You might guess that oral contraceptives cause developing embryos to perish, but birth control pills have also been found to cause death in women. More than half of these deaths are caused by venous thromboembolism.
Readership: All; Parents of adolescent daughters; Women who use birth control pills; Men with partners who use birth control pills; Men interested in vetting a woman for a relationship;
Note: Photographs of women who have been killed by the pill are depicted throughout the article. Information reported in Dr. Lanfranchi’s speech is in green text.
Abbey Parkes, 20, a legal secretary from Tunstall in Staffordshire, had been taking Logynon for six years when she suffered a cardiac arrest and died at her home on 26 August 2016. An inquest found that she was killed by her contraceptive pill.
Dr. Angela Lanfranchi is a breast surgeon and clinical assistant professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Lanfranchi heads up the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
This short video (18 minutes) features Dr. Lanfranchi giving a riveting presentation of the scientific proof of how the birth control pill (hormonal contraception) has several harmful side effects, and worst of all, it kills women. More than half of these deaths are caused when the pill induces some type of venous thromboembolism (VTE), but the follow up cause of death is surprising – intimate partner violence!*
Below, several points in the speech are cited and discussed.
People Love the Pill
The pill is the number one contraceptive method in Africa, Europe, and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific islands). It is also the most prevalent form of reversible contraception in the Americas .
If the pill is so bad, then why do teenage girls love it?
- They have lighter periods.
- They have periods accompanied by less pain.**
- They have more predictable periods due to increased regularity.
- Their breasts grow larger and fuller.
- For many girls, the hormonal changes caused by the pill improves their skin complexion.
- They think they don’t need to worry about pregnancy, should anything “just happen”.
If the pill is so bad, then why do parents of teenage girls love it?
- In general, parents worry less.
- Parents think the pill will prevent their daughter from getting pregnant.
- Parents think that using the pill makes them and their daughter “responsible” for the daughter’s sexuality.
- Parents resort to psychological defenses to deny the risks. “It’s for acne.” “It’s for painful periods.**”
- Parents are unaware of the medical risks associated with using the pill.
Miranda Scott, of Delta, B.C. was 18 when she suddenly collapsed in a gym at UBC Okanagan in 2010. Her autopsy report concluded she had died after blood clots formed throughout her body.
The Pill Kills Embryos
To understand how the pill works, and how it terminates pregnancy, let’s take a look at how life begins in the womb. For a woman to become pregnant, the following steps must occur :
- Sperm transport — The sperm must be deposited and transported to the site of fertilization.
- Egg transport — Ovulation must occur and the egg must be “picked up” by the tube.
- Fertilization and embryo development — Union between the sperm and egg must result.
- Implantation — The embryo must implant and begin to grow in the uterus.
Birth control pills affect (2) and/or (4).
Concerning (2), birth control pills can prevent ovulation. In the normal monthly cycle, estrogen and progesterone levels rise and fall naturally. At times when there is a shortage of estrogen and progesterone, two other hormones, FSH and LH, will be produced, and these hormones trigger ovulation.
Hormonal birth control provides just enough synthetic estrogen and progesterone hormones to prevent the stimulation of FSH and LH production, thereby preventing the two key hormones that cause ovulation.
Hormonal birth control basically keeps a woman in the same phase of her menstrual cycle on a continuous basis, and averting the phase of ovulation. The ovaries become relatively inactive.
Mechanism (4) is more complex. Approximately five to six days after fertilization, the fertilized egg reaches the blastocyst stage. Here, the embryo hatches out of its zona pellucida and begins the process of implantation, in which it attaches to the lining of the uterus. Implantation occurs about 7-14 days after sexual intercourse.
In nature, 50 percent of all fertilized eggs are lost before a woman misses her next menses. The reasons for this include…
- An embryo may begin to develop but not make it to the blastocyst stage — the first stage at which those cells destined to become the fetus separate from those that will become the placenta.
- The blastocyst may implant but not grow.
- The blastocyst may implant and grow, but then stop developing before the two-week time at which a pregnancy can be detected.
The receptivity of the uterus and the health of the embryo are vitally important for the implantation and growth process.
In the case of mechanism (4), the pill doesn’t simply prevent conception. In fact, it is an abortifacient for the following reasons.
- It causes the endometrial lining of the uterus to be too thin to allow implantation of the blastocyst (embryo).
- It changes the level of interleukins which are necessary for implantation.
As a result, the conditions inside the uterus are insufficient for allowing the implantation and growth of a fertilized embryo. When the embryo cannot successfully implant the uterus, it passes out of the body and dies. Essentially, the pill causes the mother to miscarry at the very earliest stages of pregnancy. So the rate of losing the embryo goes from 50% in a natural state, up to 87-91% when using some type of birth control pill .
According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day. But this estimate only includes reported surgical abortions. It does not include unreported abortions, nor nonsurgical abortions.
Since birth control pills (and IUD’s) are abortifacients, and not preventative contraceptives, then any fertilized embryo that may form in the womb is lost due to an insufficiently fertile environment within the womb.
This is grave news for the pill (and IUD’s) if you believe that life begins at fertilization, because (although it is impossible to measure), that would mean that the number of babies lost due to abortifacient contraceptives are astronomically larger than the number of reported abortions. If abortions caused by abortifacients could somehow be included in the abortion statistics, then that would likely place the abortion rate into hundreds of millions, or even billions per year. Of course, this is all speculation, but the point is that the pill kills, and it kills many more than we could ever know.
Fallan Kurek, 21, from Staffordshire, U.K., died from a massive pulmonary embolism after the side-effects of the pill were not effectively treated.
The Pill Kills Women
According to Dr. Lanfranchi, there are four mechanisms that the pill is known to cause death.
- The progestins in the pill increase blood clotting, leading to thrombosis, embolisms, infarctions, and strokes.
- The metabolites of estrogen in the pill are carcinogenic agents which increase a woman’s chances of developing cancer.***
- Regular use of the pill increases the chance of contracting and transmitting a lethal illness or infection (i.e. HIV, human papilloma virus).****
- Use of the pill statistically increases the chance of dying from accidents or violence (i.e. homicide).
The first cause of death listed above encompasses many conditions related to the circulatory system. Of note, venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the foremost cause of death among oral contraceptive users, accounting for roughly half of these untimely deaths.
As early as 1977, it was reported that the death rate from diseases of the circulatory system in women who had used oral contraceptives, was 5 times that of controls who had never used the pill. For those who had taken the oral contraceptive continuously for 5 years or more, the death rate was 10 times that of the controls. The excess deaths in oral contraceptive users were due to a wide range of vascular conditions. The number of excess deaths was substantially greater than the death rate from complications of pregnancy in the controls, and was double the accident death rate. The excess mortality rate increased with age, cigarette smoking, and duration of oral contraceptive use. [4,5]
In a 1981 study of 249 deaths associated with oral contraceptives, women who had used the pill were reported to have a 40% higher death rate than women who had never taken oral contraceptives. Virtually all the excess mortality was due to diseases of the circulatory system. 
In a 2010 study done on 46,112 women observed for up to 39 years, there was an increase in mortality among women of childbearing age, but a reduction in mortality for post-menopausal women. 
In 2014, another Nurses’ Health Study published the results of a significant longitudinal study of 121,701 participants who were prospectively followed for 36 years between 1976 and 2012.  The purpose of this study was to determine whether use of oral contraceptives is associated with all cause and cause specific mortality. The results of this study are as follows.
“In our population of 121,577 women with information on oral contraceptive use, 63,626 were never users (52%) and 57,951 were ever users (48%). After 3.6 million person years, we recorded 31,286 deaths. No association was observed between ever use of oral contraceptives and all cause mortality. However, violent or accidental deaths were more common among ever users (hazard ratio 1.20, 95% confidence interval 1.04 to 1.37). Longer duration of use was more strongly associated with certain causes of death, including premature mortality due to breast cancer (test for trend P<0.0001) and decreased mortality rates of ovarian cancer (P=0.002). Longer time since last use was also associated with certain outcomes, including a positive association with violent or accidental deaths (P=0.005).”
This connection between the pill and mortality has not changed since its discovery over four decades ago. In the United States alone, 136 to 260 healthy women die from VTE caused by hormonal contraception every year. When that risk is combined with the added risk of stroke and heart attack, between three and four hundred women die every year in the United States due to their choice to use hormonal contraception. 
The consensus is clear. The Pill Kills!
Charlotte Foster, 23, took ill and was hospitalized after being prescribed a contraceptive pill. She later died from a blood clot, on 25 January 2016, weeks after going to her GP with tell-tale symptoms.
* The term “intimate partner” includes current partners, and past partners (e.g. hookups, flings, and ONS’s). More partners and more associated drama increases the likelihood of violence from at least one intimate partner.
** The medication that gynecologists prescribe for menstrual pain is similar or the same as that for birth control.
*** Dr. Lanfranchi notes that the medical and pharmaceutical industries have downplayed and sometimes denied the link between the pill and various forms of cancer. This is done partly through citing studies that have reported conflicting results, and partly by using social factors as an excuse.
**** Dr. Lanfranchi doesn’t comment about why the regular use of the pill increases the chance of contracting and transmitting a lethal illness or infection. There are a few possible, overlapping explanations. (1) The hormonal disruption depresses the immune system, causing a greater susceptibility to infections. (2) Women who use contraceptives may be more sexually promiscuous, thereby increasing their chances of contracting an illness. (3) Using contraceptives may cause women to psychologically dismiss the risks involved with sexual activities, and increase women’s confidence to engage in more profligate sexual behavior.
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- Royal College of General Practitioners Study, “Further analysis of mortality in oral contraceptive users”, Lancet, Vol.1 pp.541-546, 1981.
- C. Hannaford, L. Iversen, T. V. MacFarlane, A. M. Elliott, V. Angus, A. J. Lee, “Mortality among contraceptive pill users: cohort evidence from Royal College of General Practitioners’ Oral Contraception Study”, The British Medical Journal (BMJ) 2010, 340.
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- Public Discourse (feat. Lynn Keenan and Gerard Migeon): Birth Control, Blood Clots, and Untimely Death: Time to Reconsider What We Tell Our Teens? (4 March 2019)
- Cosmopolitan (feat. Elizabeth Narins): Why Are Women Dying From Taking the Pill? (28 May 2015)
- The Daily Mail (feat. Richard Marsden): Ten women’s deaths a year are linked to taking the Pill: Figures revealed after woman, 20, dies from blood clots partly caused by contraceptive (14 July 2017)
- Redeeming Home: The Birth Control Pill Caused My Miscarriage (1 September 2017)
- Cosmopolitan (feat. Hannah Price): Why so many women want this contraceptive pill banned (29 December 2018)
- The Pill Kills Truth