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Kenyans Are Still Purchasing Banned Chinese Contraceptive Which Has Dangerous Side Effects

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Ten years ago, the Kenyan Ministry of Health outlawed Sophia; a Chinese herbal contraception because of its potentially harmful side effects. The little pink pill is still a well-liked method of birth control despite the cautions.

Once a month, Sophia, a Chinese herbal contraceptive, should be used. Despite being outlawed more than ten years ago, it is still available and costs Ksh. 200.

Why is this small pill so hazardous, then? According to the study, the pill is not at all herbal. According to Albert Ndwiga, National Family Planning Programme Manager for the Ministry of Health, it includes extremely high quantities of estrogen and progesterone; both of which are harmful to many people.

The National Quality Control Laboratory (NQCL) previously examined the tablet and discovered excessive quantities of the hormones levonorgestrel and quinestrol; which led to the drug's removal from the Kenyan market. more than 40 times the permitted dose.


Women who have had birth control failure use levonorgestrel to prevent conception. Quinestrol is an estrogen drug that has been used to treat breast cancer, prostate cancer, hormonal birth control and menopausal hormone treatment.

"When the pill fails, which happens the majority of the time, you get newborns that exhibit distinct effects from what the mother consumed and who develop what we refer to as pre-cautious puberty.

Experts worry that the large quantities of estrogen packed into one once monthly tablet might harm the mother in addition to the hazards to the kid.

Kenyan obstetrician and gynaecologist Doctor Nelly Bosire says that estrogen is frequently viewed as fertiliser for certain purposes.

Regardless matter how little of a dosage is provided, estrogen is not administered to people who have a high risk of breast cancer. For those who have had blood clots, they don't do it. Because oestrogen encourages blood clotting in the body.

Dr. Bosire claims that despite only having encountered the pill once, she has observed side effects associated with it in patients she has previously cared for including abnormal bleeding and uterine lining thickening that raises the risk of endometrial cancer or more simply, cancer of the inner lining of the uterus. Nevertheless, there is a sizable market for the pink pill.

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