Women Switching Contraceptives – Anyone Think They are Making Us Miserable?

Holy Hormones Honey! Over the years I have seen time and time again where women are blamed for not taking this or not taking that.  Not getting the Gardasil HPV vaccine with its severe and debilitating side effects or not taking synthetic hormonal contraceptives that mess up the delicate endocrine hormone balance in our bodies. And if we complain or protest ‘they’ say it is all in our heads. What a crock. How about acknowledging that these drugs are messing up our bodies and listening to us for a change.  When the first birth control pills were brought on the market in the 1960’s, they were trialed in Puerto Rico and those women said ‘hell no.’ Their country listened to them.  But in the U.S. – it was business as usual.  And here we are 4o some odd years later…generations down the road and thousands if not millions of women suffering from hormone imbalance.

Side effects from hormone contraceptives do not go away with time.  They worsen if the balance is not corrected.
Not to mention that they deplete nutrients along the way.

Switching Contraceptives Effectively

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By JANE E. BRODY
September 17, 2012

The United States has one of the highest rates of unwanted pregnancies in the developed world — nearly half of pregnancies here are unintended, and there’s been no improvement in the situation for a decade.

Why? For one thing, women often encounter problems when the birth-control method they had been using no longer works well for them. Many women and their doctors are poorly versed in the wide array of effective choices and how to switch from one method to another without risking pregnancy.

Women choose to switch with surprising frequency. In a national study of contraceptive switching rates, researchers at the Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation concluded that “many women are probably dissatisfied with their experiences with particular methods.” With discontinuation rates as high as 90 percent for some methods, the researchers found that 40 percent of married women and 61 percent of unmarried women in the study had switched methods over two years.

Disturbingly, the researchers also found that “about one in 10 women choose to abandon contraception altogether, even while they are at risk of an unintended pregnancy.”

Most women get their contraceptives from family doctors and health clinics, not from gynecologists who are presumably well informed about the choices and able to help women select a method, or two methods, best suited to their circumstances. Without proper guidance on how to make these changes safely, gaps often occur in contraceptive protection that can result in an unintended pregnancy.

Changes in Birth Control

A variety of issues can affect a woman’s contraceptive choice and prompt her to change it or abandon contraception, said Dr. Ruth Lesnewski, a family physician who directs the nonprofit Reproductive Health Access Project and works at a community health clinic in Manhattan. Among them:

  • A change in life circumstance, like a new relationship, a new job with different insurance, or a move to another city where she has to find a new doctor.
  • Among unmarried women, a change from sporadic sexual relations to a more serious relationship, or vice versa.
  • Side effects from a current contraceptive, prompting a woman to stop using it, sometimes without telling the doctor or asking for an alternative. “Often the side effects are very minor, and all a woman needs is a little reassurance that they are nothing to worry about and will go away with time,” Dr. Lesnewski said.

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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.