A Brief Outline Of Birth Control And Cervical Cancer

Birth control is a large issue, there is no doubt of that and women are more aware than ever that having children is not a compulsory result of having sex. They are also conscious that having children at the wrong time can ruin their careers and they are also conscious that passions or alcohol can get in the way of safe sex using condoms very often.

This results in women taking supervision of the vast majority of birth control by taking ‘the pill’. The contraceptive pill caused a furore in the Sixties with the Establishment and the Churches predicting the downfall of society and morality. And after a fashion, they were right. But what happened was to sweep away a great deal of social barriers and privileges that previously only the rich (and men) had had. The ‘old order’ lost a bit of ground.

The difficulty with the way that women took control of their sex lives was or is twofold: firstly, men leave ‘that sort of thing’ to the woman and secondly, taking the pill can lead to cervical cancer. The likelihood of acquiring cervical cancer from taking the pill are small (15,000 Americans a year, of which a third dies), but they do exist.

However, there are no known cases of men contracting cancer from using a condom.

Women usually contract cervical cancer from having sex. They pick up the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Most of the time, the woman’s immune system will prevent that virus from causing cancer, but research has shown that women who take the pill for over five years in a row have a higher risk than women who have not.

Consequently a condom would help here.

Unfortunately, there are no symptoms in the early stages of cervical cancer, but later on, there may be heavier losses of blood, pain after sexual intercourse and even unpleasant smells. Periods could also last a great deal longer than ‘usual’.

The difficulty with studies is that, there frequently comes another study to prove something else and this is the case here too. Some studies have shown that the use of the contraceptive pill reduces the occurrence of ovarian cancer.

It is like old sayings, there is always a opposite, as in: ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ and ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’.

If you listen to the ‘experts’, you would be in a permanent state of quandary. Therefore, the only actually safe course to take is to go for frequent tests or screenings – at least once a year, unless your doctor or gynecologist tells you different and if he or she does, query it.

The pharmaceutical businesses have been promising a male contraceptive pill or implant for decades. In fact, the pill might even be there. But that is not the reason normally. The problem is usually men. The majority of men cannot be relied upon to provide adequate contraception when they are involved in casual relationships.

As long as this state of affairs continues, women will continue to take risks so that they are not bogged down by a family of 10 kids like their great-grandmothers were.

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