What you should know about the Birth Control Pill
Have you ever wondered why, when you go to your doctor complaining of irregularity, heavy periods, premenstrual syndrome, cramps, or mood swings, your doctor always wants to put you on the birth control pill? You have legitimate medical symptoms, yet the doctor is unable to tell you what is wrong. They only offer the “simple” solution of taking a daily pill to help alleviate your symptoms.
The truth is, the pill only masks the symptoms and never really addresses the underlying condition(s), while at the same time causing many uncomfortable hormonal side effects and, at times even life-threatening conditions. For example, Polycystic Ovarian Disease when left untreated can lead to increased risk of breast cancer, uterine cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Therefore, it is best to treat these diseases as early as possible.
Since the development of the birth control pill in the 1960s, medical doctors have been able to take the easy path of shutting down a women’s fertility system in order to temporarily relieve symptoms without having to diagnose and treat the woman. This is not good women’s health care!
What is the birth control pill?
The birth control pill is comprised of two artificial hormones: estrogen and progestin. Both of these hormones are artimones, which are artificial hormones and do not work the same way in your body as natural hormones. These hormones suppress the natural menstrual cycle of a woman.
How does the birth control pill work to prevent pregnancy?
The pill works three ways to prevent pregnancy.
- It suppresses the pituitary hormones that regulate ovulation and therefore stops the release of the egg, preventing conception the majority of the time. However, depending on the strength of the pill, ovulation can occur 1-6% of the time. For Progestin only pills the rate can be as high as 60%. This means that a woman may ovulate and conception may occur.
- It alters the production and quality of the cervical mucus, inhibiting the transmission of sperm through the cervix.
- It thins the lining of the uterus, so, if conception were to occur, the baby would have difficulty implanting in the wall of the uterus and would therefore abort.
Is the pill an abortifacient?
Yes! Because the pill cannot stop the release of an egg 100% of the time, there will be times when an egg may become fertilized and therefore conception will occur. (Up until recently, all medical books, scientists, and most people, recognize conception as the beginning of life.) Because the lining of the uterus has been thinned the baby cannot implant and will therefore pass through without the woman’s knowledge.
Side effects of the Pill:
The pill affects over 130 metabolic activities in the body and has been listed as a carcinogenic by the World Health Organization.
- Cyclic weight gain
- Edema (swelling)
- Breast fullness and tenderness
- Breakthrough bleeding
- Lowers libido
- Thromboembolic events (strokes and clots)
- Liver tumors
- Gallbladder disease acceleration
- Increased risk of breast cancer
- Increase risk of infertility problems
- Permanent loss of fertility
- Hirsuitism (excessive hair growth)
- Increased appetite
- Carbohydrate intolerance
Birth Control Pill and the Environment
The birth control pill not only harms women’s bodies, but it also is showing up in our water systems and affecting the entire ecosystem. Male infertility is on the rise and one suspected cause is the excess estrogen from the water system. Choosing not to use the birth control pill not only protects your health and fertility but also protects the earth.