Are you fully informed about the Pill?

September 09, 2020

Are you fully informed about the Pill?

With the release of the birth control pill (BCP) came liberation for women. 

But with it, also came a slew of health conditions that women were not told about.

Every woman should make the most informed decision for herself.

Having said that, over the last few decades “informed consent” has been ignored & women (+ teens!) are not getting the full picture when being put on the pill.

The pill is now prescribed for issues beyond birth control. It can be taken for acne, PCOS, endometriosis, PMS, heavy periods, irregular periods & any other hormonal issue.

But it isn’t a real solution to the problem.

It’s a band-aid.

Because when you want to get off the pill, what you end up with is the same problem returning, or perhaps worse.

The pill mimics the second half of a woman’s cycle, when progesterone activity is dominant, as the body prepares for a possible pregnancy. Instead, the pill supplies “progestin”, a synthetic form of progesterone, which then shuts down the brain signal that prompts egg development.

So essentially, the pill actually cuts off the communication pathway between the brain & the ovaries so that your body stops making the hormones required for ovulation, since instead, these “hormones” are now being supplied by the pill.

The sad thing is that girls as young as 13 years old are taking the pill because of irregular periods & they’re on it for at least another decade. 

What they don’t realize is that during the first 5 years of the onset of your period, your body is still getting the hang of this new hormone production pattern and it takes a while to become “regular”. So it’s actually completely normal to have an irregular period during the first few years of puberty.

The other thing is, some teens might experience heavy bleeding, cramping, etc. & may want to take the pill for relief.

In this case, the root cause needs to be addressed.

Look at inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, sugar & dairy consumption.

Start there instead & don’t feel guilty about past decisions, the important thing is to take your health into your own hands & start at the root of the problem.

 

Side effects of the pill

Have you ever read the package insert that comes with any pharmaceutical drug?

You know, the one that’s folded 10x and has the smallest print and looks like a waste of time and paper?

That’s the one I’m talking about.

If you take a look at one of those, I guarantee you’ll never touch a pharmaceutical drug again.

Now don’t get it twisted, there’s always a time & place where these drugs save lives and are essential.

Not talking about those cases here.

There’s so much I need to share about this with you that I’ve dedicated a whole blog post about it, because the character limit on here!

Visit the link in my bio for more!

I started out with the birth control pill that I myself have taken on/off from 2008-2016.

It turns out the brand is discontinued, but the generic one is still out there.

It was called “Alesse 28”.

The package insert can be found here.

I asked one of my followers what brand she’s taking so that I can also talk about another popular one that’s currently on the market.

It’s called Loryna, and the package insert is here.

Here is some alarming information directly copy & pasted from the Alesse package insert:

Combination oral contraceptives (COCs) should not be used in women with any of the following conditions [Contraindications]: 

    • Thrombophlebitis or thromboembolic disorders 
    • A history of deep-vein thrombophlebitis or thromboembolic disorders 
    • Cerebrovascular or coronary artery disease (current or past history) 
    • Valvular heart disease with thrombogenic complications 
    • Thrombogenic rhythm disorders Hereditary or acquired thrombophilias 
    • Major surgery with prolonged immobilization 
    • Diabetes with vascular involvement 
    • Headaches with focal neurological symptoms 
    • Uncontrolled hypertension 
    • Known or suspected carcinoma of the breast or personal history of breast cancer 
    • Carcinoma of the endometrium or other known or suspected estrogen-dependent neoplasia 
    • Undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding 
    • Cholestatic jaundice of pregnancy or jaundice with prior pill use 
    • Hepatic adenomas or carcinomas, or active liver disease 
    • Known or suspected pregnancy 
    • Hypersensitivity to any of the components of ALESSE”

There are so many medical terms here, so here’s a brief glossary of some of these terms:

Adenoma - a benign tumor formed from glandular structures in epithelial tissue
Angloedema swelling in the deep layers of the skin, often seen with urticaria (hives)
Hepatic Adenoma - adenoma occurring in the liver
Carcinoma - a cancer arising in the epithelial tissue of the skin or of the lining of the internal organs
Chloasmaa temporary condition, typically caused by hormonal changes, in which large brown patches form on the skin, mainly on the face
Cholestasis - a liver disease that occurs when the flow of bile from the liver is reduced/blocked. Bile is fluid produced by the liver that aids in the digestion of food, especially fats. When bile flow is altered, it can lead to a buildup of bilirubin. Bilirubin is a pigment produced by your liver and excreted from your body via bile.
Hypercoagulopathy A disease characterized by an increased tendency of the blood to form clots quotations
Hyperkalemia - above normal potassium levels in the blood
Hypertension - high blood pressure
Myocardial infarction - another term for heart attack
Neoplasia - the formation or presence of a new, abnormal growth of tissue
Thrombophlebitis - inflammation of the wall of a vein with associated thrombosis, often occurring in the legs during pregnancy
Vascular - relating to, affecting, or consisting of a vessel or vessels, especially those which carry blood

 

After this extensive list of contraindications, the manufacturer then goes on to say:

“The use of oral contraceptives is associated with increased risks of several serious conditions including venous and arterial thrombotic and thromboembolic events (such as myocardial infarction, thromboembolism, and stroke), hepatic neoplasia, gallbladder disease, and hypertension, although the risk of serious morbidity or mortality is very small in healthy women without underlying risk factors. The risk of morbidity and mortality increases significantly in the presence of other underlying risk factors such as certain inherited or acquired thrombophilias, hypertension, hyperlipidemias, obesity, diabetes, and surgery or trauma with increased risk of thrombosis.

The information contained in this package insert is principally based on studies carried out in patients who used oral contraceptives with higher doses of estrogens and progestogens than those in common use today. The effect of long-term use of the oral contraceptives with lower doses of both estrogens and progestogens remains to be determined.

This last sentence is rather alarming, considering teens are put on the pill at a young age and often use it for at least a decade.

It’s also no surprise then, if the pill increases the risk of heart attacks and thrombophlebitis (inflammation of the veins), that the leading cause of death for women is heart disease, according to the CDC

This is just one of the many problems with oral contraceptives, but let’s move on to Loryna’s package insert.

The contraindications:

    • Renal impairment
    • Adrenal insufficiency
    • A high risk of arterial or venous thrombotic diseases. Examples include women who are known to:
        • Smoke, if over age 35
        • Have deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, now or in the past
        • Have cerebrovascular disease
        • Have coronary artery disease
        • Have thrombogenic valvular or thrombogenic rhythm diseases of the heart
        • Have inherited or acquired hypercoagulopathies
        • Have uncontrolled hypertension
        • Have diabetes mellitus with vascular disease
        • Have headaches with focal neurological symptoms or have migraine headaches with or without aura if over age 35
    • Undiagnosed abnormal uterine bleeding
    • Breast cancer or other estrogen- or progestin-sensitive cancer, now or in the past
    • Liver tumor (benign or malignant) or liver disease
    • pregnancy , because there is no reason to use COC’s during pregnancy

Adrenal insufficiency (the second condition on the above list) is something I've talked about extensively in my private Facebook group and social media posts. It is so common among women today to have adrenal insufficiency due to chronic stress and the "go-go-go" mentality.

And then the warnings and precautions sections goes on in detail for the following items, which are the same as the above from Alesse:

    1. Thromboembolic disorders and other vascular problems
    2. Hyperkalemia
    3. Carcinoma of the breasts and reproductive organs
    4. Liver disease
    5. High blood pressure
    6. Gallbladder disease and carbohydrate & lipid metabolic effects
    7. Headache
    8. Bleeding irregularities
    9. COC use before or during early pregnancy
    10. Depression
    11. Interference with laboratory tests
    12. Other conditions: in women with hereditary angloedema, exogenous estrogens may induce or exacerbate symptoms of angloedema. Chloasma may occasionally occur, especially in women with a history of chloasma gravidarum. Women with a tendency to chloasma should avoid exposure to the sun or ultraviolet radiation while taking COC’s.

Finally, the adverse reactions listed were as follows:

    • Serious cardiovascular events and stroke
    • Vascular events
    • Liver disease
    • Irregular uterine bleeding
    • Nausea
    • Breast tenderness
    • Headache

 

Now here is my shortlist of other side effects:

    • Nutrient deficiencies (specifically magnesium, B vitamins and zinc)
    • Gut disruption and dysbiosis, leading to glucose intolerance and diabetes
    • Increased risk of UTI’s, yeast infections and bladder infections (due to dysbiosis)
    • Increased risk of candidiasis (a fungal overgrowth due to dysbiosis) 
    • Increased risk of bacterial vaginosis (BV, due to dysbiosis)

 

If you’re on the pill or just getting off of it, it’s important to supplement with magnesium glycinate, B-vitamin complex and zinc picolinate or glycinate. Once you’re off the pill, start a detoxification program immediately to help your liver and kidneys to flush out the excess synthetic hormones still circulating in your blood and to help your body come back to its own natural hormone balance and production.

Trust your body. If it feels right for you to be on the pill, do it! If you feel like your symptoms are a result of it and actually started or worsened when you started using the pill, then go with your gut and look for alternative contraception options.

I'm curious, have you been told about any of this when it was prescribed to you? My hunch is NO.

It just makes you wonder...what else aren't we informed about when we take even over-the-counter drugs, or worse, "injections" that we're given from a very early age, and even every year at the onset of flu season.

The more you know...✨

 

If you need help getting off the pill or have been off the pill and want to bring your body back to balance, book a free discovery call to see how I can help you! Book HERE.





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