DZIQ: Oral contraceptives have ‘more health benefits’—ex-DoH chief
First Posted 12:08:00 04/27/2011

Filed Under: Health, Population, Family planning, Conflicts (general), Medicines

former Health Secretary Esperanza Cabra

MANILA, Philippines – Oral contraceptives have more health benefits than bad side effects, said former Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral in an interview with Radyo Inquirer Wednesday.

When asked whether it was true that oral contraceptives posed a higher risk of breast cancer, Cabral answered in the affirmative but quickly added that “all medical products have good and side (bad) effects.”

“Oral contraceptives have bad side effects but there are more good effects,” Cabral said.

She said that taking oral contraceptives may lower the incidence of certain cancers such as endometrial cancer by 50% and ovarian cancer by 40%.

She also said that using oral contraceptives may prevent some breast diseases, pelvic inflammatory diseases, ectopic pregnancies, could help regulate blood flow during menstruation, which could prevent anemia, provide protection against arthritis and osteoporosis.

Cabral is a known supporter of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, which promotes the use of artificial methods of family planning.

The RH bill has come under fire from the Catholic Church, which has branded this piece of legislation “immoral.”



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