Want to know more about Birth Control Pills? I thought I knew everything…

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@O.My.Heart:  Thanks for the article. Good read. Scary stuff. I have been wanting to off of my BC for months now due to the infertility claims and my mood swings, but not sure how to bring it up to DH…

Post # 4
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@O.My.Heart:  I took mine for over nine years.  Went off it and the first accident we had I turned up pregnant.  I think the permanent infertility thing is a bit hard to prove since many women start taking BCPs before ever conceiving so it’s difficult to figure out whether there was always a fertility issue or it was caused by BCPs.

I am highly suspect of her sources at the bottom of the article since they are alternative care practitioners like chiropractors and nutritionists.  We can all agree that Yaz is bad and obviously pumping our bodies full of chemicals is not very healthy.  But the health benefits of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy vastly outweigh the negatives.

Post # 5
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@O.My.Heart:  i know many women who got pregnant after being on birth contro for many yearsl.

i finished my last pack last month also.  next week will be my first period not on BC.

we will be TTC in October.


Post # 6
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I took it for 10 years, went off, and was ovulating (but not having sex – I was charting to make sure). I was off it for 4 years. I’m back on it now and will go off in January 2015 to TTC. I’m trying not to worry too much. Though I have been taking vitamin B6, my doctor told me too, I’m surprised more don’t. If I don’t take it (like I forget and go on vacation), I have trouble sleeping.

Post # 8
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

that article is full of of dubious facts at BEST. Fear is not a good thing. information is. Do your own research. Read medical studies. Double blind studies. Get your facts straight. “the holy kale” is not a good website to get medical information. it provides no proof, no sources of anything. don’t let it scare you

Post # 9
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

So I read the article. 


Of the Bad, the Ugly and negitive things on her Notes.  Not a single on of those things happened with me except fibroids.  However, my mother had fibroids and did not take the pill.  My gyn told me fibroids are hereditary.


Well and I won’t know about infertilitity until I start trying and then what’s to say it isn’t my age (31) or that I was infertile to start with?


 Years ago I was apart of a drug study.  It was an overnight, testing pain medication after you had your wisdom teeth out.  In my group, there were about 30 people.  I was the only one who got nauseaus (I figured I got the drug). Even if no other person in that study got nauseaus but me, they still have to put it on the label as one of the precautions.

So this article is probably taking things to the extreme.



Post # 10
1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@beachbride1216: I always wonder where the infertility claims came from (though I’ve never properly looked into it myself). I imagine there’s a lot of women who haven’t been pregnant going on BC, so infertility could be pre-existing.

 @O.My.Heart: From what I understand (and I have them!) fibroids are generally benign and and asymptomatic, and can go away with time.

Post # 11
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I specifically asked my gyno about increased infertility right arount the time I realized I had been on birth control for 10 years.  She told me not to worry, that if anything it would help when it came time to start trying. 

Post # 12
1193 posts
Bumble bee

I think for the most part that article is fairly accurate (I’m a pharmacist). But you can find out any of these things by going to the manufacturer’s website or reading the package insert that comes with the pills. They aren’t secret. The B vitamin thing and permanent infertility are a little out there, but the rest is pretty factual.

I think the most surprising thing for me based on my personal experience was the time it can take for the body to re-regulate after discontinuing. I stopped my BCP almost 2 yrs ago and I STILL don’t have regular cycles (which were very regular for the 5 yrs I did not take BCP). I track my cycles and I have only ovulated 7 times in 2 yrs – and I’m still in my 20s. I’m thankful that we aren’t planning on having children, because if we did, I would potentially be very upset right now.

However – there are people I know who got preggo after 1 month of stopping, so maybe thats just my experience. Everyone is different.

Post # 13
2172 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

@ajillity81:  Yep.  If one person experiences it, it becomes a possible symptom.  That’s why there are always these long lists of side effects during drug commercials.


I’m kind of laughing at this article, but I’m sure it’s not intentional.  There’s a part where she talks about MHC, and how single women preferred men with similar MHC and women in relationships preferred men with dissimilar MHC, so therefore birth control is doing that.  I didn’t fully read the whole research paper, but somewhere in there it says about half of the single women and half of the married women are on the pill.  So…  Logic says that it’s not the pill causing the MHC preference difference, it’s the relationship status.  And if birth control really does change that, then both the article and research paper are terribly unclear on that.


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