December 8, 2011 3:00 PM
Should nuns take birth control pills? What study says
By Ryan Jaslow
CBS) Should nuns take birth control pills? A controversial new commentary published Thursday suggests nuns who take birth control will significantly cut their risk of getting cancer.
Why nuns? Nuns are nulliparous, meaning they don't have children. Women who don't have children undergo more menstrual cycles than women who have kids, because they don't get pregnant or breastfeed. More cycles mean more cancer risk, according to the study authors.
The authors said the nearly 95,000 nuns worldwide "pay a terrible price for their chastity," because they face a greater risk for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers.
"If the Catholic Church could make the oral contraceptive pill freely available to all its nuns, it would reduce the risk of those accursed pests, cancer of the ovary and uterus, and give nuns' plight the recognition it deserves," study authors Dr. Kara Britt of Monash University and Professor Roger Short of the University of Melbourne in Australia, said in a written statement.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162- … tudy-says/
when I saw this title ,my first thought was,"Are the priests going after the nuns, now?"..Ok, that was a bit smart ass of me..but after reading it, it made some sense as the celibacy of the nuns and how it affects their health
This just sounds a bit sensationalist to me. Why nuns in particular? To make a good headline perhaps? Many women don't have children, not just nuns, so should all women without children take the pill?
Also, I believe that while OC does reduce the chances of getting ovarian and endometrial cancers, it can increase the risks of breast cancer and cervical cancer. There is also an increased risk of blood clots. So this advice could be kind of dangerous.
In my student days, many decades ago, I was taught by our carcinogenicity lecturer that nuns had a higher risk of breast cancer but lower risk of cervical cancer.
In those days at least, it was believed the breast cancer risk increases in women who do not have their first child by the age of 30 (I took care to get mine in when I was 29 LOL!)
The reduced risk of cervical cancer was thought due to the fact that cervical cancer is at least partially linked with exposure to human papilloma virus. Women with fewer sexual partners have less chance of infection, while nuns theoretically have no chance of infection.
Yes that's similar to what I was taught, and that is that girls who start sexual activity young are more like to get cervical cancer and that nuns, who supposedly never have sex, don't get it.
by sandra rinck8 years ago
FDA and government approved the Morning After Pill to be made available to 17 year olds. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? My thoughts:Condoms are made available to teenagers and even given to them for their...
by amymarie_55 years ago
I take birth control pills for medical reasons. I have PCOS. Without it, my hormones would be imbalanced and I'd be at risk for uterine cancer. There are many women like me. I find it disturbing that those...
by Stacie L5 years ago
MONDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription sleeping pills may help you get some much needed rest at night, but using them routinely might also make it more likely that you will die or develop certain types of...
by sandra rinck8 years ago
Recent studies suggest that the long debated... do oral contraceptives cause lupus? is indeed linked to lupus.I actually did not know that birth control was linked to lupus. This is not something they tell you...
by Grace Marguerite Williams3 years ago
overpopulation of this planet? As we all know, the earth's space and resources are finite. Mathematical logic dictates that with more people, more resources are going to be used and resources are...
by Mikel G Roberts7 years ago
If using birth control is a sin... and since abstinence is a form of birth control, doesn't that make abstinence a sin?If abstinence is a sin... is being celibate an even greater sin?And the final point, if birth...
Copyright © 2017 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.