Birth Control Pills (Drugs: the Straight Facts) by Jon Zonderman

By Jon Zonderman

Medicinal drugs are everywhere--on our streets, in our houses, and in our schools--but the directly evidence approximately medicinal drugs should not.

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Research shows a direct link between dose and effect: higher doses of estrogen have a greater effect than lower doses. Scientists also believe that the progestin 53 54 BIRTH CONTROL PILLS in birth control pills stimulates overproduction of insulin. 5). Despite the effects of birth control pills on blood sugar and insulin production, studies show that users of today’s low-dose birth control pills whose initial blood sugar level is within normal range generally maintain a normal level. Scientists believe these women face no increased risk of developing diabetes due to their use of birth control pills.

The estrogen increases blood glucose (blood sugar) levels and reduces the ability of insulin, a naturally occurring hormone, to regulate blood sugar. Research shows a direct link between dose and effect: higher doses of estrogen have a greater effect than lower doses. Scientists also believe that the progestin 53 54 BIRTH CONTROL PILLS in birth control pills stimulates overproduction of insulin. 5). Despite the effects of birth control pills on blood sugar and insulin production, studies show that users of today’s low-dose birth control pills whose initial blood sugar level is within normal range generally maintain a normal level.

A change in formulation can often reverse the symptoms. If not, birth control pills may have to be discontinued. • Melanoma: There is no evidence that birth control pills increase the incidence of melanoma, a form of skin cancer. However, doctors recommend that any woman treated for melanoma not get pregnant or use hormonal contraceptives during the three years after treatment when recurrence is most likely to occur. 4 Unresolved Health Issues Despite their nearly 50-year history of safe and effective use by most women, birth control pills are still associated with some unresolved health issues.

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