The arrival of birth control pills in the 1960’s gave women new rights. They could now decide when or if the time was right to start a family. I will go so far to call it one of the most important inventions for gender equality.
Normal birth control pills contain the two hormones estrogen and progesteron. The artificial hormone levels will inhibit the hormones FSH and LH, and prevent ovulation. At the same time the pills suppress the natural production of estrogen, progesteron and testosteron.
I remember thinking at the age of 17, that it sounded a bit extreme with all the hormone changes, but the benefits were tempting and I trusted the medical approval. I enjoyed 8 years with the pills. Beside from reliving me from menstrual tension and strong bleeding, I could plan when my period would appear.
When we decided it was time for me to stop using birth control I realized the huge power the pills have had over my body. The first two months off the pills were a hormonal rollercoaster. I was sick and felt my body in whole new ways. It was like I had been in a hormonal coma. I was like a teenager not knowing my own body-signals at the age of 25. Ohh yeah, and do not get me started on pimples all over my face and back. On the beneficial side, my sexual desire has highly increased 😛
I am surprised, that no one warned me about the side effects of going of the pills or how they affected my body. If I had known how nice it feels to have my body all natural being fully connected to my own signals, I would have protected myself differently. Since that discovery, I have made it my mission to tell my friends about the better life without birth control pills. My best friend was surprised as me and decided to stop as well. Two months later she got pregnant (without knowing I had been trying for about 6 months at that time). She will give birth to a baby boy in a week! It has been pretty rough for me, but I can’t wait to meet this little guy – more about that in a later post 🙂
My most important point of this post is to not underestimate the power of hormones and inner balance. The re-connection with my body has changed my life.
Birdsong from M