Now I want to share some of the tools I used to detox my body, reconnect to my cycle, and remember my wholeness.
Because I know this isn’t just my story.
Everyday I get messages and emails from students and clients reaching out for support while transitioning off of the pill.
Let’s face it, most of us aren’t told the truth about what the pill does to our body, our hormones, or our connection with ourselves.
Instead, people who bleed are taught the wonders of hormonal birth control – how you can time your body like clockwork, how you’re protected from unwanted pregnancies, balance your hormones, clear your skin and regulate your menstrual cycles.
But, we’re not told the harm that it can do to our bodies.
And without all the information how can we ever make an informed choice?
And I’m ALL about informed consent.
To support you in making the decision that’s best for you, here’s some research on the impacts of hormonal contraceptives.
I share this with you because YOU DESERVE TO KNOW. And no matter what you choose, know that you’ll always be supported, accepted and welcome here.
I recognize that sometimes, hormonal contraceptives are the only way to protect ourselves from unwanted pregnancies. I also recognize that access to the pill is a privilege, one that many bleeders around the world do not currently have.
So let me be freakin’ clear, I COMPLETELY SUPPORT widespread access to the pill – but I also believe that if we’re going to take it, we should know what’s in it and what it does to our body.
So let’s dive in.
From the very beginning, the pill has an ugly history. Widespread human trials were conducted on impoverished women in Puerto Rico to prove that if, “…The poor, uneducated women of Puerto Rico could successfully use oral contraceptives, then he could quiet critics’ concerns that contraceptives would be “too complicated” for women in developing nations and American inner cities to use.”
During the trials, their physical side effects were ignored and written off as psychosomatic (as in, ‘you’re just emotional and/or making it up’) and three of the women died, although no investigation happened to determine whether or not their death was linked with the pill.
Despite these horrendous conditions, the pill was approved by the FDA and deemed “100 percent effective”.
These trials were in 1955, and I would argue that enough time has passed to truly study the long-term impacts of the pill on our health.
But we do know a few things…
The pill shrinks the size of the clitoris thus decreasing access to receive clitoral pleasure and even orgasm.
Beyond the clitoris, the pill also shrinks the uterus to that of a post-menopausal woman.
And despite the fact we’ve been told that taking birth control balances the hormones – it’s just not true.
Instead of balancing our hormones, the pill suppresses the natural hormone function of the body by disrupting communication pathways between the endocrine glands in the brain and pelvic organs like the ovaries and uterus.
So although your skin may clear and your cysts may shrink while taking the pill, these seemingly beneficial side effects of birth control are often short lived.
Because truly, hormonal contraception is only a bandaid for a much deeper problem.
And that’s why many people who get off the pill often notice that their previously challenging symptoms come back sometimes even worse than before.
Because not only is the previous imbalance still there, but now there’s a deeper hormonal imbalance, stemming from the disruption in communication between the master hormone glands in the brain and the pelvic organs.
And this is why many people who bleed that stop taking birth control often experience irregular cycles and problems conceiving. Because the body has not been producing these hormones naturally it has to remember how to by rebuilding these pathways.
And if that wasn’t enough…
Hormonal contraceptives also impact our body’s natural indicator of attraction and compatibility.
Pheromones are our bodies natural and primalistic way of sending messages to potential mates about our DNA and how it might match up to theirs. The pill not only disrupts our own production of natural pheromones and alters their smell, but it also impacts our ability to properly detect attractive pheromones of others.
Without the ability to identify the pheromones of others and for them to identify ours we may not be able to identify perfect partners and vice versa.
So if after reading all this you’re ready to conceive, take charge of your fertility and your health these 3 steps will help you to reclaim the power of your period courageously.
I want you to know that I see you and the courageous step you’re taking to bring yourself back to your power. It’s not always that easy to go against what you’ve been told by society.
But by listening to your body and following its lead you too can join me on the journey towards womb awakening and healing.