How Birth Control Switches Off Hormones and Why That Matters

the pill switches off hormonesThe pill was an important step in our struggle to legalize contraception. I celebrate that, of course.  Hormonal birth control can also be medicine for debilitating conditions such as severe endometriosis and very heavy periods. I celebrate that.

What I don’t celebrate is the distorted message that hormonal birth control is the only birth control. And I don’t celebrate its widespread prescription as “hormone balance” for any hormonal symptom that might arise in women and teenage girls. 

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What Is the Pill Doing to Your Libido?

pill is bad for libido Doctors, please stop prescribing the birth control pill willy-nilly to teenage girls. It is only a band-aid solution for symptoms like acne and PCOS, and it does nothing to correct underlying hormone balance.

Never mind the hair loss, depression, and weight gain from hormonal birth control. There is something else of great importance for young women: the pill reduces libido, possibly forever.

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Spironolactone: Is It Really the Safe Drug for Hormonal Hair Loss?

spironolactone is not safeThis spironolactone post is dedicated to all of my readers and patients who struggle with Pill-induced hair loss and PCOS. If the comments section on my Hair Loss post is to be believed, there are a LOT of you out there.

As a doctor and a human being, I am concerned about the growing magnitude of this problem. More than anything, I am concerned that we try to solve a drug-induced problem by throwing another drug at it.

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The Pill Is Bad Medicine. 7 Ways Hormonal Birth Control Harms Women

The Pill is Bad MedicineThe Pill is chemical castration. We cannot continue to not see this.

Clinicians know it. Women themselves know it because they feel better off the Pill. But researchers mysteriously decline to examine the reality that is right in front of us. They decline to challenge the Pill Gospel and instead waste research money comparing one Pill to another. Why attempt to choose the best of a bad lot?  The real question should be:  “Aren’t women better off without these drugs?”

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