In this article, I won’t be doing a birth control review of different brands of birth control. Rather, I’ll expose birth control risks and birth control side effects.
Around 65% of women aged 15-49 use birth control. Rates vary most by age: “About 39% of women in the 15-19 age group used contraception. But this rate nearly doubled to about 75% among women in their 40s.” (USAfacts.org)
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This is creating a generation of women raised on synthetic hormone disruptors. They are maturing in a toxic environment that is fundamentally against their feminine nature.
Most mainstream OBs and midwives will recommend or prescribe birth control to women after they have given birth. However, they oftentimes do not provide informed consent on the birth control risks or birth control review.
Young women are forgoing learning body literacy and tracking their cycle in order to take a pill that negatively impacts health in big ways.
Post-partum women need to realize the importance of stabilizing their hormones and regulating their health in the post-partum period after giving birth. Meanwhile, getting on birth control does exactly the opposite.
Birth control is not women’s liberation or women’s empowerment.
Pharmaceutical companies sold the ideas of casual s*x culture and birth control to women under the guise of empowerment.
But what birth control really does is sap womens’ libido, ruins hormonal health, impairs their ability to use their evolutionary senses to navigate partnership, impairs their fifth vital sign (menstrual health), and more.
True women’s liberation rests on women educating themselves on body literacy and making informed decisions about their body autonomy. Women must know how to track their menstrual cycle and hormonal phases. It support health best when women align their lifestyle (diet, exercise, rest) to those phases.
How does birth control work?
Birth control disrupts the natural balance of progesterone and estrogen. Estrogen is critical to producing progesterone, the most protective hormone in the female body, and the hormone responsible for libido. Birth control delivers large dose of synthetic estrogen. It cuts the signal from brain to the ovaries, preventing progesterone production.
The pill suppresses the brain from producing FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which stimulates a handful of ovarian follicles into maturation each cycle.
One follicle will be chosen for ovulation during the mid-follicular phase and the rest of the follicles will stop maturing thanks to the inhibitory effect of AMH (anti-müllerian hormone).
The pill shuts down the communication between brain and ovaries, causing the ovaries to become dormant.
In fact, one study found that the pill causes ovaries shrink by up to half their size. When ovaries are not being used, they begin to shrink and appear like menopausal ovaries.
Birth control side effects:
- autoimmune issues
- low or no libido
- amplified stress response
- causes inflammation throughout the body
- negatively impacts gut health
- causes nutrient deficiencies
- effects thyroid function
- gut problems
- shrinking hypothalamus (area of the brain critical for dopamine production and hormone balance)
- linked to 20% increase in breast cancer
- 300% increase in suicide
Birth Control Myths:
Myth: Does birth control help endometriosis?
No. Using HBC to mask endometriosis pain does not get to the root cause of endo. Instead, it causes:
- Poor gut health
- Synthetic hormones wreaking havoc on your liver
- Decreasing your body’s ability to create its own hormones.
- Long-term decrease in bone health, and more.
Myth: Does birth control stop intense menstrual cramping?
It may if menstruation is skipped. However birth control would be masking a larger issue in the body regarding menstruation, it would not address the root cause. For women who are on the pill to skip painful periods, know that skipping periods is not conducive to health.
Myth: Does birth control preserve a woman’s eggs?
No. Eggs live in ovarian follicles and women are born with more than enough of them.
Impairment of evolutionary and innate wisdom
Surprisingly, studies show that birth control alters women’s attraction and preference of partners (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30046193/).
That is because birth control changes how women interpret pheromones and scent. This results in women choosing feminine men (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23528282/), leading to unstable partnerships (women choosing the wrong man).
How to track your menstrual cycle
Did you know that women are only able to become pregnant 6 days per cycle? Women can manage this with the Justice Method, or the Fertility Awareness Method. More on tracking your menstrual cycle.
Fertility awareness based methods make women the experts on their own menstrual cycle and fertility.
Women use their observations about their body (cervical musus, touching cervix), a basal body thermometer (take AM temp), and a paper chart.
The normalization of birth control prescription indicates that women and doctors distrust women’s intelligence, intuition, and natural rhythms.