The media is trumpeting the newest birth control pill - Lybrel. This is the long term pill that’s like the Energizer Bunny - it keeps going and going.
The problem is that the “controversy” surrounding the introduction of this drug is all wrong. The media is focusing on whether it is natural or not to suppress periods for months or years at a time. Believe it or not, but anthropolgists are getting into the act by discussing the social implications of eliminating menstruation and whether society views menstruation as something that is shameful.
They have it all wrong. In my crusade to improve the lives of women who have migraine headaches, PMS (PMDD), depression, menopause and numerous other problems, the problem is the Pill itself and its cousin, synthetic HRT (hormone replacement therapy).
The combination of birth control pills (BCP’s) and synthetic HRT has caused an epidemic of disorders either that never existed or were rare prior to the introduction of these drugs. The fact that the media is discussing the sociological impact of not having periods is not relevant to the fact that BCP’s cause harm - lots of it - to women.
What we should be discussing is how much poisons BCP’s introduce into women’s bodies. The sheer fact that the standard regimin of the Pill consisted of taking it for 3 weeks with one week off was toxic enough. Introducing a new Pill that puts out poisons without stopping for a break has to be infinitely worse.
The long term Pill is nothing but 24/7 poison. It is a bad idea on top of previously bad problem.
If the long term Pill becomes popular, then we can look forward to an increasing incidence of migraines, PMS (PMDD), depression, anxiety, menopause, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, fibroids, ovarian cysts and the list goes on.
Andrew Jones, M.D.
Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas