It is no secret that Crimson Confidence is dedicated to helping women balance their hormones naturally and especially to ditching the pill. But it is also about body literacy, helping women understand their bodies, and make informed decisions with regards to their hormonal health and fertility. However, the truth is, the contraceptive pill, and other types of hormonal birth control have their good parts. As someone who has been on it for most of her “fertile life”, I will admit there were some ways in which it helped me. Would I take it if I had the chance to go back knowing what I know now? Absolutely NOT. But to stay true to the mission of this website and provide a source of real information, I have to talk about the good aspects of the pill, not just the negative.

It reduces the risk of teenage pregnancies

Sadly, even in 2019, sex education in schools is not what it should be. From what I have seen, most of it is focused on women, telling them they should protect themselves from pregnancy. And there’s nothing really wrong with it. Except that it takes two to make a baby, so why not educated both girls and boys on proper pregnancy prevention? Because the only thing that comes out of it is that some boys will refuse to use condoms. And why would they, when somewhere along the line they are led to believe it’s the girl’s responsibility to protect herself against pregnancy. They are also barely told about STDs. And sadly, until we change the way we teach teenagers about sex, the contraceptive pill will help many girls avoid pregnancy and thus stay in school.

It might protect against some forms of cancer

The contraceptive pill does protect against certain types of cancer. However, the best protection against those remains having a normal cycle with balanced hormones. Let’s also remember that while it protects against certain forms of cancer, it does increase the risk of other types of cancer.

It can be helpful for athletes or people who practice other competitive sports

Many of these women lose their periods due to hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA), a common issue with female athletes, especially those involved in sports that also have dietary restrictions: figure skating, gymnastics, etc. I will discuss more about this type of amenorrhea and its causes, but for now, we will just say that the period stops completely because the body is under a lot of stress. Is a natural response, really, since we are talking about a woman who is putting her body through a lot of effort and not giving it enough calories. So the body just shuts down the “baby making” function to help her survive under harsh stress. For athletes who cannot change their lifestyle while they compete, the contraceptive pill might be a great way to counter some of the side effects of HA, such as bone loss.

It relieves symptoms of various dysfunctions … while you take them

The contraceptive pill can relieve symptoms of issues such as:

  • endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • heavy bleeding
  • PMS and PMDD
  • cystic acne
  • and more.

The problem, however, is that it only acts as a bandaid. It does not treat your problem. It just hides it. The truth, however, is that some of these conditions can be debilitating and life does not always allow us to take the time to treat them. I do believe we should all make health a priority, but if you find yourself struggling with school, a job or two and on top of that experience debilitating issues like endometriosis or PMDD, the pill might be a temporary solution you can take. Keep in mind that the moment you stop taking it your symptoms will most likely come back with a vengeance. So before you use them to mask your symptoms, make sure there’s really no other option.

I will discuss about these issues more in-depth in future posts. Until then, if you are struggling with one of the issues listed about, I strongly recommend the book “The Period Repair Manual” by Dr. Lara Briden. I’d also like to add, if I haven’t said this enough already: the pill does not regulate your period. What you have on the pill is a withdraw bleed. More about this, in a future post.

What are some of the benefits you felt when going on the pill? And if you’re not on it, what did you hear the benefits would be? Are you surprised to see how easily they can all be debunked? Let me know in the comments.

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