The pill has had a profound social impact but what is it actually doing to women’s bodies?
A myth was perpetuated that the pill regulates cycles, fixes periods and doesn’t have any side effects.
But the pill shuts down and suppresses hormones, preventing proper communication between the brain and the ovaries.
Having a period is a normal healthy bodily function, the full function of this important hormonal cycle is still not fully understood and these hormones have an effect on almost every area of our lives.
SOME KNOWN SIDE EFFECTS:
One well known Danish study looked at the medical records of over 1 million women aged between 15-34 years old with no prior history of depression. They found that compared to non-users those that took the pill were more likely to receive a prescription for anti-depressants or be diagnosed with depression.
The pill depletes your B vitamin stores and prevents you from being able to absorb vitamins effectively.
DECREASED LIBIDO due to lowered testosterone levels.
For example depo provera (a contraceptive injection) is currently used with sex offenders in rehabilitation programmes to reduce sex drive.
CHANGES THE MICROBIOME
AFFECTS LONG TERM HEALTH
30 years worth of real progesterone is valuable for long term health, helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, dementia and potentially cancer.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
It is crucial for people who have been long term users of the pill to address their hormonal health when they come off the pill. This is done through diet, exercise and general overall health. You have to actively choose to have good hormonal health in this day and age because our normal diets and environment are so endocrine disrupting.
• Copper IUD.
• Fertility awareness methods- Tracking monthly fertility with temperature or cervical fluid. For example @daysyuk @naturalcycles
• Caya diaphragm from @naturalintimacy
• Withdrawal method
• In development now Vasalgel – reversible no-hormone birth control for men. A one time injection of gel that can be reversed when the man decides he wants to have a baby.