Every month, I host a Facebook LIVE in our very special membership area. A place for people like you to land and explore your health, safely. This month we dug into the Ovarian – Adrenal – Thyroid Axis (OAT axis). Aka the relationship between a few of your essential hormone making or regulating endocrine glands. Whilst preparing for the Facebook LIVE (I tend to look into research, I love to feed my brain like that!), I started to think about how many women (yet again) were being affected by the pill; being told it was supporting their health positively. I wish it did. However like all medications, the pill has some pretty hefty side effects yet we’re not necessarily informed when we commence taking them, nor are we generally supporting our body in it’s attempt to compensate for their effects. We’ve spoken about the pill oh-so-many times here (just go and type ‘the pill’ into the search function above), its effects, how you might lose your hair after you’ve taken it… but one very common worry of my patients especially those with issues like PCOS or amenorrhea is that they have been told if they don’t take the pill, they aren’t looking after their bones. Righto. Here’s some food for thought.
As an advocate for women’s health, who isn’t shy to scream it from the roof tops, it’s probably not shocking for you to see my get my knickers in a knot over the Essure story that broke yesterday. But that’s not necessarily the only reason I’m bashing at my keyboard right now. It’s so very encouraging to receive so many messages and comments of support that keep me motivated as a spokesperson for you, women, just like me, who wish to continue to approach their own health guided with truthful information. If you didn’t yet realise it, I’m a fan of you and I love what happens when communities unite. It’s with this in mind, I feel so strongly to utilise this story to help women rally together for the information we all so greatly deserve.
I get it. You’ve sat with the idea for what seems like ages, waiting for the ‘right time’ to stop taking the pill. Something in the pit of your stomach has told you since forever that it isn’t for you yet you don’t really know where to turn, let alone go it alone. Let me tell you – we are (at least so many of the women who frequent this space) in this together and, sorry to say, there is never a perfect time to overhaul your life. The time is now.
Perhaps you’ve discovered that the pill isn’t solving your PCOS or Endometriosis. Maybe you’ve heard that the pill is ruining your gut bacteria as fast as a shot of antibiotics. Maybe you’re starting to see the link between your not so healthy ways and your hormones. I’m here to say today, PCOS, Endometriosis, thyroid issues and hormone imbalance are all lifestyle conditions. They are sure signs your hormones are downright cranky and that, for there to be change, you too need to change.
Claire hardly needs an intro – this beauty has featured on my site many times before and is a woman after my own heart. She’s got a powerful message to share, and today, on a topic we all know I’m totally into. Claire talks today about the deception of the pill and her own experience. Over to Claire.
I want to talk to you about the contraceptive pill and my tumultuous relationship with it that started in 2001.
But before we begin, let me make this very clear that I don’t believe in regrets and so I have none.
Regardless of the (multitude of!) choices I have made over the years that have been detrimental to my health, I know I am exactly where I am today because of these choices. I am the best health coach and mentor I can be, because I understand exactly where my clients are coming from and what they are going through. I’ve totally been there.
Saying that, I also believe wholeheartedly that the long term use of the contraceptive pill holds a massive risk to women’s health, our hormonal balance and our ability to make babies. I know it is linked to breast cancer, infertility, digestion issues and nutritional deficiencies and I have experienced firsthand a number of health issues due to long term use of the pill; post-pill amenorrhea, PCOS and a butt-load of hormonal (and emotional!) imbalances.
I cringe when I think about the enormous length of time I mindlessly swallowed those little pills every day; 10 years. A decade. Almost 40% of my life. I could be annoyed or angry about the decision I made to go on the pill all those years ago, but I’m not.
To explain why, let me take you back eleven years ago.
Some days I find it easier to write than others. Today is one of those days ‘special’ days where I’ve been experiencing verbal diarrhoea – you know, those days where you just can’t string a sentence together to save yourself? So rather than beat around the coconut tree, today’s post is in the theme of blurting it all out or so help me! Hopefully my words are far less messy typed. Here goes…
After lasts weeks whirlwind post – ‘dying to lose your period’, the comments that flowed on were pushing my little brain buttons. Many women were emailing, messaging and replying telling me that they had no other choice but to be on the pill because their bodies were unwell in some kind of unkind way. Of course I was already heartbroken from the topic of the day – the lengths people were to go to, to reduce their own natural body cycles or take their hormones offline all together was squishing my little love muscle, but this was another level and a punch to the gut, not intentionally of course, but nonetheless it gets to me because there are so many untruths we’ve been fed.