There are many different sides to why a woman should or should not take birth control out there.
What each and every one of us believe is right is usually coming from some kind of financial, cultural, or religious view etc. Which one doesn't matter. What matter is that we have choices.
I am against birth control pills these days and have been since 2009.
I lived almost all of my teen and young adult years, up until 29 to be exact, being for birth control pills. I have been on both sides. Hear me out…
“I am on the pill because I am a woman and I won’t let anyone control my fertility”
“I am on the pill because I have full control of my own body”
“I am on the pill because I have the freedom to”
“I am on the pill because it is a woman’s right”
“I am on the pill to control my hormones”
“I am on the pill to control my cycles”
… and on and on…
The Birth control pill Freedom Fighters have spoken. I hear you. I was one of you. Now, let me ask you a few questions, or give you something to think about…
When I look at that list (above) I cringe because all of those reasons are exactly why you should NOT be on the pill. This is not a call for a religious act against liberated women on birth control, this is a wake-up call to your health, literally. Because I am too, a liberated woman...
When women first start to go on the pill they have been lead in that direction by many; friends, parents, medical professionals, media, and so on. The world is packed with pro-pill advice. I wrote about this in my last post but I just want to mention this real quick here too… The pill was made originally by men to be used by women for men’s convenience in the world of having sex and not make a baby. Just think about it… “The woman take the pill and I can spill my seed wherever I go and how often I want to”. This is convenient! However the pill was never marketed this way for obvious reasons – no woman would buy it and secondly take it. Instead it was marketed as the answer to a woman’s freedom. But what freedom keeps you locked to a pill a day? Why isn’t a man wearing a condom freedom for a woman? Why?
The pill doesn’t give a woman freedom. Not in the sense I think of freedom at least. Instead it keeps you trapped to a false sense of truth and security. We are lead to believe that the pill will control your period and/or cycles when in fact, being on the pill does none of the sort. Many pills today are encouraged to be taken without breaks, preventing women to have what we refer to as a period at all – however while taking the pill the “period” is not a period but a withdrawal bleeding. A withdrawal bleeding is simply happening because of the on- and off-set of the hormones that are in the pill. The synthetic hormones if I may add, along with some chemicals. It is not happening because you ovulated and there was no fertilization, like the nature does it. It is happening because the pill keeps you in a constant fake post-ovulation phase at all times and when you stop for a break (for those of you whom take that 7 day break) the body will react with a bleeding, a withdrawal bleeding - not a period.
And let’s say you forgot to take a pill one day and had sex… Freedom???
I call that PANIC! What do you call it?
Freedom to me is the ability to know and feel the signs of your own body and apply care in whatever way is necessary for the situation. Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) teaches you to understand all your body's signs of the cycle.
Did you know that just by learning the signs of the body you can tell if you are pre-ovulation, ovulating, and post-ovulation. Which is a great knowledge for any woman whether or not you are trying to get pregnant or trying not to get pregnant. Knowing your own body signs is freedom. Knowing your own body signs is power - GIRL POWER. When you know you can apply whatever methods you need in order to feel safe in the sack. There are very many non-hormone options out there today that works great.
So think twice before signing off your "freedom" to a pill...
Love to all.