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Since first introduced in1960 Birth control pill has been used by hundreds of millions of women, and there are a more than 100 million of women in the world currently using it. In South Africa, it is a preferred way of contraception.

It is prescribed routinely for contraception, menstrual cramps, irregular menstrual cycle, PCOS, acne, heavy flow, etc.

Studies in Canada, USA, and Europe showed that more than half the women from ages 16 -24 have started on the contraception pill for menstrual cycle problems( sometimes even from the age of 13). This is very alarming as we know that it takes 12 years for ovulation and menstrual cycle to be finally established. Who are less patient young girls, doctors or parents? The consequences of such an early start of birth control pill can be detrimental, and there is ongoing research which keeps proving it’s dangerous effects.

Doctors prescribing a pill usually refer to it as “safe” as it is a smaller dose and does not give as much immediate side effects as one used15- 20 years ago. However, doses of 15-30 micrograms of Ethinyl estradiol are still four times more than normal, and in many contraceptive formulations, they are combined with progestin. Progestin is well-known carcinogens. Both of these hormones can have long-term consequences

Some immediate side effects are:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Nausea
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Spotting and irregular bleeding
  • Yeast overgrowth

Many young girls don’t experience any of these symptoms and thus continue consumption without knowing the possible dangerous effects as they are never informed about them prior taking the pill.

What your doctor probably did not tell you:

1.Belgium researchers found that long-term use of contraception pills may increase arteriosclerosis in your blood vessels that may raise your risk of heart attack and stroke (it was as much as 30 % increased the prevalence of plaque for every ten years of oral contraceptive use.)

2.Women who take birth control pills have a higher predisposition for breast cancer (one recent study concluded that both current uses of contemporary OC preparations for five years or longer and a lifetime of OC durations of use of 15 years or longer confer an increased breast cancer risk among women ages 20-44 years.”

3.Birth control pills decrease mineral bone density and women taking them have a higher predisposition for osteoporosis at a younger age.

4.Studies showed that women who are taking birth control had a 40 %increased risk of developing depression in the following six months compared to women who did not and this was predominantly in adolescents.

5.Birth control pills increase the risk of thromboembolism ( blood clots), and this is the case even with new formulations.

6.Body perceives the artificial estrogen in the birth control pill to be a dangerous substance, and it increases the concentration of SHBG (a protein that carries estrogen and testosterone) which thus results in more dangerous estrogen being carried and so there less available for testosterone. This decreases women’s libido significantly. Studies suggested that even after use of the contraception pill is stopped SHBG remains high which contributes to long-term decreased libido.

7.One terrifying recent study showed that women who used oral contraceptives for more than three years had a double risk of developing glaucoma, an important cause of vision loss and blindness.

8.Methylation is important for our neurotransmitters metabolism, energy production, gene silencing, sleeping cycle, heavy metal detoxification, etc. However, the artificial estrogen, found in the contraception pill, works as a “thief” by stealing one of the major components in this methylation process and as a result, almost every organ and system in our bodies are negatively affected.

9.During the Restorative Medicine Congress ( USA) held this September, it was discussed that the alarming decrease in fertility could be due to the use of the pill in the teenage population before their ovulation has been established firmly. There are also some preliminary studies about it. Are we creating a new generation of infertile women by introducing the birth control pill to teenage girls too early for the treatment of acne, heavy flow, irregular cycles, and cramps?

There is a study confirming that taking the birth control pill can decrease the risk of ovarian cancer, but is this even comparable to all the other dangerous effects?

Surely taking a pill should be done after detailed information about benefit versus danger has been pointed out to young girls, their parents or women in general considering taking the pill. Every woman should be well-informed and given the choice of less dangerous substitutes for contraception and additional pathologies.

Some alternatives:

For contraception: non- hormonal IUD, Diaphragms, Condoms, Symptom-thermal method, natural family planning method, Spermicides, etc. PCOS should be treated holistically for Insulin resistance.Acne can be treated with supplements which block androgens like beta-sitosterol locally and internally, LED therapy, lasers, chemical peels. For young girls, it should be done integrative medical approach respecting a time necessary to establish normal ovulation and cycle.