Generic Birth Control Risks

Question

Hello, I have just had to switch to a generic birth control. I was taking Triphasial but now my insurance will only pay for generic for that, which is Tri-Leven. I was told that the pills have the same percentage. I was wondering what the risk of pregnancy would be to switch to a generic. And would this have an effect on my body, like breasts feeling sore?

Answer

Last Updated: June 9, 2013
This sounds like, “are generic cigarettes more harmful than brand name cigarettes?” Tobacco and contraceptives are homegrown industries. While harmful imported products are subjected to scrutiny, tobacco dangers were ignored for decades. Contraceptives are known to be harmful, yet only lip service is paid to the risks. A physician colleague has told me that many contraceptive researchers fear they would lose their jobs if there were brutally honest.

It is not widely appreciated that oral contraceptive pills are abortifacient. Studies show that escape ovulation occurs in 5-15% of cycles. In those cycles, eggs may be fertilized resulting in human embryos. The embryos face a hostile environment when they try to implant in the womb. If implantation fails, they are lost at the next menses.

A recent book by John Wilks, a pharmacist, reveals many hidden or minimized dangers of oral contraceptives (available at American Life League, 540-659-4171). After four years of prescribing contraceptives, I thought I knew a lot about their risks. I was shocked when I read Wilks’ book (well over too referenced).

The pill causes cervical cancer not just by promoting multiple sex “partners” but also by enhancing the growth of precancerous cervical dysplasia. The pill promotes infection by HPV (Human Papilloma virus), the virus which is thought to cause most cervical cancer. There may be hormone responsive elements in the portion of viral DNA, which is responsible for viral replication.

The risk of breast cancer due to the pill has long been minimized. A book released by Dr. Chris Kahlenborn, Breast Cancer: It’s Link With Abortion and the Birth Control Pill, contains eye-opening information of the pill and breast cancer. (Webmaster’s Note: To order the book visit the CANFP Store)

The risk of blood clots has not been eliminated by the new progestogin-dominated pills, as many hoped.

The risk of birth defects has long been minimized for babies conceived while the mother takes the pill. But it has long been known that the birth control pill causes deficiencies of numerous vitamins including folic acid. There is data linking OCPs with major structural malformations, not just masculinization of female fetuses. The pill may also affect fertility.

So these contraceptives are physically harmful. But many think they cause violations of chastity, damage the marriage relationship and promote divorce. These effects could be worse than the physical effects.

Paddy Jim Baggot, MD, CNFPMC

Answered By:

Paddy Jim Baggot, MD
Paddy Jim Baggot, MD, practices in the Los Angeles region

Read more related questions

If I Missed a Shot Could I Get Pregnant?

I didn’t go for my injection the 4th of May. Is it possible for me to get pregnant?

The Pill: Class One Carcinogen

Ever since I heard that the birth control pill and other contraceptives were declared Level One carcinogens by the WHO at the “Spirit and Law…

The Pill to Regulate Cycles—Why Not?

I’ve had irregular periods all my life. I went to several doctors who only told me to wait it out for a couple of years…

What to Expect After 24 Years on the Pill

I am a 42 year old female and I have been on birth control since I was 18 years old. I recently stopped taking them…

How Long to Get Back to Normal After Stopping the Pill

I was just wondering what are the normal processes after coming off the pill? I decided to come off the pill because I was getting…

Post Pill and Unexplained Weight Gain

I went off the birth control pill in April, five months ago. I had been on the pill since I was 15 years old. I…

Birth Control Pill Rollercoaster

I have looked at the question(s) regarding stopping BCP and the side effects, but I guess my worries aren’t about the ovulation, but rather the…

No Birth Control Pill Has Worked For Me

I have been on birth control since I was like 16. Every birth control I have been on, works for like a month and then…

Is Tubal Ligation Indicated

I am 28 years old and pregnant with my 4th child. I have chronic kidney stones and currently have one 1 cm in my right…

Worried About Long Term Effects of My Birth Control

I am 18 years of age and just recently started having sex. My boyfriend and I came to a consensus that I start the Pill.…

Disagree on Vasectomy

I am a 36 year old mother of four children, ages 12, 8, 5 and 18 months. My husband and I have been married for…

Regret Yesterday’s Depo Injection

Hi, I had a question. I just received my first shot and last shot of Depo-Provera yesterday afternoon, and I read up on it all…

Create An Account

This is not a membership, this is an account for our CANFP website. If you decide you would like to sign up for one of our memberships later, you can do so with or without this account.

First Name *
Last Name *
E-mail *
Username *
Password *
Confirm Password *
Edit Profile
Information
Subscriptions
Payments
Order History
Downloads
Shipping and Billing
Donations
Settings
Login Information
Notification Settings
Notification Subscriptions
Profile

CANFP conducts varied outreach programs to the community at large, in addition to serving our members (NFP users, teachers, and advocates).

CANFP provides education programs tailored to the audience, not only on Natural Family Planning, but on the wide variety of topics related to it.

Programs can be continuing education for NFP Professionals, introductory information for a lay audience of youth or adults new to the topic, or specifically tailored to the interests of a professional audience, such as educators, physicians, or clergy. Content is faith based or secular, whichever is suitable for situation.

CANFP offers a variety of resources for those just discovering Natural Family Planning, as well as to meet the varied needs of our CANFP Members. Most resources are available to any visitors to our site. Some resources do ask you to register as a site user in order to access them, others are available only to CANFP Members.

CANFP statewide conferences, regional events offered in collaboration with local partners, events featuring CANFP speakers, or exhbit, as well as other events throughout the state of interest to our NFP community.  Come meet one of our experts at one of these events or book a speaker for your own upcoming event.

CANFP depends on the gifts, talents, and generosity of our members and supporters. The success of our mission depends on the collaboration of our members. Please consider contributing your time treasure and talent through CANFP to share the good news of NFP with the world! Both volunteer and contracted positions available.

Stay informed by joining our email list

* indicates required
Which role(s) best describes you?