BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A study that was conducted in Denmark was shown that birth defects are not linked to contraceptive pills use. These conclusions come as a big relief for women who use the pill as a mean of contraception but want to have a child at a certain point in life.
Brittany Charlton, a member of the team of scientific researchers that conducted the study has declared that it is certain that birth defects are not linked to contraceptive pills. Charlton’s team has reached this conclusion upon analyzing a sample of 900,000 records of live births that took place in Denmark.
The researcher explains that the main mistake that past studies have made is to look at a child born with a defect from a retrospective point of view. If the mother had taken contraceptive pills at a certain point in her life, then the medication would have been named the major culprit.
Charlton wanted to conduct the study in a manner in which the miracle pills would not be blamed from the start. She and her team investigated records of women that were given the contraceptive pill by a physician. The records dated as far as 1997.
After comparing the number of women that gave birth to children with defects, and that of the women that took the pill as a measure of contraception, the team discovered that there is no correlation between the two of them. The number of normally developed children and those that presented a certain defect at the moment of birth was the same for both women who never used the contraception method and those who did.
Also, the study shows that there is no difference between the women who used to take the contraceptive pill and then stopped a certain amount of time before getting pregnant, and those who got pregnant during the contraceptive treatment. The child was not affected in any way.
But how does a woman get pregnant while using the contraceptive pill?
Some consider that the best contraceptive measure is, by far, the condom. But for those women who prefer to see a doctor and get a prescription for a daily pill, there are a few ground rules that must be taken into consideration.
First of all, the patient must be aware of the substances that interact with the chemical composition of the medication. For example, there are types of contraceptive pills that, when taken with aspirin, lose all of their protection capabilities.
Second, not all women know that skipping a pill can cause a disruption in the hormones that cancel the effect of the next one.
Accidents happen, even when all of the rules are respected. The human body can modify its own levels of acidity, a woman can have a hormone surge, or cannot be possibly expected to monitor the ingredients of all that she eats.
The good news bearer remains doctor Brittany Charlton for researching the fact that birth defects are not linked to contraceptive pills, and also, for pointing out that a woman can get pregnant while under medication.
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