Hormone Imbalance – The Silent Epidemic – Women Speak Out

This is an insidious ‘War on Women’. On the one hand we have had to fight for our reproductive rights and the availability of birth control – on the other hand it is the same birth control that is slowly killing us.

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Hormone Imbalance – Breaking the Silence

Guest Post by Leslie Carol Botha, Women’s Health Freedom Coalition Coordinator, Natural Solutions Foundation
September 5, 2012


I still remember the first Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Conference I attended in Tucson, AZ in June, 1999. The statement that made the most impact was the collective concern that in ten years there might no longer be a menstrual cycle. It turns out the truer words were never spoken.

In the past 40 years, the pharmaceutical industry has spewed out and packaged and repackaged so many synthetic hormone contraceptives – pills, injections, and implants that virtually eliminate the menstrual cycle.  It also amazes me that in the 30 years I have been involved with the women’s health movement condoms and spermicide are still the safest and most effective contraceptive on the market.

However, a new trend is emerging as condoms and birth control pills are being pushed on the back burner because of ‘human error’. Women and men are not always diligent or careful about condom use, and many girls and women forget to take their pills.  What is now being prescribed to adolescent girls – whether or not they are sexually active — are implants and injections. Health considerations are not taken into consideration, nor are hormone levels. Somehow the pharmaceutical industry still views this as a one-size-fits-all prescription for all women, no matter their age of their state of health.

Menstrual cycle advocates are most aware that birth ‘control’ is about control…controlling the woman’s body with potentially harmful synthetic hormones. What has been overlooked are education and natural methods of fertility awareness.

While our focus recently has been on the politics of birth control, another ugly monster has reared its head and that is the silent epidemic of hormone imbalance. Not only is this the result of taking synthetic hormones for birth control but our environment, our foods, and water supplies are filled with estrogen mimickers upsetting the delicate orchestration of hormones in our bodies.

Another concern is the excess estrogen stored in women’s bodies and passed on genetically to their offspring.  It is possible that their children are hormonally imbalanced at birth.

Either way, the damage has been done. I believe we are at the tip of the iceberg in this silent epidemic and that hundreds of thousands of women are being misdiagnosed and over-prescribed. In most cases, thyroid imbalance is not considered as a cause of depression, and the prescribed fix is generally Prozac or a higher dose of synthetic hormones.

In 2009, I posted an article to my blog, from eHow editor, Shelly Macrea titled: What is Hormone Imbalance?, a very informative article and probably one of the first pieces for a general audience on the myriad of conditions that hormone imbalance can cause.

At the time I had three responses (with an average of 30,000 unique visitors a month.) In June of this year, another post on the article (which by this time was buried in my archives) appeared from a woman suffering anxiety due to hormone imbalance. And then another post appeared and I decided to bring the article out of the archives and re-post it. What ensued was a steady stream of women commenting on almost a daily basis on their extreme anxiety and depression and the myriad of misdiagnosis and drugs they were prescribed. I am posting the link here so that others can read what I believe should be of concern to all of us: Hormone Imbalance Anxiety, A Precursor to Other Health Issues.

In March of this year, I posted Laura Wershler’s article Coming off Depo Provera Can Be a Woman’s Worst Nightmare. Once again, truer words were never spoken. More and more women are now posting about their experiences on this drug – and the ensuing hormone imbalance and health issues.

Women are suffering.

This is an insidious ‘War on Women’. On the one hand we have had to fight for our reproductive rights and the availability of birth control – on the other hand it is the same birth control that is slowly killing us.

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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.


  1. I couldnt agree more with this, i’ve really woken up and educated myself about synthetic birth control, we’re just one big experiment, sad isnt it? Leslie, I was going to ask you, i know this isn’t really a depo provera blog, but if I just had one shot of depo provera, will it still take months to get out of system? I know everyone is different though. Also, i was looking up non hormonal birth control methods last night, what are your thoughts on the “Lea’s Shield”? hahah didn’t know i had a birth control named after me lol. Trying to see what would work best for me, without having hormones. Then I thought about copper IUD, but sounds kind of painful. thoughts?

  2. Actually Lea – you are very right there… Many menstrual advocates have called the birth control pill the largest uncontrolled experiment in medical history.
    Actually – I do another very active blog post going on women coming off depo… Depo Provera Withdrawal ‚Äì A Woman‚Äôs Worst Nightmare

    I was trying to find information on how long it takes for Depo to get out of your body… think this may come closest – but it is in relation to getting pregnant:

    After stopping Depo-Provera, it can take an average of four to ten months to get pregnant. It will take up to two years from the date of your last Depo-Provera shot for your chances of getting pregnant to get back to that of a woman who has never had the shot. So, basically, four months after stopping the shot, your chances will start to increase, and it can take up to two years for your chance of getting pregnant to be at the same level as it was pre-Depo. Something to remember is that the amount of time you have been taking the Depo Provera shot does not affect how long it will take you to get pregnant after going off of the shot. If you only have taken one shot, the effects can last as long as someone who has taken the shot for years. http://www.conceiveeasy.com/get-pregnant/getting-pregnant-after-depo-provera/

    I read somewhere else that it could take up to 10 months after your last shot….
    But I will tell you this – there are a lot of women suffering on Depo.

    I did a search on the Lea Shield – cervical up and I believe it was discontinued in 2008 due to genital irritation from the spermicide. http://www.mwrif.org/media/assets/CFPR_leashield_Study.pdf

    IUD’s set up a low-grade infection in the body – and if you go that route and it is painful upon insertion… make sure you go with copper.
    Remember you still have to use condoms and spermicide to prevent STD’s….

    I am floored there are not better options for women.

    I did mention the new Trojan condom right? Ultra lite for both your sexual pleasure 🙂

    Hormonally yours,


  3. Thanks so much, read that article, it will be a bumpy ride! but in the end I know it’ll be worth it, not having to deal with all that depo/pill side effects. Back to being the natural me. It’s 2012, i cant believe there arent more non-hormonal methods out there besides just condoms, it’s rediculous. Everyone just assumes the birth control pill is safe since its been around since the 60s. Just one big experiment!

  4. Just to set the record straight – when the pill first came out in the 1960’s it was trialed in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican women had so many side effects they refused to take the pill – albeit the original pill had much higher levels of estrogen and so the side effects on a population of women not used to drugs must have been intense.

    For any of you on this list who are interested – PBS did a history of birth control pill many years back called the American Experience The Pill Timeline.

    Very interesting.
    This should have been a part of all of our education… but then we never would have taken the pill to begin with.

    Thank you so much for your interest Lea.

    Come back often and keep posting.

    Hormonally yours,


  5. I have had so many hormonal changes ,I have been experiencing pregnancy symptoms and I am NOT even expecting a baby .. Fatigue, nausea bad headaches weakness and weight gain.. irregular menstrual cycles I have been on low Estrin birth control pills for a while now and my body is just been all out of whack any suggestions you might have for me

  6. S.J.C. – Get off the pill and re-balance your hormones. Get more nutrition – those are my suggestions. The stronger your body is – the easier to tolerate synthetic hormones. Do you need to be on birth control? You do realize if you are sexually active and not in a monogamous relationship you still have to use condoms to prevent STD’s. If you are in a monogamous relationship – let your partner carry the burden of birth control for awhile. It does take two to play – and it is amazing to me that men have had very little accountability for having sex. While women carry the responsibility – and suffer side effects.

    Hormonally yours,


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