Progestin: An Unnatural Hormone
Women of childbearing age in Colorado, Florida and Massachusetts, now face the same invasive breast cancer rates that women of all ages faced in the 1960’s, according to state cancer board data.
What is pushing up (pun noticed) breast cancer among younger women in the U.S.? One of the causes just might be fake progesterone… called progestin, that lurks in every birth control drug and in the popular Mirena IUD.
….with birth control drugs now commanding a $3.8 billion a year market in the U.S. alone, watch for lots of push back when this subject is mentioned.
Thankfully, Dr. Susan Love and her Army of Women, is finally going to study the progestin- in- birth- control- drug situation. Are these drugs worth taking to prevent pregnancy. .. or is there a safer and more effective way?
In her good natured and far-reaching book, Breasts:a natural and unnatural history, science writer, Florence Williams, introduces us to the lively South African researcher,Malcolm Pike, who discovered back in 1983, that unnatural progestin was as risky or more risky than unnatural estrogen when it came to popping hormone drugs and worrying about breast cancer.
Women should never forget, it was those unnatural progestins in the combo hormone replacement therapy (HRT) pill that older women were told to take, that pushed up their their breast cancer risk by 26%.
It took a $625 million national study, let by a woman physician, Bernadine Healey, to finally convince the public in 2002, that HRT was a bad idea.
In one year, this $4 billion a year U.S. HRT drug market collapsed in half and for a few short years, post menopausal women saw their hormone-positive breast cancer rates dive by 15%.
Now lots of research is again pointing to unnatural progestins as a significant culprit , as more and more women of childbearing age, using all types of hormonal birth control, reach a tipping point, and end up with invasive breast cancer.
We need to thank Malcoln Pike, Bernadine Healey, Susan Love, and now Florence Williams, for their past, recent and future research and writing that encourages women to question this problematic and unnatural hormone.
Coming Up: War on Women
Hormone-free IUDs are safer and more effective than any hormone drug or hormone IUD.
But why does this IUD cost $1, 000 in the U.S. and $1.00 in the U.K.?