Skip to comments.Class Action Suit Says Depo-Provera Birth Control Drug Causes Osteoporosis
Posted on 12/21/2005 5:30:14 PM PST by wagglebee
December 21, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) Women are suing the makers of Depo-Provera birth control, saying it has caused them severe bone loss leading to osteoporosis.
A $700-million class-action lawsuit has been filed against the drug company Pfizer, an international pharmaceutical conglomerate that also produces the prescription drugs Viagra, Zoloft and Celebrex. Pfizer has come under fire in the past for alleged lethal side effects stemming from the use of the anti-depressant Zoloft, and the company currently faces a number of lawsuits in the U.S. over Celebrex, which is alleged to cause heart attacks in users.
The drug Depo-Provera acts as an abortifacient. Given by injections four times a year, the artificial hormone prevents a baby in the earliest stages of development from implanting on the wall of the uterus, leading to its death. The drug is effective in ending pregnancies more than 99% of the time, according to Pfizers website. Advertisers have acclaimed it as a hassle and worry free birth control method, saving women from daily pill popping.
Concerns that the drug also causes massive and partially irreversible bone loss in young women have led to three current lawsuits under way in Canada.
The drug has also been linked to increased susceptibility to STDs in users, as much as three times higher than normal, according to one study.
Depo-Provera has been at the forefront of foreign-funded birth control programs in the developing world. Between 1994-2000, USAID sent over 40 million units of the drug to these programs, much of it going to Africa. Proponents of the medication have been accused of contributing to the spread of HIV in Africa by weakening womens immune systems through use of the drug.
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Family Planning Groups Spreading AIDS in Africa with Depo Provera, New Study Warns
What they don't advertise is that conception can and does occur.
WOW!! I was on that for about 3 years...and I NEVER knew that.
Don't mess with what God has given man (and women too of course)
Science's attempt to play god are riddled with flaws covered up by deceit. The devil at work I presume.
Nothing wrong with buying what we need from China or India.
Because then we'll start talking about abortion and we all know what a senstive topic that is for liberals.
I just put up an order to sell my Pfizer stock. Zoloft, Celebrex and Bextra are all outstanding medications with bum raps against them. The depo-Provera is however extremely dangerous.
And this is what teenagers in CT can get in school without parental consent or knowledge. For all we know the pro-sex educators are endorsing and recommending it. Free of course because CT has The Husky plan. Free medicine for all children. Free from side-effects: NO!
Between abortion and homosexuality, liberals may become extinct within another generation or two.
I knew about calcium, I didn't know how the drug worked.
I hope that was sarcasm, 'cause the implications of what you're stating here are just too staggering to believe anyone would enspouse such opinion.
I wouldn't own a pharmaceutical stock for any reason, there are way to many downsides, one bad report and the company is nearly bankrupt (and it's usually something that was the new "wonder drug" just the day before).
"The drug Depo-Provera acts as an abortifacient. Given by injections four times a year, the artificial hormone prevents a baby in the earliest stages of development from implanting on the wall of the uterus, leading to its death."
No..it does not. Depo-Provera puts the woman's body into "false menopause" via hormones. It prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. It also causes the cervical mucus to thicken and changes the uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to enter or survive in the uterus. That's why women do not have a menstrual cycle while on the Depo shot.
How, pray tell, can it kill a baby in it's "earliest stage of development"...if there was never an egg released to make the baby?
If the left had it's way, it would be given to all teenage girls whether they wanted it or not.
LOL!! Wow..so I guess you have 6-7 kids then? Some of us actually enjoy our freedom you know, and do not wish to be the ringleader of a circus full of bicycling monkeys (just visit Wal-Mart on Dec 24th at noon to see what I mean).
That's what I was told! Your description, of course.
is this a new word????
Seriously?? I never took this but I was on BC for a few months of my life and hated it and went back to family planning.
ROTFLMAO! Quite the mental image! Thank you.
The good Lord gave us 5 kids and we used his system to avoid anymore. Natural Family Planning works. No chemicals to screw up mom's body.
Do you really trust the drug companies to have your best interest in mind? Or are they in it for the $$$?
Okay, so you would rather teenage girls have abortions?????
Since Depo-Provera is a hormone, it would stand to reason that it might affect bone mineralization. This isn't a new revelation; it's just that people expect that a medication will solve their problems without any untoward effects. Usually it's a trade off; benefit vs. risk.
I figure the good Lord made doctors and scientist, so I'll use the things that they have provided.
I thank God for some of those things because without drugs I wouldn't have any children. I need progesterone to stay pregnant. I have 3 beautiful children.
I also use birth control because otherwise I would end up getting pregnant and either micarrying naturally or needing DNCs every few months. It's not much fun to have a natural miscarriange or a DNC, and I don't recommend them for anyone. I'll keep using my birth control.
Would it be fair for me to ask you if you would prefer that teenage girls grow up to have osteoporosis when they get older, or contract HIV or other STDs because they are using birth control?
One of the reasons I use depo is that it prevents ovulation and is not an abortifacient. I am pro-life and it bothers me that a pro-life site can't get its facts straight. Could it be that they are totally anti-birth control?
Both of these topics involve don't ask, don't tell.
I figure the most likely outcome of unprotected sex is pregnancy.
I prefer abstinence, but I am realistic to think that teenagers probably won't follow that. I would then want them to know about birth control.
It seems like taking calcium supplements would help with osteoporosis, and then condoms help with STDs and HIV.
Depo-provera is a great birth control alternative to many women, and I hope it is not taken off the market.
I do think that all information needs to be out there though so that women can make an informed decision rather than blindly accepting what the pharmaceutical companies say.
I'll agree with that. I was on depo-provera for about 6 months, and no one told me about calcium supplements. I just had one of the side-effects that I was aware of. I had lots of bleeding. It wasn't a good choice for me.
How'd you get him to do that? My hubby can't even bring himself to think of it....
I think people also don't read the pamplets that come with medications, and then they are surprised about the side effects.
One of my daughters has brain damage, and I took her to a psychologist when she was three because she was having terrible temper tantrums. The first thing the psychologist started talking about was medications. I never went back to that psychologist, and at 9 my daughter is pretty well-behaved 90% of the time. (Still has the tantrums, but under much better control without medication.)
My other daughter has asthma, and I thank God for her medication. She would be dead without it. I do know the risks involved with her medication, and I am very careful about it. I just know that the risk without the medication is death.
I do understand about the problems associated with having to take medications to save your life but I also know about having to live with the damage from the side effects. The medical condition I had where I was put on the pill was a direct side effect from having to take prednisone for an extended time when I was younger. Let's just say it really thoroughly screwed up my adrenals and endocrine system.
That is why I do believe that it is imperative for all information be given and explained to people before hand so that they can make an informed choice.
My other half broke her back about 30 years ago. About every third period I used to live with Godzilla. Now she's on a nice even keel, and has no more nasty back aches.
No, they would be much better to be out of reach of lawsuits, they would have more money with which to develop new drugs. It would be win for them and us.
According to these extremist zealots, just about any contraceptive "kills babies". Don't bother trying to point out facts to them -- they're not interested. Their goal is to prevent anyone from ever having sex without fear of pregnancy. This "LifeSite" puts out reams of junk science, and has an eager audience of gullible people who will unhesitatingly swallow this sort of stuff. Same audience continues to believe the thoroughly debunked "abortion causes breast cancer" claim. As for the side claim in this article that Depo-Provera increases the rate of STDs, well duh! Anybody who uses an oral contraceptive, or NO contraceptive, instead of a condom is raising their risk for STDs. Has nothing to do with the oral contraceptive "causing" the increase in STDs, it has to do with the condoms reducing the incidence of STDs -- just keep using the condom along with Depo-Provera, and there will be no increase in STDs. But the LifeSite people don't mention this because they aren't interested in preventing STDs, they're interested in preventing sex.
Yes, precisely. And they don't mind lying to advance their cause.
Information, yes. Misinformation, no. Adding the politically/religiously motivated lies of outfits like LifeSite, to the drug companies' profit-motivated exaggerations of benefits and minimization of negative side effects, is just increasing the misinformation load.
What you say is scary but true.
That or more babies! He made the choice, which was fine w/me.
Or, we could have meaningful tort reform and keep the high paying R&D jobs in the states. I'd rather *not* pay the greedy lawyers and have the Ph.D. scientists stick around.
I just know that I always have the most negative side effects possible with any medication and am very adamant that all information be given me before hand for any medication. I base my decisions on facts not propoganda from any side. There are long term consequences for interfering with the natural functions of the body. People should have all information so that they can choose what they prefer to live with, what's that saying pay now or pay later.
How many of you guys would be so gung ho about the use of bc pills if you realized that it can and often does kill the libido? Remember the pill is interfering with the hormones.
Libido is not something I regard as a priority, but YMMV. Different people respond very differently to medications, and hopefully, the emerging science of genetic testing to predict response to particular medications will largely solve that problem. I think that dosage recommendations are a big part of the problem. I often take a fraction of the recommended or prescribed dosage of a medication and find that it's plenty. The recommended dosages are designed to achieve maximal effect -- good for sales -- and work fine for people who don't have any adverse reactions, but can make the side effects worse than the original problem. Case in point: I have a 365 day a year runny nose from a wide range of mild allergies. I take 1/4 of an Actifed tablet in the morning and that does the trick for the whole day. Recommended dosage is a whole tablet every 6 hours, but even 1 whole tablet a day gives me kidney stones. But I've been on the 1/4 a day for over 15 years with no problems.
Yes it's a ymmv thing but there is a difference in taking allergy medicines and taking hormone altering drugs. Are we 100% knowledgeable about what functions those hormones are responsible for? I doubt that we know everything there is to know about the human body.
There are other risks not always taken into account, like weight gain and mood swings. Lots of women have gained a lot of weight from taking various forms of bc pills. Others start having problems with depression. The dosage issue is something that is very hard to figure out since not enough of the drug won't stop the ovulation or birth control aspect.
Good heavens what's the number one complaint by most married men in regards to marriage? No sex, weight gain and bitchiness. Maybe there's a real reason that is being overlooked all because of the desire for easy birth control. I'm not even discussing the moral/religious aspect here but simply the physiological reality a lot of women deal with when taking artificial hormones to alter the way their body is supposed to function. When you feel like crap you will act like crap.
Yes, but on the other hand, women who suffer from endometriosis, which is pretty common, nearly always feel much better when taking oral contraceptives. I think a certain amount of experimentation on oneself is a good idea. In the Internet age, it is easy to get a ton of information, both from drug companies and medical researchers, and from online message boards where people with the same problem and/or who have taken the same medication, compare notes. Often negative side effects can be counteracted by adding another medication or even just vitamin/mineral supplements, and it's no longer difficult to get that info, even if your prescribing doctor doesn't have it.
I understand that some women need it for medical reasons. However, the vast majority of women don't. One of the treatments for endometriosis is guess what, pregnancy. For some reason the symptoms go into remission. If a woman has this condition and she does want children she needs to decide early on so that infertility isn't an issue down the road.
Speaking from personal experience of being on the pill for medical reasons the side effects were not worth it. I finally had to take matters in my own hands and found that by making dietary changes and taking supplements alone was the key for correcting the hormone imbalance. I have the internet to thank for being able to find information needed to greatly improve my life without medication. I also discovered that there are many women out there with similar negative experiences regarding taking artificial hormones for birth control.
I have to say that no this drug is NOT safe. I was given the shot and with in 24 hours I had what they thought was a stroke. Turns out that it is nerve damage from the shot. Now no one can tell me that this drug is a safe way to prevent pregnancy.