Contraceptive pills and your bodyMaría Arellano
Your healthy body
If you are a city girl you know that nowadays almost everything we consume is processed generally with some type of added chemical. We are part of the metropolis in movement, where everything happens at different speeds, with different levels of control: we want to go at full speed on the highway to get to work quickly but we have to stop at the red traffic light! We are in that moment of life in which we can choose how to enjoy life and when to get pregnant, the decision depends on what we want to achieve in terms of being mothers and part of a family of our own. Anyway, today even making love involves chemicals!
If you are between 15 and 44 years old and live in the United States, you are likely to be among the more than 37 million women who reported using some form of contraception during the years 2011-2013. We are 37 million women who know what we want and we know how to express when we want it!
Given these figures, it is not surprising that we think that the use of contraceptive pills is something so, but so common that it is almost like talking about drinking a glass of water.
However, while these little ones have been a blessing in many ways, helping to strengthen women to plan when they want to get pregnant, today we want to talk about the other side of the coin … the effects of synthetic hormones on the natural cycle of your body.
We hope to provide you with tools to make your own decision when you want to enjoy your sexuality without wanting to start a family. Note: here we always defend the natural!
Today we are going to talk about the long-term effects of birth control pills on your menstrual cycle. Contraceptive pills fulfill the function of preventing pregnancy by directly intervening the natural production of hormones in your body. This intervention has its pro’s and its cons.
Pro’s: it has almost 99% efficiency avoiding pregnancy. This is achieved by stopping the production of the ovum, and increasing the mucus of the cervix.
Cons: your hormones are your body, they keep all the key processes of your life running, including your menstrual cycle … and the pills intervene in this natural process. Side effects of birth control pills include headache, spotty menstruation, dizziness and nausea. The pill also affects the sexual libido … so keep that in mind, your spirits may be down to be intimate with your partner.
The pros and cons of contraceptive pills are presented in a brief and understandable way by Planned Parenthood via this link.
A return to the natural
The possibility of using more natural alternatives to contraceptive pills in order to avoid their concentration of synthetic chemicals can be found expressed in this book: it is a hope for a less synthetic and more herbal contraceptive pill.
Keep in mind that contraceptives have a long history and their regulation varies depending on the country. All contraceptive methods have a place within the practice of family planning. If you are looking for more natural methods, we strongly recommend using the hiMama fertility monitor which is an easy-to-use and comfortable device that tracks your Basal Body Temperature, heart rate and sleeping patterns for accurate insights about your fertility and health.
There is no substitute for the sensation of feeling good inside your own body. At hiMama we are in search of the natural, and we recognize the importance of the advances of science in building this path.
Therefore, we can suggest using a combination of contraceptive methods: eat well, exercise, be aware of your natural cycle … those we consider essential! If you want to combine them with other ways to avoid pregnancy, that is a decision that only you should make … Although by way of our good friend science we can say with confidence that combining them is an excellent option, with greater emphasis on the combined use of the condom for its benefits in combating HIV and STIs.
Knowing your own body better, being in tune with what happens inside you, and finding a way to maintain your optimal health is the pillar of natural fertility. A great way to optimize your body if you DO want to get pregnant is to balance your hormones through a healthy diet. Given the variety of options and experiences on the use of contraceptive methods, we consider it a topic that you can talk about with the women around you who you respect.