Birth Control Pill Is Not Associated With Birth Defects

Posted: Jan 7 2016, 7:19am CST | by , Updated: Jan 7 2016, 8:15am CST, in News | Latest Science News


Birth Control Pill is Not Associated with Birth Defects
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  • Study shows that the Contraceptive Pill is not tied to any Congenital Defects in Infants

A study has shown conclusive evidence that the contraceptive pill is not tied to any congenital defects in infants.

Oral contraceptives that are taken by women seem to have no effect whatsoever on their babies. This accounted for whether these birth control pills were taken prior to or during the pregnancy phase.

The pill is the most common method of preventing pregnancy used by women of the current era in history. But what remained a mystery was whether birth defects in babies were due to the pregnant mothers using these birth control pills.  

Scientists from the United States and Denmark studied live births from 1997 to 2011. That is a total of about a decade and a half. It is a long enough time to deduce some scientific postulates about the hormonal side effects of these birth control pills.

The prescription information regarding these women was also examined with careful scrutiny. Over 8% of the ladies stopped using pills before pregnancy while a measly 1% stopped during pregnancy.

Planning to conceive a baby required the discarding of birth control pills in one’s daily requirements. But the researchers found no such birth defects in the infants that were caused by birth control pills. 

“Many women stop using oral contraceptives when planning a pregnancy and conceive within just a few months. In both of those examples, a woman may inadvertently expose her offspring during pregnancy to exogenous sex hormones,” study author Brittany M. Charlton, an instructor at Harvard Medical School told Time.

There appeared to be no risks in taking oral contraceptives. Exposure to the pill was therefore a harmless pastime for women. They need not worry regarding the health status of their ensuing offspring.

Whether they took the pill or not was entirely irrelevant to the healthiness of their babies. This study comes along with another research foray that looked into the effects of medication on women and their small children. This one found links between the intake of certain antidepressants and birth defects in infants. 

But others who tried to match the results in their studies were unable to come up with similar conclusions. Thus this other study is inconclusive and confusing in its moral.

As for oral contraceptives, they definitely do not affect infant health in any way. It takes a lot to fool Mother Nature into producing children with serious defects.

Most of the time, infants are born with their usual parts intact and the ability to cope with a stressful environment with ease. It is very rare for any child to be missing some vital skills thanks to abnormal functioning or defective organs.  

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