Side Effects And Risks Of Going On The Pill!

I know the entire lockdown and panic surrounding COVID-19 has created a lot of economic strain, personal and professional stress and fear.

Dr Disha Sridhar

I am a Gynaecologist Obstetrician ( MD, DNB OBGYN )with an emphasis on INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE.

The Pill seems to be the easiest method of preventing an unwanted pregnancy, but it is also one of the riskiest ones.  Despite warnings by an increasing number of health officials about the strong side effects of the drug, it is still regarded as the “best and safest” method of contraception.

  • It is estimated that 150 million women worldwide take birth control pills. Why?
  • If women knew the true dangers of birth control pills, would the numbers be so high? Not a chance.

Sadly, in spite of knowing the devastating risks of birth control and lack of long-term safety especially for teenagers, pills are still being used for the treatment of hormone imbalances and acne.  Massive amounts of damage are being caused by handing out these pills like candy and too many heads are turned to ignore the obvious truth.  Unfortunately, we are talking about the lives of women and future generations.

If you read the following side effects, would you be concerned if your teenager was recommended to take birth control for controlling acne, per the doctor’s orders? Yet millions do it and unknowingly take a huge risk with their health and livelihood.

Many of these changes occur because of your body’s response to synthetic estrogen:

  • 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

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
  • Migraines
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Infertility
  • Benign liver tumors
  • Decreased bone density
  • Yeast overgrowth and infection
  • Increased risk of blood clotting

Cancer, heart disease, stroke, infertility.  Surely these side effects make birth control pills a less than desirable option for contraception, and even less desirable for acne.

Some facts about contraception pills that people don’t talk about enough–

  • Women who continually use contraceptive pills are more likely to develop circulatory problems, liver tumors, headaches, depression, and cancer than those who don’t use them. The risk increases with age. 
  • Women taking the Pill who are between 30 and 40 have a three times higher risk of dying from a heart attack than women of the same age group who are non-users.
  • Women who are over 40 and still using the contraceptive pill have a 6 times higher risk of developing high blood pressure, a 4 times higher risk of having a stroke, and a 5 times higher risk of developing thrombosis and embolism, a condition where a blood clot may form and then lodge in an artery close to the heart. The risk of suffering thrombosis is greatest among short-term users.
  • One of the most disastrous side effects of birth control pills on the body is the destruction of the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, making you more susceptible to yeast overgrowth, lower immunity, and infection. This little-known fact is never discussed and unfortunately, women are battling yeast overgrowth and yeast infections (candida) that are particularly dangerous to your overall health.

How do birth control pills work?

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 abnormal cycle is what millions of women experience every month, and yet few doctors discuss the consequences of taking these prescriptions year after year.

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 actually trying to tell you something!

  • Acne may indicate that your colon, lymph, and liver need cleansing.
  • It may be that your hormones are out of balance, that you are not managing stress and/or, that your thyroid and adrenals are fatigued.
  • Acne is also a common symptom of a yeast infection or candidiasis.

As you can see the underlying cause of something as seemingly simple as acne can be more complex than you might realize.  Although birth control pills may improve your symptoms for a short time, the imbalances in your body and its overall health continues to decline and the risks of oral contraceptives only compound the problem.

There is no condemnation here if you are taking, have taken or thought about taking birth control pills. Our heart is to educate people about the dangers of choosing synthetic solutions to our health over the natural creations of God.  Instead of learning about our own bodies, we have trusted a man-made, synthetic option to regulate our hormones.  Sadly, most of it is completely wrong and contrary to our bodies design.

We need to learn about our hormones, our natural menstrual cycles, ovulation cycles, and fertility.  As we do this we will find that becoming healthy in mind, body and spirit often means getting back to basics and finding ourselves closer to nature.

We at Truhealing believe addressing the root cause of your acne and or menstrual issue without masking the symptoms with synthetic hormones. 

Wishing you health and happiness

Originally published July 13, 2019 by Dr Disha Sridhar

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