Have you been prescribed birth control pills by your doctor for irregular periods, cramps or PMS? Today, so many young girls and women are put on birth control pills for these reasons, but this does not solve the underlying cause of their symptoms and can cause many serious health problems. Birth control pills are prescribed all too often by conventional doctors, and while they can be an effective form of birth control, they do have dangers that aren’t worth risking your health, or even your life, for.
Reasons Women are Prescribed Birth Control Pills
- Prevent pregnancy
- Heavy bleeding
- Menstrual cramps
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Menstrual migraines
- Irregular periods
What Birth Control Pills Do To Your Hormones
Hormonal contraceptives are prescription drugs or devices that reduce risk of pregnancy. Birth control pills, the option most widely used by women, contain the synthetic hormones estrogen and progestin, and some contain only progestin. They are created to stop your body from ovulating and prevent the egg from being released from the ovary. Normally, when an egg is released from your ovary at ovulation, progesterone is also released. Since birth control pills stop you from ovulating, they prevent this release of progesterone. This is where the problem lies. Without the release of progesterone, estrogen dominance can occur and cause many negative health symptoms.
Progestins are NOT Progesterone
Before we go any further, it’s important to make the distinction between progestin and progesterone. They are not the same thing, at all. Progesterone is the natural female hormone that promotes pregnancy by preparing the body for conception, regulating the menstrual cycle and maintaining the pregnancy. It also balances the estrogen in your body and plays an important role in your overall well-being.
Progestins are synthetic chemicals with a different molecular structure than progesterone, which makes them patentable by the pharmaceutical companies, but they do not have the same beneficial effects as your body’s naturally occurring progesterone. In fact, progestins are used in hormonal contraceptives and in the “morning after pills” to prevent pregnancy.
Mainstream medicine still erroneously uses these two terms interchangeably today. If you’re still in doubt, just ask your doctor if you can take progestin while you’re pregnant. You’ll hear a resounding “no”!
18 Reasons to Avoid Birth Control Pills
1. 6 times greater risk of thrombosis (blood clot in a blood vessel)
2. 4 times greater risk of dying from a stroke (blood clot or broken blood vessel in the brain)
3. 4 times the risk of heart attack
4. 3 times greater risk of headaches
5. Double the risk of migraine headaches
6. Double the risk of high blood pressure
7. Double the risk of death from an accident or violence
8. Double the risk of dying from cancer, especially cervical, breast, and endometrial cancer in women age 25 to 50 years old
9. Increased risk of ovarian cancer
10. Increased cancer risk in smokers, especially melanoma and lung cancer
11. More thyroid and liver cancers
12. Altered immune function
13. Reduction of antioxidant levels, especially in the liver
14. A higher rate of birth defects and birthmarks in the children of women who have used oral contraceptives
15. Increased risk of osteoporosis caused by blood vessel abnormalities in the bone
16. Increased risk of ovarian cysts, infections, urinary tract problems, cervical erosion (dysplasia), allergies, gallbladder disease, sinus infections, ulcerative colitis, Chron’s disease, lung disease, epilepsy, loss of libido, intertility, pituitary tumors, and schizophrenia
17. Higher rates of antianxiety drug, antidepressant, or sleeping pill usage
18.Higher likelihood of having their uterus and/or ovaries removed
Do you have symptoms of a hormone deficiency?
A common reason that many women are on birth control pills is to help with their symptoms of PMS, heavy periods, and cramps. If you are struggling with these symptoms of hormone imbalance, please know that there is a natural, safer way to get relief. By restoring your hormones with bioidentical hormones that are identical to those made by your body, you can achieve hormone balance and your symptoms will go away. Plus, you will be much healthier without any negative side effects.
Take our symptom checker today to find out if hormone imbalance could be the cause of your symptoms. Don’t wait – it’s time to get relief and feel your best!
Dr. John Lee – What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause