Ten Reasons Why I Hate Birth Control: A Womanifesto

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The pro-abortion community is apoplectic that the Trump administration ended Obama’s free birth control diktat, so naturally, they held a tweetfest to fulminate about it.

Rewire called contraception “right up there with vaccines and water sanitation,” phony-baloney Catholics for Choice channeled Occupy Wall Street with “99%” rhetoric, and Planned Parenthood clearly didn’t think this through:

Meanwhile, the University of Notre Dame decided it was just kidding about ending its birth control coverage, and a recent interview in Crux reveals the famous Sr. Carol Keehan, head of Catholic Health Association, to be a stunningly naïve, inept, and self-serving negotiator on religious freedom.

My own complicated personal history with birth control goes back to my teen years. I quit it several years ago after realizing I had no clue what it was doing to my body, good or bad.

With such pathetic examples of Catholic leadership, it’s vital for laywomen (and men) to speak up. Here are my favorite reasons why we’re all better without birth control:

  1. Women Ain’t Broke; Don’t Fix ‘Em

Let’s be honest: millions of healthy women have been convinced that being drugged 75% of the time is normal. Only 4% of women taking the Pill do so for endometriosis, according to the pro-abortion, pro-contraception Guttmacher Institute. Some researchers even want celibate nuns to take The Pill. This is insane.

  1. You’re Not Crazy – Birth Control Can Make You Miserable

A rigorous, peer-reviewed study published earlier this year in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that “healthy women reported reduced quality of life, mood, and physical wellbeing after taking a common birth control pill containing ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel for three months.”

A previous study in JAMA Psychiatry found that women using hormonal birth control had a 40% increased risk of depression after six months, with the highest risk came with transdermal patches. Antidepressant use in teens ages 15 to 19 increased 80% when they took the combination pill.

  1. The Pill Raises the Risk of Breast Cancer

Women who used The Pill in the past year had a 50% higher risk of breast cancer overall, a Fred Hutch study found. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among U.S. women and the second most lethal after lung cancer. NB: Birth control pills could be proven to make the sun explode, and some jerk would still recommend that the results be “interpreted cautiously.”

  1. It Kills Some of Us Outright

Sophie Murray, 16. Fallen Kurek, 21. Charlotte Foster, 23. Kathleen Thoren, 25. Zakiya Kennedy, 18. Sasha Webber, 25. Abbey Parkes, 20. Maria Santa, 17. Miranda Scott, 18. Stacey Brindle, 16.

A student. A mother of three. A ballerina. Healthy, fit young women killed by birth control – or as hardcore sexual revolutionaries call them, collateral damage.

One lucky survivor had to put her Olympic dreams aside thanks to pulmonary blood clots caused by the NuvaRing. Remember that when they tell you how great birth control is for women’s careers.

  1. Some “Contraceptives” Can Cause an Early Abortion

Including the copper IUD. It’s science.*

  1. Less Dangerous Alternatives Exist

So you have a medical issue. I feel your pain. But a word to the wise: Don’t assume your Gyn is going to know or proactively inform you about all your treatment options.

NaPro is an approach developed to cooperate with our bodies, not thwart them. This is life-changing. More alternatives that deserve a chance:

  • Dysmenorrhea: Exercise can help. It may even “eliminate or reduce the need for medication.” It’s also good for a host of other reasons, and Americans lead more sedentary lives than ever.
  • PCOS: Have you been checked for insulin resistance? Being treated for it can help bring androgens (male hormones) down.
  • Acne: We have more options than our mothers did. For example, one can now buy prescription-strength Differin over the counter for the first time in thirty years). Go to a dermatologist. It’s worth it. Also – and this is important – a peaches-and-cream complexion is not literally to die for. Pushing The Pill for acne is sexist garbage, even if it comes from a female doctor.
  1. The Cult of The Pill Helps Keep Us Ignorant

Via Dr. Marguerite Duane,* “a 2014 study showed that 40 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 40 were not familiar with the ovulatory cycle and their time of fertility.” Yikes. Weren’t we supposed to get basic information like this in high school health classes, instead of giggling about bananas?

  1. The Illusion of Control

An absurd number of things can affect the efficacy of oral contraceptives: Certain antibiotics. Digestive problems. Taking them at inconsistent times.

St. John’s Wort. Epilepsy medications. Anti-retrovirals, anti-fungals, antidepressants. There have been at least five major recalls of contraceptive pills for manufacturer error in the last five years, meaning potentially thousands of women could name their surprise-babies “Pfizer.”

  1. Birth Control Contributes to the Spread of STDs

Women who have Depo injections are “significantly more likely to acquire HIV.” A British study found that “offering the morning after pill free over the counter has not reduced the number of teenage pregnancies and may be associated with a rise in sexually-transmitted diseases.” Shocking, I know.

  1. Birth Control Is Not Environmentally Friendly

Hormones from birth control pass from the body and into water supplies, where they become difficult and expensive to remove and can wreak havoc on aquatic life.

So We Should All Have Twenty Gazillion Babies?

Despite decades of population control propaganda, babies are still popular. I spent many years ambivalent about having them, but have warmed to the idea. In any case, most of us are only fertile a few days a month, and now there are apps for figuring out exactly when.

But seriously, don’t hate on babies. They’re awesome and important and sanctifying. Have a gazillion or twenty!

Did I miss your favorite reason we’re better without birth control? Add it in the comments.

*The author is professionally associated with the Charlotte Lozier Institute

The views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of CatholicVote.org

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Nicole Stacy is a cradle Catholic with the uncommon distinction of having been both a conservative activist and a professional classical musician. Her adventures have taken her from West Virginia to Connecticut to Washington D.C., where she now resides. Her Myers-Briggs type is INTP, and her blood type is espresso. Follow Nicole on Twitter @Nicole_in_DC.

9 Comments

  1. Birth control gives women equal status with men ,or so we are told. Ridiculous I was/am and remain equally responsible for my own sexual actions and the consequences.

  2. Nicole Manzione on

    Birth control correlates to the rise in abortions. When the birth control doesn’t work, abortion is next recommended. More birth control means more babies killed! Less than 1% of abortions are done as a result of rape. Most are done by choice, as a result of irresponsible promiscuity.

  3. Birth control lets men treat women like objects – for their own toying and gratification. Read “Humane Vitae” by Paul VI writing in the 1960s…prophesying what would happen if people accepted artificial contraceptives… http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html Also read “The Privilege of Being a Woman” by Alice Von Hildebrand https://www.amazon.com/Privilege-Being-Woman-Alice-Hildebrand/dp/097061067X for deeper insights on this topic. Also, when a couple is fertile and trying to avoid pregnancy, they find new ways to show love… They make goo-goo eyes at each other and hold hands and do stuff like when they dated in the very early stage of their relationship… They remember how they felt about each other years ago and they fall in love over and over again all because of natural family planning. The divorce rate of people who use NFP in their marriage is less than 5%. Best advice for troubled marriages is to try NFP.

    • Men didn’t respect women before the Pill. We have achieved more since the introduction of hormonal birth control than we did in the entirety of human history before that point. Without birth control we are back chained to the stove, uneducated, poor, and powerless.

  4. The side effects of birth control aren’t monitered.
    I thought I was going crazy until I joined a Medina IUD support group on Facebook. While I had been run through a gamut of anti-anxiety & anti-depressant drugs, it turned out all that needed to be done was for the IUD to be removed.
    What really gets me is my gyn told me that it probably wasn’t the IUD and there is no one following the relief we do get upon removal.
    The medical community should be ashamed at what they try to pass off a woman’s medicine.

      • No, females did not demand it. Responsible, caring doctors resisted it, but moneygrubbing doctors and drug companies and Marxist/Freudian/Kinseyan politicians forced it on women. Millions of reluctant women were urged to contracept by doctors, nurses, social workers, drug companies and governments who were supposed to be helping them.

  5. Nicole you speak very powerfully and personally of one of the most tragic conditions of modern life, the separation of the woman from maternal love! The separation of the woman from the very God given purpose of her life. Modern science misused, has allowed the modern woman to choose freely to control the gift of sexuality in a selfish way that places her very soul at risk! However I am convinced that countless examples of the MISERY at all levels of modern society (divorce, family breakup, suicide and depression, etc) and the many sad issues you point out in your article, will result through the mercy of God to a great conversion in our culture! And that this conversion will result in the restoration of a basic LOVE so rooted in truth that we as individuals and culture will never consider the controlling or destruction of life given by God. In the mean time please continue to present the truth so desperately need!

  6. When I was first married and working, I talked to my gyn about getting hormonal birth-control. Over the next several months, I was moody, irritable, nauseous much of the time, and gained about 10 pounds. At my next appointment, I told him about my symptoms. He said there were other pills if I wanted to try. Then he told me that there were at least three non-hormonal methods of avoiding pregnancy that worked just as well if my husband and I were responsible, and that he preferred those anyway. I went off the pill and never looked back. I cannot understand why women who want hormone free food, drink, cosmetics, etc. would willingly put hormones in their own bodies on a daily basis.

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