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Pushing the pill. (Letters From Our Readers).

Although in general E does very good reporting, I disagree with one piece of advice in your article about drugs in water supplies ("Drugging Our Water," Your Health, January/February 2003). Although it goes without saying that people shouldn't flush drugs down the toilet or take unnecessary antibiotics, advising readers to use condoms instead of birth control pills is a very poor piece of advice.

For a perfect user the pill is 99 percent effective and for a typical user it is 95 percent effective. Condoms are about 95 percent effective for a perfect user and 84 percent effective for a more typical user. That means that if one million perfect users switched from the pill to condoms for a year, there would be an additional 40,000 unwanted pregnancies. That would have bad ramifications for the environment.

Amy Scanlon, Seattle, WA
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Date:May 1, 2003
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