From the time I was old enough to know what hormonal birth control was (in my younger days only the "pill" was available. Now hormonal birth control is invading females' bodies in many forms.) I always had this gut feeling: "there is just something wrong with hormones being used to tamper with female's bodies. This is not normal, natural, and cannot be good for the body in any way, shape, or form."
For years I worked in OB/GYN nursing watching hormonal birth control pills getting shoved down the throats of teens, sometimes as soon as they started their periods. BC pills were prescribed to young teen girls for various reasons:
- to regulate the cycle (what teen, just starting to have periods, has a regular cycle. menstruation doesn't just start one day and immediately it's the perfect 28 day cycle anymore than a woman goes through menopause having perfect 28 day cycles and then they just stop. Ok, we are finished now.)
- for acne (seriously people... teach the kid how to eat whole foods as nature intended)
- to control bleeding (again... change eating & lifestyle habits)
- to control headaches
I phased into teaching junior & senior high health ed classes in public school, private schools, colleges, and community based non-profits. Over 20+ years, the percentage of young girls I saw who were on the pill* rose steadily. The beginning age that many girls are put on hormonal birth control kept dropping.
Hormonal birth control is an area where much education is needed. Moms, in desperation to help their daughters, listen to the medical explanation about how helpful hormonal birth control is for their daughter's "menstrual" issues. Mothers and daughters are told how it is actually healthier for the daughters to be on the pill than not on the pill.
I can see how this early prescription for hormonal BC happens. Mothers just wants what is seemingly best for her daughter. The doctor does know best... correct?
When I was a teen, there was a deep space of common sense inside me that made me realize there was nothing good or natural about hormonal birth control. Three plus decades later, we know the horrible side and long-term effects that women have experienced with menopausal hormone replacement therapies. We are now starting to learn the horrors of hormonal birth control.
As a Natural & Functional Medicine Health Educator, I work with clients one on one. I have seen the ravages of hormonal birth control on womens' lives.
- mood disorders
- chronic depression
- low or no libido
- digestive tract ills
- nutritional deficiencies
- brain fog
- and more
I have worked with women to wean off the pill, repair the damage and deficiencies, heal the gut, end the depressive cycles, and get their lives back after sometimes years on hormonal birth control.
Educate yourself. Educate your daughters and granddaughters. Educate your husbands and your sons so they are advocates for their daughters & partners to not be using any form of hormonal birth control.
A medical doctors thoughts on hormonal birth control:
published in mindbodygreen
A very insightful book to raise questions about the wisdom in avoiding all hormonal methods of birth control.
When it comes to caring for your body... nature knows best.
*on the pill can now be many forms of hormonal BC: on the oral BC pill, hormonal shots of birth control, implants, cervical rings, IUDs with hormones... and the list grows of ways we can alter a womans menstrual cycle with synthetic hormones.