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Writer and social activist Barbara Seaman warned about the dangers of high-estrogen birth control pills and cofounded the National Women's Health Network.
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A graduate of Oberlin College, Barbara Seaman began making waves in 1960s with her reporting on medical issues, such as birth control. She wrote for several magazines and newspapers, including Ladies’ Home Journal and Family Circle. Seaman worked to make sure that women got all of the information they needed to make informed decisions about their personal well being.
The Doctors’ Case Against the Pill (1969), explored the possible dangerous side effects of taking high-dose estrogen birth control pills. Her work - along with the efforts of other health advocates - encouraged changes in birth control, leading to the creation of birth control with lower estrogen levels. She wrote about women’s sexuality in her second book, Free and Female (1972).
Written with her first husband, psychiatrist Gideon Seaman, Barbara Seaman continued to get the word on the dangers of estrogen with her books How to Get Off the Pill and Hormones and Be Better Than Ever (1976) and Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones (1977). These works helped cement her reputation as a leading feminist and health advocate. For Women Only! (1999) written in collaboration with health and fitness expert Gary Null. Her work came full circle with 2003’s The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth.
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