Natalie Portman: Contraception caused depression that gave me ‘dark moments’
CAMBRIDGE, MA, June 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman has announced that taking oral contraceptives caused depression that plunged her into some “dark moments” as a teenage college student.
The actress, best known for her portrayal as Padme in the popular big screen “Star Wars” saga, spoke to graduates of her alma mater, Harvard University, last Wednesday.
Portman admitted she had a difficult first and second year during her the keynote speech at Harvard College’s Class Day ceremony.
“Some combination of being 19, dealing with my first heartbreak, taking birth control pills that have since been taken off the market for their depressive side effects, and spending too much time missing daylight during winter months, led me to some pretty dark moments,” she said.
Portman’s admission that taking birth control pills contributed to ill health should not come as a surprise. Oral and injectable contraceptives have a well-documented history of negative effects on women, whether mental or, more often, physical. The risk for blood clots, which can cause stroke, heart attack, blindness, brain damage, and death, is three-to five times higher in women taking birth control pills.
In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted that “all birth control pills pose a risk of blood clots.” At the time, the FDA was looking into specific “low dose” contraceptives manufactured by Bayer. Two British medical studies contended that Bayer’s contraceptives containing drospirenone posed two to three times a greater risk of dangerous blood clots than other contraceptives.
An investigation found that pharmacists suspected the deaths of 23 Canadian women were attributable to two “low-dose” contraception pills, Yaz and Yasmin. Birth control pill manufacturer faces 7000 Yaz-related lawsuits, and has paid out over $1 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits in the United States.
Oral contraceptives also can contribute to blindness. One study examined the Center for Disease Control’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and found that women who used birth control pills for three years had doubled their chances of having glaucoma.
Birth control pills decrease the amount of antioxidants and vitamins in a woman’s blood. A study carried out by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital found that women who use hormonal contraceptives have significantly lower levels of essential vitamins and antioxidants compared to women who do not use the drugs.
Despite these and many other studies, most people do not know the dangerous health effects of birth control pills.
“Thousands [of women] are experiencing life-threatening, health-destroying side-effects, such as blindness, depression, and pulmonary embolism,” Elizabeth Kissling wrote in Ms. Magazine. Kissling then told the stories of young, otherwise healthy women who had suffered each of these consequences.
In time, Portman recovered from the negative mental side effects of her contraceptive use.
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