Contraception and health

A Recent Essay on ‘The Cut’ Dares to Address Why Many Women are Rejecting the Pill

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

This past week, The Cut, a website run by New York Magazine, published a personal essay by Anna Silman, titled, “Every Girl I Knew Was On It: Why some women are questioning hormonal birth control.” The author reflects on her own decision to abandon the Pill as she also explores why so many young women are […]

The Crohn’s-Birth Control Connection: More Gut-Wrenching News About Contraceptives

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We’ve already talked a bit here at Natural Womanhood about how the Pill can negatively affect your gut health. So for our regular readers, it should come as no surprise that the development of Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, has been linked to the use of oral contraceptives since researchers and physicians first began […]

Interview: Mike Gaskins Shares Hope for a Post-Pill Future

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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Mike Gaskins has covered the connection between hormonal contraceptives and health risks in articles at Natural Womanhood. Now he has published a book called In the Name of the Pill in which he explores the history of birth control side effects from the technology’s conception to today. Gaskins is at the forefront of public exposure to birth […]

Wisconsin Teen Says That Stroke was Caused by Hormonal Birth Control

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

Last week, Wisconsin’s News 9 WAOW.com reported on a story about a Wisconsin teen who says birth control caused her to have a stroke. 18-year-old Hannah Drummond, a senior in high school, was in gym class when she began to feel unwell. She went to the hospital and learned that she had a stroke. Both […]

Do You Know Someone Who Has Suffered Birth-Control Side Effects?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

If, like us, you have any concerns about the lack of transparency and patient warning on birth-control side effects, including blood clots, breast cancer, depression, and many other issues, you have a chance to make your voice heard today. Maybe you’re someone who used birth control and stopped because of the side-effects, or you know […]

Can Hormonal Birth Control Trigger Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease (AI) that attacks the central nervous system, often to the point of causing severe disability. It is also a disease that has always loomed large in my life. My paternal grandmother had MS, and it caused her to be bed-ridden from the time my dad was a small […]

CDC Changes Effectiveness Rating on Fertility Awareness Methods

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

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Until recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the failure rate of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods in avoiding pregnancy was 24%, which would discourage most couples from using them and would prevent doctors from recommending them. Earlier this year, they changed this posted rate to “2% to 23%” which is a major change for the […]

We Ought to Think Twice About Getting a Prescription without Seeing a Doctor

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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As a busy woman with a lot on her plate, I am all for streamlining where possible and making time to focus on the things that are important to me: my family, my work, and my health. I’m often for it when technology makes daily tasks quicker, easier, and cheaper. Grocery shopping from home? Yes, […]

Study Links Hormonal Birth Control to Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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A recent article in Longevity, asks, “Breast Cancer: Are The Risks Linked To Birth Control Devices?” While Longevity article describes birth control as a blessing of modern medicine for women today, shortly after it states a sobering fact: “However, this blessing may increase the risk of breast cancer.” This blessing can easily be reframed as […]

Remembering the Iconic Congressional Hearings on Birth Control Safety

Mike Gaskins by Mike Gaskins

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As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Pill Hearings held in 1970, what’s striking is how the time that has passed doesn’t change their importance or relevance. At the time they were held, Senator Gaylord Nelson chaired the hearings with the goal of addressing two concerns: Whether The Pill had been proven safe […]