Updated: Jun 28
Taking a moment to think about how contraceptives affect your womanhood is worth it every once in awhile.
Let’s all be real for a second, has anyone here started hormonal birth control and had acompletely pleasantexperience?
As women, we often will say we are fine, when we are not. We will withstand more pain then we should because it seems like somewhere along the way, someone convinced us that it is not worth voicing the physical discomfort we feel in our bodies out loud...
A couple years back, I was suffering from irregular cycles and ovarian cysts. My OBGYN put me on a low-dose contraceptive pill to help me re-balance. Two weeks into taking the pill, I sank into a deep depression. I told my OBGYN, but she tried to convince me to stay on it.
I spoke upand told her the depression was unbearable, andnot normal. After one last shot at trying to convince me to stay on the first pill, she had me switch to another pill (“don’t worry, it’s low dose!”she promised again). The second pill made my body and my mind so anxious, I ended my hormonal birth control journey right then.
When starting any kind of hormonal birth control many of us have been told:“you just have to let your body get used to it!”or“just take it for three months and then the symptoms will decrease.”
These are common phrases women hear when starting the hormonal contraception or when they report problems with a form of contraception they are on.
When you feel discomfort, listen to it! Your body knows what is good for it, and what is not.
You do not have to let your body get used to anything, or wait for the symptoms to decrease (which only happens because your body finally gives up on trying to get you to listen).
When birth control was first released to the public 60 years ago, women reported negative mental health effects, like anxiety, depression, and mood swings, but early scientific research on hormonal contraception did not even mention these reports.
Researchers brushed the women aside, telling them the emotional side effects would pass, and instead boasted about the benefits of birth control: no pregnancy and (possibly) better skin!
So it’s important to keep in mind that there has been (and there still is) a huge knowledge gap that exists when it comes to the negative effects of hormonal birth control. At the end of the day, the women’s healthcare space today has been largely dominated by male scientists, whereas before women were in charge of women’s health.
In ancient tribes, women helped women connect with their bodies. They birthed babies, healed people, celebrated their womanhood together. That dynamic is coming back—women are reclaiming their bodies and this space—but it will take time.
Hormonal birth control disconnects us from our body, we give our sacred cycle and connection to nature over to a drug, which begins to control when we ovulate and when we menstruate.
Through our monthly cycles, we create fertile ground for life, we can harbor and birth life, or we can shed, giving back what we do not need, like nature does everyday.
Finding true balance starts with you reconnecting with and reclaiming your body by taking back your natural cycle. There are other ways to control contraception, they just require a bit more mindfulness and effort on your part, and doesn’t your beautiful body deserve that extra time and attention?
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