Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

PARIS, February 26, 2009 ( – The use of the contraceptive pill is plummeting among younger women, in response to growing awareness of its destructive health effects, reports a French bioethics site.

According to the site “Genetique,” the use of “the pill” among women aged 15 to 24 years old dropped from 43% in 2003 to 26% in 2007.   The rate of childbirth among the same group increased at the same time.

“The principal reason for this decrease is the attention paid by women to their health,” says Genetique. “It is now proven that the pill suppresses libido and causes weight gain.  The fear of cancer and sterility are equally responsible.”

According to numerous studies on the effects of the contraceptive pill, its use is also linked to increased risk of heart disease, hypertension, and stroke.

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