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How I Got Kicked Out of a Facebook Group on Birth Control Side Effects

Mike Gaskins by Mike Gaskins

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Ever since I began my research on birth control side effects and health consequences for my book In the Name of the Pill, I have been shocked to learn how many women have not been properly warned about the real risks involved with taking factory-made steroids.  A colleague of mine who I discuss these issues […]

Study Shows Link Between Teen Birth Control Use and Adult Depression

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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A study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found that teenagers who use birth control are “1.7 times to 3 times more likely to be clinically depressed in adulthood, compared to women who started taking birth control pills as adults, and to women who had never taken birth control pills.” According to […]

Remembering Alexandra Williams One Year After Her Death

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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On this date last year, September 27, 2018, Alexandra Williams died of health complications directly related to her birth control. On the anniversary of her death, now is a pivotal time to continue to bring greater awareness to birth control side effects and health risks about which too many women are uninformed. Alex’s father, Anthony […]

FDA Citizen’s Petition on Birth Control: Shocking Stories of How Women Are Getting Hurt

Madeleine Coyne by Madeleine Coyne

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Earlier this summer, a Citizen’s Petition was filed to the FDA requesting greater transparency concerning the many evidence-based health risks and side effects of different forms of hormonal contraceptives. We at Natural Womanhood published a breakdown of the FDA petition into a more digestible format in order to explain the forms of contraception discussed in […]

Here’s How Birth Control *Really* Works

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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In August, a Cosmopolitan article came across my newsfeed several times, titled “Here’s *Exactly* How Birth Control Works.” In it, readers are greeted by an ad for a new birth-control pill. Readers are then offered a breakdown of eight different birth control methods explaining how they work⁠—except, not really. Sure, at a rudimentary level, yes, […]

What’s the Status on Male Birth Control?

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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For the past several years, many of us have seen headlines referencing the development of birth control drugs for men. It does seem like for too long women alone have borne the burden of pregnancy prevention, despite how baby-making requires two parties to take place. Further, since men are fertile 100% of the time, while […]

The Surprising Link Between Birth Control and Skin Cancer

Mike Gaskins by Mike Gaskins

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Recent numbers released by the American Academy of Dermatology revealed a dramatic spike in the incidence of melanoma cases among young women. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and for women aged 18-39, its rates have increased by 800% from 1970 to 2009. In Caucasian women under 44, the number of cases […]

When Getting Your ‘Tubes Tied’ Isn’t as Tidy as it Sounds

Avatar by Grace Stark

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“Are you and your husband thinking about having more?” my well-meaning midwife recently asked me at my 6-week postpartum check-up. “Yes, definitely, in a little while,” was my immediate answer. Despite now having the so-called “perfect” American family of one little boy and one (newborn) little girl, my husband and I do hope to have […]

10 Reasons to Consider Switching from Birth Control to Fertility Awareness

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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Are you think about getting off birth control? As someone who took hormonal contraceptives in the past to reduce unwanted symptoms of my menstrual cycle, I now feel greater agency over my reproductive health by charting my cycle with a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM). After being trained by a certified FABM instructor (who also happened […]

Switching to Fertility Awareness: Preparation To Smooth the Transition

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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If you are currently using hormonal birth control because of painful periods, PCOS, or some other reason, making the switch to a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM) can seem incredibly intimidating despite the research-backed benefits. After all, it may mean having to face, at least for a time, a return of painful periods and other symptoms […]