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#Ditchtherisk

“Contraceptives have become synonymous with “women’s health.” How many women actually know what the pill does to their body? How many of our friends, wives, daughters, aunts are on the pill and just don’t know. Spread the word: ‪#‎ditchtherisk‬

Estrogen-Progesterone Oral Contraceptives are on the list of the American Cancer Society’s known carcinogens — substances that are known to cause cancer in humans. They’re on the list with tobacco, UV tanning beds, asbestos (you know how dangerous that is, right?), and many others.

These pills do cause cancer in humans. Oral contraceptives are linked to pre-menopausal breast cancer.

Along with the increased risks of cancer, here are some of the other risk factors (among others):

  • Blood Clots
  • Liver Tumors
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Cancer of Reproductive Organs
  • Breast Cancer
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Ectopic Pregnancy

And the side effects…

  • Nausea, Vomiting, Stomach Cramps
  • Breakthrough Bleeding
  • Mood Swings
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Yeast Infections/ Vaginal Itching
  • Headache/Dizziness
  • Interference with Contact Lenses/Vision
  • Loss of Scalp Hair and Increased Body Hair Growth
  • Decreased Libido

The pill does not improve women’s health.

You can read more about the research behind these findings here.

If you’re a married woman, and if you & your husband have discerned that now is not a good time for you two to have a baby, there are other ways that you can avoid getting pregnant.

Natural Family Planning works (it does!), it costs way less than contraceptives, it doesn’t come with a whole horrible list of side effects that make you ill — and it won’t cause you cancer.

From an article published in the British Medical Journal: “Increasingly studies show that rates equivalent to those with other contraceptive methods are readily achieved in the developed and developing worlds. Indeed, a study of 19,843 poor women in India had a pregnancy rate approaching zero.”

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NFP is also a Church-approved method married couples can use to space births, to avoid getting pregnant, or even to achieve pregnancy. There are a few different methods you can choose from depending on what works best for your lifestyle.

If you have any questions about any of them, just leave a comment below and I will try my best to answer your questions or concerns. And if I can’t answer it, I’ll find a friend who can! 🙂

You can read more about why I don’t (and won’t) use contraceptives here.