Ortho-McNeil-Janssen (part of Johnson & Johnson)
If you think about the company Johnson & Johnson the first thing that is likely to come to mind is their slogan, “A family company”. I never would have guessed that they are tied to Ortho-McNiel-Janssen the manufacturer of *Ortho Tri-Cyclen birth control pills. At any rate, I find it important to write this post in case it would serve someone somewhere who has taken Ortho Tri-Cyclen and became ill like I did. It seems the medical community doesn’t know the pill is making women sick!
I have written the F.D.A. regarding the severity of what *Ortho Tri-Cyclen did to me. After taking the drug for over 6 years to control acne, I developed **ulcerative colitis. I lost weight and had hot flashes. I passed whole undigested food and had incredible pain. I went into shock. I couldn’t eat much of anything. I lived exclusively on the B.R.A.T. diet for months on end. I was so sick I lost my job. For eight months doctors ran test after test. Never finding a cure.
One day, while at the pharmacy, my pharmacist said, “Have you tried stopping your birth control? You should know in a few days if that was causing the trouble.”
I took his advice and within three days the diarrhea I had for months, stopped. My digestion normalized and after six months my panic attacks were gone. I had my life and health back, or so I thought.
Though I cannot prove it, I suspect my pancreatic tumor was caused by the *Ortho Tri-Cyclen medication.
My pancreas surgeon said the tumor I had occurs only in women and is caused by hormones. Hmmmm….
If you are taking *Ortho Tri-Cyclen or are considering it. Think twice. No doctor told me this would happen. I was told it would clear up my acne. To be fair it did but, the cost to my health was immense. I am missing a portion of my pancreas to prove it.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being sovereign over everything! Thank you for carrying me through this. Please Jesus, make this information available to any woman who is considering the pill. Please make it go off the market. Thank you Jesus. Amen.
*Another option if you are wanting to avoid pregnancy is to learn the fertility awareness method, or F.A.M. I highly recommend getting the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility. You can obtain information about the F.A.M. method on their website: http://www.tcoyf.com/
I have found this method to be extremely effective for preventing pregnancy as well as planning intended pregnancy. It also empowers women to know their bodies better and best of all this method will not make you sick or kill you. Oh and it’s cheap. Buy the book, a basal thermometer and print some blank charts then your ready to start this method.
**If you are struggling with ulcerative colitis you may find help from this woman’s blog: http://empoweredsustenance.com/about-2/. She is a Christian gal living well with ulcerative colitis.