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.


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.


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?


Cramp Free Periods, Naturally!

Uterine cramping is a normal process of a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle. The uterine muscle, the myometrium, contracts to help dispel the monthly moon blood.

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The above picture is a bit detailed but does show you the myometrium.  Above the myometrium is the endometrium.  This is the layer, inside your uterus, that builds up monthly with blood, blood vessels, and tissue.  When an egg is fertilized, this pumped up endometrium is a fine place for the egg to land and implant. No fertilized egg and the built up endometrium must be shed.  This is your menstrual period.

Cramps, ah those nasty, painful cramps. I remember my mom making me tea with whiskey in it.  As a young adult, I changed the recipe a slight bit.  Black tea was swapped out and chamomile tea brought in. I would add a good full dropper of black cohosh tincture into the tea, with a bit of local / raw honey, and sip away. What a fabulous, and tasty, way to calm the pain of the uterine cramps. Herbs to the rescue!

Black cohosh is an antispasmodic to your muscles, nerves, and blood vessels and is a muscle anti-inflammatory. Black Cohosh contains the anti-inflammatory salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin), among several other natural chemical constituents that create the anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory effects.

Native Americans and traditional community herbalist have used black cohosh, from the beginning of time, to ease female reproductive concerns and aid in labor and delivery.

When American Physicians still practiced plant-based medicine, they administered black cohosh for female reproductive problems, including menstrual cramps and bleeding irregularities, as well as uterine and ovarian pain.

I am offering chamomile and black cohosh as a suggestion to avoid using over the counter and prescriptions drugs that are synthetic.  Nature knows best.

Other aids for menstrual cramps are living a natural lifestyle:

  • Whole food eating: our bodies function best when not polluted by factory made food products and instead nourished by 100% whole foods.  Every organ functions as it should when it is nourished and healthy.
  • Movement: a female who is physically active has less or no problems with menstrual cramping
  • Age: young girls, just starting their moon cycles, are more apt to feel the pain of heavy menstrual cramps.  As we move through adolescence and our bodies develop, hormones balance out, the cramping lessens.  After I had my first son, no more menstrual cramps!
  • Switch from tampons to a menstrual cup.  Many women report far less cramping when they stop using tampons and use pads or a menstrual cup.
  • Take herbs to nourish and balance the female reproductive organs so they function in the way nature intended.
  • Yoga: is an amazing healing tool. Yoga brings body, mind, and soul together and balances all body functions.
  • Acupuncture: this helps balance the flow of healing energy in your body. I can not recommend it enough!

These are good recommendations to get you started on your female healing plan. As you are working towards healing your body and bringing balance back to your physical, emotional, and spiritual self, rely on the chamomile tea and black cohosh to ease the monthly uterine contractions that create painful energy.

If you have natural ways you use to deal with menstrual cramps, share here please.

PS  Some more thoughts:

From a reader:  CLARY SAGE essntial oil!! 2 DROPS ON A TOWEL/HOTWATER BOTTLE COVER, held close to pain relief ever!

Post to come: Avoiding birth control pills as a means of “covering up” cramps. In the past few months I have had contact with 4 female’s families, women in their early to late 30’s with breast cancer.  All had been “put on” birth control pills to deal with cramps, irregular cycles, etc. as a teen and each had been on the pill for 20 plus years.  No coincidence here ladies; synthetic hormones are not good for your beautiful breasts!

I will elaborate on this in another post.  No PILLS to “band-aid” menstrual cramps!

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The “Pill” – Revisited

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What I liked about this book:

  • Explained the female reproductive cycle in a holistic manner,
  • Reminds women of the sacredness of their monthly cycle and their feminine abilities to create life,
  • Offers alternatives to hormonally – chemically altering the body to prevent conception,
  • Explains, in easy to understand terms, how the synthetic hormones in the pill, implants, shot, cervical ring, hormonal IUDs, etc. negatively affect the female body in both the short and long-term (I mean this both as short and long-term use effects and the immediate side effects and long-term side effects on female health.), and
  • Offers females a new (old) way of viewing their bodies as divine.

If you are curious about the impacts of hormones on your body, your daughter’s, granddaughter’s, girlfriend’s, mother’s… I recommend this read.

Would love to hear your thoughts in comments.  Now, later, after you read the book…

Be well!

Hormonal Birth Control….

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


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.


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!