The Case Against Birth Control Pills
Dear Dr. Erika,
Thank you for keeping me up on this valuable information. I am currently taking Activella.
I have a question for you - I am concerned for my daughter who is 25 - she like many of us,
has been taking birth control for many years. Are the hormones in birth control the same harmful
"non-bioidentical" ones used for menopause? I would assume they must be. How can we protect our girl's futures, as they become mothers, and older women? My generation was the guinea pig on birth control and now on menopause. I would like to look into the future for our daughters.
We have been brainwashed.
Led to believe birth control pills are reasonable, safe and viable methods of contraception. The doctors who prescribe them believe birth control pills are safe (If they don’t they are really dangerous). We believe birth control pills are easy to take and since we are young and they are only supposed to prevent pregnancy, they must be safe. Why isn’t everyone asking: “How will taking the pill affect me or my 16 year old daughter in 20 years from now?”
The belief that birth control pills are safe comes from more than 40 years of continuous brainwashing by the pharmaceutical industry to both physicians and the public. We are victims of misinformation and dangerous practices.
It starts with our teen daughters.
While it is not necessarily abnormal or uncommon for young girls to have irregular periods into their early twenties, the birth control industry would have us think otherwise.
Without scientific information to the contrary, over the past 30 years almost every girl who goes to a gynecologist or clinic for a routine examination and reports irregular periods, automatically gets placed on birth control pills.
Mothers don’t even question the validity of this course of action by the gynecologists.
Using birth control pills to regulate periods is not necessary or safe.
Many young women in their teens and early twenties do not ovulate regularly. If you do not ovulate, you may not get a period. Periods occur naturally and normally only 14-15 days after ovulation ( release of an egg) if pregnancy does not occur.
There is nothing wrong with irregular periods, they are just part of life. When ovulation doesn’t take place, menstruation does not follow.
Taking birth control pills to regulate or even eliminate your period (like the new pill, Seasonale, that has girls menstruating three times a year) is dangerous. There is no data to support safety of use.
Birth control pills are synthetic hormones that override the normal hypothalamus-pituitary- ovarian hormonal axis to prevent ovulation. This is not a natural state for any woman and without a doubt this situation leaves us open to potentially major problems later on in life ( eg. Infertility, cancers, strokes, blood clots).
There are no studies to secure safety of birth control pill usage over time.
As women become sexually active, birth control pills are promoted as the only safe and reliable option for contraception.
Another fallacy. Birth control pills may be reliable but are far from safe.
Birth control pills are synthetic hormone impostors. Just like Premarin, Provera and Prempro, the maligned synthetic HRT that started the change in awareness of the dangers caused by synthetic hormone replacement and changed our treatment of menopause, birth control pills are the same breed of synthetic drugs.
Their goal is to override our hormonal systems and stop our bodies from ovulating. Their action prevents the egg from being released from the ovary. The periods we have while on birth control pills are not real. They are created by artificial changes in our hormone levels caused by our master gland, the pituitary, misreading signals sent by the synthetic birth control pills and sending on erroneous messages on the ovaries.
Birth control pills are like a virus in your computer, it screws up the whole system with one false sequence of information.
The side-effects are complex and long lasting.
Symptoms like weight gain, breast engorgement and tenderness, bloating, mood swings, severe PMS, headaches and loss of libido are what we experience within days or months of starting on the pill.
In time, long term dangers create an even bleaker picture. Reliable and recurrent scientific studies warn of breast and liver cancer, strokes, heart attacks, blood clots and infertility.
I spend much of my time taking young and not so young women off birth control pills.
Ten years ago I took care of a 24 year old woman with breast cancer. She had been on birth control pills for 8 years. When I called the manufacturer of the birth control pill to report the case, I was told they did not take this type of reports because I could not prove the connection between the woman’s breast cancer and her taking birth control pills.
I was appalled and saddened that the drug company did not care. The young woman went off the pill and was treated with chemotherapy. The tumor disappeared.
To this day I am sure the cancer was connected to her taking the birth control pills. I no longer feel sad or need to contact the drug companies. I now teach the women to protect themselves. It works a lot better.
Before we even start talking about using bioidentical hormones, we must stop using birth control pills. Many of the symptoms women complain about when they are taking birth control pills are symptoms caused by the use of birth control pills and do not treatment with yet another medication of any type. So, to answer your question, dear Betty, we need to stop taking birth control pills now! We must do it for ourselves, our daughters and their daughters!