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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 Dong Quai is made from a Chinese herb that is known for balancing hormones, easing hot flashes and diminishing menstrual pain. Because it is fermented, it also populates your gut with powerful probiotics that protect you from infection, improve the appearance of your skin, and help your body absorb nutrients. Try Fermented Dong Quai today to ease your PMS!

Fermented Dong Quai is an exclusive blood building 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 Dong Quai 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!

Sources:

  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.
    http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4786
  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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47 thoughts on “The Dangers Every Woman Needs to Know About the Birth Control Pill”

  • 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!!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    • Did they not provide you with other options? or go over your medical history? Doctors are supposed to do that before they prescribe you anything so they can decide which birth control is best for you and your lifestyle. It seems you might not have had the best doctor. There are side effects with all hormonal contraceptives, and your doctor should have told you what they were. Most side effects go away within a few months, and sometimes some people never get any. Hopefully know you found a better option for you. I think more doctors should tell their patients about what their choices are that way they understand what the risks are for all and decide what is best for them.

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  • 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.

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  • 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:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24695563

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

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  • @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.

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  • Katherine Jun 23 at 10:05 pm

    Kendra,
    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.

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  • 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?

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