口服避孕药缓解女性痛经?

2012 2

『早报』的一篇文稿报道了一项瑞典的研究,服用避孕药的人士当中,女性痛经的情况有所疏解 (The Straits Times ‘Mind your Body’, Jan 26, 2012) 。 根据报导,避孕药减低人体前列腺素的生产,从而减轻痛经。另一有效的方法是食用适量调配的三文鱼油和月见草油。功效在于调整、刺激抗发炎的前列腺素生产,而不是减低。

针对月经痉挛、背痛、痛经和多囊卵巢综合症(PCOS)的症状,医师一般配避孕药来对治,好让妇女能恢复正常生活作息。要应付日剧高压的生活节奏,又面对经痛的困扰,对许多妇女来说,避孕药的配方是方便的选择。但是,澳洲临床营养师Henry Osiecki 曾经表示,口服合成激素类药物(如口服避孕药)带给妇女群的伤害是无尽的 (Osiecki, 2006, p.374) 。

首先,我们需要正视月经周期是女性自然的生理构造,不是‘天谴’。你需要接受、爱惜身体的这个过程,享受女性的特质。

众所周知,避孕药使身体的许多营养素都流失掉,包括维他命B6和C (抗癌和促进心理健康)、镁(抗癌、抗炎、抗压)和锌(免疫系统)。

在医院作的病例对照研究显示,长期使用(超过三年)避孕药可能三倍地提高子宫颈癌 (Vanakankovit & Taneepanichskul, 2008) 。 虽然定期的宫颈细胞学筛查有助减低患子宫颈癌的几率,但是您为什么要服用避孕药而冒险呢?

服用超过五年者则有胰腺功能衰竭的现象(或许是胰岛素功能失常所故),造成不良的消化功能。可能出现的症状有:食物过敏、腹胀、消化不良、胆囊疾病和身体排毒的功能减弱。我们知道,健康身体的奠基是良好消化系统。

长期服用避孕药也提高念珠菌症 (Candida) 的患病。念珠菌症是白念珠菌慢性增生的一种状况,和许多疾病有关,如:慢性偏头痛、疲劳、消化功能失调(腹胀、痉挛、肠易激综合症、异常肠道功能)、性欲减退、抑郁、注意力不集中、慢性阴道酵母菌感染、经前期紧张、鹅口疮、肠漏、食物过敏、湿疹、牛皮癣、便秘和频繁的感染 (Zakout,  Salih & Ahmed, 2012) 。

研究逐渐证实,服用避孕药会提高胰岛素阻抗(糖尿病)与心血管疾病的患率 (Kandarakis et al., 2003) 。

就如『男性阳痿』和患『心脏衰竭』、『胰岛素阻抗』(糖尿病)的几率增高有关系,女性月经失衡的状况与『饮食失调』、『营养缺乏』和『长期压力』有关。月经失衡的症状,如经痛、头痛、等,都只是浮面的问题。为了你整体的健康,你必须深入找出病根和触发因素,而不仅仅是止痛(服用避孕药和止痛药)。再说,事实上,草本医疗里有更安全、更全面地治疗病根的方法。譬如,‘南姜’就是一个安全的药方,它促进血液流向子宫,对治痛经的根本问题。

祝您喜悦、安祥。
廖伟棠(自然疗法医师、草药师) 
Sebastian Liew, MNHAA (Australia)
www.slnaturopath.com

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资料来源  References
Kandarakis, D. et al (2003). A Modern Medical Quandary: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Insulin Resistance, and Oral Contraceptive Pills. The Journal of Clinical Endrocrinology and Metabolism, 88(5), 1927-1932, doi: 10.1210/jc.2002-021528
Osiecki, H. (2006). The Physician’s Handbook of Clinical Nutrition. QLD, Australia: Bioconcepts.
Vanakankovit, N., Taneepanichskul, S. (2008). Effect of oral contraceptives on risk of cervical cancer. Journal o Medicine of Thailand, 91(1), retrieved from  http://jmat.mat.or.th/index.php/jmat/article/viewFile/420/417
Zakout, Y.M., Salih, M.M., Ahmed, H.G. (2012). Frequency of Candida species in Papanicolaou smears taken from Sudanese oral hormonal contraceptives users.  Biotechnic & Histochemistry, 87(2), 95-97, doi:10.3109/10520295.2010.548833
参阅 Further Reading
Frequency of Candida species in Papanicolaou smears taken from Sudanese oral hormonal contraceptives users: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/10520295.2010.548833
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I am a practicing Medical herbalist and doctor of naturopathy from Singapore.
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