Truth in advertizing

@ElicBxn (60895)
United States
November 22, 2008 8:50pm CST
Now, I'm not going to criticize a product or praise it either. I'm just going to tell a story. Now this is the product: http://www.nuvaring.com/Consumer/index.asp The version of the ad that brought up the discussion in question is the one with the syncronized swimming one. Now, on an aside, I actually WATCH this one because of the change in the make up of the women, going from BRIGHT red lipstick to "natual" one, and other changes. Back to the story. I was sitting with the roomie and she commented on all the dangers, side-affects and warnings at the end of the commercial. Neither of us have ever taken the pill, not that we've ever needed them - but as I discovered about 13-14 years ago its just as well since while having another medical problem that most, if not all, had corn starch in them... I told her that the pill had all those too, its just part of the risks, you just don't hear about them because they aren't advertizing. She was surprised - maybe because I knew it, or because she didn't. Well, guess its because I do actually pay attention to these things. I'm not sure how much attention she had payed to the ad before I had mentioned the make up. So, several questions. Do you like sycronized swimming? Have you noticed the make up in this ad? Did you know that birth control pills have dangers? Did you know that the pill has corn starch as a binder? Have you ever been surprised by knowing - or not knowing something that others seem to think is common knowlege?
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@camomom (7536)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Syncronized swimming is boring to me. I never noticed the makeup in the commercial but I will watch for it next time. I did know about the risks of birth control and all other birth control methods, I've done a lot of research after having an unexpected pregnancy. (I love my daughter and am very glad that we had her). I did not know about the cornstarch, strange. What abpout people with allergies to such things? I think I know most common knowledge things, or if I don't, I don't get surprised very easily by them.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Yeah, on the first girl they do the lipstick in 2 stages, the second in 1. I started looking when I first saw the commercial (and no, I didn't watch it that closely) but noticed that the gal had bright red to start and a more natural shade at the end. Actually, for someone who knows how things are filmed, its easy to spot the breaks, they leave her face and when you come back, its changed.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
24 Nov 08
That's funny. I usually pick up on those kinds of things but I didn't this time.
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23 Nov 08
Hi ElicBxn, I am not on the pill so I amd ok, I didnot know anything about thers things, its amazing how you know so much. Thanks for letting us know. Tamara
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Well, unless you already have a tendency for those medical conditions you mostly don't have a danger of them happening. I just have an interest in things and it seems I keep going to doctors and when I do, I ask questions. Its just that some of these things I remember, maybe not until reminded, but its back there, somewhere!
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@GardenGerty (102595)
• United States
23 Nov 08
You are correct, they have to put every possible side effect on the medicines on the market.
@kkthom3 (279)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Actually I did notice the make up change. Honestly I liked the red lip stick better than the natural look. The thing that actually bothers me most about nuvaring is that you probably have to insert the thing yourself. I would much rather take the pill. I actually do take a pill, not because I need birth control,but because it allows me to have fewer periods every year(not just because its convenient but because of health reasons). I think that there are many other reasons for taking birth control other than the obvious. All medications have risks but I think the benefits outweigh the risks.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
25 Nov 08
Actually, I don't much care for either look, perhaps the more natural one appeals to me more, but that's why they do it, to make you think the things are more natural. I had a friend going to a RC high school who'd doctor put her on the pill back in the 60's because she had such heavy periods. (she wasn't RC by the way.) The other girls viewed her with a bit of "awe" because she was on it, even tho she wasn't "getting any." Kids!
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I do like that syncronized swimming. I also know that all medication has problems and side effects. It is up to the patient to make sure they know what they are taking and what is actually in the meds. Sometimes doctors don't tell you all the info. That is one reason why pharmacists are trying to make sure patients are better informed.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I know a couple of people in the pharmacy field and really appreciate it when mine does good job looking out for me. My doc and I also have a pretty good doc/patient relationship, he, even better than my brother, understands that I really don't go to the doctor just to go. If I'm at the doctor, there's a good reason!
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I like synchronized swimming, it takes a lot of skill to coordinate everyone's movement. No, can't say I ever noticed the make-up but then I don't pay that much attention to commercials. I knew there are dangers associated with birth control pills. Of course, there is also more media attention on the dangers now as well. I am not surprised at the corn starch binder. It is a way to make them cheaply. No, so much knowledge is out there, it is hard to know it all.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
23 Nov 08
that is a lot of questions my friend I like synchronized swimming but I never watched it long enough to notice if the swimmers wore make up, It is rare that I don't know something that is common knowledge, usually if I don't know it it is because it is not common knowledge. Yes I knew for 30 years that the pill has side affects and is dangerous for some people.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I throw every possible question in there so if they don't want to respond to one, maybe they'll respond to another. I swear synchronized swimming is a fading art form. Use'ta see it in movies, now you have to watch commercials to find any... I thought I heard they were talking about making it an Olympic event... kind'a like figure skating... guess it hasn't happened yet. Bet that'd make more people watch the summer Olympics....
@GardenGerty (102595)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Let's see. I like synchronized swimming. I have not noticed this commercial, probably because I rarely watch television. I am usually the one who knows all the strange and odd things that most people do not know. I spent a morning training with a new program coordinator who did not know lots of things I know, like how to clean things with vinegar,etc. Yes, I knew birth control pills, and all pills have dangers. I just felt that in my case, for the time I needed to take them they were the best choice.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I don't think that taking the pill is BAD, that for most people they are safe enough. Its just that these days, advertizing medication they have to put all the warnings on. They are a good choice for many. While I don't believe in abortion, I worry less about the pill then many others. Honestly there are a LOT of people that should be at LEAST be taking the pill, rather than reproducing!
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