Did you know that women over the centuries have used quite odd birth control methods? For instance, ancient Egyptian women used a combination of dates, honey, cotton, and acacia. They used to coat a wool with this mixture and then use it as a contraceptive. There is yet, even more, unusual method, which was actually a combination of crocodile dung, sodium carbonate, and honey. This concoction was inserted into the vagina to block and kill off the sperm.
It is believed that Romans used Queen Anne`s lace, which was said to act as anti-fertility agent. The modern pill first appeared on the market in the 1960s and it became all the rage almost instantly. The problem with this pill was that it contained high levels of progestin and estrogen, both of which are associated with dangerous adverse effects. Since the amount of hormones in the pill was ten times than required for contraception, the fact that the consequences were terrible doesn’t come as a surprise. Although the pill was re-introduced with a different formula 40 years later, the side effects remain the same.
10 Things I wish All Gynecologists Told Women about the Pill
1. The pill is a carcinogen.
According to the World Health Organization, birth control pills are in the same class of toxins as tobacco and asbestos.
2. The pill lowers your libido.
The pill inhibits the production of certain hormones called androgens, such as testosterone, which directly interfere with sex drive and pleasure.
3. The pill leads to plaque buildup in arteries.
According to research done at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and presented at a conference of the American Heart Association, every 10 years of oral contraceptive use was correlated with a 20 to 30 percent increase in plaque buildup. Studies show that newer birth control pills contain drospirenone, a synthetic version of the female hormone, progesterone, which leads to a higher risk of blood clots than previous forms.
4. The pill can cause cancer.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation “A pooled analysis of data from more than 50 studies found that while women were taking birth control pills (and shortly thereafter), they had a 10 to 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer than women who had never used the pill. Once women stopped taking the pill, their risk began to decrease and after about 10 years, returned to that of women who have never taken the pill.”
5. The pill is linked to weaker bones
Canadian researchers claim that women who are taking birth control pills have lower bone density.
6. The pill and weight gain
The estrogen dominance leads to insulin resistance, weight gain, depression, and psychosis.
7. The pill and diabetes.
According to a study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, ” hormonal contraceptive methods may increase a woman’s risk for GDM (gestational diabetes) in her following pregnancy, even after adjusting for maternal age, race, education and income level, marital status, Medicaid status at delivery, and type of prenatal care received”. Women who used the pill before getting pregnant are 40% more likely to suffer from gestational diabetes than women who do not use any method of birth control, a new study suggests.
8. The Pill damages our gut flora.
Since birth control pills kill off beneficial bacteria in the digestive system, the woman becomes more prone to yeast infections. In most cases, when women quit the pill and decide to have babies, they develop gut dysbiosis, a condition of microbial imbalance in the intestines. It may lead to eczema, food allergies and foods sensitivities, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, cystic acne, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, vitamin B deficiency, etc. Additionally, the baby inherits the gut flora.
9. The Pill and nutritional depletion
Taking birth control pills leads to nutritional depletion, including zinc, magnesium, folic acid, and vitamin C. Moreover, it significantly lowers the levels of B vitamins, including thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), B12 and deplete the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine is of utmost importance due to its critical role in the production of endorphins and norepinephrine, both of which are needed for maintaining appetite, memory, motivation, concentration, and good mood.
10. Other Risks include:
* Gall bladder disease
* Increased blood pressure
* Mood changes
* Irregular bleeding or spotting
* Benign liver tumors
* Breast tenderness
* Yeast overgrowth and infection
* Depletion of important nutrients, including vitamins B2, B6 and B12