In the UK, about 1000 11-12 year olds annually are prescribed hormonal contraceptives (usually the pill or injection).
They claim it isn't because the kids are "sexually active"...
They claim it is because of medical issues ranging from acne to menstrual problems.
The article from Dr. Petra Boynton states:
Taking hormonal contraception is, for many girls, a means of ensuring they don’t miss school. It reduces symptoms that could be painful, distressing and single them out for bullying. When the pill is prescribed for medical reasons usually it is parents, in discussion with their daughters, who initiate contact the GP.
Of course hormonal contraception also prevents pregnancy. But being on the pill is not an indicator of having underage sex.
Approximately 26% of young girls have sex before the age of 16 Most are around 14-15. Fewer very young girls have sex and those who do are more likely to be coerced, regret the experience, struggle with access to healthcare and education, and lack family support. They are also far less likely to use any form of contraception.
Oh please, spare me...
Seems to me the only reason young girls like these are put on the pill is to make doctors rich and Big Pharma richer.
Get the girls early so they will have a steady flow of contraception dollars coming in to their coffers.
Get the girls used to it.... and since it prevents pregnancy - how convenient for the young girls now not to worry if they do have sex (even if they aren't having it now.. wink)
If this doctor had any decent medical training then she would know that nutrition and natural means can be used to help reproductive issues... but no... just throw children on the pill... that's easiest. Can't be showing people how to care for their bodies properly without prescribing all kinds of medications now.. can we?
and what about the long term effects on female fertility?
When these girls are ready to bear children,will they be able to? and will those children be healthy?
One can only speculate. Afterall, theoretically these girls at age 11 can be on birth control for 11 years more until they are ready to have children.
The whole thing is rather troubling.
It seems the UK is now handing out birth control pills like kid's candy and this "doctor" thinks it's all ok...
More boneheaded sexualization of children... and what's worse, it's being done under the guise of "medical help and necessity"... might as well treat them all like livestock.
I notice the good doctor has shut off comments to the article.
Couldn't take the criticism probably.
Chalk another one up to Socialized medicine in the UK.