‘The pill’ is one of the most common types of contraception – Levlen, Yaz, Diane 35, whatever form it takes, it’s likely once we reach a certain age, we’ve either taken an oral contraceptive, or know someone who has. But recently, it in a recent article is was revealed that women may have been taking oral contraceptive in an unnecessary way for almost 60 years, and the reason has nothing to do with science or health, but rather, the Catholic Church. According to an article by Science Alert, “The seven inactive pills, included in most oral birth control packets, are not there for a medical reason. Each time a woman pops out a sugar pill, it is a reminder of a futile attempt to placate the Pope”. So, the seven day break when you take the sugar pills triggers what is called a “withdrawal bleed”, which mimics a real period but is not technically the same thing, and this is scientifically unnecessary. This made us think, how many of us really know what the pill does, and how it works in our bodies? Our Take: The pill will give you relief from symptoms like pain etc, after all that is what most drugs are designed to do. But we can’t ignore the fact that taking fake hormones for a sustained amount of time, let alone without a 7 day break in between, has an enormous effect on the millions of reactions happening in your body every second to keep you functioning within specific parameters (homeostasis). Throw in skipping your period back to back for several months to years, and the effects on your body accumulate. What it won’t give you is a fix for the cause of your issues. So ask yourself, why are you taking the pill?
- For contraception?
- Help with skin issues?
- To ease painful periods?
- You want to regulate your period?
- A ‘cure’ for Endometriosis?