy may reduce the efficacy of contraceptives in preventing unwanted pregnancy, while oral contraceptives may increase the toxicity of...
Posted On 03 Jul 2014
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Is it advisable for nuns to take contraceptives as preventive treatment?

From our point of view, we believe that the medical risk/benefit balance does not support the preventive use of contraceptives in celibate women, such as the nuns. A lively debate on this subject has been recently published in the Los Angeles Times, following an opinion piece...
Posted On 03 Jul 2014
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The use of oral contraceptives increases the risk of venous thrombosis

Each day more data emerges which shows that oral contraception increases the risk of venous thrombosis in women who use these drugs. Now a systematic review provides a comprehensive examination of this issue and confirms this risk, qualifying that there are some oral...
Posted On 31 Mar 2014
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Over-the-Counter Oral Contraceptives

PRACTICAL MEDICAL ETHICS Since the development of the first synthetic progesterone in 1951 and the commercial introduction of the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) to the UK in 1961 there have been numerous attempts to extend its reach. A particular target has always been young women...
Posted On 30 Dec 2013
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French doctors call for restrictions in the use of third and fourth generation contraceptives.

In France, there is growing opinion that the prescription of third and fourth generation contraceptives should be stopped, as it is becoming increasingly well known that women using these types of drugs may suffer serious side effects, with the aggravating circumstance that there...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Any type of hormonal contraceptive can cause depression. A large study concluded

We have often reported the hormonal contraceptives negative effects, but now a further one has come to light, namely the frequent depression in teenagers secondary to the use of hormonal contraceptives. In a large study about hormonal contraceptive pills, with the suggestive...
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About us The Catholic University of Valencia was founded on 8th of December 2003, the “youngest” of the Spanish Catholic universities. On 20th September 2006, the Institute of Life Sciences was constituted within the University itself, and within it, the Bioethics...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016