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Men Quit Birth Control Trial Because It Caused Moodiness

November 2, 2016

I can’t stop laughing, and apparently, I am not alone. Women are laughing and it’s starting to piss men off: Hey, our fears and hurts are real, Women!  Of course, any woman reading this will laugh too, but that is beside the point, men say their pain related to birth control is real!

Heatstreet reporter Kieran Corcoran, like many others, were put off by women’s responses. “Commentators lined up to mock weak-willed men for bailing on a trial,” he wrote. “Reporters covering this – many of whom likely did not trouble themselves with actually reading the study … neglected to mention that some consequences of were actually quite serious.” Among those serious consequences was the lowering of sperm counts and, in one man, possible irreversible infertility.

You know, I might have more sympathy if women hadn’t been treated as guinea pigs for years with birth control, birth, and any other medication that the medical establishment thought to test on them.

Heat street reported that 8 men out of 320 had fertility issues, low sperm count and created libido, and of those 8, 5 recovered, and 2 stopped coming back in for evaluations, so only 1 man in 320 had measurable infertility, and his final outcome was unknown. The rate of side effects? .0031 for men. One man in 320 had documented impacts on fertility.

What are the basic side effects for The Pill for women?

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (killer blood clots moving to heart, lungs or brain= death)
  • Diabetes development
  • Heart and circulation problems
  • Increased risk of stroke (lead to deaths in 20-soemthings just this past year)
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Increased risk of liver problems
  • Non-Killer Side Effects: severe abdominal pain, visual disturbances, severe migraines, severe swelling in legs and feet

Of course women are laughing at men’s concerns, because as one OB put it, women have a greater risk of suffering complications and death in childbirth than from the pill, so we are damned if we do, and damned if we don’t.

The American Academy of Family Practitioners reported that 65% of women experienced side effects from hormonal birth control.

Do you know what the advice from those doctors was for women? Treatment for those adverse effects? 65% of women experience side effects, and the treatment for a woman’s life being hell for the expected 3-5months it takes for the symptoms to die down from a national physician organization? I quote:

Reassurance that symptoms will likely resolve within three to five months is often the only treatment required

Pat the woman on the head. Treatment for women is “reassurance.” Treatment for men: discontinue the study.

Basically, the medical study published shows there is no good treatment for women:

Persistent symptoms are often alleviated by changing methods; however, no method has been proven superior in terms of adverse effects.9 Exogenous estrogen increases production of sex hormone–binding globulin.23 Progestins bind sex hormone–binding globulin and decrease its synthesis to varying degrees, which should result in different levels of androgenicity. However, despite their biochemical differences, progestins have shown few differences clinically.5

In other words, Women, we are shit out of luck. Men, well, they don’t like the adverse events, so they stopped taking the medication.

Lest you think I am exaggerating the lack of treatment women receive, check out how many times the Treatment Table says “Reassure” as opposed to initiating actual treatment… This is from the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Treatment Protocols:

Table 3.

Treatment for Adverse Effects of Hormonal Contraceptives

CONTRACEPTIVE ADVERSE EFFECT POSSIBLE TREATMENTS

Combined oral contraceptives

Breakthrough bleeding

Reassure patient that bleeding will likely resolve in three to five cycles1; increase estrogen dose if less than 20 mcg per day9,10

Decreased libido

Reassurance23; consider increasing estrogen dose if current dose is very low13; consider prescribing 10 mcg of estrogen per day during the placebo week if patient is perimenopausal26; consider other reasons for decreased libido8

Depressed mood

Reassure patient that mood changes will likely improve with time1

Headache

Discontinue contraceptive if patient has migraine with aura25; reassure patient that headache will likely resolve after the first few cycles16; if headaches occur during the placebo week and the patient is older than 40 years, add 10 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day during five days of the placebo week26

Weight gain

Combined oral contraceptives are not associated with weight gain; consider lifestyle factors that may be causing weight gain22

Combined oral contraceptives (extended cycle)

Breakthrough bleeding

Reassure patient that bleeding will likely diminish by the fourth month11; consider a hormone-free interval of three or four days beginning on the first day of breakthrough bleeding27; consider changing progestin from levonorgestrel to norethindrone12

Depo-Provera (long-acting injectable depot medroxyprogesterone acetate)

Acne

Consider changing to a combined method if patient is medically eligible8

Amenorrhea

Reassurance

Hirsutism

Consider changing to a combined method if patient is medically eligible28

Weight gain

Careful

There are 11 opportunities for treatment listed, and 5 of them, almost 50% include nothing more than “Reassurance.” Of the others, there is that helpful: “Don’t gain weight, fatty, aka lifestyle considerations.”

That fatty advice ignores the fact that scientific studies prove that Depo-Provera has been proven to cause weight gain, a study cited in the article with the absurd “treatment table.”

Long-acting injectable depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera) is the only hormonal contraceptive that is consistently associated with weight gain. A prospective study found that women who used Depo-Provera gained an average of 11.2 lb (5.1 kg) over 36 months, whereas women who used combined oral contraceptives did not gain any weight.8,20

For women who have aura with a migraine, a visual disturbance with a migraine, taking the pill triples  her risk of a stroke, going from 8 in 10,000 to 28 in 10,000.This led the “Migraine Trust” to conclude that taking the pill for women with migraine with aura is “contraindicated.” Raising her stroke risk 300% is apparently enough to state that the medication is contraindicated.

Women don’t laugh at men because women are inherently “mean,” but really, when it comes to reproduction, women carry all the risk, so saying that men don’t like what we have had to deal with for 50 years of The Pill, or our own reproductive hormones seems funny. Who wouldn’t laugh when a toddler stamps his feet? I do. The other response is to get angry and stomp back and say: “How dare you?? You better show some respect!” We could also forcibly place them in time out, but really, the study has already ended, so the tantrum is over, now we just need to wait out the crying.

 

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