Birth Control Myths

Wall Street has trained doctors to tell women “little white lies” to convince them that prescription drugs are the answer to their problems. The lies are necessary to trick women into thinking that it is reasonable and normal to use expensive FDA-approved drugs to “manage” their reproductive organs.

Little White Lies, or Blatant Falsehoods?

Birth control peddlers are using the 1950’s understanding of the human steroid system. Science has advanced in the 60 years since ‘hormonal’ birth control was first researched, and we now know that the little white lies are exactly wrong. These three myths are used to justify conventional medicine’s mass ‘pimping’ of women to the pharmaceutical industry.

Myth #1: Birth control is made with “Hormones”.

Hormones are nature’s chemical messengers. Birth control uses hormone-like chemicals that are said to be ‘analogues’ of nature’s chemicals.

But Science describes two kinds of analogues: structural and functional. While the chemicals used in birth control ‘look’ similar to nature’s molecules, they have entirely different effects on the body.

In the grocery store, “Orange Drink” is a substitute for orange juice that is NOT made with oranges. Imitation crab meat is a substitute for crab that is NOT made with crab. The original items have properties that are NOT present in the substitutes.

This myth causes much confusion about the difference between the natural hormone Progesterone and ‘Progestins’ (man-made chemicals that are sort-of similar to nature’s molecule). Countless doctors confuse their patients by calling the various drugs in the various formulas ‘Progesterone’.

Progesterone USP is a synthesized molecule that is exactly the same as the molecule that the body makes for itself. This molecule is at the foundation of the body’s steroid system, and is transformed into many of the other steroids. The body is unable to transform the progestins (‘fake-progesterone’) into the other steroids. Progestins are, therefore, potent hormone disruptors.

Myth #2: Birth control “regulates” a woman’s menstrual cycle.

It is more proper to say that combined pills work by suppressing the glands in the brain that drive the cycle. But “regulate” sounds nice and sells well, so that’s the term that gets used.
Science precisely describes the features of a normal menstrual cycle. The various “hormonal” birth control products effectively disrupt the normal menstrual cycle to prevent pregnancy. All the side effects of birth control are a consequence of disrupting the cycle.
When women are told that birth control “regulates” the cycle, it is meant that they will (probably) bleed on a regular schedule.

The Great Modern Women’s Health Tragedy stems from ignoring women’s menstrual difficulties and suppressing their periods with hormonal drugs, instead of figuring out what is actually causing the dysfunction.

Myth #3: Vaginal bleeding on Wall Street’s drugs is a “period”.

This is an extension of Myth #2. Vaginal bleeding on birth control is entirely different than a genuine period. Pill-periods are properly known as “withdrawal bleeds”. Pill-using women demonstrate their confusion when they fret about missing a withdrawal bleed.

Many women take their “pill-period” as a reassuring “no-baby signal”. But when a woman gets knocked up in spite of diligently taking her daily castration pill, it is probably because one of her ovaries was able to sneak an egg out during the drug-free “withdrawal bleed” week:

In current formulations with low estrogen, there is evidence that OCP’s do not prevent follicle maturation.


(/r/askscience comment)

Women with a regular natural cycle are infertile at the start of their period. Women on the pill never know when their ovary might be able to sneak an egg out. The “withdrawal bleed” is the pill-using woman’s time of highest vulnerability to impregnation.

Defenders of the status quo might acknowledge these myths, but explain them away: “These drugs may not be perfect, but they’re all we’ve got. Nothing else can reliably prevent babies like Wall Street’s Drugs.” The tragedy of the situation is that there are fertility-management strategies that are just as effective, cheaper, and more compatible with women’s long-term health than using expensive drugs to chemically castrate women.

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