Dangers of the Birth Control Pill
A long time ago I was on the birth control pill, before I knew better, and I may never know how that affected my future fertility (or infertility), or if it will cause any health issues down the road.
Here's what Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride had to say about the dangers of the birth control pill at the Deidre Currie Festival a few years back… (Have you read the sad but touching story behind the Deidre Currie Festival?)
Someone asked her, “How does the pill affect nutritional status?”
It causes many deficiencies, it tends to create copper/zinc imbalances, and it causes women to lose all interest in sex, which seems very counterproductive. We need to teach young women about natural family planning and about honoring our cycles! The estrogens in the pill are synthetic, and not the same molecules that the body produces. Instead they're called, “xeno-estrogens” and are harmful to the body. The pill also causes differences in the viscosity of the blood, and can cause heart disease, stroke, and a long list of problems. We've just touched the tip of the iceberg in our understanding of the complexity of hormonal balance in the human body, we are in no position to be messing with that.”
She has also said in the past how damaging the pill is on our gut flora!
Just in case that isn't enough to scare you far away from contraceptives, read this article from the Weston A. Price Foundation, Rethinking reproductive health. Here's an excerpt:
Recently, in a medical journal, I read that oral contraceptives are useful “in establishing regular menstrual cycles”1 for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). For years, I’ve observed that western medicine’s primary treatment of common gynecological problems is the birth control pill; still, I was dismayed to read this misinterpretation of what a menstrual cycle is and what oral contraceptives do to it.”
More from the article on the dangers of birth control pills:
- A woman who takes the Pill for two years before she’s 25 and before she’s had a pregnancy to term increases her risk of breast cancer tenfold.
- Because of blocked hormone production, women who take the Pill have decreased sensitivity to smell. Because sexual interest is communicated through smell, the Pill may decrease women’s sex drives.12
- In Solved: The Riddle of Illness, Dr. Stephen Langer writes that “the Pill. . . can cause severe bodily damage in hypothyroidism.”
- Oral contraceptives may aggravate insulin resistance and longterm risk of diabetes and heart disease.13
- Many women taking the Pill have reported weight gain–a sign of estrogen dominance and/or insulin resistance–as well as depression and even psychosis.
- It’s worth noting that the mini-Pill, a progestin-only pill, may not suppress ovulation or conception from occurring.5,6 (This is the most serious risk of all, in my opinion, because I know what this means…do you?)
- There were many more, but I didn't include them all…
After reading about T.S. Wiley in one of Suzanne Somers' books, I decided to read “Sex, Lies and Menopause.” It ended up taking me everything I had to get through it. And not because it is a bad read, but because the info in it regarding the pill made me so upset. I was on the pill for 17 years!!! 17!! The book explains how the pill puts us into a chemical menopause, so during the time when we are most fertile and should be making babies (according to nature’s plan), we instead take the pill to avoid a pregnancy we are not ready for, which puts us into menopause. The book explains all things female and although it has menopause in the title, don’t let that scare you. It has info for all ages. I wish I would have had this book when I was in my 20′s. I would have done so many things differently! Because my doctors kept telling me it was perfectly safe, I never thought of any further circumstances, and now because of it, I have put my hormones in such a chaotic mess that it may take me years to heal it. The pill completely destroys your adrenals and once those are out of whack, every hormone in your body is out of whack. It is painful, excruciating, frustrating and maddening for me. How different my life may have been had I not poisoned my body for 17 years!”
Have you ever been on the birth control pill? Do you know if it has been harmful to your body in some way?
- Where to learn about Natural Family Planning – this is a Catholic organization, but many people not affiliated with any particular faith still learn from them about honoring their cycles and how to follow them naturally.
- Are you on the pill for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)? Here's a post geared toward PCOS and infertility, but would also apply for someone just wanting to treat it without the Pill.
- Here's a suggestion from a reader for a hormone-free birth control method (thanks Megan!):
Just wanted to offer up another option for birth control for those that are overwhelmed or scared of natural family planning. I use a Lady-Comp Fertility Monitor and love it. It takes your temperature first thing in the morning then gives you a simple red, green or yellow light. Red for fertile days (flashing red for ovulation), green for no chance of pregnancy and yellow for possible chance. It learns your cycle over time so you get fewer and fewer yellow lights as time goes on. If you abstain during the red days, the monitor is just as effective as the pill. It also gives you a six day forecast of your cycle. I have loved how I don't really have to think about it, but yet became so aware of my cycles and symptoms. It also included my husband in decisions every month. It's a little pricey, but was well worth the cost to me. Hope this helps someone who is scared of making the transition from chemical means to more natural ones. I should also note that it was very easy to transition from preventing to trying for pregnancy. We got pregnant our first try three times.
Note: if that device is out of stock, here are other fertility monitors you could try.