OB/GYN Jennifer Gunter Educates Anti-Choicer About Oral Contraception

Kimberley Johnson

Dr. Jennifer Gunter is an OB/GYN, a contributor to the New York times and her book "The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina: Separating the Myth from the Medicine" will be released in August 2019.

Gunter corrected Lila Rose, the president and founder of the anti-choice organization Live Action, after Rose posted a misleading tweet about birth control:

Rose Tweeted:

"The World Health Organization classifies BC drugs as Group 1 carcinogens. They’re synthetic hormones that suppress our natural cycle, causing depression, infertility & cancer. They pollute our water supply & make our fertility the enemy. Oh, & men won’t take them. Just us girls"

Gunter quote tweeted Rose, saying:

"Both pregnancy and birth control pills increase short term breast cancer risk. The absolute risk is small.

Your move."

Gunter continued on with an informative thread:

"Pregnancy and estrogen containing pills have estrogen. Exposure increases short term breast cancer risk, the theory is that cancer cells that might normally get killed by immune system essentially get fertilizer. Pregnancy also has rapid development of breast tissue."

Then the Dr. made a fantastic point:

"Women can die from crossing the street. We don’t say “oooh stay at home women because cars!” We give people facts — not forced birth propaganda — and then they weigh their own risk benefit ratio."

And she added:

"Also, the risk of breast cancer from OCPs is very low, about 1 in 8,000. Less than the risk of 3-6 drinks a week!"

"@LilaGraceRose, OCPS (oral contraceptives) reduce the risk of endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer and so it is believed that the net benefit cancer wise is not an increase in death. Never mind the lives saved by not dying in pregnancy. You do care about ALL lives, don’t you?

Gunter ended the thread with:

"And if hormonal contraception polluted the water supply why doesn’t all the hormone in the urine of pregnant women pollute the water supply?"

The more you know...

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