At the very end of May, the winner of Sean Lowe’s season of “The Bachelor,” Catherine Guidici, took to her Instagram story to open up about her experience on hormonal birth control.
Catherine Guidici opened up one Wednesday evening, recalling the two months before her wedding to her husband Sean in 2014. The couple met on the 17th season of ABC’s The Bachelor and, despite the odds, remain happily married and share three children together.
Catherine’s Story with Hormonal Birth Control
Catherine recalled beginning to take hormonal birth control two months before the wedding to prepare for the big day (or night) and the honeymoon afterward. This turned out to be a bit of a disaster as she immediately fell victim to the side effects more and more women have started to report, such as mood swings and weight gain, making her miserable before such a special time. Due to the weight gain, her wedding dress didn’t fit, which caused a tearful outburst made worse by the constant surges of emotion, thanks to the extra synthetic hormones.
However, the big day did eventually get there, and she and Sean were swept away on their honeymoon for their (first ever!) “sexy time.” Catherine continued laughingly that “sexy time was not very sexy” as she was constantly angry and shouting. This caused so much tension that her husband eventually asked her to stop taking the pill because she was “not the same person” and both of them were miserable. Catherine obliged and hasn’t taken the pill since.
This occasion is now a humorous anecdote for the couple, but I just have to say, wow. As Catherine said herself, she was extremely over-reactive to almost everything, making those first couple months of marriage terrible for them. Her irritability wore off quickly after she ditched the pill. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
A Natural Alternative
Despite denials from Big Pharma that birth control is the cause of these things and the many women who don’t experience these side effects, there’s plenty of legitimate research that directly links birth control to mood. And while this isn’t always the case, many women have come forward saying that their birth control caused weight gain.
More people are taking control of their bodies and switching to alternative, less harmful methods of birth control.
Catherine went on to share and promote Natural Cycles, her chosen form of birth control. Natural Cycles is an FDA-approved fertility awareness method of birth control that uses a basal thermometer and health information you enter into their app that tracks when you are and are not fertile so you can know when you need to use protection during sex. (Or when to just avoid it altogether if you prefer.)
With the dangers of hormonal birth control becoming more and more evident, I think it’s amazing that influencers such as Catherine (with her whopping 1.4 million followers) are promoting healthier, more natural forms of birth control. I’m so excited that more and more people are taking control of their bodies and when in the perfect position to, like Catherine, are opening up and helping others by educating them on alternative, less harmful methods of birth control. Go ahead and give @catherineguidici a follow on Instagram for more info on Natural Cycles and some pics of her cute kiddos!
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