NOPARH Conference in Washington to Explore the Conundrum of the Effects and Side Effects of Contraception

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That is the topic being addressed at a groundbreaking conference featuring some of the top scientific researchers in the field.

Everyone knows what contraception is supposed to do. But what are the side-effects and unintended consequences that women face from ingesting the hormones found in common forms of birth control?

That is the topic being addressed at a groundbreaking conference featuring some of the top scientific researchers in the field.

Topics include use and misuse of hormonal contraceptives, nutritional and health issues, effects on partner choice and satisfaction, hormones and the brain, ecological problems and larger scale societal impact.

The conference will be held Saturday, August 8 by the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing in conjunction with the Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center. Speakers will include doctors, scientists, researchers, and academics presenting their research on the often overlooked effects of hormonal birth control on women.

Over the course of the day-long event, seven researchers will present their findings on hormonal birth control as it relates to the fields of neuroendocrinology, medicine, physiology, neurobiology, clinical nutrition, neuroscience, and anthropology.

Presenters include:

  • Chandler Marrs, MA, MS, PhD, Lucine Health Services
  • S. Craig Roberts, PhD, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland
  • Melissa Farmer, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Northwestern Univ., Fienberg School of Medicine
  • Nicole Petersen, PhD, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UCLA
  • Ross Pelton, R.Ph, PhD, CNN, pharmacist, author and educator
  • Frederick S. Vom Saal, PhD, Univ. of Missouri, Division of Biological Sciences
  • Lionel Tiger, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Rutgers University
  • An evening session will include a discussion and preview of the documentary, “Sweetening the Pill” with filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.

“Women have a right to know the full range of consequences they face when drugs are prescribed not to cure an illness, but to fundamentally change their biology,” said organizer Victoria Thorn. “We hope this conference can begin a wider conversation about the choices women make, and the relative benefits and risks that accompany those decisions.”

The symposium is open for researchers, medical professionals, students, counselors, and others interested in learning about the most recent research data regarding hormonal contraceptives.

Registration is $165 per person, although scholarships are available. For questions and scholarship information, email contraceptiveconundrum(at)yahoo(dot)com. A limited number of passes are available for the media, as well.

The event will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, located at 3800 Reservoir Rd., NW, Washington, D.C. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

The deadline to register for the event is August 3, 2015.

For more information on the conference and speakers, as well as accommodations, visit

Victoria Thorn, Conference Organizer
414 559-2343

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