The endless battle and question about birth control risks; will birth control make me gain weight, will birth control give me cancer, what are birth control risks, what is the best kind of birth control?
Unfortunately most information available to the general public is limited due to agenized pharmaceutical companies. Here you will find unbiased information about my journey working with many professionals learning the truth.
Over the last 18 years my relationship with birth control has resulted in an unplanned pregnancy (hence my daughter) and totally wanted, just a total surprise! I’ve tried 5 or 6 different pills because I had such extreme side affects after just a few weeks I had to change or come completely off.
The side effects were impossible to live with and we decided to use condoms and the pull out method, which really sucks for a married couple 🙁 but we really felt like we had no other option. Three years into our marriage, I was pregnant… Cheyenne is the best surprise of my life, but it was a huge shock initially.
After her birth I was totally freaked out I would accidently get pregnant again, which unfortunately led to a almost non existent sex life. Which was awful. Then a brand new pill came out, lowest does of hormones ever! So I tried it.
On the second day I could feel something was really wrong with my body, but I thought it just might be the adjustment so I kept taking them as I was supposed to. I first noticed I was gaining weight, so I stopped eating, literally I ate maybe 200 calories for the day, but gained 5 lbs.
My legs started swelling, in fact they swelled so much they ached and looked like sausages, I would take baths twice a day and had my ex massage them to bring the swelling down. I felt on edge and totally bitchy, but who wouldn’t be after days of not eating?
On day 7 my heart started hurting and I had problems breathing, the edema in my legs was excoriatingly painful and after eating almost nothing for an entire week I gained 22lbs. I also gained an extreme amount of stretch marks covering my butt and hips.
At this point I was terrified, I thought I was going to die (a bit dramatic, but I’d never felt so bad in my life). I stopped taking the pills and started looking heavily into what was happening to by body.
The reality is my body is sensitive, but what happened to my body happens to everyone in a greater or lesser degree. Did you know that thousands of women die every year due to these complications? I didn’t die, but I believe that had I continued to take the pill I would have been another victim. Most of the women who do die have little or no side affects which is why they continue to dose themselves.
Upon researching Yaz (the pill I took during the last incident) which had only been on the market for 4 weeks at the time, already thousands of deaths! I was astonished that this was not being talked about in the media, instead it seemed that every other commercial was how this new low-dose estrogen was safe. I learned death is a considered “normal” birth control risks and is swept under the rug by the pharmaceutical companies.
What upsets me the most is doctors negligence of sharing birth control risks, it is not standard to test women’s organ functioning or hormone levels prior to prescribing such a high risk drug. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) includes estrogen on its list of known cancer-causing agents, the only question most doctors ask is if cancer runs in the family.
Had my doctor tested me he would have seen that I have a severely damaged liver (prescriptions in my childhood), affecting other vital organs and directly causing a major hormone imbalance. The liver is directly responsible for balancing hormones in the body and releasing appropriate amounts of estrogen and progestin.
Through researching what was happening to my body I learned stretch marks don’t happen from simply gaining weight, but in fact from a hormone imbalance. Read more about this here.
The different Birth Control Risks and their options
Estrogen – Pill, patch, shot, ring, hormone IUD – All these methods release estrogen and/or progestin which are naturally occurring in the body. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) includes estrogen on the list of known cancer-causing agents. Women who start their periods young or menopause late are exposed to more of these naturally occurring hormones and have an increased risk.
The question is why would anyone rationalize putting something in their body that is known to cause cancer? In studies it has been found that in just the first year of being on estrogen women are 50% more likely to develop cancer and every year on the hormone the number increases upwards of 600%.
Spermicides – Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) is the most common active ingredient in spermicide and related compounds are ingredients in various cleaning and cosmetic products. The chemicals create an open wound in the woman causing her irritation, itching, burning, and vaginal lesions.
In a blind study of 1,000 women, HIV infection was 50% higher in women who used N-9 vs. women who used the placebo. N-9 increases HIV risk by irritating the vaginal membranes and causing disruptions that make it easier for the virus to enter the blood stream as well as any other diseases and viruses and damages both vaginal and rectal cells.
N-9 is a toxic chemical that KILLS sperm, this chemical is also killing the anything it comes in contact with, why would anyone put it inside their body?
Female Sterilization – Tubal litigation causes a significant interruption of hormonal patterns, ovarian dysfunction in connection with lack release of estrogen and progesterone.
While estrogen and progesterone are directly related to cancer, it is excessing amounts of hormones in the body. When the body has decreased amounts of hormones there are sever side affects too.
Post Tubal Litigation Syndrome includes severe hormone imbalances, increased risk of heart disease, trouble sleeping through the night, mood swings, anxiety, fatigue, Loss of libido, memory lapses, incontinence, pelvic pain, and weight gain.
Vasectomy – The popular decision in society to use once a family is done having more children. It’s quick, easy, and relatively simple recovery. But the doctors won’t tell you you’re dramatically and directly increasing your risk for prostate cancer.
In the 90’s Harvard conducted a study of 50,000 and results concluded the first year that men with vasectomies were 66% more likely to develop prostitute cancer, and every year the number increases.
During a vasectomy, the doctor cuts the vas deferens (the tube that transports sperm from the epididymis to the seminal vesicles) through small incisions in the scrotum. This keeps sperm from entering semen the testicles continue to produce sperm, but the sperm build up and are “reabsorbed” by the body. Semen is still ejaculated, but it contains no sperm.
Ejaculating sperm is one of mens major way to release toxins and hormones from the body. Without the ability to release them, they build up resulting in a heightened risk of getting prostate cancer. Studies reveal men who have vasectomies are 150% more likely to get prostate cancer in their lifetime then men who do not.
Copper Wire IUD – This is what I had. It was the most painful experience of my life! Women are supposed to have delivered a child to qualify having this implanted. They knew I had a child, but they didn’t ask how. (I had my daughter via C-section 5 weeks early without labor) they figured it out pretty quick with my screaming and attempted crawl off the table).
My period prior to having the copper wire IUD was very light. I would use 2-3 teen tampons per day for 2-3 days. With the copper wire IUD I referenced my period as time of slaughter. Sorry to be so graphic, but I think people should know whats real. Bleeding through my clothes became common 🙁
It is AWFUL!!! But I’m not getting cancer, or dying! I weigh out my options: get pregnant or bleed like crazy… and somehow the bleeding always wins.
Copper is a heavy metal and has it’s own list of huge undesirable side affects so people having the copper IUD should regularly see a naturopathic practitioner who can assist them in properly detoxing.
Menopausal? Prescription Premarin (Pregnant Mare Urine > Pre-Mar-in > Premarin) Disgusting industry that slaughters hundreds of thousands of baby horses for being the by-product of the industry.
The drug is pregnant mare urine, and the horse must be pregnant to retrieve the high dose of estrogen-fused urine, the baby is unwanted. It is deemed inhumane and not allowed in the United States so the farming occurs in Canada. But the United States is the largest consumer, supporting the practice.
Women who take Premarin experience the same side affects with an elevated risk of cancer as the above mentioned estrogen supplements. Treating menopause with estrogen is not only dangerous; it’s treating the symptom, not the cause. Receiving help from a naturopath can treat any discomforts associated with menopause in a healthy and supportive manner.
Hormones don’t go out of balance for no reason. Birth control risks weigh heavily in hormone imbalances. In a healthy, functioning person, hormones will be regulated and operating, as they should, so when they are out of whack, it is feedback from our body that something is not working properly.
Many Americans are unknowingly unbalanced and experience many negative side affects that lead to infertility, disease, and possibly death. Hormones are connected to our overall health and every organ in our body.
Hormone balance is deeply connected to the food we eat, the exercise we get, the toxins we absorb, the weight we carry, and the stress levels we put up with. Hormones affect our overall health in a major way and they can be easily disrupted, and thankfully easily balanced.
Understanding the root cause for the imbalance and treating that to get each individuals body functionally properly will get you feeling your best.
Common Symptoms of Hormone Imbalances:
- Digestion problems
- Headaches or migraines
- Belly fat or muscle loss
- Low libido
- Anxiety, irritability, depression
- Insomnia or poor sleep patterns
- Heavy periods, or very light periods
- Persistent weight gain