We’ve been seduced by the promise that comes with it. The convenience of it. The trendy advertisements full of young happy women enjoying themselves. Even the cute packaging. But it’s time that we pull back the lens and look more critically at hormonal birth control.
I’m all for feminism and empowerment, but not if it comes at a cost. As far as I’m concerned the side effects outweigh the benefits. There are several known risks associated with hormonal birth control. After all, it是a drug.
- Finally the pill prevents your uterine lining from fully developing so even if somehow an egg was fertilized it would have nowhere to implant.
The reason why the pill works is because it disrupts the healthy function of your endocrine system. That’s why you don’t get pregnant on it (most of the time anyways).
But back to the main point, why you shouldn’t take it for the long term. Let’s clarify long term. As far as the scientific studies go, long term is 2 years or more, but we all know that a growing number of women use hormonal contraceptives for much longer than that. Many women have taken it for more than 10 years. Let’s talk about why that isn’t a good idea.
The pill lowers your sex drive
The pill shuts down your ovaries and prevents them from producing sex hormones. It prevents your ovaries from producing estrogen and progesterone, and that is one of the main reasons why it’s such an effective birth control method. When you’re not producing estrogen, you don’t ovulate, and when you don’t ovulate you can’t get pregnant.
What’s the downside?
当你关闭你的卵巢,你关闭r testosterone production also. Your ovaries produce testosterone, and even though you’re producing only about one tenth the testosterone that men do, you need it. If that wasn’t bad enough, the little testosterone you have left is bound by a protein called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG).
When you’re on the pill your free testosterone levels are 3 or 4 times lower than they would be if you weren’t on it. So say bye bye to your normal sex drive.
I know that you’re much more likely to blame yourself, and assume there’s something wrong with you. But perhaps it’s time to look at that pill pack and consider if the reason you’re not really into sex these days is because of those pill hormones.
All I can say is that if you’ve ever experienced pain with sex and you’re not sure why it’s happening….andyou’re still on the pill?Know that it is aknown side effectof hormonal contraceptives and act accordingly.
The pill causes depression and anxiety
Remember when we talked about how the pill lowers your testosterone levels? Well wouldn’t ya know that low testosterone is also associated with an increased risk of depression. If that wasn’t bad enough, the pill interferes with your Vitamin B6 metabolism, and guess what? Vitamin B6 deficiency is associated with depression.
If you’ve ever had an abnormal pap, been diagnosed with cervical dysplasia, or had an HPV infection that won’t go away, all of these conditions are associated with a deficiency of folic acid. If you’ve been on the pill for a long time you’re more likely to be deficient in folic acid. The longer you use it the higher your risk.
Long term pill use is associated with a delay in your return to fertility
If you’ve used the pill long term and you’re just coming off of it, it will take you about twice as long to conceive (on average) compared to women who have never used the pill. 这是一个原因之一，您可能需要几个月的时间才能返回。您的时期可能需要更长时间的时间才能正常返回并定期返回。
Since you have no way of knowing if your period will come back right away or if it will take several months, it’s a good idea to come off the pill 1-2年份before you’re ready to actively start trying to conceive.
使用避孕药后，您不会再使用20 - 您的生育能力已发生变化
The biggest myth about your fertility is that it doesn’t change with time. We have been programed to fear our fertility to the point that we think we could get pregnant on every single day of our cycles.
在药丸10年后发生了什么是你是10 years older. If you are now 34 years old and you’ve used the pill (or other hormone method) on and off for over 12 years, you are no longer 19 and your fertility is different than it was when you first started taking the hormones.
At some point you need torestrategize in terms of your plan to start a family someday. You don’t have the luxury of assuming that you’ll just get pregnant right out of the gate.
You might…and you might not.
What if it takes you a whole year to get pregnant after coming off the pill? What if it takes 2 years? What the research shows is that your fertility is more likely to be delayed when you come off the pill as you get older, so it’s up to you to decide how to manage your fertility when you enter into your mid 30s and early 40s.
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