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hmmmmmmmm...now I'm confused and frustrated, I just found out that my birth control pills that I've been taking for years contain lactose.....I'm really comfortable with the pill and would be afraid of going off of them because they act like a back up to the condom..i could try switching to a barrier method (diaphragm etc), but it's more "inconvenient" just before...hmm.."the act of sex" than the pill....Is the fact that they contain a small amount of dairy more important than the convenience and my safety against pregnancy? And if I decide to continue to take the pill, should I not label myself as vegan anymore? Thanks for any input.<br><br>
(note: the diaphragm is less effective than the pill)<br><br><br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">-LINDS</span><br><br>
Sorry if this has been covered before.
 

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For me (but I'm not a member of the "vegan police") the use of the pill doesn't effect you being vegan.<br><br><br><br>
I think not getting pregant if you don't want to get pregnant is important and you should continue taking it.<br><br><br><br>
Combining it with condoms is also a smart move (for STD).<br><br><br><br>
You could consider to talk to a doctor to see if there is a lactose free alternative, because there must be one, but it's hard to say if the alternative is suitable for you.<br><br><br><br>
On a side note: condoms can be made with (or contain) a little bit of casein. Some brands are "vegan" and some are not.
 

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I'm obviously a guy and maybe I shouldn't have read what you wrote and for that I'm sorry. However, imo you should probably continue taking the pill and call yourself a vegetarian simply to avoid verbal attacks from you know who. I don't know what the lactose does for the pill, maybe just to hold it together, but they probably would use something other than lactose if there wasn't so much commercial milk laying around for so cheap.<br><br><br><br>
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Dude, I would consider you still a vegan, honestly. I am sure some medications people take contain lactose, but they need them to stay alive, and you need the pill to make sure you don't bring a child into the world before you are ready to...I mean thats some serious stuff. You could always try talking to you doctor to see if there is another brand of birth control pills that does not contain lactose, too.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
Linz<br><br>
*oh yeah, we've got the same name, my friend* <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Well, you could ask yourself- How much lactose would the baby consume in his or her lifetime? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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To me, if you research all your options (ie other brands of pills) and you can't find one without lactose then I would still consider you a vegan. The fact is, the world is not always vegan friendly, we do the best we can. Perhaps you could write a letter to the company and express your concern for the lactose, maybe ask them if they have ever considered using an alternative.
 

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A cow produces (nowadays thanks to rBGH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> ) 9 TONS of milk per year. If you switch pills, that is a risk for your health because it might give you migraines, etc. and you are only helping about 1/1000 of a cow. You're still a vegan, because there is no vegan police, and according to veganoutreach.org it's much more important to be consequence-oriented than ingredient-oriented. Send some animal advocacy/action alert letters every weekend and you're helping much more than 1/1000 of a cow.<br><br>
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I call myself a vegan but when I or my son have an ailment that requires us to use some sort of remedy, I almost always choose something from the health food store labeled "homeopathic". Many of these natural remedies contain lactose. I'd rather take these on a limited basis than use conventional medicine. Thankfully, since I am a vegan, I don't get sick very often.<br><br><br><br>
I would still consider you a vegan. Although, researching other methods of birth control is wise. I am not so sure that taking hormones for the duration of our reproductive years and beyond is a good idea.
 

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I would also consider yourself Vegan.If you really like taking the pill,then by all means continue with it.<br><br>
Good luck to you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
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To me, you are a vegan. It is a medicine. Regardless if we like it or not, most modern medicines use animal by-products. Don't get hung up on the labelling too much.<br><br><br><br>
Taking charge of your reproductive health is more important then a dab of lactose, IMO. The Pill is safe for the majority of women and, if you have found one that works for you, then stick with it.<br><br><br><br>
RedViking, when I read these boards, I sometimes wonder if the Almights Vegan Police (tm) really does exist.
 

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I say you are sill Vegan! This isn't an unimportant choice like which brand of bread to buy... this is preventing pregnancy. If the pill is what is right for you, then by all means stick with it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I do wonder if any of the brands of the pill dont contain lactose?
 

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Just doing a quick search on a website, I pulled this out:<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><span style="font-size:medium;">Birth control pills, for example, contain lactose (except for G.D. Searles Demulen®, which only has lactose in the 7-day placebo pills)</span></div>
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thanks for all your advice! you guys are so helpful! This is what I found on <a href="http://www.vegansociety.com" target="_blank">www.vegansociety.com:</a><br><br><br><br>
Lactose (milk sugar) and magnesium stearate (often animal derived) are found in virtually every contraceptive pill. For example, Loestrin 20, Loestrin 30, Marvelon, Mercilon and Conova 30 contain lactose and magnesium stearate. Brevinor, Synphase, Norimin, Norinyl-1 and Noriday contain lactose and magnesium stearate from animal fat. Ovran 30, Ovran, Minulet, Tri-Nordiol, Tri-Minulet, Microval, Microgynon 30, Eugynon 30, Femodene, Logynon, Triadene, Norgeston and Neogest contain lactose. Microval also contains beeswax. Ovysmen, Neocon 1/35, Cilest and Ortho-Novin 1/50 contain magnesium stearate. Femulen, a progestogen-only pill made by Gold Shield, is the only product that is free from animal ingredients (but not animal testing).<br><br><br><br>
..Of course Gold Shield is in the U.K. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I was researching other forms of birth control such as injections and they are tested on monkeys, beagles and rats. *sigh* I wish the world of consumerism was more animal friendly.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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where do the hormones themselves come from? are they synthetic? i've been told they're extracted. anyway, i don't think it's unvegan to take it, or anything else that is health-related.
 

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I would consider you Vegan. Sometimes you can not help the medication you are perscribed. I think a person should worry about something they can control.<br><br><br><br>
I am on a few medications, and there is no effective alternative. I am not going to beat myself up because of it. I have to do what I need to do to stay healthy.
 

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Linds, AFAIK, a lot of contraceptive pills in my part of the world (Oz) only contain lactose in the 7-day placebo pills. If it's the same in the U.S. you could simply eliminate those pills as the're only placebo's.<br><br><br><br>
Contact the chemist at the pharmaceutical company that makes your particular pill and check with your doctor if you've got any doubts about leaving out the placebo's.
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by rigmarole</i><br><br>
However, imo you should probably continue taking the pill and call yourself a vegetarian simply to avoid verbal attacks from you know who.[/B]</div>
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I don't see the point of that. I mean how many people know she's on the pill. Its not something that you talk about often - "Hi I'm Kate, yup I'm on the pill!" Heehee I don't see anything wrong with it. I'm trying to give up dairy at the moment and I've got enough to worry about without chucking out the pill.
 

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i'd be much more concerned about where the hormones come from than whether or not there's lactose. but like others have mentioned it's sometimes only in the placebos and some brands you can get without the placebos. marvelon comes in two choices, 28 day with the 7 placebo pills or 21 day without the placebos. you just have to remember to not take the pill for those 7 days and remember which day to start your next pack. write it in a calendar and you'll be fine<br><br><br><br>
the hormone part is really what bothers me though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> some hormones are synthetic though, like my thyroid medication which comes in synthetic or "natural" (extracted from pigs i think), so you could try to find out if any brands are synthetic
 

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I think that it is significant that the only person on this thread who noted that she should stop considering herself a vegan because of a wee bit of lactose in her BC is a man. In general, but not always, even the best of men have difficulty seeing how important and sometimes life-altering choice of birth control can be for women. I say, like Miss Meg did, you do the best you can in an extremely vegan hostile world.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, diaphragms have other negative side-effects like a high instance of causing ectopic pregnancy (tubal pregnancy). Take it from someone who knows, it's not fun having surgery because your BC went wacky.
 
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