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Jill looks up briefly as her husband, Rob, gets home and then returns to scrubbing the counter. As he walks in, Rob senses something isn’t right. “Jill, is something wrong?” he asks. She looks up, exasperated. He doesn’t know what to do, so he moves to hug her. As soon as he touches her, Jill gets so frustrated she wants to scream, but she doesn’t know why. So instead, she starts to cry. She shakes uncontrollably as she cries, pushing him away. Neither connects it to the birth control pill Jill recently started taking.

Most women don’t connect their hormone problems and other ailments to this common endocrine disruptor. Nearly 80% of women between the ages of 15-44 have used the birth control pill at some point. (1) Very few of those women have taken out a magnifying glass to look at the insert that comes with that monthly prescription of birth control pills. If they did, they’d see a long list of side effects.

Potential Risks of Taking Birth Control

Here are some of the potential risks, side effects, and adverse reactions listed on the insert:

  • Risk of developing blood clots
  • Heart attacks and strokes
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Liver tumors
  • Cancer of the reproductive organs and breasts
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Changes in vision
  • Melasma
  • Change in appetite
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Mental Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of scalp hair
  • Rash
  • Vaginal infections
  • Allergic reactions
  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal candidiasis
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Acne
  • Changes in libido

If you can’t tell from reading this list, messing with the female body is not a good idea. The balance of women’s hormones is so delicate. The minute you disrupt one hormone, it sets off a cascade of symptoms of harmful side effects.

Birth control is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it messes with your hormones. When you start taking birth control pills, you’re giving your body synthetic hormones, causing it to stop making hormones itself. This means your hormones are controlled synthetically, and the body’s production of hormones goes down to menopausal levels. Using birth control doesn’t help your body function. It keeps your body from functioning normally. It sets your body up for some problems now and more problems down the road. It sets you up to be chronically ill.

Birth Control Pills Are Not Okay

Birth control hormones disrupt your whole endocrine system, and your endocrine system determines your life. When you were a young lady just starting your cycle, your genes didn’t change, and your habits didn’t change. Your hormones changed. That changed your whole body, including your figure and your thinking. Why do women think they can take a hormone disruptor and believe it will be okay?

It’s not okay. We have come as a country to think hormonal birth control is okay and normal. We’re telling you now that it’s not okay! If you choose not to listen, it won’t be surprising if you develop infertility, cancer, hormone imbalance, and have a lousy sex life. Do you think we’re being harsh? We’ll stop being harsh when all these conditions start going down. We’ll stop when women’s health stops being sacrificed for convenience. Are you listening now?

Birth Control Pills Are Not Convenient

Jill and Rob, like many couples, decided that Jill would go on birth control to prevent pregnancy until they were ready to have kids. The pill was the option so they could have sex without worrying about pregnancy. Now think about this: How do you think intimacy works for them with her hormones being a wreck? How intimate do women feel if they have symptoms like weight gain, headaches, depression, vaginal infections, and all the other effects?

Her hormones have been disrupted for so long we don’t know what they will be like. They might find her hormones don’t easily return to normal after she stops taking the pill. When Jill and Rob are ready to have kids, they may face fertility problems. Then we at The Wellness Way will have to work on rebuilding Jill’s hormones. If they are lucky enough to be able to rebuild them, it could take lots of heartbreak and unnecessary spending.  Not everyone is fortunate enough to rebuild them.

Those 3-4 days a month that she can get pregnant will be a tiny window compared to the 28 days a month she took birth control. So, they had 3-4 days when she might get pregnant, and she took birth control as a convenience for the whole month. It’s different when you’re trying to get pregnant. They’ll wish they’d used condoms for those two days rather than wrecking her hormones.

Some women do everything naturally, but then they take birth control because their husband tells them to. These women are the ones who have to deal with the health disruptions of increased cervical cancer rates and increased breast cancer rates. Who says there are increased rates of breast and cervical cancer? The pharmaceutical companies do! Read the inserts and you’ll see the long list of harmful side effects and associated conditions.

Think you’re safe with the IUD or patch? Nope! You are not off the hook if you use another endocrine-disrupting form of birth control like the hormonal IUD, vaginal ring, implants, or the patch. You’re still messing with your body. There are non-hormonal options.

Here Are Some Natural Methods to Prevent Pregnancy:

  • Natural Family Planning (NFP) or Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM)
  • Condoms – Just make sure you have the right fit.
  • Diaphragm (Opt for silicone rather than latex if allergic)
  • Cervical Cap
  • Withdrawal or “Pull-Out” method (withdrawing before ejaculation)

Keep in mind these have varying levels of effectiveness and failure rates. Combining a couple of them increases your level of protection.

Birth Control Pills for Virgins?

Not all women on birth control take it to prevent pregnancy. A study found 14% of women are taking the pill for non-contraceptive reasons. Many more relied on it for non-contraceptive purposes in addition to contraception, with only 42% using it exclusively for contraception. (2)

Instead of researching the drugs they have or developing new ones, pharmaceutical companies are just marketing the ones they have for different purposes. Got acne? Take this endocrine disrupter. Got heavy periods? Take this endocrine disrupter. Got polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)? Take this endocrine disruptor. Got endometriosis? Take this endocrine disrupter. Got migraines? Take this endocrine disrupter. You may want to look at the inserts to see the potential side effects. Some of them are the very ones they are treating you for.

You shouldn’t have bad acne, horrible periods, and all that comes from imbalanced hormones. If your hormones suck, it’s not because you aren’t taking a birth control pill. It’s because your hormones suck. That means hormones are off balance. You can take all the medication you want, but it doesn’t fix the underlying problem. You need to get your hormones tested to know how best to support your hormones and bring them back into balance. The answer is not synthetic hormones but following a healthy diet, reducing inflammation, and using herbal protocols to support your body. Again, it’s not by getting a prescription.

Time to Rethink This

Eventually, you want to have children, have a sex drive, not have joint pain, and sail easily through menopause. Maybe you just want to live a normal life, free of medication. That will be a lot harder if you’re sick from years of taking birth control. Maybe your hormones were too high or too low before you started birth control. When you get off the birth control pills, your hormone issues won’t be better; they’ll be worse. As we said, birth control cannot help your body function.

It’s going to be even more complicated if you’re battling cancer or if you are depressed. A study followed women in Denmark for ten years and found those women taking hormonal contraception had a 40% higher rate of developing depression. For young women, birth control pills are even gloomier. Those between the ages of 15-19 and taking combination birth control pills were diagnosed with depression at a rate 70 percent higher than those who weren’t taking the pill. (3) Another study tracked half a million women and found that the risk of attempting suicide doubled for those taking hormonal birth control! (4)

When we look at the risks and the impacts on hormonal balance, it’s much bigger than just preventing pregnancy. It’s wrecking your body. Stop taking birth control. It’s terrible for you. Stop putting your daughters on birth control and disrupting their health and future health. Don’t give them a start taking medication that, even though it’s very common, is far from normal.

Stupid thinking when it comes to birth control pills has messed up more women and more fertility than anything. Go back and look at the list of potential effects. You don’t need your magnifying glass here. We need to look closer at those inserts and pay attention to the side effects that are damaging health. Birth control didn’t bring Rob and Jill closer together; it created more problems than they ever anticipated.

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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