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Monday, March 15, 2010

Birth Control, The Natural Way

I should preface this blog by inserting some sort of legal disclaimer about this being the opinion of Sprouting Wellness and not necessarily of 3 Healthy Chicks. Or perhaps I should simply post it to my own blog....but it's a hot topic and considering the down time I took in February, I'd like to stir the pot. :)

I will probably get kicked out of the feminist club for saying this, but I think that the pill has been (close to) the single worst thing for women in modern history. Yes, you read that right, Ladies. I think the pill and everything about the pill sucks. Now before you call me some abomination of a third-wave feminist (I probably am) and fast forward to the next blog entry, let me explain...

There's one topic that always comes up with my female clients; birth control. They want to know my opinion on synthetic birth control, hormone replacements and how they can possibly have a fulfilling and active sex life without using synthetic hormone and/or estrogen. Here's the shocking truth: if you know your body well enough and take the time to read it, track your cycle and understand the changes you can in fact, naturally prevent birth! The only drawback is that you may have to abstain or use condoms for 3-5 days per month. oh the horror!!
Snark aside, let me get back to why I am not a big fan of the pill. I understand that it gave women freedom's in the 70s that were unheard of in the generations prior. I also understand that the pill may help to regulate menstrual cycles, clear problematic skin and reduce PMS and cramps. My answers to these are simple:

1. We no longer live in a time of sexual revolution. Sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, pelvic inflammatory disease, trichomoniasis and chlamydia are real threats that may lead to infertility and even death.

2. There are natural ways to regulate menstrual cycles, clear problematic skin and reduce PMS and cramps!!
  • Exercise. This will improve blood and oxygen circulation throughout the body, including the pelvis.
  • Avoid red meat, refined sugars, milk, and fatty foods.
  • Eat lots of fresh vegetables, whole grains (especially if you experience constipation or indigestion), nuts, seeds and fruit.
  • Avoid caffeine. It constricts blood vessels and increases tension.
  • Meditate, get a massage.
  • Have an orgasm (alone or with a partner).
  • Drink ginger root tea (especially if you experience fatigue).
  • Put cayenne pepper on food. It is a vasodilator and improves circulation.
  • Breathe deeply, relax, notice where you hold tension in your body and let it go. Try a restorative yoga class!
  • Take time for yourself!
Generations of young women who grew up with the pill have simply lost touch with their bodies. They only know that their period is coming because it's time for the white sugar pill. While the pill seemingly provided independence, it robbed us of our inherent female knowledge. I think that's heartbreaking. I for one want to revel in being a female goddess!

Countless numbers of women have made appointments with their ob-gyn for what they thought was a yeast infection when in all actuality it was simply their natural discharge that occurs monthly due to ovulation. Sadly, most of our mothers or sex ed classes never taught us that. By only being introduced to chemical contraception options, we never learned about the awesomeness that is the female body. And women never learned that there is another way to track fertility and natural prevent pregnancy that does not include nutrient depletion, hormonal imbalance, and long term side effects.

Natural fertility awareness is empowering for women. In learning how to tell when you are ovulating and if you are ovulating regularly, you will know when you can become pregnant so that you can plan for a pregnancy or avoid it all together! When the ovulation method is used properly as a contraception method, it is 97-99% effective in helping you to avoid pregnancy. This rate is similar to the effectiveness of "the pill" but without the side effects.

The best thing any woman can do is buy the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. The book is easy to read, informative and lighthearted. After taking the time to read it, you will have a clear understanding of your cycle and what it actually means to be female and ovulate! If you still have questions and would like the personal assistance of a holistic health coach, please feel free to contact me! Empowering women to listen to and learn about their bodies is my favorite part of my "job."

And a side note: have you ever wondered about the connection between your body's 28 day cycle and the cycle of the moon? Here's the theory. In the days before electricity, women's bodies were influenced by the amount of moonlight we saw. Just as sunlight and moonlight affect plants and animals, our hormones were triggered by levels of moonlight. And, all women cycled together. Today, with artificial light everywhere, day and night, our cycles no longer correspond to the moon.
Do you want to cycle with the moon? Get outside, bond with your sisters and enjoy some vitamin D!!

Keep it Fresh, Goddesses!!!


  1. Reading this just brings a smile to my face. Having recently gone off birth control in December and still somewhat riding the wave of synthetic hormonal issues, I join you in saying THE PILL SUCKS! Sadly I did not have any women growing up in my life who could explain to me the sacredness of our female cycles and what an honor it is to be female and experience our connectedness to ourselves, other women, Mother Earth and the Universe. Since the inception of the pill, we've simply taken the wrong perspective, all along here we are looking at menstruation and ovulation as a "problem" most likely dubbed by a man no less (Sorry the third-wave feminist coming out there), when the REAL issue is, women today have completely lost touch with their most natural abilities and intuition...and we are on a fast track to female intuitional extinction! If we don't wake up and realize YES, YAZ (and all you others out there), there IS IN FACT A NEED FOR A MONTHLY PERIOD...it's A NATURAL NEED, NOT A MEDICAL ONE, there is no medical need nor has there ever been, what does medicine have to do with it at all I ask!?!?
    Last time I checked Mother Nature knew what she was doing...medical standards and practices have continued to change and evolve like the wind, blowing one way for a few years then the other way...yet here Mother Nature is all along trying to remain steady and true, connected and centered. Women need to wake up and realize what it is exactly they are giving away. We need a real shift in perception...an awakening of women. I also realize that this can in fact mean being a woman and not apologizing for it...I look forward to the day most women can come together over this matter and realize who we truly are...magnificent strong goddesses!
    Now when I do experience my cycle I call my goddess friends to celebrate because I am blessed to be honored with such a beautiful and sacred gift, despite my mistreatment, disrespect and down right ignorance over the last 15 years, remains strong and true! ~Namaste

  2. To avoid unwanted birth during intercourse use home remedies like drinking ginger tea can avoid unwanted births.