The Deadly Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill

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November 20, 2007 | 114,482 views

Long-term use of birth control pills may increase artery buildups in your body that may raise your risk of heart disease, Belgium researchers found.

In a study of 1,300 healthy women between the ages of 35 and 55, there was a 20 percent to 30 percent increased prevalence of plaque for every 10 years of oral contraceptive use.

Though the researchers pointed out that the plaques identified were small and not large enough to block an artery, any plaque is thought to raise your risk of heart disease.

Many of the women in the study had used older, first-generation birth control pills, which had twice the estrogen levels as most oral contraceptives used today.

About 100 million women worldwide currently take birth control pills, and hundreds of millions of women have used them since they were first introduced in 1960.

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Birth control pills are used by 16 million American women. In my opinion, this is a tragedy.

The use of birth control pills, which are synthetic hormones, is rarely justified. If you're using birth control pills to control your menstrual cycles, irregular bleeding, cysts or endometriosis, you are not treating your underlying dysfunction.

Instead, you are simply increasing the risks to your health. Consider the evidence:
Many women also report awful side effects, which are undoubtedly due to the artificial hormones running through your body, when they take birth control pills. These include:
Because the risks are so high, and other safer options exist, I ask ALL of my patients to stop hormonal contraceptives like birth control pills as soon as possible.

Natural Alternatives to Birth Control Pills

Barrier methods and natural family planning (NFP) offer much safer, albeit less convenient, options than oral contraceptives.

With NFP, there are no side effects and no toxic substances to put in your body and women often feel empowered as they become aware of their fertility cycle.

I do recommend that you learn the method from a reliable source and if preventing pregnancy is an absolute must you may want to use a backup barrier method until you feel comfortable with the technique you’re using.

However, when used properly, the following natural methods can be just as effective as the pill:
Illness or lack of sleep can change your body temperature and make this method unreliable by itself, but when it is combined with the mucus method below, it can be an accurate way of assessing fertility. The two methods combined can have a success rate as high as 98 percent.
When your discharge starts to increase in volume and becomes clear and stringy, ovulation is near. A return to tacky, cloudy mucus or no discharge means that ovulation has passed.

You can also use some of the more common, non-hormonal, barrier methods, such as:
Folks, I realize that the convenience of birth control pills is what makes them so popular. But my advice is to avoid them like the plague. The bit of planning it will take on your part is well worth the health risks you’ll avoid.