Women’s Health- Who Really Has Blood on their Hands?

Holy Hormones Journal – Women are not just souring on the pill – they are becoming disenchanted with synthetic contraception. Period. And this10.01.15 pill ny daily news is not new – women have been expressing concerns about how these fake hormones affect our health and our psyche for years. The women in Puerto Rico who trialed the pill before it went on the market in the U.S. refused to take it… too many side effects. But here we are almost 50 years later and finally we are being heard.

In the past doctors would deny any side effects from the pill…. well, how the hell would they know what it feels like to have your hormone messages altered – your brain structure altered, your personality altered. Not to mention that birth control may be linked to brain cancer.

Read what Dr. vom Saal said about the amount of synthetic estrogen it takes to start altering sex changes in the prostate of lab animals.

What are the long term effects of birth control use? What are the epigenetic effects of synthetic hormones and xenoestrogens? They stay in our body – passed on to our offspring and now generations later we are experiencing a rise in transgender kids. Girls who identify as boys. Boys who identify as girls. Boys with vaginas. Girls with penises. And all of this is happening before puberty.

Now combine this with a declining lack of nutritional content in our foods – more exposure to toxins and now girls are dying from contraception.

Erika Langhart was planning to make a difference in the world.  She was never given that chance.

At just 24 years old Erika was struck down by a massive, double pulmonary embolism (blood clots that had traveled to her lungs), as a direct result (per her pulmonologist) of the NuvaRing.  Investigative journalist, Marie Brenner, wrote an in-depth report (“Danger in the Ring”) for Vanity Fair magazine about Erika and her classmate at American University, and Olympic Athlete, Megan Henry regarding the dangers of this drug.

CNN Anderson Cooper 360 was subsequently inspired to air a special report: Families, lawsuits, raise questions about NuvaRing.

My colleague Chandler Marrs of Hormones Matter is bringing light to this issue in a series on birth control related deaths. I just found out that the number of girls who die from birth control is equivalent to 3 or 4 jumbo jetliners. Now if one jetliner goes down killing the hundreds in side…. we mourn and grieve… but for these girls they are ignored.

It is time that we soured on the pill. Social media has opened the doors for women to come together and talk and share instead of huddled home alone feeling miserable.  Many thanks to my colleague Holly Grigg-Spall for writing her book and raising the funds necessary through crowd sourcing to make “Sweetening the Pill” possible.

BTW – read the article and you will understand the title of this blog.

And it was a nice surprise to see this in The Federalist

Why Women Are Souring On The Pill

Two documentaries—one released in 2007, one in production now—have inspired debate over whether modern medicine treats women’s biology as a disease to increase profits.

The Federalist

October 1, 2015

For too many women, this is what happens with hormonal birth control. It’s prescribed to avoid pregnancy, to treat complicated problems such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome, or simply to reduce acne and PMS.

Two documentaries—one released in 2007, one in production now—have inspired debate over whether modern medicine treats women’s biology as a disease to increase profits.

But this debate shouldn’t be understood as an attack on doctors. Rather, it is an expression of women’s desire to use natural methods to improve their health and plan their families without having their complex problems be treated with the same automatic prescription. The Pill isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and women are tired of being forced to treat it as such.

Empowering the Consumer

In 2007, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein produced “The Business of Being Born,” which took a critical look at modern childbirth and suggested that 10.15 sweetening-pill-ricky-abbythe medical profession often recommends invasive procedures that increase profitability at the expense of women’s health.

A New York Times reviewer observed, “As the film enumerates disadvantages of hospital births, conspiracy theorists might detect a plot by the medical establishment to take control of a process for both economic and psychological reasons.” This aspect of the film inspired a strong negative reaction from some physicians. Believing that the film put women at risk by encouraging home birth, one OB/GYN went so far as to allege that “Ricki Lake has blood on her hands.

The response of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) was more measured. In 2011, it issued an opinion saying that while it “believes hospitals and birthing centers are the safest setting for birth, it respects the right of a woman to make a medically informed decision about delivery.”

Women are increasingly demanding that doctors work with the natural processes of their bodies during childbirth instead of performing unnecessary procedures. Many hospitals and OB/GYNs responded by adding certified nurse midwives (CNMs) to their teams and instituting more natural and “baby-friendly” practices, such as delayed cord clamping, immediate skin-to-skin contact, and postpartum lactation consultation. The Centers for Disease Control reports that, in 2013, nearly 9 percent of all births were attended by either a CNM or a direct-entry midwife, up from 3 percent in 1989.

Hospitals are making concrete changes to accommodate the growing number of women who want to give birth more naturally. They should be just as responsive when it comes to other fertility issues.

Not an Attack, But an Opportunity

Lake and Epstein are now partnering with Holly Grigg-Spall, author of the 2013 book “Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control,” for an upcoming film of the same title. In a recent interview, Lake explained: “What we did for birth, we’re trying to do for birth control. And that’s to empower the consumer with information. Not tell women what to do, but offering access to information and choice.”

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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.