More Questions about the Pill – 50 Years Later

Holy Hormones Journal: The birth control pill – so widely used – with an estimated 200 million women on birth control by 2015 – is finally being scrutinized.  Women have been so pill happy and Pharma so profit happy that decades of unscrutinized use have gone by – making birth control pills the largest uncontrolled experiment in medical history.

birth-control-feature_tp3-feature-single-threeJerilynn Prior, MD, professor of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of British Columbia and founder and scientific director of the university’s Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research states in the article – “The Pill has become the major nonsurgical tool of gynecology;” while that may be obvious – I think the statement is powerful and needs to be re-iterated for anyone considering taking synthetic hormone steroids.

Now generations have gone by  and we are dealing with synthetic hormones being passed in-utero causing hormone imbalance in our children.  For young women, the pill is prescribed as the cure-all. And the vicious cycle continues.

“According to a 2011 Guttmacher Institute report, an estimated 58 percent of women currently taking hormonal contraceptives say they’re not doing so to prevent pregnancy, or at least not only for that. Thirty-one percent use it to control cramps, 28 percent to regulate their cycles, and 14 percent to treat acne. In fact, 14 percent of current Pill users cite one of these purposes as their sole motivation.”

The Birth Control Pill Has Become a Widely Prescribed Cure-All… But What About the Drawbacks?

Birth control pills are prescribed for every female trouble known to, uh, man. While their benefits are undeniable, some are questioning the explosion in their use.

Elle Magazine

By Virginia Sole-Smith
Health & Fitness
October 31, 2013

When my gynecologist said I needed to go on birth control pills at age 14, my feminist mother rejoiced. I’d been missing several days of school every month since my period had started two years earlier, bringing with it vomiting, mind-numbing cramps, and the kind of heavy bleeding that ruins white jeans and fragile middle-school egos.

“Thank God for the Pill,” my mom said. “Now you won’t have to suffer like I did.” She came of age pre-Advil and spent the first three days of her period cradling a hot-water bottle and throwing up everything she ate. My grandmother had even more dire stories about surviving as a teenage girl in World War II England (that would be before Advil or Ultra Thin Maxipads). The menstrual cycles of the Sole women have always been violent and all-consuming, but at last, liberation was at hand.

So I kept my pack of Ortho Cyclen tablets next to my toothbrush and faithfully popped one at the same time each night. My cramps and nausea eased within a few cycles. While other girls were getting caught off guard by irregular periods that seemed to show up right before a trip to the beach, I knew almost to the hour when mine would start and stop. I also neatly sidestepped the angst of teenage acne, and when I started having sex a few years later, I had my contraception covered. Taking the Pill made me feel in control of my body and my choices. It was everything feminists had fought for, all wrapped up in a purple plastic packet.

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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.

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