Again, I had no clue what to write about. I checked my email and bingo an article from my dear husband on Homeopathy. My passion to express myself came flooding into my fingers.
Any movement in the homeopathic, natural medicine direction brings me joy. I do not remember the moment when I became an advocate for natural (less is more medicine) approach. There were a lot of signs for me in that direction but one stands out. Allow me to vent the air.
When I was 19 or 20 years old, I was told that I have poly-cystic ovaries by a doctor who thought I must have this disease because my period was irregular. He recommended for me to take the pill for the rest of my life and only get off when I wanted to get pregnant. I did not know what the pill did but I knew it could not be so bad, since a lot of my friends were on the pill. They claimed that their boobs grew. That did not sound like a bad pill. I got on. I am already sensitive to my own hormone levels, on the pill, I was a raging maniac. I cried, I was hungry, I was angry, I was unhappy. I gained weight. By the end of the few months, I felt like someone replaced my body.
After I got off, I lost my period. I mean it, I did not have my period for over a year.
My mom called an old Russian OB who was a friend. She gave me a list of vitamins to take in order to get back my cycle. The list was 3 vitamins. It was something like Vitamin D for 7 days, E for 7 days, Folic Acid for 7 days. That is it. My period was back. I followed her cycle for few months and have been regular ever since.
Since then, I found out what happened to my body when I got on the pill.
It is convenient not to have a my period.
Oh but I still have my period, it is just lighter on the pill.
No, sorry, that was not your period.
That bleeding on the pill, it is just the withdrawal from the pill. The lighter period was just a marketing gimmick that is still working. The inventors of the pill were smart. They knew that women would stand on their ears if they found out that the pill makes them have no cycle. NO CYCLE. Women, goddesses, earth mothers, the connected spiritual guides of the planet, for the sake of convenience lets scrap our moon cycles! Do you sense anger in my voice?
So yes ladies, you do not have your cycle at all when you are on the pill even though for seven days your pills are a different color. You just think you do because your pills boxes are marked that way, 28 day cycle followed by 7 days of sugar pills. Very clever way to keep women thinking they are still connected, don’t you think.
Google it. (this is one of millions of answers)
The thing that drives me crazy is not the doctors. It is the people taking the pill. Why are we so ready to pop something in our mouth that is powerful enough to stop us from having our cycle. I love it that it is called cycle. The cycle of life. It is actually happening inside our bodies. Life, Death, Rebirth. Over and over, every month. The cycle that is so powerful, it is capable of creation of life. The most supreme divine power.
I have told a few friends on the pill that they are not having a period when they think they are and they were shocked by the revelation. I think some of them did not even believe me.
I love that it is called “the pill” too. It is easy to substitute it for any other pill for the sake of my story here. We do not know what any of them do to our bodies. We trust our doctors. Trust but Verify. Oh but medicine has come such a long way, look at our life expectancy now. How dare you mock it, Olia. Thank you for the long life expectancy doctors but my period is not a deadly disease. It is one of those things that make me strong and healthy woman.
10:42 ( I wish I had more time on this topic) I posted it last night but to a wrong blog, oops
Thanks for posting on this issue. I have a hormone-free IUD, and I love it! It’s this one: http://www.paragard.com/
The pill caused problems for me too. I hated it. I’ve tried it for short periods of time twice in my life. The first time, I felt like you. My body was not my body. The second time, when I chose to stop, a cyst grew in my left breast to the size of a golfball. I freaked out. No insurance or anything. What if it was cancer? My sweet husband researched a fund that was for women and they helped me get a mammogram, ultra sound, etc. It was just a cyst. The doctors said that they never know what causes cysts, but I knew. My body was confused. I was taking the pill for several months, and then I wasn’t. Ugh, no one should take the pill. I agree.
Agree Olia! I am a big proponent of the anti-pill. I have never gone on it because I have depression issues to begin with and I could not risk having more hormones. However, the bigger conversation is that yes, we trust our doctors too much and yes, we have become a culture too dependent on a pill to take it away. We have become so dependent on the cycle of calling the doctor and asking for a pill to take it all away. It will be the medical decline for our society. But alas, this is how all the pharmaceuticals stay in business. Don’t even get me started on the flu shot!