Feminists love to point to the birth control pill as a liberator that helped women take control of their reproductive future, dedicate more of their life to their career, and altogether avoid motherhood easily. But a little trip down memory lane actually shows that the pill was originally used as population control and a eugenic effort to eliminate the "unfavorables" from society. Unfortunately, most women don't know this about the pill's origins (or if they do, they don't care much about it), but there's even more about the pill that women deserve to know. It wreaks havoc on their health and wellbeing.
Nurse Practitioner Explains How the Birth Control Pill Causes "Chronic Health Issues" for Many Women
A family nurse practitioner named Lauren, who goes by @naturalnursemomma on Instagram, shared a series of slides on her page to explain exactly how the pill can ruin women's health. She shares details from her clinical experience while also sharing research and data to back up what she has seen.
"Birth control is a sensitive topic," Lauren writes in the caption. "Many women are told they have no other choice, they are put on birth control for reasons other than pregnancy prevention and a band-aid is placed but the root cause is still present in the body. Birth control just shuts off communication between the brain and the ovaries... and that has ripple effects throughout the body."
Although many people say that "birth control has liberated women," Lauren isn't on board with that claim. "I disagree from personal experience and years of recovering my own health after a decade on birth control for, you guessed it, period issues and clinical experience," she says.
The pill is a group 1 carcinogen that "puts chains of chronic gut issues and nutrient depletion" onto women. Lauren also points out that we've known since the 1960s that "synthetic hormones increase risk of heart attack and thickens blood." Additionally, Lauren reminds us that birth control has been proven to "cause liver tumors, increase risk of Crohn's by 300%, increases likelihood of being prescribed an antidepressant by 23%, deplete B2, B6, B12, folate, Vit C, magnesium, & zinc," which are "all necessary for mood stability, pregnancy, and regular cycles."
From a clinical perspective, Lauren has seen "some very consistent patterns" in women who are on the pill, such as "the presence of deep-rooted fungal infections like candida." She says when this is accompanied by thick blood and the low circulation that the pill creates, the body is set up for "chronic health issues."
"These chronic health issues include headaches, no energy, gut issues, weight gain, no sex drive and anxiety/depression to name a few," Lauren writes. "Post pill PCOS, liver congestion, infertility, and more are all too common.. yet they are ignored by conventional medicine."
Pretty much any OBGYN claims that the pill does not cause any longterm side effects, including and especially infertility. They tell women that ovulation simply returns after you get off the pill and you won't face any chronic health issues after you stop taking it. But there is a host of research and clinical experience that proves otherwise.
"I wish I knew then what I know now," Lauren says. "I didn't know at 15 what I know now. Over a decade spent on synthetic hormones and it took me years to recover my health."