Femaleness has `historically’ been considered to be a mental illness that needs constant management. That statement is just one of the many wake-up calls that Holly Grigg-Spall proclaims in her groundbreaking book, “Sweetening the Pill.” If women understood the history behind the development of psychotropic medications and synthetic hormones, they would understand that they have been duped into “enthusiastically and unquestionably accepting drugs and devices as their liberator.”
Women’s ovaries are not `organs of crisis’ and there is no reason for their entire endocrine system to be suppressed for years at a time when ovulation takes place a few days out of the month. We have bought into the no muss – no fuss- white skirt convenience of pill-popping female castration – but at what cost? Suppression, repression, depression, disconnection in a culture that denies the validity of our negative experiences on synthetic hormones?
“Sweetening the Pill” breaks through the myth of the largest uncontrolled experiment in medical history. It is time to stop the masquerade and reclaim our bodies.
Leslie Carol Botha, WHE
Co-Author, Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle