Controversy over BCP’s and MS

Holy Hormones Journal: More bad news on the birth control pill front… or let me at least say controversial. In 2005, WebMD came out with an article stating that estrogen in birth control pills may actually reduce the incidence of MS. The article entitled: Estrogen Levels May Play a Role in Women’s Risk of Multiple Sclerosis states that “Women who take birth control pills may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) while they’re on the pill, according to a new study.”

So there we were – relieved and popping pills for another 9 years and this bombshell drops that the pill may actually be linked to MS symptomsMS.  This is what I think.  Estrogen levels in the pill may affect incidence rate of MS, however what is not being taken into consideration is the link between MS and Vitamin D3 deficiency. Nor how synthetic hormones further deplete essential vitamins in the body. Please listen to my March 6 interview with Sue Rex Ryan on A World without MS: Vitamin D’s Role

Could it be that women have become so nutritionally depleted – and continue to use the pill – that the benefits of estrogen (and remember this is synthetic estrogen not naturally produced)  and MS and now be overridden by vitamin D3 deficiency? We all need to realize that every generation forward is going to be born nutritionally deficient and hormonally imbalanced. Therefore the medications, vaccines and synthetic hormones is going to affect them differently than how we were affected… our or mothers were affected.

Even though researchers say do not stop taking the pill because of the results of this study – I say if you are going to stay on the pill increase your levels of vitamin D3 – as well as all other supplements you are taking.

Oral contraceptives linked to increased risk of multiple sclerosis

Fox News

BCPills_USEIn a new study, researchers found an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) among women who have taken oral contraceptives. However, the findings do not mean women should stop using birth control, the researchers say.

Utilizing membership data from Kaiser Permanente Southern California, researchers analyzed the health records of 305 women aged 14 to 48 who were diagnosed with MS or its precursor, clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), between 2008 and 2011.  They looked at the women’s birth control use up to three years prior to the onset of MS symptoms

Overall, researchers found a 30 percent increased risk of developing MS amongst women who had at least three months of oral contraceptive use, compared to a control group of 3,050 women who did not have MS. They found that 29.2 percent of women with MS used birth control before their diagnoses, while 23 percent of women in the healthy control group used birth control– showing an increased risk with higher use of the drug, study author Dr. Kerstin Hellwig, a post-doctoral research fellow at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, told

Additionally, for women who did not currently use an oral contraceptive but had in some time in the three years prior to being diagnosed, there was also a slightly higher risk.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.