The Perilous Pill

by Leisa on February 26, 2008

In the February issue of my newsletter, (subscribe to read it in the top right hand corner of this blog), I talk about Oestrogen dominance and the dangers of synthetic hormones.  We have heard a lot about the risks of synthetic HRT, but we hear next to nothing about the dangers of the Oral Contraceptive Pill.

Hundreds of thousands of women are taking part in a huge medical experiment when it comes to the long term consequences of taking the pill.  In my newsletter I quote from some books that are very worthwhile reading, to explore these problems for yourself, so that you can make healthy contraceptive choices that don’t put your health at risk.

A recent study just came out showing that women who take the contraceptive pill have a 30% increased chance of forming harmful plaque in their arteries.  You can read a short report on this study here

If that isn’t enough to put you off synthetic hormones of any kind, maybe the increased risk of breast and cervical cancer, stroke, blood clots, immune problems, nutrients deficiencies and infertility, just might.

On the other hand there is the risk of unwanted pregnancy with alternative methods of contraception, and that isn’t a consequence to be taken lightly either.  Knowing your body well, and knowing when you ovulate can go a long way towards lessening that risk.

If you do decide that being on the pill is the only option, then at least educate yourself on the things that you can do to protect yourself.  Simple things like extra B vitamins can help, extra Selenium is essential, monitoring thyroid function is important, and keeping circulation healthy with garlic, ginger and turmeric can also assist.  Of course it goes without saying that a whole foods diet without junk, sugar, soft drink, bad fats, dairy, and excess alcohol or carbohydrates is the best way to support your body.



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