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The Pill is Bad Medicine: 7 Ways Hormonal Contraception Harms Women

By 5-HT2A, Jun 30, 2015 | | |
  1. 5-HT2A
    The Pill is chemical castration. We cannot continue to not see this.

    Clinicians know it. Women themselves know it because they feel better off the Pill. But researchers mysteriously decline to examine the reality that is right in front of us. They decline to challenge the Pill gospel and instead waste research money comparing one Pill to another. Why attempt to choose the best of a bad lot? The real question should be: “Aren’t women better off without these drugs?”

    Challenging The Pill Gospel

    The Pill gospel rests on the delusion that hormonal contraception is a substitute for real human hormones. It is not a substitute. The franken-steroid drugs in the Pill, patch or implant are not even hormones. Pill-induced bleeds are not periods.

    Women and doctors have been duped into believing that Pill progestins (drospirenone and medroxyprogesterone) bear some resemblance to our own progesterone. But they could not be more different. Progestins cause depression, hair loss, abortion and fatal blood-clots. Wonderful progesterone does pretty much the opposite of all that. Progestins are about as far from our own progesterone as it is possible to be.

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    How Does Hormonal Contraception Harm Women?

    1. Depression. At this stage, the research can only offer a speculation that the Pill causes depression. That reminds me very much of the speculation in the 1990s that HRT causes breast cancer. Anyone who treats women knows that hormonal contraception affects mood. Some researchers like Professor Jayashri Kulkarni at Monash University in Melbourne take it seriously. She says that progestins have a depressive effect, and her ongoing study of the popular Bayer-produced birth control pill Yasmin backs that up. “The onset of depression can happen within a day of taking it or within a year of taking it,” says Professor Kulkarni. “Women often tend to blame themselves for feeling depressed and forget to consider the effect of the daily hormone they are taking.”

    2. Low libido. What is sad is how few studies there are on this issue. We know that the Pill drastically reduces testosterone and DHEA in women, and we know that this causes women to have fewer sexual thoughts, and less interest in sex. We also know that it can take months — or even years — for testosterone and libido to return to normal after the Pill is stopped. Most doctors do not bother to mention low libido as a side effect, and once again, women are left to blame themselves.

    3. Hair loss. Synthetic progesterone (progestin) damages the hair follicle and can cause hair loss. Some progestins are worse than others, and modern pills like Yaz (another birth control pill produced by Bayer) tried using drospirenone to avoid the hair loss side effect. They hoped that drospirenone would be more similar to natural progesterone in terms of its benefit for hair. This is another example of the damage done by franken-hormones. Progesterone is healthy for the cardiovascular system, but unfortunately drospirenone carries an unforeseen 700 percent increased risk for fatal blood clots. Women died over this bungle. The solution for hormonal hair loss is not a different Pill, but to get OFF the Pill. Please see my “Hair Loss” post.

    4. Weight gain. The Pill causes insulin resistance, sugar cravings, and prevents the muscle gain that women should expect to see with exercise. My clinical experience is that most women lose weight when they come off the Pill, but some do not. I suspect that is because the metabolic damage has already been done, and is not so easily reversed.

    5. Lack of Periods and Post-Pill PCOS. According to a study funded by Bayer Pharma (who make Yaz), the question of post-pill syndrome has been laid to rest. Really? Fascinating. How nice that Bayer was able to tweak the numbers, but that doesn’t change the fact that many women simply cannot get their periods going after stopping the Pill. These are women who had normal periods before starting the Pill for skin or contraception, and then had the illusion of regular ‘bleeds’ for years. When they finally do stop the Pill, they find out that their periods do not return. Typically these women are slapped with a PCOS diagnosis and advised to get back on the Pill.

    6. Post-Pill Acne. The synthetic estrogens in the Pill dry up skin oils and dry up acne. It is a solution of sorts for skin, but the synthetic estrogens do nothing to address the underlying causes of acne. The causes like sugar and dairy sensitivity and intestinal dysbiosis are still there, and when the Pill is stopped, there will still be acne. In fact, there may be more because of the skin’s horrid estrogen-withdrawal for the first 3-4 months. Post-Pill acne can be eased with diet and zinc supplements. The main thing that I ask women to do is to brave the Post-Pill acne and come out the other side. Don’t go back on it, or you will only delay the problem.

    7. Fatal blood clots. The newer progestins like drospirenone (Yaz) carry a frighteningly high risk for blood clots, but all hormonal contraception is associated with some risk. A study by France’s Drug Safety agency (ANSM) estimates that there are 20 deaths per year from oral contraceptives in that country.

    Need contraception?

    There are better ways to prevent pregnancy. The best methods are condoms and fertility awareness and non-hormonal IUDs. Modern IUDs are safe and effective. They are inserted in a doctor’s office, and are fully reversible when a woman chooses to become pregnant. The main issue with the copper IUD is that it can cause heavier periods in some women. Fears of other complications are largely unfounded. Dr. Eve Espey from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists puts it this way:

    “Women need to know that today’s IUDs are much improved from earlier versions, and complications are extremely rare. IUDs… are safe for the majority of women, including adolescents and women who have never had children.”

    For more information about all the different types of birth control, please see Chapter 3 of my book Period Repair Manual.

    Yours in Health,

    Lara Briden

    June 30, 2015



  1. Replicator
    Excellent article!! Thanks for including the source. I'm definitely going to get my Drs reaction to this one. Everything seems to be fixed by a pill these days....
  2. Steven_Tyler77
    Thank you for the article! I just knew that the Pill gave me depression and low libido, when I took it for 6 months, back in 2011... Worst mistake of my life.

    It took 6-7 months for my libido to go back up, but I'm still fighting the aftermath of the depression that started then.

    Never again!
  3. AKA_freckles
    Yes, this is all probably true, but it still beats getting pregnant when it's not planned.

    At least the pill puts the ball solely in the woman's court.

    Fertility awareness requires the partner to co operate which is not always possible in the real world.

    The copper IUD can cause debilitating periods for some women. Not just "heavier", a term that, I think, makes light of how painful and impossible periods can really get. Not to mention that it is very painful to get an IUD before childbirth, and so it is rarely used in, say, 15 year olds.

    Yes, we should have better options for birth control, and hopefully there are some coming in the near future, but the pill is still one of the best options out there for women to control their bodies and their lives.

    The fact that pharmacists will be able to prescribe the pill in CA and CO soon is one more step, along with planB being available OTC, to reducing unwanted pregnancies.

    Just my opinion, though, as a mom of 4....
  4. Steven_Tyler77
    Maybe using condoms would be a safer option (also in regards to STDs)...

    I think many women are able to use the Pill without encountering side-effects, but, for those that do, they can be quite debilitating. This is because they are often insidious... My mood kept slowly soaring for a couple of months, unnoticeably at first, and it was hard to correlate the sudden onset of full-fledged depression with a medication that came without such a warning. The end result was that I kept taking the Pill for another 6 months, while my mood was getting worse.

    So the Pill might have its rightful place in the history of the Western Sexual Revolution, but it's not for everyone...
  5. AKA_freckles
    ^ Condoms require men to cooperate, which is a major problem.

    I'm not disagreeing with the original post, as I said its probably all true. I have had a very hard time on hormonal contraception (hence the 4 kids), even the Mirena iud slowly made me crazy after a year and a half. So i agree it isn't for everyone, for sure.

    I'm just saying that, short of death, any side effect is better than a poor, uneducated, young, abused, (or whatever other situation one might be in) woman getting pregnant. A childhood of drug withdrawal, neglect, physical/sexual abuse, hunger and filth is the reality for many of these unplanned babies. It's not all Juno and Teen Mom.

    Let's not flat out vilify the pill, but put it in perspective. Let's focus, instead, on giving women the right to try it and use it. And of course push for women and men to have more options to control their reproductive systems in the future.
  6. profesor
    There's something wrong with a man posting "The Pill is Chemical Castration!"
    Actually it sounds pretty looney-tunes to me.
    I'm sorry to be confrontational, but speaking as an adoptee from an unwanted pregnancy, I think the OP should shut the hell up.
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