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Top Reasons You Should Stop Taking Birth Control Pills Today
About 40 years ago, birth control pills seemed to be the answer to women’s reproduction problems everywhere. Once women had control over their bodies, and with almost no worry about pregnancy, women could explore their sexuality on their terms like never before.
Unfortunately, it only took a few years before that revolutionary pill began to lose some of its brilliance. Once discoveries were made about how these high estrogen pills lead to embolisms, breast cancer, and stroke made many women think twice.
Today, women have access to the new lower dosage birth control pills and since their introduction; they have quickly gained popularity, even though these pills also carry serious health risks.
At the time of this writing, about 16 million women in the United States are using these birth control pills, giving Big Pharmacy about 2.8 billion dollars in profits every single year. Many women begin using the pill in adolescence for several reasons. Some because they are already sexually active, others because they have painful or irregular periods, and sometimes, simply because they are having acne issues.
Painful periods or irregular cycles are generally due to a progesterone deficiency combined with an excess of estrogen. So taking pills that add more estrogen to your body doesn’t seem to make much sense does it?
This is why many women have terrible side effects from these birth control pills, even low dosage pills such as mood swings, weight gain, and extreme breast tenderness.
So what exactly is wrong with taking the pill? (Or patches or injections?) In simple terms it promotes continuous high levels of estrogen. The natural cycle of a woman has rising and then falling levels of both progesterone and estrogen. These pills stop pregnancy with high levels of estrogen that tell the body it is already pregnant and, therefore, another pregnancy can’t occur.
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Over the 40 or so years that the pill has been around, doctors still don’t know all there is to know about estrogen or what will happen when estrogen levels continue to stay high without being counterbalanced by progesterone but some of the effects we are well acquainted with:
- Benign liver tumors
- Weight gain
- Drastic mood swings
- Increased risk of breast cancer
- Breast tenderness
- Heart attack
- Increased risk of blood clots
- Irregular bleeding
- Gall bladder disease
- Migraine headaches
In addition to these side effects, using antibiotics has been shown to decrease the overall effectiveness of birth control pills. Bet your doctor has never told you that when issuing you a prescription for antibiotics, have they? Read about natural antibiotics that kill superbugs.
Another thing doctors won’t usually tell you is that the liver needs extra amounts of vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, and B vitamins in order to metabolize these pills. This means that if you are like most American women, and you are taking birth control pills for years on end, you are probably nutrient deficient. A nutrient imbalance can also cause heart disease, fluid retention, weight gain, and depression.
Now of this were not enough, the ongoing use of birth control pills, and especially the new no-period pills have not been sufficiently studied. Women who are using these pills are live guinea pigs of an ongoing experiment.
Also, yeast likes to make a home within our digestive tracts. In our current society, where women typically eat a highly refined diet of breads, sugars, combined with birth control pills and antibiotic use, yeast can take over quite easily. The toxins that can occur from an overgrowth of yeast go way beyond the typical vaginal infection, they can lead to PMS, depression, migraines, endometriosis, and infertility problems.
If the above paragraphs were not enough to convince you, check out the top 5 reason why you should stop taking birth control pills immediately:
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1. Gut bacteria is compromised
As we were just talking about, the pill has a serious effect on the bacteria within your digestive system, often giving yeast a good chance to get a foothold. Because of this, your body’s immune system is compromised. This also means that your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the foods you eat is also lowered. Once you decide to go off the pill, you will need to eat more foods that will help to reestablish your gut bacteria levels.
2. You increase you chance of developing breast cancer
Studies show that women who use birth control pills could face a minimum 50 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer. This study was done by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre but previous studies have shown the same results as well, so this isn’t just a fluke. Find out top 8 things that increase your risk of breast cancer.
3. Birth control pills reduce your libido
For those of you who aren’t quite old enough to know what your libido is it’s your sex drive. After women begin regular use of birth control pills, their desire for sex goes way, way down.
4. You tend to make no so smart choices about sex partners
When you are taking the pill, your sense in picking up the correct pheromones in a potential mate is way out of whack. This sounds strange, but science will tell you that it’s true, women like men who prefer the scent of men whose genes are different from their own. This is because a good mix of genes makes for stronger children. But when you are on the pill, all that goes out the window.
5. You become out of touch with your body
Women who do not take birth control pills are usually able to read the signs their bodies give them that tell them when they are ovulating, so they can avoid pregnancy. Women who are taking birth control pills lose all touch with their bodies and are almost in a constant zombie like state of mind.
If you want to go off the pill, consider these other options:
- The diaphragm – An oldie but a goodie. They must be fitted by your doctor, but when used with spermicidal gels, they are 92 to 98 percent effective.
- The cervical cap – You can put these in yourself and leave them in for 48 hours. 91 percent effective. See your doctor for the first fitting.
- Spermicides – These come in creams, gels, and suppositories and contain chemicals that kill sperm. These work best when used with one of the other methods mentioned above but aren’t such a good idea all on their own.
- Condoms for your male partner
- Female condoms – Not as popular as male condoms, but when used with a spermicide, these are 95 percent effective.