We are in the digital age, and since you're reading this, you are using a device that instantly connects you to the world. The world is full of all sorts of information for us to learn about; however, it is also filled with a lot of misinformation, too. But isn't everything on the internet true? Eh hem!! No. Not everything!
For example, let's talk "The Pill". This will include all contraceptives - Oral, Injectable, and Pessary. I can't tell you how many times I've been asked about "The Pill". The biggest and most frequent question sounds something like this, "If it's so bad for me, why does my doctor prescribe it for me?" Frankly, that's my question, too. Why would any physician prescibe a woman an agent that is classified as a Class 1 carcinogenic?
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an intergovernmental agency forming part of the World Health Organization of the United Nations, openly classifies contraceptives as Class 1 Carcinogens. That's right up there with Asbestos and Arsenic! Would you drink a cocktail mixed with Arsenic? Would you walk into a room laced with Asbestos and breathe deeply? If you answered "yes", then you may be in need of an intervention. If you answered "no", BRAVO! No one wants to get sick or be around agents that cause cancer.
If you are currently taking a contraceptive, you will want to take a serious look at why you are being prescribed a drug that causes cancer and begin looking at other alternatives. Yes. There are alternatives.
Given the medical science currently available, there's NO reason why ANYONE should be prescribed a drug that will eventually lead to cancer. Seemingly effective marketing by the pharmaceuticals has helped spread the lies about contraceptives to the consumers. Doctors "cave" under the societal pressures to prescribe what their patients demand. Eventually, the prescribing of contraceptives becomes the easy "go to" for anything and everything under the sun. Fertility, in effect, becomes a disease in the mind's eye rather than a part of the body that must be cared for as seriously as if it were the heart.
Heavy periods? PMS? Painful periods? Acne? Severe mood swings? These are legitimate symptoms to underlying problems that can and SHOULD be corrected without the arbitrary prescribing of contraceptives. Contraceptives only cover up the symptoms; they don't treat and correct the problem.
Let me ask this: If you have a toothache, what do you do? I hope you go to the dentist to find out what the problem is. If there's a cavity, it needs to be filled in order to stop the pain. You don't just take a couple of pain relievers. They just mask the pain, but they don't fix the source of the toothache. The pain returns. It's a vicious cycle until you have the cavity filled.
So, what's a woman to do? Don't settle! Being prescribed a contraceptive is dangerous and will not fix the underlying problem. If your doctor won't help you with seeking out healthier alternatives, find a new one who will. You are much more important than becoming another statistic.
Seek out a FertilityCare Practitioner (like me) and begin the process of getting healthy. You deserve to treat yourself well, and you and your fertility health are so important that you can demand that doctors treat you with the respect you deserve.
This was only supposed to be a preliminary post. I'll stop here for now and expand more on "The Pill" in a later post.
Thanks for reading!