The pill – yeah, you know which one we are talking about. The ‘magic’ bullet that will right every woman’s wrongs. WRONG.
What was intended to save women from unwanted pregnancies (because err, um of the men in our lives who violate our bodies – who will not keep their pants zipped and who have very little interest in a respectful and mindful relationship [outside of those men who just abuse the crap out of women]), has now become a large medical experiment with dire consequences for the millions of women on synthetic hormones.
Thank you Dr. Brogan, I rest my case. There is a better way.
That Naughty Little Pill – Birth Control Side Effects
Monday, August 18th 2014
Dr. Kelly Brogan, M.D.
This post originally appeared on “Mad in America” as That Naughty Little Pill.
It was early in my actualization as a feminist-minded, righteous post-adolescent that I began to think of birth control as a woman’s right (who was anyone to tell me that I couldn’t assault my hormones with synthetic imposters). It would be years before I would learn about the nuanced considerations of tacit permissiveness toward reckless unprotected sex, the wholesale delegation of contraception to the female counterpart, and the fundamental divorce of a woman from the very feedback systems that fire up her reproductive age vitality.
These concerns would begin to color my perception of this gift from Pharma, well before I began to learn about functional biochemical concerns surrounding the metabolism of synthetic hormones. With over 100 million women using this form of hormonal suppression worldwide, I have to wonder how many of them have any exposure to information about the Pill’s subtle but important perturbations to the system, not to mention the consensus risks of thromboembolism, hypertension, cerebrovascular events, gallstones, and cancer.
As notorious as our hormones are for wreaking havoc, they are what pop us into high relief – they excite us, move us, drive us and enliven us. The highly non-linear relationships between sex hormones, thyroid hormone, and adrenal hormones is like the magic of 3-D glasses: if you cover one lens, things just don’t look as exciting.
When patients come to me with complaints of low libido, low or flat mood, weight gain, hair loss, and cloudy thinking, one of my first questions is ,”Are you on the Pill?” When they come complaining about premenstrual irritability, insomnia, tearfulness, bloating, and breast tenderness, requesting that I sanction beginning a course of oral contraceptives and perhaps an antidepressant, the one-size-fits-all-cure-all of psychiatrists and gynecologists nationwide, my first comment is “There’s a better way.”