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Thursday, January 27, 2011

All the Negative Effects of Birth Control No One Tells You About



Let me say before I launch into all of this that everything I say is from personal experience and from my own research.  So take what you want from this but it is going to be really personal and honest.
So you are wondering what kind of birth control will work best for you right?  I will just be the girl to say it, condoms suck!  Especially those cheap ones they dish out like candy on Halloween at planned parenthood.  I mean you can't feel anything and you worry it will break, its so uncomfortable.. do I really need to continue?
So whats next? Well usually girls go for the birth control pill.  Seems like a great idea, it will clear your acne, make your periods lighter, cramps lighter, and all you have to do is take this magic pill.  So I did that I went and got the pill and took it, well you have to take it at the same time every day, oh and with food, otherwise you will feel incredibly sick.  Oh and speaking of food, did I mention you will be eating a lot more of it now?  You know why? Because the pill makes you crazy hungry, and most girls end up gaining weight. 
So now you have to take the pill everyday at the same time, with food.. You are gaining weight, oh and your sex drive has changed.  Did the doctor warn you of any of this?  I remember talking to a woman who was a councilor for a nutrition business.  We were talking about birth control pills one day, I don't know why really, and she told me about how she lost her mind on the pill.  Apparently it made her flip out at her 5 year old son for telling her he was hungry.  She locked him in his room and then curled up in the fetal position and cried.  She had no idea why but she just wanted to cry all the time.
So a lot of you might know the pill and its drawbacks.  So do you come to the next thing I did? The depo shot?  I thought about it had a higher pregnancy prevention percentage,  Come to find out the only reason that it is considered any better then the pill is because most people forget to take it at the same time everyday.  If you do take it like you are supposed to it has the exact same amount of effectiveness.  The drawbacks on the shot are way worse really, you gain more weight, more mood swings, and even bleed for weeks.  I heard at least 4 accounts of people I know personally who got the shot and was told that their "spotting" all month was normal.  One of them had to spend 3 months straight wearing a pad.
That is not counting everything I have read about it online.  I mean is it worth it? The shot last for what 3 months?  I would be terrified after how I felt on the pill.
Now it to the worst one of all.  Nuvaring.  Let me just tell you about this thing that almost ruined my life.  So like I said I went through all of these options, I even had the printout they give you at planned parenthood.  It tells you all the different pros and cons of each birth control.  Well me thinking I was all smart made a good ration decision based on what they showed me to start on nuvaring.
Well that is when it started.  I wanted to die every single day, the depression was horrible.  I would fight with my boyfriend over every thing you could think of and cry constantly even if I had no reason.  I couldn't figure out what was wrong.  Finally one day my boyfriend suggested that maybe it was the nuvaring.  DUH.  The nuvaring is so convenient you don't even think about it.  It is a glow stick thing you stick inside you and forget about until 3 weeks later, take it out have your period.
Well did some much needed research.  Turns out all I saw were testimonies after testimonies of people saying things like, "YOU AREN'T CRAZY ITS THE RING!!!"  What a relief! It was until I kept reading.  So apparently it takes months for these hormones to leave your body.  I only had the ring in for a month and its been a while now and I still am not sure if I feel normal yet.  What a way to really mess with your body! They even trick you and say that because the ring is centralized closer to your uterus there is less of a conflict with your brain and emotions.  NO WAY. Nuvaring is a very high dose of hormones.  It will also make you gain weight and give you headaches.
Now there are some other methods out there, for example, Mirena but you usually have to have had a baby to get that. Also that is 5 years and I can only imagine the negative effects that would have on you.
The patch is about the same as the pill, but iv heard nothing but bad things about it, for example IT FALLS OFF! I mean some of these choices seem like jokes. Maybe I am being overly critical but until the constant "teen pregnancy" exploitation BS stops I wont stop. Everything I just said is the reason girls are getting pregnant. Birth control sucks! Yes there are other contributing factors to teen pregnancy but I know that iv bought myself and other scared girls pregnancy test for all of these reasons.
Now after saying all that, not everyone has these negative effects, blah blah blah. The thing is no one will even tell you about their possibility until its too late.
So what is the answer?  I really don't know.  I guess condoms for now huh.  Happy safe sex hunting :)  

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

All I can say is...THANK YOU!!!! I thought I was friggin crazy too!! ugh...I stopped taking BC about a week ago and going thru another crazy spell...and prob will until it gets out of my system. Screw this stuff!!! Its horrible!!!

Anonymous said...

All I can say is...THANK YOU!!!! I thought I was friggin crazy too!! ugh...I stopped taking BC about a week ago and going thru another crazy spell...and prob will until it gets out of my system. Screw this stuff!!! Its horrible!!!

Anonymous said...

or dont have sex. Its quite ironic how shocked girls are when they become pregnant these days like " how did this happen?" well, Ill tell you. . . you had sex, and you had it right! Sex is designed to create a new life, and lucky us we get pleasure from it too. Getting pregnant is the main reason for sex. Its like driving a car and saying you don't want to go anywhere. The problem with birth control is that sex is so good at doing its job! They have to play with your hormones so much that basically in order not to become pregnant, they have to make you abnormal. Anytime someone wants to mess with nature, it never ends up well. Abstinence is 100%, doesn't mess with your hormones, and saves a lot of heartbreak, not to mention STDs.

Anonymous said...

Don't have sex. If you are in a healthy, stable Married relationship where you can confidently bring a human life into this world, then by all means, go for it. If not, then save yourself the heartache and all the crazy hormones from birth control. When you play with fire, you will always get burned somehow.

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For the record I had the mirena and it led to severe depression and severe acne. Now it has been removed I'm feeling a little more like myself but still dealing with the acne. So on dianette as it's a last resort but it's making me wanna eat junk all the time and I'm a clean eater!

Anonymous said...

What annoys me is when some people automatically assume that if you are having sex, you are an un married teenager. SMH

For those people I will tell you that the more you try and convince a teenager not to have sex - the more they are going to want to. And if you tell them sex is shameful - good chance they are going to go behind your back anyways, most likely NOT using any form of birth control because they are too scared to ask. I found this out the hard way, after I found my 16 year old was sexually active and not using any forms of birth control. I brought her for a physical and had the doctor put her on birth control (her choice).

Now onto my own personal issue. I'm a married 34 year old woman with three children (oldest 16, youngest 3). My husband and I do not want anymore children (on top of being told that another child would risk not only my life but that of the child after having severe issues during my last pregnancy. I had my youngest at 28 weeks via emergency c-section, where the doctor found out I have a weak uterus)

So I have tried many forms of birth control. All I can say is that synthetic hormones are horrid!! I have experienced a huge weight gain (50 lbs, due to always being hungry! I can eat and I'm still in starvation mode), my hair is falling out in handfuls, my body is unable to absorb Vitamin D and Iron naturally from foods - so I have to keep taking supplements. My kidneys now have cysts and I get extremely painful cysts on my ovaries.

I have microscopic blood loss in my urine making me anemic. My gallbladder had died and went sceptic, poisoning me from the inside out - had to have it removed. I went from being a super sweet person to psycho witch, I'm depressed often almost to the point of suicidal thoughts - the mood swings are terrible.

I'm always tired. I have panick attacks, my blood pressure is unstable (gets high then drops with no warning). I have switched up the brands and found the others worse,

I have had children through natural birth so the Nuvaring is unsuitable, due to the odd shape of my body, I'm unable to wear diaphragms or cervix caps. I'm allergic to latex and spermicide, I refuse to have anything purposefully placed in my uterus, and IUD's are out of the question.

I have tried Depo 8 years ago for a year and ended up gaining 70 lbs.

Each time I stopped any form of hormonal birth control, my weight dropped and health improved significantly,

After a long discussion with my husband and doctor, we decided my best course of action is to have a tubal ligation. I'm set for the surgery on Monday.

Anonymous said...

First off my OB-GYN told me that teenage girls have a lot of hormone fluctuations due to puberty & also because their bodies commonly have irregular cycles. So hormonal birth control for teen girls is not a good idea.

That said, everybody's body is different. The type of birth control that works for one person might make the next very sick (or crazy). Progesterone based birth control (vs estrogen) has less side effects. And obviously the lower the hormone dosage in your pills the better. And unless you take a progesterone only pill you don't have to take your pill at the same time everyday. Dr's & the drug company just tell you to do that so you remember to take it more easily.

You might want to also add the Paraguard IUD to your list as well. It's shaped like mirena but made of copper not plastic & it has no hormones in it like mirena does. I know a couple people who use it & neither of them has become pregnant over their years of usage.

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