Nuns without the pill have a higher risk of cancer

Catholic nuns are at higher risk of cancer, according to a study without an anti-baby pill

According to a study recently published in the scientific journal "The Lancet", Catholic nuns have a significantly higher risk of cancer because they usually do not take birth control pills. The risk of developing a malignant tumor on the ovaries or uterus could be reduced by 60 percent if the religious took hormonal contraceptives, Australian cancer researchers Kara Britt and Roger Short report in their recently published article. However, the hormonal pill is not suitable for every woman in terms of health.

Scientists express concerns about the Catholic Church's attitude towards artificial contraception Because of the possible reduction in the risk of cancer from the pill, the scientists demand free access to oral contraceptives for all religious. The Australian Bishops' Conference said that the church said nothing against the use of the pill for medical reasons. Brian Lucas, the secretary general of the bishops' conference, told New Zealand television, "There is no ethical problem at all."

However, Kara Britt sees a risk that the nuns may refrain from using the pill due to the Catholic Church's negative attitude towards contraception. In 1968 Pope Paul VI officially rejected an artificial birth control with the encyclical "Humanae vitae". However, the document also shows that the church "does not consider therapeutic measures that are necessary to cure physical illnesses to be unlawful" "even if it is likely that this will prevent a child from becoming fertile."

Hormonal contraceptives have risks Although the evidence-based study showed that nuns and other childless women were at significantly higher risk of ovarian or uterine cancer because they had more menstrual cycles in their lives, it should not be overlooked that hormone supplements were also taken The scientists report in the journal "The Lacet" that there is a risk involved.

Possible side effects of the contraceptive pill include migraines, nausea and vomiting, weight gain, breast tenderness, mood changes and a decrease in sexual desire. Thrombosis, high blood pressure and liver dysfunction may also occur. Women with previous illnesses should definitely check with a doctor whether the birth control pill is suitable for them. Again and again the pill is prescribed very riskily. It was recently announced that two preparations from the pharmaceutical company "Bayer" are suspected of increasing the risk of developing thrombosis. These are the birth control pills "Yasmin" and "Yaz". The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would look into this.

Women still only have the possibility to weigh up whether the advantages or disadvantages of the birth control pill outweigh them personally. If a woman opts for the pill, advice from a specialist is essential, especially since the pill is prescription-only in Germany. In contrast, naturopathy rejects hormonal agents as an intervention in the body's hormonal balance. As an alternative, some alternative practitioners recommend the Mexican wild yam. The plant active ingredient already played a major role in the invention of the conventional contraceptive pill. (ag)

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