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By Devvy
September 27, 2004
1:05 AM Eastern

Night after night during prime time when children and young teens are in front of the TV set, the American people are treated to commercials showing half naked young women prancing around displaying their new "sexy" contraceptive patch. This "sexy" patch has been sold as the easiest form of birth control and an alternative to the pill. Ortho Evra patch manufacturer, Ortho-McNeil, touts their patch is easier to remember than taking the pill because a woman need only change the patch once a week versus the Pill which is a daily dose.

Safer remains to be seen as Freedom of Information Act documents filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have revealed that 17 women between the ages of 17 and 30 have died since release of the "sexy" patch in 2002. These documents also revealed that 21 additional life threatening conditions have been been found including: heart attacks, blood clots and strokes.

The "sexy' patch delivers contraceptive hormones into the woman's blood stream through the skin patch. Otho-McNeil maintains that the fatality rate emerging by women using their patch is "consistent with the health risks of taking the pill." Their statistics show that birth control pills kill 0.3 to 1.9 women out of every 100,000 15 to 29 year old users and that smoking while using these products increases risks significantly.

While doctors like NYU Medical Center gynecologist and professor, Dr. John Quagliarello say the numbers are a cause for concern, UK's Family Planning Association told the BBC that women should not stop using the "sexy" patch because they would then be at risk for an unplanned pregnancy. In Europe, the "sexy" patch is called Evra and manufactured by Janssen-Cilag whose spokes person has stated, "We have received six reports of fatalities in which the role of our product is unclear."

Male contraceptive also shows risk

Men aren't fairing much better in the contraceptive area. In May 2004, a new study coming out of Berlin had some disturbing conclusions. A German research facility revealed that most condoms contain a potent carcinogen, N-Nitrosamine. After testing 32 types of condoms, they found that 29 contained the cancer causing chemical at very highly elevated levels. This finding shows this elevated level is up to three times compared with what could be found in food.

The scientists at The Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Institute who conducted this research said, "N-Nitrosamine is one of the most carcinogenic substances. There is a pressing need for manufacturers to tackle this problem." The purpose of this chemical found in condoms is to increase the elasticity of latex rubber which is released with a condom comes in contact with a person's body fluids.

While most men and women think condoms will provide "safe sex," few understand that condoms do not always protect someone from contracting STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) or AIDS, which has an incubation period of up to ten years. It's claimed that latex works better than biological products such as lambskin, but seepage can still occur. This means that when an individual, male or female, is thinking about entering into an intimate relationship with someone new, they must consider the new person's past sexual history for up to ten years.

Dr. Lorraine Day, world renowned pioneer on AIDS, maintains that the U.S. government and media aren't telling people the truth about AIDS and how it is transmitted. Dr. Day has discovered through her research what the government really thinks about how safe condoms are in preventing and spreading AIDS and encourages everyone to research this for themselves.

Anyone who thinks they have had intimate relations with someone in a high risk category or has engaged in "risky sex," should contact their doctor as soon as possible for an HIV/AIDS test.

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Safer remains to be seen as Freedom of Information Act documents filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have revealed that 17 women between the ages of 17 and 30 have died since release of the "sexy" patch in 2002.