Dangers of contraception

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Dangers of contraception

I’ve seen a few Ricki Lake documentaries before, so I’m sure this will be just as thought-provoking. I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on the matter.
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/ricki-lake-to-produce-documentary-exposing-the-dangers-of-contraception
I was on the birth control pill from the time I was around 17 (to help regulate my cycle and ease my menstrual pain) until I got married just before I turned 27. I stopped taking the pill because 1) it no longer really mattered to me if I got pregnant accidentally, 2) my husband thought they were messing with my hormones (headaches, mood swings, etc.), and 3) I was worried that by having taken them for so long, I would have problems getting pregnant if I chose to at some point (just my own personal feeling, not anything a medical professional told me). I have now been off the pill for 3 years, and I only got pregnant once! 😉 Seriously, though, I think I know my body better because I no longer rely on the pill to prevent “accidents.”

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  1. Wow! I quit taking birth control when my sister got a blood clot several years back. The doctors told us it was probably from the pill. I haven’t taken it in years and refuse to ever take it again. I feel like I know my body now better than ever. Great article-thanks for sharing!

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  2. OK, this one makes my blood boil! First, the stats that article cites are just wrong (and that upsets me because anyone reading this will think they are giving themselves cervical cancer because they are taking the pill, when really it is the link between increased sexual partners and not the pill itself – but they won’t tell you that! It’s not as hype-inducing!).

    Secondly, I have a hard time thinking Ricki Lake is going to produced a non-biased review of the medical literature in a statistically accurate way. Her first movie didn’t, so I’m not too optimistic on this one…

    Lastly, blood clots (I’m C&P this from a previous post):
    -Risk of blood clots/strokes while on estrogen-containing birth control is about 7 additional cases per 10,000 women. That number is actually 15/10,000 women when you are pregnant, and 50/10,000 women in the postpartum period (because of high levels of estrogen hormone related to pregnancy – much more than in any pill). Perspective is important!

    I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there 😉

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    1. Oh, I don’t think the movie will be at all unbiased or even 100% accurate. I just think it will be interesting. I think a lot of people are turning to more natural ways (eating habits, household cleaners, childbirth, etc.), and I think eliminating the birth control pill is just part of that trend. Personally, I don’t think I will take the pill again, but I certainly wouldn’t discourage someone else from doing so if they choose that route.

      And kind of side note: women need more education on HPV and cervical cancer! I can’t believe how many women don’t know that HPV is an STD!

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  3. I think this is such an important discussion for women. As women and mothers knowing our bodies and understanding the details of family planning is necessary for good health. We need to discuss facts and dispel the many, many myths out there. It’s important to take any questions directly to your doctor when making medical decisions instead of reaching out to Hollywood. We need to keep talking about these very personal things in order to make sure we have the best information.

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  4. I have a similar story to yours, Kristen, as I also started taking the pill when I was young to regulate my cycle. I was on it for about 10 years before I got off of it to start a family. I don’t really agree with Ricki Lake promoting this movie because she is going to scare women out of taking birth control. Yes, there are side effects but every women is different and will not react the same to them. I had no problems when I was on it and had two healthy little girls. The ONLY reason I am not on it anymore is because my husband got a vasectomy. If he wouldn’t have, I would still be on it today!

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