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Smoking Causes Unwanted Pregancies

An explosive new Danish report states that over 1,200 abortions annually could be avoided if women on the pill quit smoking.

New research shows that female contraceptive pills function far worse among female smokers than non-smokers, with head of the research project, Dr. Erling E. Andreasen from Kolding Hospital, stating at a world congress for medicine in Washington that female smokers run a far greater risk of unwanted pregnancies than non-smokers.

Referring to the results of information collected from 800 women requesting voluntary abortions, Andreasen stated that "Many of the participants in our survey had taken their contraception pills correctly, but became pregnant anyway. Further research showed that a great majority of those who became pregnant were smokers."

According to Andreasen the nicotine in tobacco breaks down the pillsí hormone content, oestrogen, thereby reducing their effectiveness. He was backed by another top specialist, Dr. Jytte Jensen from Glostrup Municipal hospital, an author of a thesis on the subject. "There is no doubt that smoking negates the effect of hormones. It comes as no surprise to me that contraceptive pills have a diminished effect on smokers."

New research shows that female contraceptive pills function far worse among female smokers than non-smokers, with head of the research project, Dr. Erling E. Andreasen from Kolding Hospital, stating at a world congress for medicine in Washington that female smokers run a far greater risk of unwanted pregnancies than non-smokers.

Source: Copenhagen Post
Sept. 26, 2000
by Howard R. Knowles