Last year, the African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family
Medicine published a study entitled, "Contraception as a risk
factor for urinary tract infection in Port Harcourt, Nigeria: A
case control study." 
The authors, Paul Dienye and Precious Gbeneol, concluded that
"Contraceptive use is a significant risk factor for acquiring
urinary tract infection (UTI) with the barrier methods being
more predisposing." The authors reported a statistically
significant 2.9-fold increased risk of UTIs among women who used
contraceptives compared to non-users and a statistically
significant 17.30-fold elevated risk among users of barrier
methods of contraception.
Unfortunately, the authors made the wrong recommendation. They
wrote, "Women who use barrier methods could be advised to
consider alternative methods, such as oral contraceptives."
letter to the editor, "Say 'no' to carcinogen as
contraception alternative," addressed to the African Journal of
Primary Health Care and Family Medicine (published July of
2012), I made the following observations:
1) The study
by Dienye and Gbeneol revealed that women who did not use any
form of contraceptives had the lowest UTI risk;
2) Oral contraceptives (the birth control pill) containing
estrogen and progestin raise a woman's risk for cancers of the
breast, liver and cervix, according to the World Health
3) Natural Family Planning is as effective as chemical
contraception, but has none of the cancer risk. 
responded, in part, by saying that oral contraceptives
reduce the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers and may
possibly reduce colon cancer risk.  However, as Dr. Angela
Lanfranchi (president, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute) has
said, it makes no sense whatsoever to tell patients to take a
carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) to prevent cancer.
This has to be the first time in medical history that doctors
have made it a consistent practice to tell patients to take a
carcinogen to prevent cancer. They're not just doing it in
Africa. They do it in the U.S. too. Would male physicians and
scientists ever think of taking a carcinogen to reduce cancer
As I write this newsletter on July 14, 2012, the adoring, but
somnolent Big Media have spent the past week cheering the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation's conference on contraceptives in
London. Melinda Gates claims the purpose of the conference is to
put contraceptives back on the global agenda (read: population
reduction) and increase access to birth control to an additional
120 million girls and women in the poorest countries. Where will
the Gates Foundation be when the poorest of the poor develop
cancer, heart attacks, strokes, UTI's, sexually transmitted
diseases, etc.? Women in these countries do not have the same
financial means to access quality health care that Americans
One has to wonder whether Melinda Gates and others who lead the
Gates Foundation would ever use the same cancer-causing,
hormonal contraceptive steroids that they push on the poor.
Gates uses euphemistic language to make contraceptive use and
population reduction more acceptable to the public. For example,
she alleges contraceptive use is a "reproductive right" (when
really it's about non-reproduction) and that it "empowers" women
to make decisions about family size.
It is my sincere hope that my letter to the editor will help
African physicians to fight back against assaults on women's
health from the world's population controllers.
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
1. Dienye PO, Gbeneol PK. Contraception as a risk factor for
urinary tract infection in Port Harcourt, Nigeria: A Case
control study. Afr J Primary Health Care Fam Med. 2011;3(1),
Art. #207. Available at: <http://www.phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/207>.
2. Letter to editor by Karen Malec. Response from Paul Dienye
and Precious Gbeneol. "Say 'no' to carcinogen as contraception
alternative.” Afr J Prm Health Care Fam Med. 2012;4(1),
Art. #424. Available at: <http://www.phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/424>.
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