The latest stupid craze. Go on school camp & go on the pill.

Since when did going on school camp be a reason for prescribing the pill? Seems the latest ‘craze’ (and I say that because its craziness at it’s best if you ask me) is to ‘pop’ young girls on the pill at the time of school camps to stop the annoyance of a period whilst these young women are away.

If you can’t tell, this makes me so upset – I actually cried when somebody told me. Ok I get it – periods are inconvenient. But they make us women, they are a necessary event your bodies perform in it’s cleverness to cleanse and they are, above all a sign that you are healthy and fertile. May seem harmless but ask any woman who come off the pill and busting for her ovaries to work again and NOTHING works. Ask her what she could tell her 16 year old self. I bet it would be a very loud ‘noooooooo’ just don’t.

And for some, I’m sure, being allowed on the pill would be exciting – almost a loop hole perhaps? And what’s not to say she then stays on it long term from then on – because why not? Reality is, 16 year old girls aren’t generally aware of their bodies – they’re still growing into them and this my fertile friends is something we only have ourselves as women to blame. We’ve lost the communication, we’ve lost exploring and understanding our bodies as women – it’s a subject that isn’t spoken very openly about at 16. We’ve lost sharing as women, about our bodies – to nurture this relationship is the key to future generations fertile health.

I can hear some of you saying ‘its surely better than an unwanted pregnancy’ but here within lies the problem. A girl going on the pill at 16 never really gets to understand her body, what it is communicating and why. I know at 16 it’s all embarrassing and a taboo subject and that’s really the issue. We don’t openly talk about these key ingredients to being a woman – mostly because we’ve disconnected from ourselves that much. But the key to women better understanding their health is information. Learning and understanding exactly what is going on – when you’re fertile and when your not.

You may have recently seen my debunking ovulation events. The response to these sessions has blown me over. Women are absolutely devouring the information I’m sharing and teaching. These same women would have benefited from this information far more in their teens! And despite what your sex Ed class taught you – you’re most probably not ovulating on cycle day 14 and no you can’t get pregnant from pre-ejaculatory sperm. It’s just not possible. Debunking it all is where it is at (for details of the next event click here – there are just 12 tickets left until it is sold out).

Educating young women and helping them to become comfortable with their fertility is the key to world wide future health for women. It’s only now we’re beginning to learn the ramifications of use of the pill and decoding our bodies whispers. Using the pill to treat acne isn’t a solution. You’ve heard it here before – same goes for painful periods. And please know this – it’s definitely NOT a solution for lack of ovulation as almost all GP’s would disagree.

So excuse my rant – it simply saddens my heart so much to hear of the total disregard for fertility and what is simply a natural function of a healthy woman’s body. I hope you know somebody who may benefit from this.

Being healthy can sometimes be hard. Taking charge of your own health – even harder but nobody will ever suffer from too much information. It’s time we faced our fears, faced fertility and started sharing and understanding more of this stuff. I’d love to hear what you think about this – would you have gone on the pill had you know it’s affects on your body? Let’s create some healthy discussion below because I know so many people benefit from sharing and caring.

AND before I go – want to you best understand your body AND pass on this information to your daughters, friends, sisters, aunts and mothers? My Debunking Ovulation event is going on the road and the first stop is Adelaide! All the details are here – we’re heading to Adelaide on the 7th of September for this very important event to share my message far and wide. Help me spread my message please – tell everybody you know because really, it’s one of the most important things you’ll ever learn.

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  • July 22, 2013 By jo 8:13 am

    You know what? I get it, I totally understand the, going to the US for summer camp was the reason I went on the Pill at 18. (complete public overshare lol).

    But I think the issue is greater than not having a period while on camp. thats the excuse, thats the reason parents tell themselves its the safety net but the real reason still comes down to communication and trust.

    If you think your teenager is going to use school camp as an excuse to have sex then the pill isnt going to stop that, its going to make them think they are safe to do what ever they want.

    Yes young woman need to learn about their bodies but in this case parents and kids need to communicate and there needs to be trust.

    Putting a teenager on the pill isnt teaching them anything or helpling them in any way.

    and yes i’m living in the 1920’s trusting my girls wont have sex till their married at 25 but I’d rather have open conversations with them and have trust going both ways than given them a pill and thats the whole conversation.

    *off my soap box*

  • July 22, 2013 By Lauren 12:13 pm

    I went on the pill when I was 16. Six years later I grew curious of how it was affecting my body and stumbled across some startling information (particularly that there was a class action against my pill!!). I made a choice to stop taking the pill and it took 13 months for my period to somewhat return and a further 6 months to fully return to a healthy cycle.

    I was then diagnosed with Endometriosis and PCOS. My GP informed me the pill was essentially masking all of my symptoms and therefore my Endo had progressed to a point of requiring surgery. She also said a lot of women choose to stay on the pill if they are diagnosed with PCOS as it provides a sense of normalcy having regular periods. It’s scary to think doctors would happily prescribe the pill to these women when in actual fact this is when they need to be MOST in tune with their bodies and reproductive system!!!!

    If I could talk to my 16 year old self, I would shout, scream and flail until blue in the face to NEVER go on the pill – EVER!

  • July 25, 2013 By Katie 3:29 am

    When are you bringing ‘debunking ovulation’ to Brisbane? Waiting for the date!

    • July 26, 2013 By mnfadmin 6:02 pm

      Stay tuned!! I’m on it 😉

  • July 26, 2013 By Monique 4:01 pm

    I was that 16 year old girl who was made aware of the pill around the time of school camp. A school friend’s Mum was a doctor and was willing to give us girls a sheet of the pill for the 10 day hiking trek we were about to go on. I did not go on the pill for this reason, however it was a turning point in my life because it made me aware of its easy access. I lost my virginity at 14 so at 16 the pill sounded brilliant. I am 21 now and have just finished my last sheet and will not be going back on the pill! I have wanted to come off it for a long time, but felt like there was no other sensible option! It is convenient for long term relationships, and it is cheap, and it did help my skin clear up. It wasn’t until I discovered Nat and the natural fertility method did I really begin to realise that there is a better way! Everything makes more sense to me now, and although I’m a little scared of the side-effects of coming off the pill, I’d rather do it now than in another few years when I want to start a family and can’t because my ovaries and hormones are shot. Nat, it sounds as though your debunking ovulation seminar has the answer to all of my questions, however I am in Brisbane and need this information sooner rather than later. I need to know where I can learn about my cycle and when I’m fertile and when I’m not – how do you recommend I do this? Thank you!

    • July 26, 2013 By mnfadmin 5:59 pm

      Power to you hun – well done. You’ve made my day!

  • July 26, 2013 By Narelle Donald 9:22 pm

    Well done Nat. As another practitioner dealing with infertility I whole heartedly agree with you. It is time we educate young women about making informed decisions when it comes to the pill. It is not enough to give them information on periods which is mostly about using tampons and pads, instead we need them to understand the signs of ovulation and most importantly how ovulation increases libido. Education gives power to make informed decisions. Best wishes.

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