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The Dangers Every Woman Needs to Know About the Birth Control Pill

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Did you know that  20% of Americans have copper deficiency? If you have osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis or just feel sluggish, it could mean that you need more of the micronutrient, copper, in your diet!

Did you know that an estimated 150 million women worldwide take birth control pills?

Such widespread use of birth control pills worries me because many women are not aware of the serious health implications of these drugs. I also believe that birth control pills are often prescribed to address symptoms (like cramping, spotting, irregular periods and acne) instead of the underlying causes of the symptoms.

Many women do not consider the very real (and sometimes very dangerous) side effects of these synthetic hormones, but you owe it to your body, and to your future children, to find out more.


Birth Control: Synthetic Hormones

First, let’s understand how birth control pills work in your body.

Typically, your body ovulates once a month, ripening a new egg that will then journey down a fallopian tube. Eventually it reaches the uterus, where it would implant, if fertilized.

If not fertilized by a sperm, then the lining of the uterus that had built up in preparation for the fertilized egg is unnecessary. Both egg and uterine lining leave your body, cleansing your system and preparing for a new month.

When you take birth control pills, you impose synthetic hormones on your natural cycle.

Many birth control pills contain high levels of estrogen that effectively convince your pituitary gland that you are pregnant (this explains some of the side effects of the drugs) and that you don’t need to ovulate. Because your body thinks you are pregnant, the uterine lining thickens. Once you start the placebo pills, however, your estrogen level drops suddenly, and your body menstruates “normally.”

This abnormal cycle is what millions of women experience every month, and yet few doctors discuss the consequences of taking these prescriptions for year after year.


Real Risks

Here is an overview of the reported risks and side effects of birth control pills.

Some physical and emotional changes take place that are permanent while you stay on the pill. Many of these changes occur as your body’s response to synthetic estrogen.

These changes include:

  • Larger breasts
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Reduced or increased acne
  • Slight nausea
  • Emotional sensitivity right before your period
  • Mood swings throughout your cycle
  • Irregular bleeding or spotting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Decreased libido

The above side effects might be enough to deter some women from taking birth control, but many women are just not aware of them, while others justify the side effects because the pill is so convenient.

But imagine taking your birth control pill, feeling depressed and then taking an antidepressant to handle your mood swings and hypersensitivity. Adding an antidepressant could then contribute to even lower libido, which would surely be noticed by you and your partner.

My point is that birth control pills are a prescription drug with very real ramifications on your overall health.

And even scarier than the “mild” side effects are the serious health risks that accompany birth control pills. These include: ,

  • Increased risk of cervical and breast cancers
  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Migraines
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Infertility
  • Benign liver tumors
  • Decreased bone density
  • Yeast overgrowth and infection
  • Increased risk of blood clotting

Cancer, heart disease, stroke, infertility. Surely these side effects make birth control pills a less than desirable option for contraception. And now that heart disease has become the leading cause of death among women, one has to wonder if there is a connection between the widespread and long-term use of oral contraceptives, which debuted in 1960... just as the first of the baby boomers were entering their teens.

Yeast overgrowth and yeast infections (candida), too, are particularly dangerous to your overall health.

Birth control pills actually destroy the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, making you more susceptible to yeast overgrowth, lower immunity and infection.

The Body Ecology System for Health and Healing is unique because of our understanding and focus on the inner ecosystem. With a healthy inner ecosystem, good bacteria and yeast (microflora) thrive in your intestines, helping you to digest food, protect you from illness and disease, and absorb and manufacture vital nutrients.

You can encourage the health of your inner ecosystem by implementing Body Ecology’s Seven Universal Healing Principles, living a low stress lifestyle and avoiding recreational and medicinal drugs and empty, toxic foods that upset the balance of beneficial microflora in your body.

After years and years of taking birth control pills and creating an imbalanced inner ecosystem (with an overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast), it is no wonder that women are at greater risk for infections as well as chronic diseases like cancer.


The Birth Control Solution

Sometimes birth control methods are very necessary for preventing unwanted pregnancies, but I urge you to learn more about other natural options that do not damage your health.

Condoms (both male and female), the diaphragm and cervical cap are all reasonable options for birth control. However, we highly recommend that you become familiar with the work of Katie Singer and her book, The Garden of Fertility. Ms Singer writes about Fertility Awareness, a natural method for birth control that enhances your chances of conceiving, and gauging gynecological health.Here you will find the secret fortuning in with Nature instead of going against Her.

If you are taking birth control pills for a reason other than contraception, please reconsider.

Whether you are trying to clear up your skin or ease disruptive and painful PMS, keep in mind that birth control pills are merely addressing the symptomsand are notsolving the problem.  Your body is actually trying to tell you something. Acne may indicate that your colon, lymph and liver need cleansing because they are toxic, that your hormones are out of balance, that your life is too stressful, that your thyroid and adrenals are fatigued. Acne is also a common symptom of a yeast infection or candidiasis.

Birth control pills may improve your symptoms for a short time, but your body and its overall health is at risk when you consider the long run.

The Body Ecology Way of Life offers many healthy tools that can help address symptoms like PMS and acne that have American women downing those birth control pills. We can even help you rebalance your body if you have already been taking them.

Instead of using birth control as a therapy, our gluten-free, casein-free, sugar-free nutrient-rich high-fiber, alkaline, plant-based diet with its delicious probiotic foods and liquids can give you the results you want without the serious side effects.


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Fermented InnergyBiotic is an exclusive tonic that also features key strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast to populate your intestines and boost your immunity.

Dong quai is an herb used for centuries in ancient Chinese remedies to address the special needs of women. Dong quai can help with infertility, hot flashes and menstrual pain. It also promotes the proper balance of hormones and a regular menstrual cycle.

While dong quai is prized for women’s health, it has been used historically for men and women to cleanse the blood, fight signs of infection and encourage digestion.

Since fermented foods and drinks have so many benefits for healing infections and boosting immunity, we realized that fermenting dong quai could be a major step forward in natural health and hormone balance for women.


Natural Solutions for You and the World

Fermented InnergyBiotic is just one way that you can positively impact your health and regulate your hormones. But as you make wiser choices for your own wellness, you also affect the world around you.

Researchers have discovered that much of our water supply is contaminated by synthetic hormones attributed to birth control pills. They have found that the high levels of estrogen in lakes and rivers damages the fish and other wildlife, sometimes causing them to be sterile and severely decreasing their populations.

As you can see, unnatural choices have unnatural consequences, both for you and the environment.

Your choice of contraception is most certainly a personal one. And in a world full of modern medical technology, we have been taught that taking a pill is the answer to any health problem. However, the human body is still connected to Mother Earth in a way that science does not fully recognize.

As women, we may often feel our connection to Mother Earth because of our menstrual cycles.

In fact, Dr. Michael Smolensky’s research on circadian rhythms (biological cycle lasting 24-hours) and the sleep/wake pattern found that:

"Our words, 'menstruation,' 'moon,' and 'month,' all come from the Greek word for 'measure of time.' A woman's menstrual cycle runs its course in about twenty-eight days, one lunar cycle. Periods usually start spontaneously in the week of the full moon in women not using birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, particularly those with ample exposure to natural daylight and dark cues.

--Dr. Michael Smolensky, author of The Body Clock Guide to Better Health

Dr. Smolensky’s research showed that the more we use bright lights at night, the less regular our periods.

So our bodies were created to follow the natural flow of light and darkness. Modern life, however, often brings late nights in bright lights or in front of computers that disrupt the body’s natural light cues, throwing us off. You might find that dimming the lights in your home right after dinner (a tip I give to help heal adrenal fatigue and help you sleep) also helps regulate your periods!

So as you are making wiser choices about what method of birth control is right for you, consider your long term health and the health of our planet. Becoming healthy in mind, body and spirit often means getting back to basics and closer to Mother Nature.

This can be a challenging process when modern technology is everywhere, but your good health and longevity just may be worth taking a different path!


  1. Birth Control Statistics.http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/wha/wha_contrace_crs.htm
  2. Our Bodies, Ourselves. http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book/excerpt.asp?id=24
  3. Allen, Kim, “The Pill,” IO.comhttp://www.io.com/~wwwomen/contraception/pill.html
  4. “New study widens pill risk for cancers,” Reuters, 10 Aug 2005. http://en.epochtimes.com/news/5-8-10/31022.html
  5. Women, Heart Disease, and Stroke.AmericanHeart.org.
  6. Borenstein, Seth, “Estrogen can bend gender of male fish living in water contaminated by birth-control pill residue,” Knight Ridder Newspapers, 27 Jun 2003. http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/press/2003/2003-0627-KR-estrogenizedfish.htm

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  • C.

    I’m kind of stuck in between here, as I previously got off the pill primarily due to Candida. It’s been a couple years and every month my ovulation kills me. I know it’s my ovulation because every month it switches sides. My ob tells me my only option is the pill. Ultrasounds seem to show nothing major (functional cysts and small fibroids), but I’ve previously had the dx of endometriosis, so I know there are things they can’t see as well. With the ovulation pain monthly for about a week, the mood swings, depression and my acne, I’m at a crossroads. Keep trudging through or mask it with more hormones? I’ve been told this “the pill is my only option unless surgery is required” by at least 3 doctors and want to feel better, but have stopped going in when I’m hurting because if it’s ovulation week, I know what their answer is. Any ideas to either safely take the pill or a path to actually address the problem?

  • donna

    While the one idea of birth control and health is probably accurate. You never address, ( probably because you're not educated in hormones or all the other reasons woman take it). My daughter has No estrogen or progesterone in her body due to a syndrome called Turner syndrome. The most effective form of hormone replacement is the pill. So no yoga or dong quai will cure that.
    I am trying to get her on bio identicals and off the synthetic. So before you broad stroke claim---do ALL of your research. Some woman must be on it for hormone replacement.

  • caroline

    I am doing a project for my health class at an all girls high school and this article has been extremely beneficial and provided me with some great information!!

  • Georgina

    it is true that there are many side effects woman experience while taking the pill. But not all these changes are going to make a woman die. For my opinion, all forms of contraceptives has its own advantages and disadvantages. You just have to understand the causes of these symptoms. Do not conclude yet that you are going to die. I read an article on Mydoctorfinder.com http://mydoctorfinder.com/healthy-blogs/13-most-common-side-effects-of-birth-control-pills about what causing these side effects.

  • Jazz

    I think it's important to understand that every form of birth control comes with risks, that does not mean that the contraceptive as bad as people think it is. Every person will react differently, my friend has polycystic ovarian syndrome and the pills helped her so much. It really depends, if you have underlining health conditions then yes maybe the pill not might be for you. But it is safe and effective for a lot of people. Not all these side effects are caused by the pill, but because it happened, they assume that it was cause. Sometimes A appears to Cause B when that is in fact incorrect. I know lots of people who fine and had increased sex drive. Again, its different for every person, and that's why, something must be looked at from angles, A know a lot of doctors who say there is misinformation, scaring women into not taking the pill. Unless you studied at Med school, or have a thoroughly knowledgeable background in science and health, then we can't make assumptions about the pill. Again you do what is best for your body, and different pills have varied amounts of hormones and that's why sometimes you might have to try many different ones before you find the right one. There is also so many options besides the pill, if you feel its not the right for you.Research can show both good and bad things about the pill, without looking at both sides you might not get all the information.

  • Amy

    I was another victim. My doctor scared and pressured me into starting oral birth control without telling me all the facts. I've been on it for 3 years since. My husband helped get me back on track. I just removed the iud because I was tired of my boobs being to tenter to get touched :/ I also stopped masturbating over time and didnt realize that birth control was making me less horny. Knowing all those other reasons just makes me happy I realized this before I turned 21.

  • ginakohl

    Oh what a tangled web we weave......you can't deceive Mother Nature. Perilously, Natural Law has been thrown by the wayside. Our Lord has been trying to tell us through His Church for years the perils of unnatural birth control. Yet, how many doctors or institutes tell the truth about the harm it does to women? The Catholic Church, persecuted for "keeping women down", when its mission is actually to protect them and to tell them the truth. In 1968, Pope Paul VI wrote in his encyclical that birth control would cause three major problems: 1) It would lower the overall morality of a society (especially sexual morality); 2) there would be an increase in infidelity; and 3) and it would LOWER RESPECT FOR WOMEN. Pretty prophetic. I applaud this writer, Ms. Singer, for reaching out to the secular world, but the Catholic Church has been teaching about Natural Family Planning (NFP) for decades. Now that we've had years to see the bad effects of the pill, will people finally listen? The Truth hurts. We are not only physical beings but also spiritual beings. Our bodies must always be used to speak the language of truth. Natural Law.

  • LisaM

    Most forms of pharmaceutical birth control cause serious side effects. IUDs like the mirena can also cause side effects such heavy bleeding, depression, and rapid weight gain. You can read this article to learn how to get rid of these side effects and rebalance your hormones: http://detoxscientific.com/mirena-weight-gain/

    And you can view this study as well to learn more about the side effects of birth control:


  • Cher

    My friends 20 year old daughter died yesterday from a blood clot, hospital said it was caused by Birth control.

  • RylanG

    @Nariah - It's unfortunate that your own father doesn't have much faith in your strength and decision making. You are the one who decides in your relationships, as far as if you want one and what sort of relationship you want it to be. You say if something 'unexpected happens'. Nothing should just 'happen' if you are strong, respect yourself and keep your focus on where you want to go in life. As far as anything being 'unexpected', it sounds as if from your father's perspective that would be you being truly mature and not being pressured into what you don't really want...by that I mean doing things you know risk your future and your self esteem.

    You make the decisions. It's not an all or nothing situation. You can be in a relationship with a guy and maintain control. In fact, a lot of the time if you keep yourself on a course that is good for your future the guy will start to recognize that and look at his own behavior that way too. If you get a guy who does that, he's a keeper because he's going to realize that he has, in you, a lot more than just looks and fun. He can have that of course but something deeper and more rare too.

    14 is young compared to 21 and even at 21 the majority of women are not married or having families so there is no hurry. All through high school and college my brother was considered good looking and could pretty much get sex if he wanted it. He never did that I know of. One day two of his friends were making fun of him for not taking advantage of those possibilities. What he said back to them stuck with me. He told them that if he could get it from a girl because he looked good then probably other guys already had and he had no interest in it if it was that easy. I had never looked at it that way before.

  • Katherine

    No one's stopping you from taking the pill like it's candy. Such hostility. "Condoms break". Now I guess THAT depends on the brand and the type of method use. I've never had a broken condom and theres something called Plan B, which I may take once in a blue moon when a condom does break. Yeah I'd rather not spend money on diapers and what not either but I also don't want to slowly kill myself.

  • Lorna

    Not Stupid, if your daughter had been well informed of natural forms of contraceptives, how to use them correctly, and what it takes to be a mother, especially at a young age, perhaps you might realize the doctors are laughing for another reason.

    At twenty years old, having never taken the pill, i have at the very least five friends who have taken it and experienced not only the minimal side effects- such as mood swings, decreased libido, breakouts, weight gain, and reocurring yeast infections- but have also been horrified at the possibility of being infertile. Four of the five women mentioned have taken the pill, came off it, and have not received a period since. For some that means they have not received a period for as many as three years while coming entirely off the pill.

    The question is, as women and as mothers, do we want to see ourselves and our children be effected by the long and short-term effects of birth control, or get smart and teach our children smart.

    Are the side effects of birth control worth the risk when we could intelligently be dealing with the very thing which makes us, naturally, women?

  • HeathWise

    I'm not a teenager, not even in my twenties, and have NEVER been on bith control. I have, also, never had to spread my legs with foot in stirrups to have my intimate parts evaluated by a Dr. doing outdated and inaccurate testing when I am 100% asymptomatic. Because of this, there was never someone to push these synthetic chemicals for me to purchase. While all my friends were on birth control in high school I would always wonder: why don't you eat healthy and exercise for your acne and weight? Why take a drug? Made absolutely no sense whatsoever to me. So glad there is a community out there in the world where people actually do critical thinking. :) I wonder if there is a connection between breast cancer and brith control? No way, totally not true, no way a drug that messes with your delicate hormones isn't going to cause any cancer! Sorry for that question, that was silly of me.

  • Betsy

    In 1968 a document called Humanae Vitae was published about the potential effects that the widespread distribution of artificial contraception would have on women. The document predicted that if the pill was widely disseminated in society it would lead to (a) a lessening of morality, (b) an increase in the disregard of women by men, (c) an increase in divorce and adultery, and (d) coercive government intervention in family planning (see China). The document was right about all of these predictions, and today the pill, pornography, divorce, sexual assault, and the objectification of women are endemic in modern culture. Ultimately, the pill liberated men to have consequence-free sex with women without needing to master themselves or take responsibility for the natural outcomes of their choices. The irony is that women are now slaves to the pharmaceutical companies that produce these artificial products, rather than "liberated" in the ways that they anticipated.

    If you want a natural, healthy alternative that works, try contacting a Creighton Model Fertility Care specialist who can help you learn your cycle and naturally treat any of the underlying problems that your pill is covering up but never curing. The Creighton Model helps women and men both achieve and avoid pregnancies without threatening women's health. I know dozens of couples that use it with great success.

  • Natalie

    I am 26 years old and was on the pill since I was 16. I have been trying to get pregnant for 1 year now and nothing. I have have had scans and everything is normal. I am convinced it is due to taking the pill for so long. I have no other family history of infertility or anything. My skin has broken out like crazy only on my chin since coming off BC. I think my body is still trying to get rid of the artificial hormones. I am very healthy, exercise, drink lots of water and have tried all kinds of acne creams/washes/face masks etc and nothing works. I am going to see my Dr for hormone checks as I can't take it anymore! I never had acne as a teenager so this is crazy!
    I wish Doctors wouldn't prescribe it so freely. Think about it, u are putting something in your body to stop the natural cycle of things=not normal!

  • Tracy Yetter

    I took the pill for about 15 years after which I went off of it to have 2 children. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I have no family history of breast cancer so I'm thinking the probable cause is the pill. I think the pill is a big reason why 1 in 8 women in the US get breast cancer. Japan has a much lower rate of breast cancer. The Pill was approved for use in Japan in June 1999. According to estimates, only 1.3 percent of 28 million Japanese females use the Pill, compared with 15.6 percent in the United States.

  • Lola

    I have used three different brands of birth control and had problems each time. those fake hormones are bad for your body. And seriously doctors and nurses make me so angry sometimes because they are supposed to know the damage it causes yet they always encouraged me to keep taking my pil when my pil was being the problem! My husband and I have resorted to natural family planning and it's been a year and still I am not pregnant so it works if you do it right.

  • Janelle

    Thankfully I NEVER want kids :) So none of these are of concern for me. Sounds like a site that keeps wanting overpopulation problems in the world lol. I've known since I was younger that I never wanted kids, I'm very close to 30 and still feel disgusted when I hear of birth, taking care of kids, or anything related to kids. I love living my life, taking naps and sleeping in, having quiet time to myself, hanging with friends whenever, having actual hobbies and a LIFE :) Since I was 12 I've had heavier periods (still able to have kids though) but choose not to. The pill helps regulate periods AND make sure I never have babies :) There are people in committed relationships that want to make sure, they don't get pregnant ya know. People who get pregnant on pills, are not taking them on time, and/or don't know how to use other birth control practices. Yeah getting pregnant on the pill is as likely as starting a fire with a fire extinguisher LOL!

  • Maria

    Use your brains!
    Read, believe and take action.
    THE PILL KILLS. If you want to stop taking, JUST DO IT!!!
    It's as simple as that!!!!
    Your doctor wants to sell!!!!!

  • Natalie

    For everyone looking for a natural alternative, check out:


    ALSO: http://www.naprotechnology.com/

    AND: http://onemoresoul.com/nfp_by_spec/Obstetrics-Gynecology

  • Ashlea Timcke

    I was put on the pill because of my family history. My mom, gran and my moms gran had endometriosis.

    I've been taking the pill for just over 5 years (I'm 24 soon)

    For the last couple of months as the placebo pills come round, I feel like my whole world has come down crashing. I get lethargic, I cry way worse than a normal pms, I get anxiety attacks, I battle to concentrate and I don't sleep properly. This is no where near to my normal self.
    It is starting to ruin me. I fight with all my loved ones, I pushed my (now) ex boyfriend away completely, I'm battling with my honours degree.

    My point is not only are the physical side effects scary, but the emotional and mental side effects are petrifying.

  • Ten

    I would like to know how to come off the pill. I have been wanting to do it for months now but no idea how to go about it.

    I am 39 and have been on the pill for 18 years non stop apart from 2 pregnancies.
    I cant talk to my Dr about it as she is not very understanding of doing anything the natural way.

    Do you just stop taking them? Is there a certain time in the month to stop taking them? I have no idea.

    Ive been wanting help with this for ages so hope I can get an answer here.

  • Helen

    Sorry but I don{t care. I would rather die slowly and painfully of these health risks than have blood come out of my vagina. It{s not natural and it{s scary.

  • kate

    I have been on birth control since I was 15. I was put on it for the huge painful pimples I would get, but I wouldn't call it acne. Being that young and having a boyfriend, I was stoked to have a form of birth control that wasn't a condom. Now I am 30 and have decided that in a couple of days I will take my last pill. It's a scary decision because every time I think I want to stop taking the pill, the nurses at Planned Parenthood always tell me dangers of going off it such as an increased risk of Ovarian Cancer. I am not trying to get pregnant but being a smoker (currently trying to quit) for a longer time than I have smoked puts me at huge risk for severe life threatening problems. I am going to quit both and use the advice from this page to rebuild my system. I have been trying to tell my younger sister about the dangers of the pill but she finds it impossible to go off because she too gets Hemmorhagic Ovarian Cysts when she hasn't been taking the pill. If anyone has more info on therapy for the cysts please tell me.
    Also, I have heard of multiple women my ago having strokes recently from the pill. I do not want to be one of them.

  • Nariah

    I am 14 years old and my dad wants me to start using birth control. At first i liked the idea but now that ive seen all this information im not sure about it... I only want the pill to keep me from getting pregnant just in case something unexpected happens... im not sure what to get and im going to get it in 2 days... I was wodering if u had any suggestions for me ... thank you for all tthe information and making me aware of all the things that can go wrong with birth control and in whta ways i could harm myself... i have definatley changed my perspective and have taken this information into deep consideration

  • Tammi


    I too started taking the pill at about the same age due to heavy, painful and irregular periods. The side effects of taking the pill for so many years have damaged my body and caused some rather serious, long term effects. I am not a doctor. I am a regular woman however have some background in health and nutrition. Through diligence in research, studying, asking health professionals questions and being fortunate enough to have friends in the health profession, I was able to over come issues caused by the pill. I would be glad to discuss your issues and challenges with you. We need to find the root cause of your health issues (skin, hormone or whatever) and give your body the tools it needs to heal itself through lifestyle, diet and proper supplementation. I have been able to not only make people aware of these side effects but help them to get well. Feel free to contact me through this email: dreamcoat@unfranchise.com.

  • Sarah

    Thank you for this information! I am writing my research paper, and my topic is: The birth control pill is more dangerous than the medical community has led us to believe and should be removed [or restricted] from general consumption. Please contact me, because i believe you could help me! Thank you!

  • mweemba crecious

    could you please send more information for me on natural remedy of birth control.

  • Kylie

    Birth control pills are pretty much the only available solution for endometriosis apart from surgery, which is not always successful. What would you recommend for this condition?

  • dhaez

    I am using birth control pills for almost 3 years, While reading this article, i was so worried. I take pills because of hormonal imbalance only. I am 24 years old, still single and of course I want to have baby someday. Now that I knew it's harmful side effects, I will stop taking BC pill. but want to have my regular menstruation? how it will work if i will not use the pill again? and now that i will stop using the pill, is there any side effects for me if i will stop taking it since i am taking the pill for almost 3 years? im just so worried about it.. thanks..

  • prossy

    It's true because after giving birth to my baby boy, i went on Birth Control Pills for 5 years. it's now 3yrs I have failed to Conceive # 2, I have done all the infertility tests and all of them come back normal. what i know it's the Birth Control Pills which made me Infertile. so Young girls stop using Birth control Pills for the good of your Health.
    i am aged 30yrs.

  • Kels

    Hey, to "Not Stupid"... My friend had a stroke at 20 years old thanks to her birth control pills. She was planning on going on into professional snowboarding, but now she has to rebuild everything. She is now able to speak again and took her first steps in two years last week. So, yeah, I'll take the "BS treatment".

  • Sonia

    I wish people took more time to get the facts....I've read research studies on how the pill depletes testosterone in women. You DO need testosterone girls its very important for your muscles and not to mention...your libido. I'm 18 and i was on the pill for 3 months. No side effects except the fact that my always healthy libido had diminished and I felt a sense of fullness all the time. I hated it. Back to condoms and a healthy libido I've never been happier. I don't care if my boyfriend doesn't love them. More studies need to be done! and women need to research before they say "hey i won't get pregnant? let me pop this magic pill!" It's not magic, it's artificial toxins to your system.

  • Jordan

    thank you for this article. it was the first informative one i found before diving into more research to back up my decision to not take the pill. as an 18 year old, it seems like such a rarity to not be on the pill but as someone who is more lenient to natural medicines, foods etc i have never wanted to put anything in my body that is not supposed to or needs to be there. if people want to take the pill, sure that is fine. everyone makes the decision for their own body. i just wish people would put in some research before putting things into their body simply because it is the norm in society.

    also, to kendra, you don't need to 'buy' milk when you have a baby. your body does that for you :)

  • Kendra

    Honestly, I've been using birth control for 7 months now. Yes there are many side effects but women have been taking them for years and years. How often do they die from it or even close? it definietly depends on the brand. also the type of method used. women should have a right to what they do to their own body. if I want to pop a pill every night, I could and I will continue to do so. Im perfectly fine. No mild side effects. I want to have sex without getting pregnant. Condoms break. I'll keep paying for my birth control rather than paying for diapers, milk, etc. when I didn't plan on doing so. People should just worry about themselves.

  • http://bodyecology.com/articles/dangers_birth_ Kathy

    This was a very informative & interesting article. However, as advocates for living in harmony with our bodies' natural functioning, I'm surprised that you didn't mention the family planning method which is called "Natural Family Planning", or "NFP". It is not the old "Rhythm" method & it has a high degree of success when used properly. There are several different methods, but the " Creighton Method", for one, has (in normal use) a 97% success rate & 99.5% when practiced perfectly! "NFP" involves determining one's ovulation by tracking the condition of the woman's cervical mucus & abstaining from sex on the few days a month when a woman can actually conceive. Farmers have guaged their animals' readiness for breeding using this method for centuries! Since the man must participate, "NFP" also increases communication between the spouses & mutual responsibility. Since couples relying on "NFP" have a shockingly low rate of divorce-(2%), what could be healthier for the individual as well as society than that?

  • Jules

    I've been taking the pill for about 8 years, since I was 13. I decided to go off it last year, and now my face has broken out terribly. I saw an accupuncturist and took herbs, tried all kinds of products. And because I can't take the emotional stress any longer I went back on the Pill.

    It's been 2 months, and now i'm reconsidering my decision. I'm just heartbroken that i'm stuck in this predicament. I don't know what to do. I don't want to harm my body, but i'm just so depressed. Just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience.

  • She

    Taylor - what kind of comment that? First of all, try teaching abstinance to the youth of today, if people want to have sex theyre never going to refain. Also what about people who are married? I'm married and I'm not going to absain from sex with my husband just because we're not ready for a baby yet!
    However I do agree with staying clear of the pill, use condoms people - so much healthier! :) Thanks for this article it was indeed very helpful!

  • Not Stupid

    You people believe everything you read and will waste money on some bs treatment. When your daughter gets pregnant you will know why the doctors laughed at you

  • taylor

    Why do girls get birth control. If they didnt want to get pregent dont have sex!

  • Lizett

    It is a shame how people can be so ignorant.. laughing at you while they are the ones who are foolish. I was considering taking birth control, however beforehand I decided to look into it because my boyfriend suggested that I don't take it due to the harmful side-effects that it may cause me now and in the future. This information was definitly enough for me to back away. I hope that your daughter get's better and that the Don Quai works for you both.
    God Bless

  • Tonya

    Thank you so much for this article. I have many other reasons besides the ones you have listed to be against birth control for any reason. I had secondary infertility due to Birth Control use. My daughter just got out of the hospital today, she is 14 with a Hemmorhagic Ovarian Cyst. They recommended "hormone" therapy, a way of avoiding saying birth control pills and I immediately let them know that that was not an option as I am completely against the use of BC pills. They rolled their eyes at me and made fun of me for it. I was mad but they are just ignorant. I think I will try Don Quai for her and for me as well for my cysts that I just monitor everyother month and see if it makes a difference. I will let you know if it does.

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