I got off the pill in August. Why? Several reasons. One being that I was skeptical that all of the chemicals were actually okay for my body. This is my personal skepticism. If you've been reading this long enough, you have probably realized that I am a skeptic. We don't need to go into that... basically this reason and my other even bigger reason (which will be saved for a later post) convicted me that the pill was not right for me. (Please note that I'm not trying to convict you. But I have felt compelled to share my decision.)
Okay so why bring this up? I just read an interesting Q and A in the April 2010 Body+Soul magazine...
Q: "Is it ok to go on a birth control pill that erases my period entirely?" Note: This is what I was on. I was on Seasonale, which makes you only have your period once every three months.
A: "'Studies don't appear to show any greater risks in taking hormonal pills continuously when compared to cyclic birth control pills [that give you a period],' says Lissa Rankin, M.D." ...her credentials... "There's nothing natural about the 'period' you get while you're on a 21-day oral contraceptive anyway, Rankin says; it's just hormone withdrawal: 'Manufacturers created birth control pill packs with a week of placebos in the belief that women preferred to have a period, even if it was artificially created.'"
Yikes! No wonder why after 7 months, my body is STILL adjusting. It's all been fake anyway! ...I think this blurb was meant to be reassuring, but I found it frightening honestly. Anyone else?
Again, I'm not writing this to convince anyone else what they should or should not be putting in their body. It's each person's choice. But I will say that I was SHOCKED when I told a few friends about my decision only to find out that several of my friends had gotten off years before! Really??? Where have I been? Honestly I was annoyed that they had been "enlightened" (in my mind) and had let me stay in the dark!
With friends' decisions, I am sorta talking about reason 1 here, but even more so about reason 2. I found that once I opened up about my decision those of my friends, who had made a similar decision, said that they had done so because of reason 2. Again reason 2 is for another day. But for now, I want to open this up to you... What is your thought on the pill? You won't hurt my feelings either way.
Part 2 is now up, here.