Scientists Discover Why Birth Control Fails to Stop Some Women's Pregnancies
While ineffectiveness is often blamed on women not taking their birth control properly, new research suggests some women carry a gene that breaks down the hormones commonly found in contraceptives, meaning that they can still become pregnant even if they use hormonal birth control. A study on the gene was published Tuesday in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Dr. Aaron Lazorwitz, an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, tells Inverse that the assumption that a woman did something wrong with her birth control and that’s why she’s pregnant has been a pervasive problem in the health care industry.
Lazorwitz says he and his colleagues (there were at least four women on the research team) suspected something besides human error could be a factor, and they into the field of pharmogenomics: The study of the relationship between genetic variations and interindividual variability in drug response.