The birth control pill is the most common practice for preventing pregnancy, despite evidence of the many possible associated dangers. One of the issues I have with the prescription of the OCP is that these side effects and dangers are never discussed with the patient. If the patient isn’t advised that every pharmaceutical drug comes with risks and side effects, then how can they possibly make an informed decision? Especially when the pill is often prescribed to young women who have just reached puberty.

The second issue I have is that many times the pill is often prescribed in order to mask other symptoms. I know that because this is what happened to me. When I was suffering from cystic acne, the process was to try antibiotics, then the pill and then if they both failed, roaccutane. The trouble is, this method only “works” all the while you take it, which means women end up on the pill for years and sometimes even decades, which is extremely dangerous. Not to mention the underlying root cause of the acne or heavy, painful periods, or PCOS diagnosis, etc. is still present. This bodily imbalance continues to worsen as the years pass and the saddest part is, the next time these women have to meet these symptoms and diagnosis head on, is when they’re ready to try for a baby. That’s without mentioning the longer someone takes the pill, the more difficult it can become to fall pregnant.

The third issue I have is the false sense of security the contraceptive pill gives women. Knowing they’re unlikely to fall pregnant, this can result in more unprotected sex. Whilst STI checks will help you determine chlamydia, gonnorhoea, HIV and herpes, what it doesn’t do is test for the HPV strains linked to cervical cancer. This is partly why cervical cancer rates are soaring. If a girl becomes sexually active at 14, her smear test isn’t available until the age of 25. That’s 9 years with the potential for HPV to be contracted and develop into cancer without being detected, unless symptoms are experienced – which are often in later stages. The other factor is that men can’t get tested for HPV. Therefore they can pass this from female to female without ever knowing, which is often the case in our society when we refuse to wear condoms. This then means someone who hasn’t engaged in intercourse prior to a long term relationship, is now vulnerable or indeed contracts HPV from her partner because of the frivolous nature of our society, which stems from the ability to have unprotected sex without being at risk of falling pregnant.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Your risk of crohns disease is increased by 300% if you take the pill for 5 years or more.
  • On Progestin-only contraceptives, teenagers are 200% more likely to become depressed.
  • The pill induces a myriad of nutritional deficiencies which are often the start of disease.
  • A study in the UK found that couples who had been using hormonal birth control took twice as long to conceive than couples who had been using condoms previously.
  • The pill profoundly disrupts hormonal balance which can show itself by; lowering thyroid hormones, lowering testosterone, shutting down natural hormone production, compromising fertility, triggering PCOS and more.
  • The data used in the safety trials of the pill, came from women who followed the schedule for only 28 days. What we have now is women using birth control for long term suppression, which is the largest uncontrolled medical experiment on women in history.
  • In 2005, the World Health Organisation published that oestrogen-progestin and contraceptives, (combination pills) could cause cervical, liver and breast cancer.

Types of birth control pills:

Birth control pills, patches and shots promote continuously raised oestrogen levels in a woman’s body, something that’s neither natural nor very safe. A woman’s natural menstrual cycle is composed of rising and falling levels of oestrogen and progesterone throughout the month. Birth control pills work by keeping oestrogen at an unnaturally high level all month long — high enough to even fool the body into thinking it’s already pregnant! Since the body perceives high oestrogen levels as a sign of pregnancy, it stops ovulating, and therefore when taking the pill another pregnancy cannot occur.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, it’s been found that the effects of continuously raised oestrogen levels in the female body due to taking birth control pills may include:

  • Potential increased risk of breast cancer
  • Potential increased risk of blood clotting, heart attack and stroke. The risk of blood clots is highest for very overweight women taking the pill.
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Gallbladder or liver problems, including benign tumors
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes, with some women experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety
  • Nausea, cramping, irregular bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • The pill also does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Therefore if not using another form of protection/contraceptive method, it’s possible to get any type of sexually transmitted disease your partner might have.

Birth control pills contain the very same sorts of synthetic hormones as hormone replacement drugs commonly used by menopausal or post-menopause women. Researchers have now gathered evidence regarding significant problems associated with the effects of synthetic hormones that some suggest women should not take them at all. The same can be said for birth control pills: While some doctors and health authorities report that they’re “safe and effective,” others strongly recommend avoiding them whenever possible.

Other dangers;

May Contribute to Nutrient Deficiencies

Most people don’t know that in order for the body to metabolise the pill, the liver requires extra amounts of the B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc. Therefore the longer a woman is on the pill, the more likely it is that nutrient deficiencies will occur. Deficiencies are some of the primary contributors to most disease and often begins with a deficiency in iron.

May Cause or Worsen Candida

Yeast overgrowth has been closely linked to oestrogen dominance in a woman’s body, which is highly influenced by taking the pill. Women who use hormonal birth control (not just the pill but also a patch or ring) may have more yeast infections than those who don’t. Toxins from yeast overgrowth can lead to a host of other problems, presenting themselves in a variety of manners far beyond the common vaginal infection. For example, symptoms like migraines, infertility, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, psoriasis, PMS, depression and digestive disorders have all been linked to candida yeast overgrowth.

Often Causes Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

There’s evidence that with estrogen and progesterone levels in the body out of their natural equilibrium due to taking the pill, the brain’s response system is consequently altered, leading many to experience psychological side effects. A proportion of women express concern about low sex drive, lack of appetite, helplessness, disinterest and an overall sad disposition while on birth control pills. A study conducted in Denmark involving more than 1 million women found a notable increase in depression rates among women taking birth control versus women who were not.

May Increase Cancer Risk

The National Cancer Institute tells us that the risk of developing breast cancer is around one in eight for the general public. But studies done by doctors, such as Chris Kahlenborn, M.D., from Altoona Hospital in Altoona, Penn., indicate that “women who took oral birth control before having their first child have a 44-percent increased risk of developing breast cancer.” If this is true, that would bring your risk of developing breast cancer to one in five, a staggeringly high risk. A link between HRT and breast cancer has already been concluded and the pill works in the same way. Why doesn’t your doctor tell you about this? “There’s tremendous vested interested — drug companies with a lot of money, government agencies who give a lot of money for contraception. It doesn’t make people look good when a study like this comes out,” Dr. Kahlenborn said.

You can never be truly healthy all the while you’re putting something synthetic into our body, day in and day out. In order to live a natural, holistic, health promoting life, we must prioritise this over everything else. This includes the convenience of taking the pill over natural contraceptive methods. This includes the temporary pain of resolving underlying issues in the body rather than masking them with the pill. This includes the discomfort of having a period when we go on holiday. Our health should always come first because if you don’t put it first now, you’ll have to put it first later.

Resources:

https://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/study-questions-birth-control-and-risk

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2552796

https://www.healthywomen.org/condition/yeast-infections

Dr. Axe and Dr. Mercola

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/free-publications-women/birth-control

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4752384/

https://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(16)00232-8/pdf

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9247010/

https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/ageing/cocs_hrt_statement.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3520685/

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/05/30/How-Safe-is-the-Pill.aspx

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062847058/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=drjolbri-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0062847058&linkId=6a66a46835e75366deedb67331971e90

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