PIV – risky but profitable business

Ah yes, engaging in PIV for recreation has a lot of side effects for FABs, even when you are trying to avoid the main side effect of pregnancy, when those measures too can end in death. Meanwhile, companies like Bayer have been making a tidy little living off women trying to avoid pregnancy.

Jilla emailed this story :

Victims of BAYER Contraceptives to appear at Shareholder Meeting

Countermotions introduced / More than 200 deaths / Ban demanded / Meeting on April 29 in Cologne

Several victims of contraceptive pills are to speak at the BAYER shareholder meeting, which takes place in Cologne/Germany on April 29. About 4,000 stockholders and the BAYER board will participate. Last year BAYER generated sales of 1.65 billion Euro from its contraceptive products.

Use of the oral contraceptive pills Yaz, Yasminelle and Yasmin, containing the hormone drospirenone, is associated with markedly higher risks than older products. There have been many cases of severe harm to health such as thrombosis, embolism and stroke, in many cases resulting in death. These risks are not mentioned at all in BAYER’s advertising.

Philipp Mimkes from the Coalition against BAYER Dangers says: “It is outrageous that new contraceptives are more dangerous than old ones, just to increase sales with promises such as “weight loss” and “effective against acne”. This has led to avoidable harm to human health and even to deaths. The BAYER Board of Management holds responsibility for this.”

In late January, another young woman – a 21-year-old from Austria – died after taking Yasminelle. Tragically, the contraceptive pill had been prescribed for weight loss. She was not aware of the elevated risk. Although doctors were immediately on hand, she died as a result of an embolism.

New data on these products from the U.S. regulatory authorities show that the number of severe side effects and deaths is much higher than previously assumed. Over the past 10 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has registered approximately 10,000 reports on contraceptive pills and last summer made them accessible for the first time. According to these reports, 190 women have died after taking Yasmin or Yaz in the United States alone. Some 7,000 lawsuits are currently pending against BAYER in the US.

In spite of this, BAYER launched a real marketing firework last autumn to mark the 50th anniversary of the contraceptive pill. Among other things, a mobile exhibition was designed, gala events were conducted in several countries and a Facebook campaign was launched. Here too, the “beauty effect”, the “feelgood factor” and the alleged “figure bonus” were praised.

The Euras study cited by BAYER, designed to demonstrate the alleged safety of Yaz/Yasmin, was sponsored by Schering – today part of BAYER – and performed by a Schering employee. Independent scientists have reached completely different conclusions. Two studies published in the British Medical Journal last year show that pills based on drospirenone, such as Yasmin, are associated with a roughly 80% greater risk of thrombosis than older products. The additional risk of these products cannot by any means be justified, because older products are equally effective at contraception.

The situation is only slightly better for the hormonal intrauterine device Mirena. More than one in ten of all users suffers from severe side effects such as depression, ovarian cysts, acne and migraine. In addition, there is a suspicion of an elevated risk of breast cancer. The Mirena website only mentions a fraction of these risks, however – and lists them under the harmless-sounding term “side-effects”. Thousands of women have received incorrect treatment as a result of this inadequate information and the causes of their symptoms often remain undiscovered for years.

BAYER states that the lifespan of Mirena is five years. According to a study published in the journal Gynecological Endocrinology, however, up to 60 percent of women discontinue their treatment prematurely. The study shows that – contrary to the advertising claim “acts locally, therefore well tolerated” – comparable hormone concentrations were found in the blood serum of these women to those found in women taking oral contraceptives.

In the United States, BAYER initiated an advertising campaign for Mirena modeled on Tupperware parties. Promotional teams took part in private events. This campaign was banned by the FDA. The ban stated that BAYER’s marketing “overstates the efficacy of Mirena, presents unsubstantiated claims, minimizes the risks of using Mirena, and includes false or misleading presentations regarding Mirena.” The advertising claim that use of these hormonal intrauterine devices leads to a more satisfying sex life can likewise not be proved, according to the FDA – on the contrary: more than 5 percent complain of a loss of libido. There is also, according to the FDA, no scientific evidence to back up the claim that the majority of users of Mirena “feel great”.

BAYER continues to refuse to publish figures on the frequency of severe side effects of contraceptives – allegedly in order to “not cause concern to the customers.” In fact, the intention is to sweep the negative information under the carpet to avoid jeopardizing sales. The Coalition against BAYER Dangers (CBG) demands mandatory disclosure of all reported side effects and all post-marketing surveillance studies and effective punishments for unfair pharmaceutical advertising. Oral contraceptives that are associated with an elevated risk of thrombosis and embolism must be banned.

Oral contraceptives have always been a bit of a risky business, thrombosis and embolisms have never been off the table. Some women’s endocrine systems just don’t like this synthetic junk in their system either.

So, PIV for fun and recreation – is it really worth it?
The radfem answer would be “no”.

There is a group called the Coalition against Bayer Dangers that have more info on their site, which covers protests against all the other harmful shit that Bayer produces, as well as their risky contraceptive lines.

So, are the funfems onto the Bayer OCP scandal at all? After all, they are the group promoting “YAY PIV”, and surely should be concerned about the lethal consequences? Perhaps it just takes too much time out of their day to tart up and look all hawt for teh boyz?

There is no getting around it. The concept of PIV-for-fun is dangerous one way or another for FABs.

10 thoughts on “PIV – risky but profitable business

  1. jilla

    Salut SARsea. Oh don’t encourage me! There’s no end to this stuff, unfortunately. That is, information on medical harms to women. Not so many shareholder protests though.

    We need a Bayer shareholder. Anyone know one? Someone’s wealthy German relative? The tactic for protest at U.S. shareholder meetings has been to get a shareholder to bring up the issue with a question. You can be a shareholder with ONE share, if INM.

    It’s a press release FAB, also on Bayer Dangers site.

    Thanks for posting. (It’s not visible to us if I post it in comments of an old thread).


  2. FAB Libber

    Thanks Jilla, I did look at that page, but I was in a bit of a rush today, so missed that item. Anyway, added the link to the above.


  3. Mary Sunshine

    That’s why I got my tubes tied lo, these 41 years ago. Not because I wanted PIV, though. Because I needed to avoid pregnancy that could result from rape. It’s the only safe form of birth control that I know of.


  4. radicalesbian

    I tried taking Yaz to make my period less horrible, but instead it made me bleed for 15 days straight.


  5. ball buster

    radicalesbian, I had the same problem with the shot. I stopped taking it, and never took birth control since. It’s been well over a decade since dabbling in synthetic birth control. I don’t miss it at all.


  6. FAB Libber

    And slightly OT, of course these BigPharma companies make huge profits from tranz too, so their motives are not benign.


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