Did you Know?
Did you know that an estimated 150 million women worldwide take birth control pills?
Such widespread use of birth control pills worries me because many women are not aware of the serious health implications of these drugs.
I also believe that birth control pills are often prescribed to address symptoms (like cramping, spotting, irregular periods and acne) instead of the underlying causes of the symptoms.
Many women do not consider the very real (and sometimes hazardous) side effects of these synthetic hormones, but you owe it to your body, and to your future children, to find out more.
Birth Control: Synthetic Hormones
First, let’s understand how birth control pills work in your body.
Typically, your body ovulates once a month, ripening a new egg that will then journey down a fallopian tube. Eventually, it reaches the uterus, where it would implant, if fertilized.
If not fertilized by a sperm, then the lining of the uterus that had built up in preparation for the fertilized egg is unnecessary.
Both egg and uterine lining leave your body, cleansing your system and preparing for a new month.
When you take birth control pills, you impose synthetic hormones on your natural cycle.
Many birth control pills contain high levels of estrogen that effectively convince your pituitary gland that you are pregnant (this explains some of the side effects of the drugs) and that you don’t need to ovulate.
Because your body thinks you are pregnant, the uterine lining thickens. Once you start the placebo pills, however, your estrogen level drops suddenly, and your body menstruates “normally.”
This irregular cycle is what millions of women experience every month, and yet few doctors discuss the consequences of taking these prescriptions for year after year.
Here is an overview of the reported risks and side effects of birth control pills.
Some physical and emotional changes take place that is permanent while you stay on the pill. Many of these changes occur as your body’s response to synthetic estrogen.
These changes include:
- Larger breasts
- Weight gain or loss
- Reduced or increased acne
- Slight nausea
- Emotional sensitivity right before your period
- Mood swings throughout your cycle
- Irregular bleeding or spotting
- Breast tenderness
- Decreased libido
The above side effects might be enough to deter some women from taking birth control, but many women are just not aware of them. While others justify the side effects because the pill is so convenient.
But imagine taking your birth control pill, feeling depressed and then taking an antidepressant to handle your mood swings and hypersensitivity.
Adding an antidepressant could then contribute to even lower libido, which would surely be noticed by you and your partner.
My point is that birth control pills are a prescription drug with very real ramifications on your overall health.
And even scarier than the “mild” side effects are the serious health risks that accompany birth control pills. These include:
- Increased risk of cervical and breast cancers
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Higher blood pressure
- Gallbladder disease
- Benign liver tumors
- Decreased bone density
- Yeast overgrowth and infection
- Increased risk of blood clotting
Cancer, heart disease, stroke, infertility. Inevitably these side effects make birth control pills a less than desirable option for contraception.
And now that heart disease has become the leading cause of death among women; one has to wonder if there is a connection between the widespread and long-term use of oral contraceptives, which debuted in 1960.
Just as the first of the baby boomers were entering their teens.
Yeast overgrowth and yeast infections (candida), too, are particularly dangerous to your overall health.
Birth control pills destroy the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, making you more susceptible to yeast overgrowth, lower immunity, and infection.
The Birth Control Solution
Sometimes birth control methods are essential for preventing unwanted pregnancies, but I urge you to learn more about other natural options that do not damage your health.
Condoms (both male and female), the diaphragm and cervical cap are all reasonable options for birth control.
However, we highly recommend that you become familiar with the work of Katie Singer and her book, The Garden of Fertility. Ms. Singer writes about Fertility Awareness, a natural method for birth control that enhances your chances of conceiving and gauging gynecological health.
Here you will find the secret to tuning in with Nature instead of going against her.
If you are taking birth control pills for a reason other than contraception, please reconsider.
Whether you are trying to clear up your skin or ease disruptive and painful PMS, keep in mind that birth control pills are merely addressing the symptoms and are not solving the problem.
Your body is trying to tell you something. Acne may indicate that your colon, lymph, and liver need cleansing because they are toxic, that your hormones are out of balance, that your life is too stressful, that your thyroid and adrenals are fatigued. Acne is also a common symptom of a yeast infection or candidiasis.
Birth control pills may improve your symptoms for a short time, but your body and its overall health is at risk when you consider the long run.
Natural Solutions for You and the World
Researchers have discovered that much of our water supply is contaminated by synthetic hormones attributed to birth control pills.
They have found that the high levels of estrogen in lakes and rivers damage the fish and other wildlife, sometimes causing them to be sterile and severely decreasing their populations.
As you can see, unnatural choices have unnatural consequences, both for you and the environment.
Your choice of contraception is most certainly a personal one. And in a world full of modern medical technology, we have been taught that taking a pill is the answer to any health problem.
However, the human body is still connected to Mother Earth in a way that science does not fully recognize.
As a woman, you may often feel your connection to Mother Earth because of your menstrual cycles.
Dr. Michael Smolensky’s research on circadian rhythms (biological cycle lasting 24-hours) and the sleep/wake pattern found that:
“Our words, ‘menstruation,’ ‘moon,’ and ‘month,’ all come from the Greek word for ‘measure of time.’ A woman’s menstrual cycle runs its course in about twenty-eight days, one lunar cycle.
Periods usually start spontaneously in the week of the full moon in women not using birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, particularly those with ample exposure to daylight and dark cues.” – Dr. Michael Smolensky, author of The Body Clock Guide to Better Health
Dr. Smolensky’s research showed that the more we use bright lights at night, the less regular your periods.
So our bodies were created to follow the natural flow of light and darkness. Modern life, however, often brings late nights in bright lights or in front of computers that disrupt the body’s natural light cues, throwing us off.
You might find that dimming the lights in your home right after dinner (a tip I give to help heal adrenal fatigue and help you sleep) also helps regulate your periods!!!
So as you are making wiser choices about what method of birth control is right for you, consider your long-term health and the health of our planet.
Becoming healthy in mind, body and spirit often means getting back to basics and closer to Mother Nature.
This can be a challenging process when modern technology is everywhere, but your good health and longevity may be worth taking a different path.
Want Natural Hormones? Try Aguaje!
What makes Aquaje one of the most abundant superfoods on the planet? It’s quantity of – Plant Hormones – also known as Phytohormones. Phytohormones are the chemicals that regulate the growth of the plant.
The naturally occurring compounds are said to mimic the female hormones such as estrogen in the human body, providing support to balance a woman’s hormonal system, especially for those who are undergoing menopause.
As the primary “female” hormone, estrogen promotes the growth and health of the female reproductive organs and keeps the vagina moisturized, elastic/stretchy, and well supplied with blood. If you naturally produce less estrogen, which results in low fertility and other issues, you may benefit greatly from the phytohormones in Aquaje!
Estrogen levels decline during perimenopause, irregularly. The reduced production of estrogen beginning in perimenopause can affect sexual function directly, such as through vaginal dryness. It can also do so indirectly, in the form of hot flashes and night sweats, which can drain your energy and undermine your desire for sex as a result.
The reduced production of estrogen can also result in the thinning of your bones, which may lead to a decline in health and bone breaks (osteoporosis). Furthermore, on Wikipedia, it states “Evidence is accruing that phytoestrogens may have protective action against diverse health disorders, such as prostate, breast, bowel, and other cancers, cardiovascular disease, brain function disorders, and osteoporosis.”
Claims of Aguaje being known as the “Curvy Fruit,” Enlarging the Buttocks – Hips – Slimming the Waist – Rounder thighs – and Enlarge the breasts.
Well, the reason why eating aguaje is a natural route to a bigger butt, and an hourglass figure is mostly because the fruit is rich in phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens). The fruit also contains oleic acids, which are beneficial to helping estrogen develop female sexual characteristics.
The protein found in aguaje can help be beneficial – since proteins are crucial to any butt-building diet and the vitamins certainly help your body overall. But the main reason why aguaje helps butt enhancement is that of its phytoestrogenic content, not necessarily anything particularly special about the fruit.