Recent studies have revealed shocking side effects among many popular birth control methods, read below.
Important: Those of us with digestive disorders (Crohn’s, Colitis, Celiac Disease, IBS, etc) are more prone to poor calcium absorption and bone density loss. The side effects of oral contraceptives have a greater negative impact on us. If you are like me with greater risk for osteoporosis than average woman due to the following reasons (small frame, thin, Caucasian ancestry and history of steroids use for ulcerative colitis), you MUST take extra care to reduce/ eliminate foods & medication that can leech calcium out of your bones and/or promote bone loss.
Birth Control Pills linked to Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease
Birth control pills contain estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and prevent conception. These pills have to be taken continuously for 3-4 weeks. Many BCPs advertise a 92-99% success rate, but at what cost to your health?
Two European studies revealed that long-term use of birth control pills is associated with increased risk of developing Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn’s Disease (CD) in women.
If the findings of this 24 year study weren’t enough to convince you to stop taking these pills, consider the following more common side effects: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, breast tenderness, abdominal pain, mood swings, irregular period, weight gain.
Birth control pills wreak havoc on your body. Stop poisoning yourself and throw these out.
Serious Bone Damage from Depo-Provera:
Depo-Provera (a shot taken every three months instead of a daily pill) has been linked to both bone density loss and weight gain. Unfortunately, bone density loss can be permanent and have been shown to dramatically increase the probability of developing osteoporosis in the future.
According to a study released by the NIH (National Institute of Health) women who use Depo-Provera injections experience significant bone density loss, describing their bones as “…fragile and more likely to break.”
More specifically, “Depo-Provera users experienced a loss of bone density at the hip of 1.12 percent per year, compared with a 0.05 percent per year loss among non-users.”
If annual bone loss of 1.12% isn’t alarming enough…consider the bone loss multiplication factor of 22x compared to non-users!
Ditch your Depo-Provera!
Dangerous Blood Clots: Yaz & Ortho Evra
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women who have developed deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), strokes, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, benign liver tumors and more after using Bayer Corporation’s Yaz pills (aka Yasmin and Ocella).
Complaints allege that the injuries suffered by these women were the direct result of active and/or inactive ingredients in their birth control. The majority of Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella-related cases claim links between the harm suffered and a specific ingredient, a hormone called drosperinone that functions as a diuretic and can markedly increase the body’s potassium levels.
Ortho Evra, a weekly transdermal birth control patch, has been under fire recently too. It contains a significantly higher amount of estrogen than many other methods. A recent study indicates that women using the patch have a greater risk of developing blood clots, thromboembolisms, pulmonary embolisms, myocardial infarctions and strokes.
Say NO to Yaz & Ortho Evra!
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