52 Weeks: Week One, Girl! Stop Jackin’ Your Body With Birth Control!

Apr 12, 2013 | Health and Beauty | 26 comments

Disclaimer:
Someone warned me against giving medical advice lest someone try to sue me. That’s sad, isn’t the internet full of advice? Thanks for the warning.
So, here is my disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse or anything of the like. I DO have a long history of using more naturally minded doctors, I read A LOT and try to care for my family using common sense and I love to share my thoughts on this crazy world and the stuff we are doing to our bodies with anyone who will listen. Just about everything I am going to talk about during this series is something I have experienced myself.
If I suggest something you don’t like (and I will) or it doesn’t work for you please don’t try to sue me. I have nothing. Unless you want my ’97 Suburban.
 
This is for all women – of any age – after all… we all know someone who is on…
THE PILL (and let’s lump in any other chemical birth control). I know I have blogged about this before (and at least two readers emailed to say they went off the pill!) but I am doing it again.
 
I could make it really easy and just say, 
“Get off the pill. Yesterday.”
But I’ll break it down a bit.
 
I was on the pill for three years, many years ago when I was first married. And I was a wreck: bloated, sore breasts, no libido, leg cramps, I was emotional and couldn’t loose a pound no matter how hard I worked out.
Then, I stumbled onto a newsletter that made many radical claims about the dangers of the pill. I was sold and promptly went off it and never looked back. I know not everyone experiences those symptoms but that doesn’t make the pill any less dangerous.
 
Let me tell you what I have learned since then. 
 And then, get off the pill.
For me, the simplest way to think about it is this – the pill is adding hormones to your body – hormones that have no business being there. They mess with your intestinal flora, your adrenal glands… just look at the rise of breast cancer over the years since the pill has been released. AND IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN – YOU MUST DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THE PILL AND ABORTION. The side effect no one wants to take about.
 Your body is a fine machine – birth control is easy without the pill. And I am not talking about Russian Roulette. And don’t even get me started on doctors who prescribe it for “heavy periods” or for acne. But don’t listen to me… listen to the experts (and by experts I mean the ones who don’t get kickbacks from the drug companies!)
 
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride says…
“It causes many deficiencies, it tends to create copper/zinc imbalances, and it causes women to lose all interest in sex, which seems very counterproductive.
We need to teach young women about natural family planning and about honoring our cycles.
The estrogens in the pill are synthetic, and not the same molecules that the body produces.  Instead they’re called, “xeno-estrogens” and are harmful to the body.  The pill also causes differences in the viscosity of the blood, and can cause heart disease, stroke, and a long list of problems.  We’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg in our understanding of the complexity of hormonal balance in the human body, we are in no position to be messing with that.”
In The Breast Cancer Prevention Program, Sam Epstein, MD, writes, “more than 20 well-controlled studies have demonstrated the clear risk of premenopausal breast cancer with the use of oral contraceptives. These estimates indicate that a young woman who uses oral contraceptives has up to ten times the risk for developing breast cancer as does a non-user, particularly if she uses the Pill during her teens or early twenties; if she uses the Pill for two years or more; if she uses the Pill before her first full-term pregnancy; if she has a family history of breast cancer.” Thus, a woman who takes the Pill for two years before she’s 25 and before she’s had a pregnancy to term increases her risk of breast cancer tenfold.
 
Many women foolishly equate “natural methods” with their large-family-having Catholic friends and scoff at their effectiveness. This is very misinformed. I am an all natural girl in many ways (thought I have yet to give up perfume) and have found wonderful ways to prevent pregnancy that are science based. It’s working WITH your body and not against it. They are reliable and I recommend them for any married women.
 
May I suggest:
This book unpacks the FAM method – it’s more then just taking your temps every morning. This book is AWESOME for birth control and those TRYING to get pregnant.
 
And then this little number that even surprised my midwife – I love this thing!
How about a little microscope that shows changes in your saliva when you are fertile?

 

http://amzn.to/29zLdbF
 

Hormonal changes are irritating and freaky enough.
Periods.
Self breast exams.
Pap smears.
Menopause.
 
We girls need to work WITH our bodies.
Not against them.
 
I flushed mine down the toilet…
Will you?
 
52 Weeks.
Next post, Week 51 coming next Friday.
Here’s to what makes us girls!
Angela
Parisienne Farmgirl

 

26 Comments

  1. Enchanted Moments

    Oh I hear you….I went off the pill forever before I had my first child,around 13 years ago…and never been back on it since…I’m 42, by now I know my body pretty well, so the contraception thing always raises eyebrows to doctors, even by ob…so what are you going to do about contraception they ask…ah, nothing, I have it under control thanks…Im a woman…???? three children…???? and you are a man……..okay…
    A few times in my mothering years, my hormones have gone crazy, so I have always relied on natural hormone help, progesterone troches and a natural estrogen lowerer, the doctors have been hard to find, and all known as quacks by the medical profession over here in Australia, I beg to differ…..and wish there were more of them available to women instead of feeding them the pill and synthetic hormone replacement with menopause…Im in the middle of a new course of ‘help’ and I feel great…Im so glad that I found the doctor , pity it takes weeks and weeks to get in to see him…..Im looking forward to going through the next stage of my life as a woman, naturally , with some help if I need it…but nothing synthetic will ever enter this body of mine…..or my beautiful daughters either..!!!!
    Suzanne, EnchantedMoments…..Australia…

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  2. Genuine Lustre

    Really..common sense is dead and we have to have a disclaimer about everything????? Post away! We took a Natural Family Planning class ( and we’re not Roman Catholic) back in 1991 and it Changed. My. Life. Couldn’t believe that our body was gives out all this signals and nobody told me! Great Post Farmgirl. Now, if I only knew of a nice way to approach this topic with my DIL…

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  3. Theanne

    my father had a blood clotting condition, when I discovered that BCP could cause blood clots I threw mine out, that was over 45 years ago. when I was menopausal the strange little doctor I had(who was a female by the way)INSISTED that I go to another doctor (I thought to measure bone density) he (male) couldn’t figure out why she’d sent me to him and Rxed HRT pills…NO WAY! I knew too many women with breast cancer (some I drove to the hospital for chemo treatments)to ever want to take a hormone pill just to keep from having a hot flash. so tossed the Rx, I was done with people trying to mess with my hormones!

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  4. Noël McNeil

    Love it! When I first went on B.C. I got the patch, oh my it wreaked havoc on my body. I layed on the bed for hours after putting it on because the room would spin and don’t mention the smell of food…I couldn’t eat. My period was more like a waterfall…let’s just say I couldn’t leave the bathroom because I would bleed through everything. NO EXAGGERATION. Shortly after the ‘never ceasing river period’ I went off and never returned. I had a few issues a few years later and I’m curious if that was the cause, maybe. I’m thankful to be healthy now and I’m glad your gettin’ the word out there.

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  5. Valerie

    AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME post!!! Angela, thank you so much for tackling this sensitive topic. I believe that if more women knew the truth about the adverse side effects of hormonal contraceptives they would stay FAR away from that stuff!!!

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  6. Tina Leigh

    My cycle is like clock work, along with the hormone changes…I can feel when my hormones are changing. It is very prominent and now at 42, being more extreme. Yesterday I was like a rabid dog…mad…I mean furious..at nothing! I was right by myself and mad as fire! I believe I have developed PMDD…no lie!

    I had my ob/gyn physical in February and told him that I was really having problems….yeah he recommended two things …either BC which he gave me samples of or a surgery called Endometrial ablation. Well I’m a nurse and knew the risks of BC espicially the blood clot risk…voiced my opinion to him about it & HE said “this” pill has such a low dose of estrogen etc etc BS BS and BS!!!

    So I went home and started researching the pill first….holy cow! That doctor must want me dead!! There would be like one fair review out of every 20-30 reviews!!! And the biggest thing was that it CAUSED the very SYMPTOMS that I’m already having!!!

    The ablation had NOTHING to do with my problems! It’s for women who are heavy bleeders! I am not! Never have been and I told him that!

    Did he not hear a *******word I said to him?!?! Even my husband asked me if the doctor has gone deaf!

    I have a friend who went on a low dose pill for the same problems as me…she ended up in the hospital with multiple pulmonary emboli! Non smoker…no risk factors EXCEPT she put that poison in her mouth! She ended up with heafty medical bills, had to be on Coumadin (blood thinner) for months and with that comes frequent lab work…etc etc etc

    I have not found any help for myself….I guess it’s grin and bare it…I don’t know….maybe you will have some tips.

    And may I add that I was on BC for 5 years back in the 90’s…they changed my pills once and I gained 30 pounds in two months before I switched back. I had always been thin until then but it was like it flipped a fat/screwed up my metabolism switch on and I have battled with my weight every since…..now don’t tell me birth control ain’t a tool of the devil!

    If I had only known then what I know now!!

    Good post Angela! I look forward to the rest and I think we will all learn something & surely be the wiser from it!

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  7. Abby Jo @ forgottenwayfarms.com

    Love your post! No one has common sense anymore 😉 I can’t wait for more in this series. I read a lot too! Love hearing more on how to do what are bodies were met to do!

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  8. Mandy

    Amen! We have no business messing wiht God’s design for the female body, He knows what belongs and we shouldn’t mess with that. I got put on the pill when I was 16 because of painful menstration. I’m sure in actuality the doc thought I was sexually active {I was not}. I’ve been furious since I realized what she thoguht she was doing,what audacity! “Here, let me poison your body and assume because you’re a teen girl that you are a tramp and hey, you don’t know any better to question it anyhow! ” Grrrr!!!

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  9. Kate

    Good post! I have a friend who ended up with a very serious blood clot thanks to her birth control….she had no other risk factors and it majorly messed her up for a bit. Between that and other health concerns I made the choice to no longer take it once I had my daughter. Two years off of it and I feel great!

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  10. Pam

    I’m really looking forward to this series. I was one of those girls who was put on the Pill at 16 by my dermatologist. She actually wanted to do Acutane, but I refused, thank God! I had no idea of the dangers of BC at that time and stayed on it for many years. I wish I had known then what I know now. I’m just glad that the word is getting out there now. Thanks for being one of those voices. 🙂

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  11. Farmgirl Cyn

    If only I knew then what i know now….gah.

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  12. Amy Murphy

    I love the idea and looking forward to following it! Knowing our bodies and the way they work and working with them, not against them is such a beautiful thing! Look forward to next week.

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  13. Christy

    great post! i went off the pill 6 months after being put on it at 23 yrs of age as I developed breast cysts – some 5cm in diameter that freaked me out. My mother died from breast cancer at 50 so I was not going to go through all that nightmare. I did take the mini-pill after having my babies – until i noticed I was getting hormone withdrawal symptoms every night just before i was meant to take the next dose – I thought i had post natal depression. but NOPE it was just the drugs! So i flushed them down the toilet too …and haven’t looked back 🙂

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  14. DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family

    Darling, darling, Angela!
    This is the best advise EVER! I am your beautiful Mama Joy’s age… well, she’s a few months younger :). I married at 21, a career girl with lots of travel…on the pill a consistent eight years…had my first, a beautiful daughter, two weeks before my 31st birthday!
    I LIVE AND BREATH A PERFECT BREAST CANCER STATISTC! I was diagnosed with Stage 1 (Early, Thank you, God) breast cancer six weeks before our daughter’s wedding! I kept a binder of my entire journey, all reports, clinical notes to pass along to my loves. I am nearly a four year survivor! (Once, again, thank you, God!) I PREACH THIS EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE…MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR REITERATING WHAT BY NOW, SHOULD BE COMMON SENSE WHEN IT COMES TO MESSING WITH HORMONES!
    ~Lynne
    withLove.

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  15. Justine

    DONT FLUSH THEM DOWN THE TOILET!! I agree with everything else but flushing meds down the toilet is terrible terrible terrible for the environment find a local munincipality that has safe medication disposal methods and bring it to them (I know you were probably in jest when you said that but just in case someone reads it and takes it litterally I thought I would put my two sense in)…. that said I agree with everything I havent been on any birth control for oh I dont know about 3 years and I am loving it…. natural family planning does work you just have to put in a little effort.

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  16. Michle

    I would love for you to talk about using hormone therapy for post menopause women. I am 59 and starting to have problems with my uterus, weight gain, anxiety. Yes it helps with hot flashes and vaginal dryness but I am being to feel that I am putting my health at a risk. I respect what you have to say and would appreciate your insight.

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  17. Homemaker Ang

    The most important reason for me not to be on the pill is that it is also considered an abortifacient. So glad you posted this article! The christian chicks need to tell the younger christian chicks about the truth of the pill! Thanks for sharing Read at The Birth Control Pill: http://www.lifeissues.org/abortifacients/

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  18. Amy at Lake Country House

    wow I had no idea and have been on it a loonnnggg time. scary! now looking into alternatives, thanks for the info!

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  19. Heather @ The Beating Hearth

    I bore our children, so it was the husband’s responsibility to prevent them before and permanently once we were done. Great post.

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  20. cestMoi Sandy

    Hey Angela,

    I love this post!
    I was just talking to my daughter about mammograms and all that stuff.
    She is 14!
    Totally forgot to mention THE BIG EVIL! THE PIL.
    Hey i was last on it About 10 years ago.
    I did at a certain point get all the symptoms… it totally freaked me out.
    Pain in the legs… pain in the breast you name it but the scariest one was a lot of headaches and dizziness.
    Told hubby we start looking for raincoats (you get it?) have more babies… but I am getting off this plastic not so fantastic chemical!

    And I feel great!

    Just to think of it! No wonder that doctors advise that you should not get pregnant immediately after you go off the pill. It is a killer.

    Now we go natural.
    But I would love to try that little microscope tool to check through saliva.

    Well… oh, I have a 99 plymouth minivan. (with a dent)

    Girl! this post was totally right up my alley! Yes, c’est totally Moi!

    Thanks for sharing and daring to say it out loud!

    Sandy

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  21. Deanna

    The temptation might be there to get your tubes tied to prevent future pregnancies. Don’t be tempted.

    I could cry you a river as to why women should not have their tubes tied.

    Like so many other things that sound wonderful and a simple solution to birth control…..it comes loaded with complications after it is done.

    I was never on the pill and was told to not take it by my doctor because of heart murmur I had. He was a God send.

    Good series!
    d

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  22. Elma

    Oh this is good. We need to learn so much!! God did not create us to put all this crap in our bodies!! We have never used BC and we ended up with only eight babies:) I love them all!!!
    What about getting your tubes tied? What about breast implants? Would love to hear what you think about those!!! Thanks for such a good post!!

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  23. Victoria

    I’m with you. I was on b.c. for approx 6 months… not long enough to be miserable? Not so. Pain, pain, pain. No libido, depression, skin sensitivity (as in, don’t get near me or I will bite your hand off), crazy pre-menstrual symptoms, heavier, longer periods. In a word, misery.

    I’ve since found that whenever I’m consuming something with large amts of hormone-changing properties (processed soy, non organic meat, dairy, etc.) my moods and periods go off the grid, in a bad way. So I steer clear of all that. Downside – no one to blame but myself for the bitchiness! 😉

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  24. Yang

    Thank you for sharing this, Angela! I’ve never been in birth control, but I know some friends who are. I will be sharing your blog to them. I hope you’re feeling great today, Angela!

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  25. Enrique Pasion

    Really do appreciate your sharing this article on contraception and birth control and thank you for the useful tips, links and suggestions. A very interesting read indeed.

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