The 10 Things No One Ever Tells You About Taking The Pill

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4. You Might Become Nutrient Deficient

Your body does not absorb nutrients properly when you are on the pill. Birth control pills put a heavy load on your liver, which must metabolize everything you put in your body, including the pill. This will greatly affect your body’s ability to absorb folic acid, thiamine, B2, B6, B12, vitamin C, and riboflavin. The pill also depletes your body of vital minerals including potassium, copper, zinc, selenium, and magnesium. Although it might take several years for deficiencies to become apparent, many small problems, such as feelings of anxiety, weight gain, irritability, skin problems, food cravings, and fatigue can all be linked back to the time you started taking the pill.


5. Infertility

Since the pill makes your body believe that it is permanently pregnant, it is not surprising that so many women who take the pill for years suddenly find they have problems becoming pregnant when they are ready to start a family. The pill changes the mucus production in your cervix, which, over time, can cause the cells that produce mucus to atrophy, or waste away, from lack of use. This ages the cervix and narrows the cervical canal, making it more difficult for sperm to travel to reach the egg. One 2004 study done in showed that the time it took women to become pregnant after using the pill was as much as three times longer than those who used condoms or other birth control methods.


6.  Say Good-Bye To Your Libido

Birth control pills produce as much as seven times more of the sex hormone-binding globulin. This globulin is a protein that binds with testosterone and removes it from the body. As you might imagine, less testosterone means less interest in sex — and less fun in the bedroom. By leveling out your natural estradiol highs and inhibiting free testosterone, you create a double whammy of loss of interest when it comes to sex.


7.  It Increases Your Risk Of All Kinds Of Disease

You might have read some warnings on the insert of your birth control pill, but most of you probably just throw them out. You should read these in full sometime because the statistics are scary. Birth control pills increase your risk of developing ovarian cancer, breast cancer, blood clots, stroke, heart attacks, weak bones (osteoporosis), and cervical cancer. Although these types of disease take a while to develop, they are much more common than you would think. If you are a long term pill user, ask your doctor about your risk.

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One Comment

  1. Betsy Riley

    Dec 3, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    You did not mention the Paraguard IUD, which works without hormones because it is made of copper. It lasts 5-10 years and was the best non-hormonal birth control option for me.