Why I stopped taking “the pill”? Like many young women, I was prescribed birth control pills long before I was ever worried about sex.
At the urging of my mother, I took a visit to my dermatologist to get my first prescription while still in high school. Of course, I wasn’t worried about pregnancy at the time, but my mom insisted that the pill would help clear up my acne.
Maybe it did. I don’t know. I didn’t really notice.
But what I did notice was that I gained a good twenty pounds those two-ish years I was on the pill. (Of course, part of that was also a result of bad diet during my freshman year of college.) I really hated taking the pill every day, so I finally stopped. Within a matter of weeks I dropped ten pounds. My first experience with the pill was less than awesome, to say the least.
But some years later I got engaged. To this really hunky guy. And all of a sudden I was preparing myself for a new life… one where I needed me to consider my fertility. So I did what most my friends did: I got my “pre-marriage” exam and nice new prescription for birth control pills.
What are oral contraceptives?
Oral contraceptives or birth control pills are synthetic hormones that override the normal hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian hormonal axis to prevent ovulation. When taken by mouth every day, these pills inhibit female fertility. They were first approved for contraceptive use in the United States in 1960. They are currently used by more than 100 million women worldwide and by almost 12 million women in the United States.
Let’s just focus on that idea of “synthetic hormones” for a moment. Doesn’t seem really natural, does it? Well… it’s not.
Why is the Pill dangerous? Why to Stop Taking The Pill?
I could go on for days.
It increases your chance of stroke, depression, blood clots, heart attack, and cancer. You are more likely to be prescribed anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication, both of which come with their own list of dangerous side effects. You are more likely to gain weight. You are more susceptible to heart disease and osteoporosis. You are more likely to suffer from sleeping disorders and a lack of deep sleep, both of which contribute to higher stress levels.
It doesn’t regulate your cycle. It eliminates it. It literally implants itself in your biology, blocks your body’s natural hormone production, and provides you with a one-size-fits-all hormone solution. Have you ever met a woman with exactly the same skin type as you? Exactly the same hair texture? Exactly the same eyebrow shape? No? Your hormones are yours and yours alone. No one Pill can fix every woman’s hormones.
The Pill separates you from your most intimate, personal, and natural bodily function.
You’re allowing Big Pharma to control your body. A bunch of miserable, rich, suited CEOs are sitting at a long, lacquered wooden table deciding how to market artificial hormones to you. Need I say more?
It decreases your libido. Which makes absolutely ZERO sense. Why take a pill that makes it safe to have sex while simultaneously diminishing your desire to have sex?
Increased risk of yeast, bladder, and urinary tract infections. Nope. No thanks.
If you take a look at the list of side effects that comes with each package of pills you may be surprised by how casually they are prescribed. For me, the second time around on the pill was far more “inconvenient” that a few extra pounds. I was on the new prescription for about a month and I felt like someone had taken over my sanity. I was sobbing all the time. Cranky. And just not myself.
No thank you. Time to say “good bye, Mr. Pill.”
Why I would never recommend the pill to anyone?
The artificial changes in our hormone levels can easily screw up the whole body. And the side-effects are complex. Symptoms like weight gain, breast engorgement and tenderness, bloating, mood swings, severe PMS, headaches and loss of libido are what we can experience within days or months of starting on the pill.
Even for those women without immediate reactions, long term use leaves individuals wide open for potentially major problems including infertility, cancer, stroke, blood clots, etc.
The belief that birth control pills are safe comes from more than 40 years of continuous brainwashing by the pharmaceutical industry to both physicians and the public. We are victims of misinformation and dangerous practices. – Erika Schwartz, MD
And to top it off, we just don’t need these pills. There are lots of other alternative choices when it comes to taking charge of your fertility.