Birth Control is such a touchy subject, but it is one that needs to be talked about openly and honestly. Let me start by saying my doctor put me on Birth Control pills when I was 15 because I had horrible cramping and vomiting during my period. The Pill made my life easier and made my cramping, etc. feel better. But what I did not know at the time is that it had other major effects on my body that nobody warned me about. Sure there is the fine print that comes with the prescription, but who reads all that and even if you do, it is not going to happen to you. As a teenager you think they would not give it to me if it wasn’t safe.
Let me tell you, it is not safe. I am not trying to scare you, but I wish someone had told me, so I feel I owe it to you. I am not a doctor, but I have discussed this with several doctors and nurses and the effect of the Pill on your body has far-reaching and long lasting effects. One if the things that struck me the most was information from my endocrinologist. He said that women are poisoning themselves with hormones that are not natural to the human body. Sure they are only a few molecules different than what your body makes, but a few molecules is what separates estrogen and testosterone and you wouldn’t want to swap those out as interchangeable. These chemical reak havoc on a woman’s body. The Pill pumps you with artificial estrogen and too much estrogen, even natural estrogen, is a carcinogen, which means it CAUSES Cancer.
Many of my friends as young adults struggled with severe depression, anxiety, migraines, struggles with weight and many other things we had no idea stemmed from the Pill. One even had a stroke at 21 because of the Pill. When that happens to someone you know it rocks you to the core. When she told me about it, I started doing more research and the more I learned about the chemicals in the Pill and how it tries to fool your body into thinking it a pregnant all of the time. God made our bodies very smart. It knows that it cannot be in a constant state of pregnancy. The real kicker for me came when I found out that the Pill is supposed to prevent ovulation. However, that doesn’t always work, sometimes the body does ovulate and fertilization of the egg occurs, but as a backup plan it forces on a period, even if fertilization has occurred. This is why the Pill is referred to as an abortificient, because it does induce abortion. This is not only done by the Pill, the same goes for all of the other hormone birth control methods (IUD, patches, shots, etc.)
Then there is the fact that these “birth control” methods provide women, especially young women with a false sense of security that they can have sex and not get pregnant. That is another LIE. Studies have shown that the Pill is only about 92% effective when used properly (never miss a pill, always taken at the same time, etc). So the effective rate is actually MUCH lower. In fact, over half of the abortions performed in the US are done on women that were on birth control. What does that tell you? Women and men think that if you have sex, as long as you are on the Pill, you will not get pregnant, but that is wrong.
I believe that society should stop lying to women that the Pill is the best family planning option for them. It is dangerous to our bodies and it is not an effective way to prevent pregnancy, so why is it peddled to every female is this country as the best thing ever? $$$
If you are wondering without the Pill how am I going to keep from getting pregnant, I would say that depends on your situation. If you are single, guess what, abstinence is your best option. You may not want to hear it, but it is true. There are amazing programs out there. Theology of the Body is one I highly recommend. It teaches you about how and why our bodies work the way they do, not just sexually, but completely. If you are married, Natural Family Planning is awesome. There are so many benefits, it will have to be a separate post altogether. But what I can say is it is FREE, completely safe, effective and it significantly strengthens the marital bond. If you have any questions, please call us or come into our centers. We would love to talk to you further about any and all of these topics!
So now that I have told you the truth, do with it what you will. Many people will argue that this is all made up. Fine, God gives us free will to make decisions and you are welcome to use your Pill in ignorant bliss. But if this has sparked your interest, please to do your own research. Don’t rely on someone else to tell you what to believe.