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MOH warns against use of banned Chinese contraceptive pill

The pill has been found to have excess hormones that increase the risk of blood clots and heart disease in women.

MOH warns against use of banned Chinese contraceptive pill
  • PublishedSeptember 23, 2022

The ministry of health is warning Kenyan women against taking the Chinese contraceptive pill Sophia as a family planning method adding that the pill contain several toxic substances that are harmful to the user and their unborn children.

According to the manager of the Ministry of Health’s National Family Planning Programme, Dr. Albert Ndwiga,  women could still get pregnant even while taking the pill and that the pill has excess hormones that increase the risk of blood clots and heart disease in women. Ndwiga further warned that children born to mothers who had taken the pill risk  developing secondary sexual characteristics at a very early age. Dr Ndwiga was addressing the media ahead of the World Contraceptive Day on Monday.

The pharmacy and poisons board banned the pill form the Kenyan market in 2008 after an analysis by the National Quality Control Laboratory found that the pill had dangerously high levels of abnormally high levels of the hormones levonorgestrel and quinestrol, the active ingredients in conventional contraceptive pills. However, in the recent past, the pill has slowly been crawling back into the market.

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Waturi Nguyo