Holy Hormones Honey! “What’s In Your Depo?”

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Time for a Hormone Harmony Summer!

I have been on the air once a week for 11 years…
It is time for a ‘hormonious’ break!

Will be back on the air in the fall – but in the meantime, I will be posting the ‘Best of the Best’ of my most favorite radio interviews.

Holly Grigg-Spall: What’s in Your Depo?

Since – I have had so many women posting comments about the birth control method, Depo Provera – I thought this interview with Holly Grigg-Spall, author of Sweetening the Pill, How We Became Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control. On March 13, I interviewed Holly on the topic of  what is in the birth control vaccine, Depo Provera and why you should be concerned.

The Economist named the Pill one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World.” Now, it’s part of the lives of 10.5 million American women.

But how much do we know about the effect of synthetic hormones on our bodies? According to Holly Grigg-Spall author of Holly Grigg-SpallSweetening the Pill or How We Became Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, “What we don’t know about our bodies helps pharmaceutical companies ‘sell’ their contraceptive drugs, and keeps us ‘addicted’ to them.”

The birth control injection, Depo is prescribed more so to teen girls than any other demographic. How many are aware the method should not be used as a long-term birth control (longer than two years) and only if other methods are inadequate?

Or that Depo affects bone mineral density and bone loss is greater with longer use and may not be completely reversible?

Holly will share her research and discuss the controversy surrounding her book and the upcoming documentary Sweetening the Pill on Holy Hormones Honey!

Sweetening the Pill book_coverAuthor of Sweetening the Pill or How We Became Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, Holly is a feminist women’s health writer and activist whose blog documenting her personal transition off the pill gained international recognition from The BBC, The Washington Post, The Times (UK), and The Independent (UK). Her well-researched book has been lauded conservatives, and attacked by feminists since its release on Amazon.

Holly is now collaborating with film producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein to make a documentary based on Sweetening the Pill. The film will focus on the under reported dangers of hormonal birth control and alternative options available in the wake of recent civil lawsuits over oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin, as well as health complaints over the NuvaRing, which have been shown to cause fatal blood clots in some women.

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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.