So, what are the side effects of the contraceptive pill you ask?
The term the Pill includes all forms of western medically prescribes hormonal regulating pills, implantations and IUD’s.
The Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) was first prescribed in the early 60 s. This was a time of great change in social thinking and women embraced the opportunity to have sex without the risk of falling pregnant. Today in the USA alone the Pill generates 1.7 billion dollars a year.
Five generations later it is a social norm to take the Pill even though it has many harmful side effects and has a major impact on our fertility and the health of our future generations.
The side effects are not widely discussed except for those who have experienced them first hand.
The common side effects of the Pill and hormonal contraceptives are:
Depression, mood swings, migraine and weight gain, loss of libido, nausea, vomiting, headaches, urinary tract infections, lower genital tract infections, appetite changes, fluid and bloating, skin discolouration, fungal infections and tinea, vaginal discharges, and a much greater tendency to vaginal thrush, systemic candida infection and greater tendency for genital warts, greater tendency towards allergic reactions rhinitis, hay fever, asthma, skin rashes, impaired immune response, eye disorders, breast secretions, impaired liver function, dizziness and neurological problems, breakthrough bleeding, eczema, acne, mouth ulcers, cervical erosion, hair loss, facial and body hair growth, varicose veins, osteoporosis, increased inflammatory conditions with women under 40 years, fertility problems after coming off the Pill, blood sugar imbalances, disturbance in nutrient metabolism, onset of eating disorders possibly due to the disruption of zinc status.
The less common but serious side effects include:
- 2 to 8 fold increase in the risk of blood clots (thrombosis),
- 3 to 6 fold increase in the risk of heart attacks
- Increased risk of gallstones and liver tumours
- Increased risk of ectopic pregnancy
- Significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer
- Strong probability of more rapid development of pre existing cancers and progression of abnormal cancer cells
- A link with cancer of the endometrium, cervix and lungs.
Women are taking the Pill everyday of their cycles even though there is only a 24 hour period in a menstrual cycle when a female is fertile. The Pill causes many nutritional deficiencies especially zinc, magnesium, iron and selenium leaving women fatigued and irritable.
Many girls are now put on the pill when they first begin cycling in fear that they may become pregnant. Others with symptoms such as with acne , painful periods, heavy bleeding and poly cystic ovarian syndrome are also put on the Pill to stop these symptoms however this is only a band aid approach and not a permanent answer to these problems with many women feeling worse for the side effects of taking the Pill.
Once a mother has given birth she is commonly recommended the mini Pill to prevent pregnancy even while she is breastfeeding which means her baby is receiving synthetic hormones through the breast milk.
Prolonged use of the Pill primarily causes hormonal imbalances because the body is no longer cycling naturally. Additionally, while taking the Pill women no longer experience a true period. The blood losses while taking the sugar pill is only break through bleeding.
The Pill provides synthetic estrogens at 4 x the amount of naturally occurring estrogens. These synthetic hormones store in the tissues of the body creating the hormonal imbalances that can leave women without a natural cycle when she decide to stop contraception to have a baby.
The great news is there are other methods of contraception!
I look forward to sharing them with you in my next blog.
Yours in health and fertility
want to learn more…
The pill are you sure it’s for you? by Jane Bennett and Alexandra Pope
Natural Fertility by Francesca Naish are available on this site.