Say No To EVERY Form of Hormonal Birth Control

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From the time I was old enough to know what hormonal birth control was (in my younger days only the “pill” was available. Now hormonal birth control is invading females’ bodies in many forms.) I always had this gut feeling: “there is just something wrong with hormones being used to tamper with female’s bodies. This is not normal, natural, and cannot be good for the body in any way, shape, or form.”

For years I worked in OB/GYN nursing watching hormonal birth control pills getting shoved down the throats of teens, sometimes as soon as they started their periods. BC pills were prescribed to young teen girls for various reasons:

  • to regulate the cycle (what teen, just starting to have periods, has a regular cycle. menstruation doesn’t just start one day and immediately it’s the perfect 28 day cycle anymore than a woman goes through menopause having perfect 28 day cycles and then they just stop. Ok, we are finished now.)
  • for acne (seriously people… teach the kid how to eat whole foods as nature intended)
  • to control bleeding (again… change eating & lifestyle habits)
  • to control headaches

I phased into teaching junior & senior high health ed classes in public school, private schools, colleges, and community based non-profits. Over 20+ years, the percentage of young girls I saw who were on the pill* rose steadily. The beginning age that many girls are put on hormonal birth control kept dropping.

Hormonal birth control is an area where much education is needed. Moms, in desperation to help their daughters, listen to the medical explanation about how helpful hormonal birth control is for their daughter’s “menstrual” issues. Mothers and daughters are told how it is actually healthier for the daughters to be on the pill than not on the pill.

I can see how this early prescription for hormonal BC happens.   Mothers just wants what is seemingly best for her daughter.  The doctor does know best… correct?

When I was a teen, there was a deep space of common sense inside me that made me realize there was nothing good or natural about hormonal birth control. Three plus decades later, we know the horrible side and long-term effects that women have experienced with menopausal hormone replacement therapies. We are now starting to learn the horrors of hormonal birth control.

As a Natural & Functional Medicine Health Educator, I work with clients one on one. I have seen the ravages of hormonal birth control on womens’ lives.

  • mood disorders
  • chronic depression
  • low or no libido
  • digestive tract ills
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • brain fog
  • headaches
  • and more

I have worked with women to wean off the pill, repair the damage and deficiencies, heal the gut, end the depressive cycles, and get their lives back after sometimes years on hormonal birth control.

Educate yourself. Educate your daughters and granddaughters. Educate your husbands and your sons so they are advocates for their daughters & partners to not be using any form of hormonal birth control.

Learn more.

A medical doctors thoughts on hormonal birth control:

5 Reasons To Rethink Your Birth Control Method

published in mindbodygreen

A very insightful book to raise questions about the wisdom in avoiding all hormonal methods of birth control.

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When it comes to caring for your body… nature knows best.

*on the pill can now be many forms of hormonal BC: on the oral BC pill, hormonal shots of birth control, implants, cervical rings, IUDs with hormones… and the list grows of ways we can alter a womans menstrual cycle with synthetic hormones.

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Sweetening the Pill… a documentary about hormonal birth control

Sweetening the Pill – a documentary by Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake

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Filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein will investigate our current and future choices for contraception in this feature documentary.

DONATE TODAY TO THIS GREAT DOCUMENTARY PROJECT: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/92756815/sweetening-the-pill-a-documentary

About this project

The Guardian recently did an Op-Ed piece on Erika Langhart’s heartbreaking death and shared a short video from Sweetening the Pill footage.

Indie Wire also shared Sweetening the Pill as a Noteworthy Women-Centric Crowdfunding Project to follow. We think so too!

The Wrap released an interview with filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein as well as author Holly Grigg Spall on the impact they hope to make with this film.

Is this what your birth control will look like in the 21st century?

DONATE TODAY TO THIS GREAT DOCUMENTARY PROJECT https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/92756815/sweetening-the-pill-a-documentary

Wild Yam at Nature’s Storehouse, Canton, NY

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I have praised the virtues of wild yam for menstrual and hormonal health in many blog posts: (this is just 2 of the posts, click the titles to go to the links)

Wild Yam… A Gal’s Best Friend!

Got Heavy Bleeding? Get Wild Yam!

I always recommend Living Earth Wild Yam as it is sold for birth control. It has to be high quality wild yam or it will not work and Living Earth will be out of business. It is a good company to trust.

Living Earth Wild Yam is now available at Nature’s Storehouse in Canton, NY. If you are local and use wild yam it is handy to buy now. If you want to try wild yam to reduce menstrual bleeding, you can do so easily now.

As with any health and healing concern, check with a healer to see if you need other herbs and lifestyle changes to help heal your body.

With heavy bleeding there are many other changes you can make to accentuate the wild yam being effective at reducing estrogen dominance symptoms.

Give me a shout if you need help, locally or via long distance consulting. Cheers!

Wild Yam… A Gal’s Best Friend!

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I have praised the virtues of wild yam before.  I am writing to remind you how this blessed, natural plant can help to re-balance your menstrual cycles and female reproductive health.

Things wild yam can do for your fantastic female body: (Men, pass this along to your lady friends, they may just thank you!)

Wild Yams Virtues:

  • end menstrual migraines: those pesky migraines that come on when hormones shift with your cycles, say around ovulation and/or around when your moon flow starts,
  • helps to bring your menstrual cycle into a more regular rhythm,
  • eases PMS,
  • lessens cramping at the beginning of your moon flow (will ease cramping post child birthing too!),
  • got heavy bleeding issues… wild yam will slow that funky stuff down.  My flow became sporadically heavy after I turned 40.  Wild yam doses daily and my period is a light flow and no more unexpected “gushes” in public soaking through every piece of clothing! Grateful that issue is finished in my life,
  • low doses increase fertility, high doses create a birth control effect (without the nasty side effects of synthetic hormones and putting yourself at risk for birth control induced breast cancer, etc.),
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  • traditionally used to treat threatened miscarriage with uterine contractions present, combined with Cramp bark, Black Haw, or False Unicorn,
  • increases the flow of Chi, Life Force Energy, to your reproductive tract. This is a good thing, energy brings healing,
  • traditionally used to ease nausea and vomiting in pregnancy*,
  • eases menopausal symptoms,
  • Got PCOS?  Try wild yam…,
  • wild yam is anti-inflammatory and is used for many inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, gall bladder disease, muscle cramps, spasmodic asthma, intestinal cramps, endometriosis, etc.

Wild yam is amazing, on its own, and in combination with other female healing herbs: Stinging nettles, cramp bark, red raspberry leaf, Cramp bark, Black haw, False unicorn, motherwort, black and blue cohoshes…. to name just a few amazing, healing female herbs!

(*Make certain you get help from a skilled herbalist when using herbs during pregnancy.  Keep in mind that herbs are safe, whole foods for our bodies!)

 

Harmonizing Nature

So often I hear people say: “I need to get out in nature more.  I know I will feel better if I do.”

I have to remind you… you ARE nature.  You can never be away from nature because nature is you.

One thing women can do to harmonize their menstrual cycles:  get more outdoor time, more time under the moon. Sun & Moon light harmonize the body. The moon pulls on the ebb and flow of the tide, menstrual cycles, life!

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The cycles of life are amazing.  When we live in tune with the cycles, in rhythm with nature (remember we are nature), everything harmonizes.

The below poster was a gift from a dear friend.  The words on the bottom are a powerful message.

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Using the below books will help you harmonize with your body’s cycle of fertility, a powerful gift to yourself.  As women we need to return to the power of our periods, our feminine selves, and discard the patriarchal induced notion that periods are a “curse.”

Keeping track of your moon cycle is fun on this chart, a chart that another dear friend gave me, years ago. (I try to surround myself with amazing women!)  The poster was meant for 1 year’s use.  I changed the color of my marker, each year for 5 years, and turned it into a multi-year moon calendar.

I am looking for one like it, to recommend to you.  I will give you more awesome options, below, as this one does not seem to be available anymore.

Post note on June 29th, thank you Kaitlin for finding this poster on Amazon, brilliant! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0974515302/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=

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With much research and asking Menstrual Magic and Fertility Educators in Ireland, England, and Germany… I can not find the above moon cycle chart. Bummer, as it is a great space to track:

  • dates of flow
  • type of flow: heavy, medium, light
  • how your body, mind, and spirit feels coming into your moon flow, with the moon flow, and after your moon flow
  • charting the same information coming into, during, and after ovulation

And the information is there for years to come!  I used it to keep track of the menstrual migraines that crept into my life at about 40 years of age.

Note:  If anyone finds this beautiful chart, please let me know at www.PaulaYoumellRN.com  Thanks!

But, alas, my friends… I have other wonderful moon cycle charts to offer:  This beauty, below, can be viewed and purchased here and has a fine video explaining how to use it. Compliments of Lucy Pearce: artist,creative mentor, teacher of transformational women’s workshops, and so much more… check her out!

Moon Dial

Check out Lucy Pearce’s Moon Time Chart: Her Integrated Moon Chart combines the biological and spiritual aspects of your cycle to give you a deeper understanding of your own rhythms, so that you can find balance within yourself. Very helpful to use this with the above Moon Dial.

This moon calendar is available to keep track of where the moon is in her cycle to relate the moon phase to where you are in your menstrual cycle:

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Use the above moon calendar with Moon Times ® Cycle Charting Journal  (picture below).  The work of Rachael Hertogs, a woman’s menstrual health educator and so much more!

Moon Times ® Cycle Charting Journal

Your Moon cycle is a beautiful process, nurture it with love!

Sending light & love!  Paula

PS  If you have daughters, granddaughters, nieces, etc., guide them in the beauty of their moon cycle.  Creating this positive mindset around the beauty of their bodies and the cycle of their reproductive health will create a balance and peace many women of my generation did not consciously know. Let’s make change around this!  Cheer!

Looking For: Females who have used Wild Yam for Birth Control

Hello Ladies,

I am searching out women who have used wild yam for birth control.

I am curious around both success stories and not so successful stories.

I am gathering information to potentially rewrite the booklet for the publishing company:

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If interested and used Wild Yam for birth control, email me at pyoumell@gmail.com

Thanks and herbal healing blessings to you!

PS  If looking to use wild yam, I suggest this company:  Living Earth.  The product is the correct species of wild yam , the correct dosage, and a reputable company who sells the wild yam for the specific purpose of birth control.  wild yam

No, it is not my company.  I live on the East Coast, this company is on the West Coast, USA!     happy face

Hormonal Birth Control….

Hormonal Birth Control….get your facts straight and then you decide if it is worth the risk

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I confess, I have always been very wary of  hormonal birth control.  When I was a teen (ok, so it was years ago, don’t rub it in!) I intuitively knew that putting synthetic hormones into my body to stop ovulation was not a good idea.  Yeah, yeah, I get the whole freedom around sex thing, not worrying about getting pregnant, etc.  However, I also knew there was a price to pay for this “freedom.”

Enter me at 21 years of age and bleeding for 1 month straight.  Doctor tells me I need birth control pills to “regulate” my cycle.  Now I knew this was bullshit.  Fake hormones can not regulate one’s cycle.  They can and will stop your normal, female, hormonal cycle and replace it with a synthetic hormonally induced one.  That just seemed wrong to me. Messing with Mother Nature always has repercussions!

So, in my somewhat naïve, young state… I let this modern, medicine man convince me it was the best thing for my health.  He kept telling me the pill was good for me, lessened my chance of breast cancer, and all these other female cancers and ills. Despite me not believing this information to be true, I agreed to take them.

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Looking back, what was I thinking?  First of all, if my bleeding for 1 month was a cancer issue, the pill was not going to fix it / heal it!  And, it would have only made it worse.  But I caved and took the damned ortho-nuvum 7/7/7 triphasic pills.  Less than a year later I started getting wicked migraines.  I called this man, this wise OB/GYN MD at his home, and told him what was happening to me. (Now keep in mind, I had worked for this MD in his OB/GYN practice, loved the man!)  He told me: “Stop taking them right now or you are going to have a stroke!”

Wow, take them, they are so good for you…. now STOP because this good for you hormonal pill is now going to make your brain have an infarction!  I stopped and never looked back!

I have since worked in OB/GYN, Maternal-Child Health, and Health Education for 27 – 28 years (See, I told you it has been a while since I was a teen!).  I have advised young women to leave hormonal birth control alone, out of their lives, find some less toxic way to prevent pregnancy.

50%, or more, of teens I worked with in public schools would tell me they had been put on birth control to regulate their cycles. Seriously? Who exactly thinks this is a good idea?  The pharmaceutical companies?

We are back to the fact that these hormones stop a female’s cycle.  A teen’s body has not self-regulated her cycle yet, she just started having periods!  Let her body take its time to mature and get into its own rhythm!

Or, how about this thought, figure out the cause of her off beat cycles and correct it (If it actually needs correction).  Don’t just cover up the symptom (irregular cycle) with fake hormones that are doing absolutely nothing to correct the symptom.  Maybe she needs some whole food nutrition and healthy lifestyle education.  When we care of the body in a natural way our beautiful female cycle hums along like magic.

So onward we go…

The hormonal methods are now quite numbered:  pills, IUDs with hormones, shots in the butt every three months (Depo-Provera), rings to wrap around your cervix (No, this is not jewelry!  It is Nuvaring), implants into the fatty tissues of your arm (Implanon or Nexplanon), a patch (Hey, like nicotine withdrawal patches… does one withdraw from sex?  Just curious… Ok, it is called Ortho Evra, kind of like Elvira… mistress of the dark!), and the ominous morning after pill.

Ladies, they are all the same thing, hormones that stop (Yes, stop) your normal female cycle, the cycle nature gave your body to express the beauty of you as a woman.  Any cycle you have on fake hormones is merely a hormonally induced one; not your body working naturally anymore, but the fake hormones creating a synthetic hormonal cycle.  The hormones fool your body into thinking it is pregnant.  Then when you stop your pills for 7 days (or take the sugar ones) you have withdrawal bleeding.  On other hormonal methods, like the shot and implants, there is not a seven day break from the synthetic hormones.  You more than likely won’t bleed every 28 days.  You may have bleeding at random times; this is your body trying to do what nature intended it to do: bleed from the uterus.

Problems caused by synthetic female hormones in your system: high blood pressure, depression, headaches, weight gain, severe moodiness, lack of sex drive (I love this one.  Women are using them to make sex more fun, more free, and they decrease sex drive… hmmm.), nausea and vomiting (remember they fake your body into thinking it is pregnant; this is fake morning sickness.), and short-term as well as lifetime infertility (That means your body loses its ability to conceive).

And they have a failure rate; that’s right, you can get pregnant despite taking them correctly.

OK, there is more problems, that may be fatal in very rare cases, include heart attack, stroke, having a blood clot in the legs – lungs -heart – or brain, or developing high blood pressure, liver tumors, gallstones, or yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).

The “expert” advice is that these synthetic hormones do not raise the risk of breast cancer.  Frankly, thinking about female physiology from a point of common sense, this “no cancer risk” makes no sense to me.  My guess, based upon my knowledge of female physiology and hormones, is they would raise the risk of breast cancer as well as other female cancers.  They are fake and doing fake things to your body.

I am grateful I started getting migraines and ended their use after less than a year.  I never thought they belonged in my divine feminine body!

So now I found this book, The Pill: Are you sure it’s for you? By Jane Bennett & Alexandra Pope.  I am excited to read it… just waiting for it to come from Amazon. Someone finally put words into a book to warn women that the hormones created and sold to make their sex lives free and easy might just have a dark side (We are back to Elvira here!)

Check back for an update after I finish the book… don’t hold your breath waiting.  I finally started reading Harry Potter after all these years.  I am 1/4 through book 5.  The Pill  book will be on hold for a bit.  I am busy with magic!

Stay tuned for a Natural Birth Control post.  I think, when we celebrate our moon cycle, our uterine bleeding, and become in tune and energized by it, natural birth control and fertility awareness is a divine feminine way to care for our reproductive organs and cycle.  Wow, was that a mouthful!

Be well, love your body, love yourself for the divine female you are!