You guys, I hate the birth control pill. I mean, I really, really hate it. I know it's "supposed" to be liberating to women, but I am convinced this pill is actually harming a lot of women - and therefore society at large including marriages, relationships, friendships, families, and work places. And it's not just me that feels this way. I have spoken to LOADS & LOADS of women who feel the same...and many of them have had even worse symptoms than me.
The birth control pill was part of my IVF protocol and the Dr. had me take it prior to starting the IVF injections. I used 3 different brands at different times due to the various stops and starts during the treatments. It turns out that the IVF injections didn't affect me emotionally, but the birth control pill sent me for a loop. And yet this is a pill that a huge number of women take daily - often times for years.
I hadn't been on the birth control pill for about 11 or 12 years, so I could tell immediately that there was a change to my system. Here are some of the things the various pill brands did to me:
-Lack of intuition & creativity - it's like it just numbed everything.
-Inability to handle life situations that normally I could handle with grace and strength and wisdom.
-SEVERE, ACUTE pains in my heart (with one of the brands). This scared the heck out of me and I actually thought I was having a heart attack (!!) I called my Dr. immediately and she said to drive over right away for an EKG. Luckily, everything was fine. But holy crap.
-Reduced sexuality. It may have been very subtle, but I could tell that this part of my life was affected negatively with one of the brands. I could tell that things got back to normal soon after I stopped taking it.
-Anger...like ANGER over some unfortunate circumstances I had to face around that time. These days I'm pretty good about not going there, so it felt awful to feel that.
-Shame and guilt from behaving in a way that was SOOOO not me!
-Remorse for being such a crabby wife around the most loving, patient husband in the world.
Let's do a poll here: What has your experience been while on the birth control pill?? Did it change you? Have you found another alternative? Maybe this is too personal for you to discuss. But I guess I tend to think people don't discuss this enough. Anonymous comments welcome.
And for anyone interested in this subject of birth control and what it's doing to women, this article by Dr. Kelly Brogan (via Dr. Frank Lipman's blog) was extremely enlightening.
UPDATE: Reader Rachel Hunt let us know that there is an upcoming documentary by Rikki Lake regarding the dangers of birth control - it's called Sweetening the Pill (I loved Rikki's first documentary on birth.) And, I just found out that Dr. Kelly Brogan, the one who wrote the article I linked to above, will be featured in the documentary. Can't wait to see it. I also highly, highly recommend checking out Dr. Brogan's blog, Holistic Women's Health Psychiatry- Caring for the Whole Woman Naturally. She is doing amazing things for women! I applaud her work.