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.
Let me ask you – is the pill really your solution?
Perhaps you’ve been lead to believe it is. Perhaps you’ve been lead to believe that the pill is the only solution to your endometriosis, your amenorrhea, your PCOS, your PMS, your acne or backed up pipes or your fear of reproducing a tiny human right at this moment is about as appealing as eating spam (out of a can). Perhaps your circumstances are super serious – I get that much. I’m not watering it down. I get that you’ve been told the pill is your only solution. Perhaps you took your first pill packet without little thought because the Doctor told you so (and it’s not necessarily her fault either – they’re told it’s safe too). And then for others, there was a nagging innate feeling that it just wasn’t right for you. Perhaps up until now, you’ve never actually questioned it because your knowledge about yourself has been focused elsewhere.
So why is it then, that Doctors and specialists all around the world are prescribing the pill as if it were lemonade? Let me ask you this; if they gave it to you and told you it was a known carcinogen (actually on the same level as asbestos), would you still take it? If they gave it to you and explained it’s horrible side effects and potential risks that range from feeling mentally deranged right through to stroke and breast cancer, would you not question it what so ever? You wouldn’t take it so willingly I know – because you are a smart cookie. But nobody is sharing this with us. And of course as you’ve learnt in Debunking PCOS, first and foremost the pill is stuffing up your gut faster than you can say ‘geronimo!’ The gut is the centre of your own universe – it is the pivot of your health. If your gut function is bunged up, you can’t absorb nutrients, you can’t utilise essential vitamins to make hormones – bingo! We have a problem.
I know I’ve written about it many times before – just search ‘the pill’ in my search function – I dare you. You can find out all the issues involved with the pill in the many articles I’ve poured hours into over the years. I’m not here today to dive into that. I’m here today to ask you to begin to question everything. Dr Sherrill Sellman shared in our event earlier this month, that a known pharmaceutical company owner once stated “his best customers were women in their 20’s because he knew they were the ones that would most likely need to use drugs in their 30’s to conceive” or words to that effect. What in the heck is going on here!? See – it’s not your Doctor’s fault. That is their one and only ‘solution’ to your reproductive issues. The bigger problem lies in this – it can’t, will not and can not ever treat the root cause of your gynaecological issue. In fact, in the long run as the pill stuffs up your body system, it can only ever make it worse. It’s time to ask yourself, why is the problem there in the first place and work at treating the crux of the matter and not treating symptoms. Treating symptoms will only ever lead you to chasing your tail around and around again. The only true way of healing is peeling away the layers and starting at the beginning.
Do nothing, nothing changes.
So perhaps you are on the pill because your Endo is so bad and you’re frightened as all heck to see what happens if you come off. Or perhaps you have a serious case of PCOS. You’re not alone – but I can tell you this for sure, do nothing, nothing changes. If you’ve lived with the same diet and lifestyle habits you always have, and not changed any part of your lifestyle to begin to heal your illness, you can’t expect there to be a change when you do come off the pill. But, if you start to implement your own shifts in lifestyle, you can know you are doing great things behind the scenes, working toward that day when you are ready to take that leap and stop taking it. For most, so many of their niggly issue dissipate because the pill wasn’t actually helping at all – and of course you won’t ever know until you try.
I’ve been questioned many times on my public dislike of the pill – that I’m maybe irresponsible for suggesting people come off medication that’s ‘saving their lives.’ I have to ask the question, who really is being irresponsible here? Using a bandaid approach to treat serious issues or actually digging in deep and working out what in the world is going on, individually – because we know nothing is a one size fits all and it’s all about listening to your inner voice and doing what is right for you. Maybe the pill is your short term solution – but it really can never be your long term problem solver.