I'm not baiting with the title, I think birth control is absolutely necessary and important for many reasons, and I'm a huge advocate of it's use,
and will promote it to anyone.
However, I don't think hormonal birth control is for everyone, and for very good reason.
Pop a birth control pill and your baby-maker isn't the only thing that's getting the treatment. That's because each of those little pills
contains hormones and changes the hormones in your body, says Toni Stern, M.D., Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Coney Island Hospital.
Sounds innocuous enough, right? Take a pill and your body is given signals to change what it does, so you don't end up with a little pooper. Awesome.
Hooray for science.
What if, though, women aren't supposed to be taking Pills to prevent pregnancy? Should we not let our bodies run its course naturally?
After-all there are other ways of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
Taking a hormone pill, we're basically telling our bodies, "Don't behave normally. Stop what you're doing and listen to me. I don't want you to
get pregnant, so just absorb this, and let's carry on with our lives."
You've probably heard some guy somewhere slur, "Man, my gurl be CRAZY!"
It's listed as a side effect of every hormonal pill, "mood swings". Mood swings is an understatement.
Let me give you examples.
Three women, all of child bearing age.
One was on anti-depressants for years and years. Thinking it was just a bad relationship she was in, she kept getting her anti-depressants. Until she
stopped taking her contraceptive pill after more than 7 years, and her depression just stopped. Sure her skin became dry, and she got bad acne, but
she was no longer depressed. When she went back on another contraceptive pill after meeting a new man, she began getting depressed again to the point
where her depression was so bad, her boyfriend broke up with her. Not needing the contraceptives, she stopped taking them, after which she became
One woman within days of taking the contraceptive pill became highly strung. Everything made her cry, and she became sensitive and moody. She took
everything as a personal attack. She would break down and cry at work. When she stopped taking her contraceptive pills, she became happier. More easy
going and less antagonised by everything. She tried another thinking she might just be sensitive to the one she had been taking. The same thing
happened. She went on the Mini Pill, and became even worse.
The other woman became rage inducingly angry by the end of the first week of every pill she tried. To the point where she felt like she would end up
attacking someone, because every little thing would get on her nerves and make her angry. Despite the fact she had a medical condition that required
her to offset the level of testosterone she had, she couldn't take any hormonal contraceptives lest she become demonic.
These three women are my two friends, and myself. Now all three of us don't take the Pill because of how it affects us.
We've all discussed it and seen how it affects each other. We agree that making your body STOP doing what it's supposed to be doing, is massively
detrimental to our own mental health. Hormonal pills make us crazy!
Our bodies are delicate, and yeah maybe one person's levels for this and that hormone are higher than someone else's but who's to say that that
amount is not normal for that individual? Clearly increasing or decreasing the amount of other hormones is only making things worse.
Whether you are trying to clear up your skin or ease disruptive and painful PMS, keep in mind that birth control pills are merely addressing the
symptoms and are not solving the problem. Your body is actually trying to tell you something. Acne may indicate that your colon, lymph and liver need
cleansing because they are toxic, that your hormones are out of balance, that your life is too stressful, that your thyroid and adrenals are fatigued.
Acne is also a common symptom of a yeast infection or candidiasis.
People take pills for many reasons, as shown in the paragraph above, and I believe it's spot on.
There are other non-hormonal contraceptives available, which are more effective than the pill (which only has a 95% success rate when taken within the
specified guidelines). Coupling one or more of these contraceptives can also help prevent STIs and well as pregnancy. (Condom's I'm looking at
IUDs Are Most Effective
A study published last spring in the venerable New England Journal of Medicine found that intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are 20 times better at
preventing unintended pregnancies than the birth control pill, patch or ring.
Why? Because IUDs -- which are small t-shaped devices inserted into a woman's uterus -- eliminate human error. They're currently the most effective
long-acting, reversible option available -- and they are safe, despite lingering belief that they aren't.
I realise and appreciate women's bodies are their own, and it's absolutely your choice to do what you want to do with them, whether you want to
prevent pregnancy or alleviate your hormonal symptoms your way, you have my full backing.
I just wanted to share my findings and personal experience, in the hopes that maybe some people might:
A - Stop seeing women as crazy b*tches, because there is almost always a reason beyond "she's crazy. Full stop."
B - Recognise some of these symptoms in themselves and consider whether their birth control is best for them, as opposed to just being handed off with
the first contraceptive pill the Doctors have a cupboard stuffed with (it happens, gynaecologists will prescribe the pill they have the most
experience with or the one they currently have free samples of in the closet.)
Have a great day!