A lot is said about possible dangers of the Pill, which makes perfect sense: it's hard to believe such a powerful hormonal manipulation, used for years and years by some women, has no long-term effects on their bodies.
But why is there so little serious research about the Pill, published in journals that really count for something in the medical world? Why aren't researchers taking up this issue, which touches the lives of so many women in the Western world? And what we do know – why is it dismissed? Why does it seem it's all hushed up? Of all the secular women I know, maybe 25% (my own rough estimate) have never been on the Pill. And how much do they know about the health risks? Very little. It's just so easy and convenient that they lightly take the word of their doctors, who say off-handedly, 'oh, it's nothing'.
Research is based on how funding is available, which makes sense – if we want research, somebody has to fund it, right? But who will do this? Medical companies? Surely not – as such a research might make them lose their profits and doesn't serve their interests. Public institutions won't do it either, because this topic isn't politically correct. Funding won't be given from grant givers. The research team would be labeled as chauvinists, and can only lose from taking such a topic.
As a matter of fact, I think powerful medical companies that care only about their profits and would do everything to stop a decent researcher from showing us all the facts. Bribe. Threats. Call me a paranoid, but I wouldn't be surprised to find out researchers are being paid for getting off this inconvenient topic.
I think it could be possible to do sufficient research to prove the Pill is dangerous and make it well-known, if there was enough public pressure. If people really wanted to know – but do they? Are people ready to stop sticking their heads in the sand, leave their comfort zone of easy birth control and find out about possible dangers? I seriously doubt it. It would mean changing the entire lifestyle of our generation, and possibly the attitude towards children and sacredness of human life. And this, I'm afraid, won't happen so easily.