Contraception and health

New research on birth control and blood clots reveals real risk factors

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Through our work at Natural Womanhood, we have come to know numerous families who have been tragically affected by a blood clot caused by hormonal birth control. The statistics of the risks threatening the health and lives of women are no longer abstract numbers for us. When we speak of these dangers, we speak of […]

Can the birth control pill cause birth defects?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

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As January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, you may have seen articles like this one in Time Magazine claiming that birth control pills are not linked to birth defects. It’s because a recent large scale study from Denmark just came out with these conclusions. But this study is not telling the whole story and […]

When condoms actually increase the likelihood of pregnancy: Wait, what?!

Molly Daley by Molly Daley

February is National Condom Health month. Some people are going to use this opportunity to passionately advocate for condoms, while others may actually use it to vehemently oppose them. Among those who promote fertility awareness based methods (FABM) of family planning and the body literacy that comes with them, opinion is split on the topic of condoms. I am simply […]

Can I chart when I’m on the pill?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

You just heard about charting your cycle, but you’re on hormonal birth control. You’re excited about how charting helps you to know your body and even detect health problems. At the same time you still aren’t well informed about this method’s effectiveness for avoiding pregnancy. Maybe you’re on birth control because you have endometriosis or PCOS and you’re concerned […]

Does the pill cause infertility? Yes and No

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Let’s say you are 33 years old and got married a year ago. In the past ten years, you have been using a variety of hormonal birth control methods. Now you and your husband are looking forward to starting a family. You get off the pill, hopeful and a bit anxious as you know time […]

Why I would never let my daughter get an IUD

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Me: “I’m never letting Erika get an IUD.” My wife: “I’ve got a news flash for you. She’s 21 and doesn’t have to ask your permission.” Me: “Not if can do anything about it…” My wife is right, I don’t have the final say, but retain huge influence over my daughter because I love her […]

Is the Pill wrecking your gut?

Emily Kennedy by Emily Kennedy

Antibiotics get a lot of attention as a disruptor of the diverse ecosystem of bacteria, yeast and other microorganisms that serve incredibly important functions in our bodies, aka our very important but rather delicate gut microbiome. Recent studies have found that even “short courses of antibiotics can leave normal gut bacteria harbouring antibiotic resistance genes […]

An open letter to Melinda Gates

Liz Escoffery by Liz Escoffery

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Dear Melinda Gates, Today I read your recent commentary in Forbes about how “(You) wouldn’t be where (you are) today without contraceptives.” You said, “It’s no accident that my three kids were born three years apart—or that I didn’t have my first child until I’d finished graduate school and devoted a decade to my career […]

From bliss to the edge of death: how the Pill almost killed me

Libby Leonard by Libby Leonard

I will never forget the night my life changed forever. That night, I woke up with a deep stabbing pain in my chest. Each breath felt like a thin knife in my lungs. Even today, I cannot understand how a completely healthy 25-year-old woman could suffer the blow I discovered that night. This is my […]

Women want to know: does the Pill cause abortion?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Even during the wildest times of my youth, I would never have wanted to be the cause of an abortion. Yet, there is a possibility that I have been responsible for one, unaware. How? Because of contraceptive methods that my wife and I used before we knew about the natural methods. While women’s positions on […]