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By Holly Grigg-Spall

Millions of fit ladies take a robust medicine each day from their mid-teens to menopause - the capsule - yet few understand how this drug works or the capability uncomfortable side effects. opposite to cultural fable, the birth-control capsule affects on each organ and serve as of the physique, and but most girls don't even consider it as a drug.

Depression, nervousness, paranoia, rage, panic assaults - quite a few of the consequences of the capsule on half the over eighty% of girls who pop those pills in the course of their lifetimes.

When the tablet was once published, it used to be idea that ladies wouldn't undergo taking a drugs on a daily basis once they weren't ailing. Now the tablet is making girls ailing.

However, there are an increasing number of ladies trying to find non-hormonal possible choices for combating being pregnant. In a bid to spark the backlash opposed to hormonal contraceptives, this publication asks: Why cannot we criticize the Pill?

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The FDA did not respond to this request, instead it was decided that a statement be added to the insert declaring the discovery of “conflicting” research that suggested the pills might hold a higher risk of causing blood clots. The statement acknowledged the conclusions of the research funded by Bayer and gives it equal standing to the contrasting research performed by other bodies, including the FDA itself. Providing this warning has the intention of protecting doctors and the pharmaceutical companies from responsibility for the safety of the drugs’ users.

Prescribing the pill, or other forms of hormonal contraception, has become, in the minds of most health-care providers, the “standard of care” for being a girl. It is all too common to subjugate a girl’s menstrual cycle to synthetic hormones that superficially “regulate,” but actually suspend the maturation of her reproductive system. And for many girls, the use of hormonal contraception continues well into their 20s, without awareness of what might be or has been sacrificed. There are many women like Holly who are fed up with hormonal birth control.

I felt more confident, my creativity overflowed in my work as a textile designer. I’d been awakened creatively. The emotional changes I felt when I came off the pill were huge, I would go so far as to say life changing. That is how I would describe the experience of coming off the pill - an awakening” - Laura Who am I when I’m not on the pill? I took the pill even when it wasn’t for the purpose of preventing pregnancy. Throughout my teens, which I spent at an all-girls grammar school, I wasn’t having sex.

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