The Union health ministry has admitted that excessive use of birth control pills can adversely impact the health of mothers and babies and said that counselling of women is being done on the effects of the drug.
In a reply to Right To Information application filed by Pune-based Vihar Druve, the ministry said that excessive use of the birth control pills can adversely impact health of the newborn as it can alter hormonal cycle of the user. The government’s scientific health body the Indian Council for Medical Research in its reply admitted that it does not have any data on abnormal children born due to of excessive use of birth control pills. But, agreed that it was a problem and said that the government has taken steps to prevent misuse of the birth pills.
The council said that the government has issued detailed guidelines for health providers regarding use of birth control pills especially in cases of women whose foetus can be damaged. “The health providers are trained to take history of drug intake (which can harm the foetus) from the women at the time of registration,” the ICMR said the reply.
The council also said the guidelines also provide that no drug should be administered to a pregnant woman without advice of a doctor and all companies have been asked to clearly print the possible adverse impact of the birth control pills on the packs.
The guidelines say that use of birth control pills can lead to cardio-vascular problem in women above the age of 35 and can cause headache and bleeding between menses. It says that women with heart problems, diabetes and bleeding disorders should avoid taking the drugs.