How The Pill Can Harm Your Future Child’s Health

by Sarah Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & ChildComments: 280

Since the introduction of oral contraceptives in the early 1960’s, use of The Pill, as it is generally known, has soared to approximately 7 in 10 women of childbearing age.  Among young women ages 18-24, use of oral contraceptives is especially high, reaching two-thirds in 2008.

The widespread use of The Pill is a troubling issue because oral contraceptives devastate beneficial bacterial flora in the gut leaving it vulnerable to colonization and dominance from pathogenic strains such as Candida Albicans, Streptococci and Staphylococci among others.

By the time a woman who has used The Pill is ready to have children, a severe case of intractable gut dysbiosis has more than likely taken hold.

Most people think that only use of drugs such as antibiotics cause gut imbalances, but this is simply not true.

According, to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, use of other drugs such as the Pill also cause severe gut dybiosis. What’s worse, drug induced gut imbalance is especially resistant to treatment either with probiotics or diet change.

What does this mean for your future child’s health?   A lot, as it turns out!

Gut Imbalance from the Pill Reduces Absorption of Nutrients

First of all, gut imbalance brought on through use of The Pill negatively impacts the ability to digest food and absorb nutrients.   As a result, even if a women eats spectacularly well during pregnancy, if she has been taking oral contraceptives for a period of time beforehand, it is highly likely that she and her baby are not reaping the full benefits of all this healthy food as the lack of beneficial flora in her gut preclude this from occurring.

In addition, beneficial flora actively synthesize nutrients including vitamin K, pantothenic acid, folic acid, thiamin (B1), cyanocobalamin (B12), amino acids and others.  In an imbalanced gut, a woman is missing out on the “natural supplementation” that these good flora provide to her and her growing baby.

Not well known is the fact that use of The Pill depletes zinc in the body.  Zinc is called “the intelligence mineral” as it is intimately involved in mental development. As a result, it is very important for women who have been using the Pill for any length of time even if short to wait at least 6 months before becoming pregnant to ensure that zinc levels return to normal as low zinc is associated with lowered IQ and birth defects.

It really is quite disturbing to fully realize the very real potential that use of The Pill has to trigger nutritional deficiencies!

Pathogenic Gut Flora from The Pill Produce a Myriad of Toxins

Pathogenic, opportunistic flora that take hold in the gut when The Pill is used constantly produce toxic substances which are the by-products of their metabolism.  These toxins leak into the woman’s bloodstream and guess what, they have the potential to cross the placenta! Therefore, gut dysbiosis exposes the fetus to toxins even if the woman never eats anything but organic foods and lives in an environment with no pollutants whatsoever.

Indeed, an imbalanced gut has the potential to expose a woman and her baby to just as many or even more toxins than her environment through self poisoning!

Gut Dysbiosis Triggered by The Pill and Anemia Go Hand in Hand

Most people with abnormal gut flora also suffer from various stages of anemia.   This is because some of the most common pathogenic strains of bacteria that take hold in an imbalanced gut are those that consume iron:  Actinomyces spp., Mycobacterium spp., pathogenic strains of E.Coli, Corynebacterium spp. and others.

Anemia during pregnancy is especially dangerous.  Not only can it deprive the fetus of oxygen (iron helps build red blood cells and red blood cells carry oxygen), but it is linked to low birth weight and pre-term birth and the many long term health and associated developmental problems.

Can taking iron supplements during pregnancy combat this problem?

In a word, no! How many women do you know who consistently battle low iron levels during pregnancy despite consuming iron supplements and eating iron rich foods? I personally know many such cases.

The reason is that the more iron a patient with gut dysbiosis consumes in either food or supplement form, the stronger these pathogenic, iron loving strains become!   The extra iron “feeds” them, so to speak, much the same as sugar feeds Candida Albicans.  The cure for gut dysbiotic anemia is to heal and seal the gut, not take iron supplements!

A Baby “Inherits” Gut Dysbiosis from Mom

A human baby is born with a sterile gut.  This means that there is no bacterial activity in a fetus’ digestive system prior to birth.   The vast majority of gut flora that a child eventually develops is inherited from Mom, so if Mom has gut imbalance, so will her children and probably more severely so.

Children with imbalanced gut flora are particularly predisposed to autoimmune disorders in the form of allergies, asthma, and eczema.  In more severe cases of gut dysbiosis, learning disabilities manifest such as ADHD, ADD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and others.  Of course, there is sometimes an environmental “trigger” which instigates these disorders, but it is crucial to keep in mind that gut dysbiosis is the primary underlying cause.

Think Twice Before Taking The Pill

When considering whether or not to take oral contraceptives, women rarely if ever consider the long term implications to themselves let alone their children.  This is no surprise given that doctors rarely if ever mention this sort of thing when prescribing antibiotics let alone The Pill to their patients!

Therefore, it is vital that women take responsibility for their bodies and fully inform themselves of the potentially devastating consequences to their health and that of their children – and likely even their grandchildren – before blindly submitting themselves to the gut damaging effects of The Pill.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sources and More Information

Nontoxic Birth Control Option

March of Dimes, pregnancy complications

Mineral Primer

Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD

170 Scientific Studies Confirm the Dangers of Soy

Why Even Organic Soy Formula is so Dangerous for Babies

The Dangers of Estrogenic Foods, Herbs and Drugs

Comments (280)

  • Ursula

    I believe this post. Have endured many of the oh so rare side effects and some that are not on the leaflet after 3 years ot taking it.

    Since around 2004 the Birth Control Pill is listed as a IARC Group 1 CARCINOGEN (= inducing cancer) in the list of the WHO besides substances like Radon-224, Asbestos and Plutonium-239.

    Don’t forget, it is a Billion dollar business and breast cancer chemotherapy as well. For each chemo the doctor gets money and I believe even for prescribing the pill. Here in Germany it is even worse. The doctors really are trying to force the pill upon you and most won’t enlighten you about natural methods, discarding them as very unreliable. Chemotherapy is higly toxic, but useless for organic cancer

    Contraceptives, hormonal, combined forms (those containing both estrogen and a progestogen)3
    Contraceptives, oral, sequential forms of hormonal contraception (a period of estrogen-only followed by a period of both estrogen and a progestogen)

    December 11th, 2015 7:23 am Reply
  • Jo

    Interesting. I had candida and was always anaemic and had horrible menstrual cramps. After I took antifungals, the anaemia and cramps went away just like that.

    June 11th, 2015 2:22 pm Reply
  • Maggie

    As I couldn’t take the pill oraly the gave me injections twice a year, Depoprevera, all in all about for about ten years.
    Can that be the source of my gutproblems now, some 20 years later?

    March 23rd, 2015 3:49 am Reply
  • Jeny andrina

    Oh!! Thanks to share your experience with us. We should be take precaution before using .

    March 16th, 2015 1:06 pm Reply
  • Cynthia

    I don’t see any references for the claims in this article? what are the sources?

    February 12th, 2015 12:21 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The GAPS book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD.

      February 12th, 2015 9:09 am Reply
  • Mary

    Good grief….I will be sure to tell my future grandchildren that the reason they are screwed up is because I took the Pill 50 years before they were born. You could make a health hazard out of ANYTHING…how the heck are we supposed to exist and not be exposed to some sort of harm?? Totally unrealistic.

    January 15th, 2015 6:48 pm Reply
  • Gloria

    Thank you for this article. I have a theory… I was told by both my childbirth educator and midwife that when a woman is pregnant, the gut slows downs to try to get as much nutrition out of her food as possible. Now in school I was taught that the Pill “tricks” the body into thinking that there is a pregnancy. So I’m wondering if someone on the Pill goes through a gut slow down each month, over and over and over, thus leading to IBS, constipation, and the other “side effects.” It makes me wonder if the Pill isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. (P.S. I’ve never been on the Pill myself and have two children who were born at home.)

    August 31st, 2014 2:05 am Reply
    • shayla

      Did your children come out healthy by any chance? Right now, I have the pills but I don’t know if I want to take them because I want my children to come out healthy

      December 8th, 2015 10:04 pm Reply
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  • Carrie

    So what are we supposed to do when there are complications with everything???

    November 21st, 2013 6:03 pm Reply
  • Diana

    Hi! Thank you so much for informing everyone with this article! My son was born after four years from taking the pill and he has a very sensitive stomach with a high allergic reaction to almost everything. I literally have tears in my eyes from the guilt of not knowing better.
    My question from this article is that I’ve been off of the pill for two months and we were thinking of the IUD. The skyla more specifically because I’m planning on not having kids for a while, but if I do will it be the same damage as the pill?
    I’ve been looking around for this answer for a while so if you do know, please let me know!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you again.

    October 21st, 2013 10:14 am Reply
    • cheryl

      Don’t feel guilty about what you didn’t know. I’m in the same boat. Best help for healing we’ve had is GAPS diet and the Iodine protocol.

      February 12th, 2015 12:26 am Reply
  • Sylvie

    Many discussions about this. Not still conviced by all the risks, despite the fact we must admit there are some, we should also highlight the importance of the exams from the doctor BEFORE prescripting any pill

    August 29th, 2013 1:55 am Reply
  • Jasanna Czellar

    And another reason is it causes a human-induced increase of hormones, which can cause cancer. A friend I know is convinced this is why she has had breast cancer twice now, and she’s only 30. She was on the pill for a long time and had the same types of hormones found in her tumors! :(

    August 4th, 2013 10:11 pm Reply
  • Maria

    Hi, I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now and it’s really very informative. This topic is very important to me because I have been diagnosed with poly cystic ovaries for a couple of years now. Sometimes I don’t have my period for months. The doctors have prescribed contraceptive pills for this. I was told that it will regulate my menstruation but I have been a bad patient in the sense that I cannot tolerate the pill. The pill makes me physically sick. I have talked to other doctors but they prescribed the same thing. I was wondering if you have helpful information or a holistic way to healing my PCO without the use of those awful pills? Thank you very much for sharing this to us.

    July 25th, 2013 10:34 am Reply
    • Ania

      You can use this website to find natural remedies for PCOS:

      earth is a great website for natural and home remedies. You can read about other people’s experiences, what helped them, what did not, etc.

      August 13th, 2014 12:34 pm Reply
    • cheryl

      Yes! Read The Iodine Crisis! Follow the iodine protocol for healing. There’s a fb page called Iodine for help:)

      February 12th, 2015 12:24 am Reply
  • Ken B

    Those suffering from anemia may find this interesting, I know I did!

    July 4th, 2013 1:56 pm Reply
  • thoughtfulness

    There’s a pingback to this article on the new article about problems of birth control pills (and Planned Parenthood’s promotion of them). Please note some of the references, as it is a topic to get out in front of the public.

    July 2nd, 2013 4:39 pm Reply

    im so glad i came across your article today, i have been looking into the side affects of my birth control and now i know where the adverse symptoms are coming from, stomach pains/cramping and bloating even tho i work out consistantly, i just found out the bc jolivette has modified corn starch in it and other fillers that are harmful, i was taking it for a year and stopped for 2 months the stomach pains stopped but nauseau from the hormonal changes incurred, i also have migraines and eye pain. im thinking of stopping it all together, im just not planning to have another child and i have 3 boys. i also have anemia and was prescribed iron supplements however i eat healthy, i have not filled the iron rx because of that reason, but the side affects just arent worth it anymore of this pill.

    May 30th, 2013 11:28 am Reply
  • Britnee

    Okay so after reading this, it kinda scares me. I am in my early twenties and I took the pills from age 18y to 21y or 22y. I have not taken them in a couple years now, mainly because I wasnt sexually active and I didnt really have the money to pay for it at the time.

    The one thing that worries me is when I was 2y, I ate a full months worth of birth control while my mom wasnt looking.

    May 29th, 2013 10:46 am Reply
  • Jessie

    Could someone please cite to a study that shows these specific negative complications of the pill? I’m not willing to believe what you say just because you say it any more than I’m willing to believe what conventional MDs say just because they say it. It’s not enough to point out that some people who take the pill have anemia, because I’ve taken the pill without being anemic and I don’t see any reason I should trust their personal experiences more than I trust my own body. Thanks for any help you can give in enabling me to make TRULY informed decisions.

    May 27th, 2013 2:00 pm Reply
    • Ursula

      I have no study, but I had suffered many massive deficiencies while taking the pill, very low iron, low B12, depression, chloasma, fatigue, rapid heart beats at night and many more problems. So I believe this.

      December 11th, 2015 6:59 am Reply
  • Rachael

    Is it only The Pill or does having other forms of birth control have the same affect?

    May 7th, 2013 6:02 pm Reply
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  • Debbie W

    Does this also include progesterone only birth control? Or only the birth control that contains both progesterone and estrogen? Thanks for any info you can shed.

    April 29th, 2013 10:29 pm Reply
  • Beth Turner

    What is the mechanism by why hormonal contraceptives interfere with the gut? Is it only from oral methods of delivery, or do methods like the patch/NuvaRing/IUDs with hormones in them also interfere with gut bacteria? How do the hormones, either ingested orally or delivered by some other way, affect the bacteria? Does progestin attack certain types of bacteria directly? Or does the bad bacteria feed off the artificial hormones in some way?

    And since hormonal contraceptives basically just mimic the hormonal state of a woman’s body during pregnancy, is it true that a pregnant woman would suffer similar harm to her gut?

    Do you have any citations/sources on this issue? I’m very interested! Thanks!

    April 28th, 2013 2:04 pm Reply
  • Janis

    1. By reproducing in the first place you will harm your future child’s health as you will create a being whose body is vulnerable to harms and will steadily degenerate until death. If you want to actually prevent your future child from being harmed, refrain from reproduce.

    Otherwise, any actions you undertake before and after pregnancy will be meaningless as you are not a god who can prevent bad things from happening to your child. No, you will NOT guarantee a less painful/horrifying life and dying process for your child just because of your health knowledge. That is a fact. If you want to parent, helping children who are already here is a noble and unselfish act. If you already have biological children, you can continue loving them while refraining from further reproduction.

    2. Because of the high risks of pregnancy, STDs, vaginal infections, and cervical cancer, I highly recommend against penile-vaginal sex at all. Yes, most men are taught that this is the only “right sex,” but it isn’t. If your spouse takes issue with you refraining from penile-vaginal sex, HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH. I repeat, HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH. He should value your health over his “need” to have penile-vaginal sex. If you can, please leave that relationship. You are better off alone or in a relationship that doesn’t require penile-vaginal sex. For more information, research radical feminism.

    Also, please keep in mind that in some cultures, penile-vaginal sex is only done when they want to conceive, not on a constant basis where birth control is needed. If penile-vaginal sex makes you uncomfortable sometimes, it could have something to do with you doing it too much or that you shouldn’t do it at all.

    April 23rd, 2013 11:51 pm Reply
  • DeAnn Carter

    I clicked on your sources but didn’t read anything referring to the pill. Could you please be a little more clear on your sources?

    March 27th, 2013 1:01 am Reply
  • Meagan

    What would you recommend in the absence of “The Pill.” I have been nursing for almost 9 months and my cycle has not returned as of yet. With my first baby it did not return until after I finished nursing completely. I don’t want to use “The Pill” but I don’t feel capable or ready to have another baby. Any recommendations for me?

    March 26th, 2013 12:06 pm Reply
  • cammy

    what would you recommend for natural prevention while breastfeeding? I like the idea of cyclebeads but I don’t get periods :/ and is the Billng method very complicated?

    March 13th, 2013 3:34 pm Reply
  • Maureen Knight

    What about menopausal women taking estrogen and progestin for 10 years???

    March 3rd, 2013 8:40 pm Reply
  • Pam

    I am having a really hard time understanding why the pill is so bad… I took the pill for 14 years with absolutely no side effects or health problems, We have 3 kids, 2 were conceived easily within 1-2 months after coming off the pill, one was an “oops” while on the pill (I had surgery and we think that caused me to ovulate waaayyyyy early on day 2-3 instead of 14-21). No miscarriages, 3 healthy pregnancies, none of my kids have eczema, allergies, gut issues, autism, ADHD or behavior problems (neither do I or my husband) and are rarely sick

    I stopped taking the pill after my hubby’s vasectomy was deemed a success and the sperm count was zero. Nice to save the $30 every month and not have to remember to take a pill everyday! But the pill and I were good friends and got along just fine :)

    February 21st, 2013 5:59 am Reply
  • Michelle Rose

    I have been having terrible troubles with Endometriosis and Ovarian cysts over the last 18 months. I’ve had two surgeries due to unbearable pain. My doc’s only solution is the Pill, although he now says the IUD might even be better. I don’t know what to do. Suggestions? Wish I could afford a naturopath, but we live on a very tight budget.

    February 19th, 2013 12:02 am Reply
  • Aly

    Sarah, what about the copper IUD that is hormone free? Is that a safe method of birth control? Thanks.

    February 18th, 2013 10:56 pm Reply
  • Cindy

    I am curious, does this also apply to other hormonal forms of birth control? I have been on implanon for almost four years now and I am worried that it will have negative effects for me in the future

    January 31st, 2013 8:05 am Reply
  • Guest

    If anyone has problems going off of birth control I would suggest vitex and evening primrose.. birth control is bad dangerous stuff that doctors just hand out like candy it is ridiculous

    December 11th, 2012 5:22 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    Dear Sarah,

    I was so horrified to read this article, but also glad to hear the truth! I am suffering from Endometriosis and had to have a bunch removed last fall, along with one of my ovaries. The only thing the doctors tell me is that I MUST be on the pill to prevent further occurrences of the Endo. I’m seeking alternatives, because I don’t want to do the pill. Any ideas on where I can search? I’m feeling desperate to prevent the Endo and haven’t found much info yet on what other things I can do. Please help!!!!

    October 13th, 2012 12:39 am Reply
  • Laura Detering

    What is the Paleo and GAPS diet? How do you know if you passed on the bad gut flora to your child? What can you do for your child if you passed it to them?

    October 5th, 2012 2:04 am Reply
  • Julie

    I’ve been married 7 years with two kids and one on the way. I am happy to report that I have NEVER taken ANY sort of birth control. Even though I used to not be a natural person, I just FELT like it was wrong and MUST be bad for a woman’s body. We have used NOTHING except Natural Family Planning. If you learn how to tell when you are fertile and when you’re not, you can avoid pregnancy! It worked perfectly for us, whenever we wanted to have a baby, we got pregnant within two months! ( sometimes the very first month!) Women are only able to get pregnant for about 24 or less hour period each month, and you can figure out when this is easily! There are many resources, I read a book, but can’t remember the name… here is one that sounds just like it: :

    September 17th, 2012 12:54 pm Reply
    • Susan E

      I always had a bad feeling about the pill too & was told about the dangers by my good friends way before we got married & so I never touched the Pill. Or vaccines for us or our children. I’m so thankful I never did & we use(d) Natural Family Planning. I even went to a fertility specialist to learn how to follow my cycle because we had infertility which included an ectopic & some miscarriages. So for 8 yrs & another 2, I didn’t worry about preventing pregnancy! I can’t imagine the complications I would’ve had if I used the Pill in my life.

      July 21st, 2014 9:05 am Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        I knew nothing of the dangers of the pill when I got married but instinctively have always avoided it as it seemed dangerous to me to manipulate hormones with drugs. I figured it would inevitably have a high cost to pay. I’m so glad I never used it.

        July 21st, 2014 9:59 am Reply
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  • Sijfer

    And if it is true that Sen. Sotto did that, even if it was just handed to him (the whole idea), as a voted government official, he must set as a good example and must humble himself, even if (let’s say) that it was just a coincidence or an accident. That is a true Filipino Gentleman.

    August 25th, 2012 11:56 am Reply
  • Sijfer

    Sorry, I found them already. The lines might have been both the same, but I think that information is still incomplete. I studied quite a bit of chemistry, and it all depends on the components of the pill, the quantity of the components in the pill, and the dosage of the pill (According to our lecture in Toxicology). Also, to quote Paracelsus (1493—1541), “All things are poison and nothing is without poison; only the dose makes a thing not a poison.” Therefore without knowing the components of the pill and the medical background of the patient that will ingest it, the toxicity (poisonous effect) through a wrong pill would be averted, thus using contraceptives must be in accordance to an experienced physician’s prescription.

    August 25th, 2012 11:53 am Reply
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  • Sijfer

    Which line was the one copied again? I can’t find it anywhere, I’m having trouble comparing it because of the differences in language… Please help. Thank you. And sorry for the trouble…

    August 23rd, 2012 9:47 pm Reply
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  • Lapiskamay

    Hi Miss Sarah, I can only imagine the discomfort and harm our Senator Sotto and his Anti-RH Bill speech has caused you. I’m also a blogger and I do condemn the apparent-plagiarism of the words from this very post. Stealing is still stealing whatever the sides the people are on the RH Bill debate. I believe the Senator (and his staff) owe you an honest apology, I’m saying this not because I’m a Pro RH Bill but as a good public servant and fellow writer/blogger.

    It’s always a good virtue to give credit where credit is due. Regards and wishing you all the best in life

    August 21st, 2012 4:24 am Reply
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  • acscebu

    Now we know for sure some of our lawmakers don’t really have a clue about what their mumbling about, I wonder how they come up with ideas that they can serve and protect the republic and the constitution. Sotto is one big womanizer in his prime like most of the male celebrities, I don’t blame him for that since women threw themselves to him. But my question is how did they manage to sleep with him without getting pregnant. Sotto was emotional when he shared his story to contest the RH Bill in the senate session, had he not realized how many children are on the streets without food, proper clothing, nor basic education because their parents can not provide it for them. He was born to an affluent family, GMA was the same, the point is, they can have a hundred children if they want to and still able to provide them a wonderful life unlike the majority of the Philippine population, who are struggling to make ends meet everyday. What the country need is one honest and knowledgeable bill pusher who can make sense of anything with regards to reality of lives of ordinary citizen, not a speech thief or an election cheat..think and vote smart fellow filipinos.

    August 18th, 2012 5:37 am Reply
  • Sheila

    Oh please I don’t believe this for a second! Where do you get your resources from? Gut imbalance as you call and nutrients deficiency for babies are a result of so many factors including the environment, diet, hormones, and so much more! There are so many factors to consider. But to use the Pill as the main source of nutrients deficiency in babies is plain wrong! That’s why I ask where do you get your study from? Have you considered other factors before making your invalid opinion. This is a scare tactic to sway people from voting for RH bill. We need better information!

    August 18th, 2012 12:58 am Reply
  • Nina

    Although I am pro-Pill, I do appreciate the information. I guess the best solution is celibacy or ligation.

    August 17th, 2012 5:43 pm Reply
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  • Heather

    I understand your concern, but what is the alternative? Condoms are not nearly as effective, and the pill is within the financial reach of many women. Women would not benefit from having numerous forced pregnancies. I am an individual who cannot take the pill due to a severe set of inherited heart conditions, in fact if I got pregnant I would have be forced to have an abortion because the child would kill me. This makes birth control something I am very much aware of, and I got the Implanon stick in my arm which prevents pregnancy, it lasts for 3 years and has a much lower risk of causing a clot or stroke. This implant is expensive, without insurance it would have been well over 800 dollars. I like your idea, I just see so many issues with it.

    August 17th, 2012 9:46 am Reply
  • riza

    Sarah, thanks Tito Sotto for bringing many Filipinos in your blog 😀

    August 17th, 2012 7:04 am Reply
  • Yukio

    So, this is the article that our-very-own-senator-from-the-Philippines plagiarized? How pathetic to know. It’s kinda embarrassing to know but I hope everything is sound.

    August 17th, 2012 6:27 am Reply
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  • kakashi

    Parang nman kayong bago ng bago eh… Eat Bulaga nga nakopya… Blog pa kaya hindi?

    August 16th, 2012 10:10 pm Reply
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  • Callie Walls

    Nice Blog Sarah , now im convenient and sure what im going to do to make my health healthy and wealth. Contraceptives is very dangerous in everybody without consulting to a doctor and it must 100 x think before you do it.

    nice blog.

    August 16th, 2012 8:09 pm Reply
  • Kulapitot

    Let’s move forward …. Let’s just accept everything , if we commit mistake then let’s accept it .. a simple apology will do …

    Sarah keep posting .. I am also a blogger from the Philippines and I understand your point .. To my fellow Filipino’s sana tanggapin na ntin kung nagkamali tayo … In some point , wala namang masama kung tayo ay magpakumbaba…

    August 16th, 2012 6:10 pm Reply
  • Paula

    Ms. Leilani, the issue here is not about being PRO or ANTI RH Bill. The issue here is that the Senator PLAGIARIZED Ms. Sarah’s blog article. He copied it word for word. No attribution whatsoever. Plagiarizing = Stealing. And you are defending stealing? You’re saying Ms. Sarah should even “thank the senator” for using her words? I hope you become mindful of the issue at hand here. And stop using Ms. Sarah’s blog for your RH Bill agenda.

    August 16th, 2012 6:00 pm Reply
  • Reina

    So what about those with PCOS? Women with that needs to take pills unless they can’t eat healthy food because it’s quite expensive sometimes and hard to find. We need the pill to make our hormones normal but then it gives us gut disease? Damn. Unfair.

    August 16th, 2012 2:00 pm Reply
  • Pal Raine

    This is good. Very informative. I just like to get credit to Sara for doing her job as a blogger. What is the point here is that we bloggers are responsible enough to choose words that is proper to our readers. And copying it is a BIG NO NO. That is the point here.

    August 16th, 2012 12:10 pm Reply
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    August 16th, 2012 10:10 am Reply
  • NancyLee

    What about depo provera? Does this injectable birth control have the same effect on the gut?

    August 16th, 2012 7:08 am Reply
  • cell

    this ms. LEILANI MACATANGAY BAUTISTA is obviously a staff of SEN. TITO SOTTO… woman, pls stop making excuses of your boss.. the isseu here is not ’bout the bill, it’s about stealing other people’s work, plagiarism! OMG, to think that he’s a senator?

    August 16th, 2012 6:28 am Reply
    • cell

      here’s one of the many link…

      August 16th, 2012 6:29 am Reply
      • iskaparate

        F..U Puro link, dami na nagbigay nyan Gaga. Isa ka pa

        August 16th, 2012 6:33 am Reply
        • cell

          affected u? mas gaga ka.. isa ka siguro sa staff nya.. hehe

          August 16th, 2012 6:39 am Reply
          • iskaparate

            Gaga ka ba? basa basa para malaman mo, Di ako staff, galit lang ako sa tanga, hehe

            August 16th, 2012 6:42 am
        • cell

          ng deny ang lola, anyway sigurado next year wala kana work kasi di na manalo yang boss mo na bobo, ma epal… nyahaha

          August 16th, 2012 6:47 am Reply
          • iskaparate

            Hoy kaw nga epal eh, dami na nagpost ng link, isa kapang post ng link nanaman, Kinontak na ya ng mga reporters. Bobo Boobooo GAGA. Nyahahahaha

            August 16th, 2012 6:52 am
  • K

    Tangna, OO na sinabi na ngang kinopya, paulit ulit na tong mga ungas sa PAgbibigay ng link, natural sinabi na ng mga reporter dito sa author nito dduh!

    August 16th, 2012 6:22 am Reply
  • Philip

    Filipnos and their habit of defending their stupidity and mistakes…tsk tsk tsk. If you guys can’t vote right, your country is hopeless.

    August 16th, 2012 4:46 am Reply
    • Original Pinoy Hater

      Our voting process is set up for failure from the very start. It has always been s a process of choosing the lesser evil for the longest time. Instead of voting for a candidate for their merits, my people choose the most popular personalities (like the senator who plagiarized this blog post~ a former actor) and or the candidates who they think have the least corrupt career prior to running for a higher post.

      August 16th, 2012 5:13 am Reply
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  • John

    Ms. Bautista, stop spamming this blog with your vain and pathetic attempts to defend a thief. Pope, thanks for pointing out that the senator is a former comedian. I didn’t even know that. The Philippines is truly going to go to the dogs if people continue to let celebrities shape public policy in the country. How sad that someone whose prior employment involved making people laugh is actually taken seriously in the political arena. Get a grip, Philippines.

    August 16th, 2012 12:46 am Reply
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  • Leilani Macatangay Bautista

    Sarah, the bottom line is, the people who are pushing for the Reproductive Health (RH) bill in the Philippines, like Pope and Ren B, don’t believe that using oral contraceptives can affect the baby. Also, unless you are a medical professional, they do not accept the actual experiences as valid. The senator that they are talking about, the one who supposedly plagiarized your site, by virtue of experience, believes that there is a correlation between oral contraceptives and serious side effects on the baby.

    What is very obvious here is that the Filipino RH bill supporters are using you, your name, your blog, to discredit the experiences of a man whose baby he believed died because his wife got pregnant while taking the pill. They are using you to bring down another person. That they cannot dispute.

    For what it’s worth, I am a mother too, and I believe that what you said in your article is possible. Although my case was not because of using oral contraceptives. But I believe you when you said that the condition you got as a result of oral contraceptives. In my case, I had urinary tract infection when I was pregnant, so the doctors had to make sure I was in antibiotics during delivery to prevent my baby from getting urinary tract infection. And so, I believe that when you said you passed on your condition to your baby, because I had an almost similar experience.

    And THAT personal experience is what the pro-Rh bill supporters in the Philippines are trying to discredit, because you and I are not medical professionals.

    This is the last I will post about this issue in your thread.

    August 15th, 2012 9:56 pm Reply
    • tmgarcia

      Leilani stop making excuses for that guy! the issue here is not really about the contraceptives but with SENATOR SOTTO (or one of his staff) copying excerpts from the blog, WORD by WORD. Even the punctuations were not changed! He has no decency to even cite his sources. Well what do you expect in a country where the culture of impunity run deep. He maybe thought he wont be discovered. Ha, the miracle of internet.

      August 16th, 2012 5:09 am Reply
    • Original Pinoy Hater

      His first born died to pay for the sins he’s been doing in the present. Think of it as an “advanced payment” to god. This is of course, not taking into consideration that he has a high probability of possessing incompetent sperm cells.

      August 16th, 2012 5:16 am Reply
      • blogger

        ang sama mo! anong kasalanan ng baby dun?! “advanced payment” demonyo! anti-life!

        August 16th, 2012 5:06 pm Reply
    • Ren B

      Be careful with your accusations, Ms. Bautista. The only issue I’m raising here is that the senator STOLE Ms. Sarah’s work. As I wrote: however valid the cause you’re fighting for is, it DOES NOT excuse you from STEALING. And the senator did not “supposedly” plagiarize her site; his staff who wrote HIS speech actually confessed to it! Go ahead and fight for your cause, but stop defending a thief! And stop making assumptions and blind accusations as to who’s pro or anti. Get a grip.

      August 17th, 2012 10:51 pm Reply
  • Leilani Macatangay Bautista

    the good thing about Melgar citing your name is that your blog is now making many hits. however, i think you should also thank the senator for copying your words. anyways, your blog entry is going viral, and take note of how they describe you. this is from another filipino who is for the passage of the RH bill. you are described as US recipe writer.

    i feel that the description is very condescending, because your point in writing the blog is because you feel the need to help women avoid the same experiences that you had. the pro-RH filipinos are not actually taking your words seriously. look at how they describe you,

    anti-vaccine quack
    US recipe writer

    although you are a recipe writer, you are also a blogger whose wisdom is born from painful experiences. Melgar, and the pro-RH filipinos, are using your blog, and your name, to discredit a filipino senator who is fighting a cause which you are also fighting.

    August 15th, 2012 8:47 pm Reply
    • Ren B

      “however, i think you should also thank the senator for copying your words.” Thank the author for PLAGIARIZING her work??? Are you serious? Fighting for a cause, however valid, does NOT excuse someone from STEALING somebody else’s work.

      August 15th, 2012 9:24 pm Reply
    • Pope

      You’re asking the original author to “thank” the clown who PLAGIARIZED her work?
      Would you send a “Thank You” note to the guy who stole your car?

      Shared beliefs or not, people shouldn’t go around stealing other people’s work.
      No matter how you try to spin it, that’s just wrong.

      That’s wrong and that bozo should come out and apologize.

      And Sarah doesn’t need any help making her work “viral”. She has over 3,000 youtube subscribers and almost 20,000 fans on facebook.

      If anything, it’s that comedian who should publicly acknowledge the work of Sarah, thank her, and APOLOGIZE.

      August 15th, 2012 9:24 pm Reply
  • Inggo Reyes

    Try to visit Palawan

    August 15th, 2012 8:36 pm Reply
  • Leilani Macatangay Bautista

    i would just like to add, it was the Filipino Freethinker blogger, Fernando Melgar, mentioned your name. if i may express my opinion… the battle between the pro-RH bill and the anti-RH bill is taken very seriously in the philippines, and your blog, and your name, was used by Melgar to discredit the position of Sotto who, like you, believes that contraception can harm the future baby. Melgar may have cited your blog and Sotto, if he indeed copied your words, did not, but while Sotto used your words to prove the same point you are making in your blog, Melgar used your blog, and your name to discredit the merits of the argument of the senator. at this point, the argument of Melgar, and those who are pro-RH are centered on the plagiarism issue.

    August 15th, 2012 8:35 pm Reply
    • Pope

      I’m pretty sure the ex-comedian senator discredited himself quite blatantly by not attributing this blog as his source.

      Malice or not, that is plagiarism.

      They may share the same beliefs, but that is never an excuse for STEALING.

      August 15th, 2012 9:04 pm Reply
      • Leilani Macatangay Bautista

        again, between the senator who did not cite this blog as his source for purposes of sending out the same message, and the filipino blogger who cited this source solely for the purpose of bringing down another person, i think we can see where the malice lies. also, it is not true that he did not cite a source. he did, but it was this source,

        please also note how the blogger, and how another pro-RH filipino described you as US based recipe writer. i believe that they are not giving value to your actual experiences mainly because you are not a medical doctor.

        August 15th, 2012 9:20 pm Reply
        • Leilani Macatangay Bautista

          just to clarify my link, in the article, the senator mentioned his source. this is what he said,

          Sotto cited the book, “The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women, Exploding the Estrogen Myth” by Barbara Seaman, which stated that those who take pills but still got pregnant have more chances of having abnormal children or children with lower I.Q.

          August 15th, 2012 9:23 pm Reply
  • Leilani Macatangay Bautista

    i would just like to say that the Philippine senator pointed out by some posters in your blog is against a government funded distribution of contraception to the poor families in the philippines. perhaps the senator copied what you said. but the senator also included in his speech the fact that his own wife took contraceptives, but they had a breakthrough ovulation. this was back in the 70’s. their baby was born with defects, and the senator said they were told by the doctor that the probable cause was side effects of oral contraception.

    with all due respect, if the senator had verbatimly copied your blog, it was because like you, he is out to make the point that contraceptives have a lot of serious side effects that people are not aware of. only when it is too late that they know about it. i don’t think that the senator had malice intentions of copying your words.

    on the other hand, the filipino blogger who put mentioned your site, Alfredo Melgar, is a member of the Filipino Freethinkers. he is part of an atheist group who is pushing for the reproductive health bill in the philippines. one of the controversial provisions of the bill is that government will use taxpayers money to make contraceptives accessible to everybody. the target demographics is the poor. those who are FOR the RH (reproductive health) bill do not believe that using side effects can seriously harm the woman using it, and the baby born despite the contraceptive use. given the tone of the posters, named Tweems and Joanna, they seem to be pro-RH bill, meaning they want the bill to be passed.

    this is how Fernando Melgar described you in the article:

    Sotto’s description of the purported ill-effects of birth control pills on unborn children was lifted nearly word for word from the blog of “Sarah, the healthy home economist”, a US based writer who also opposes vaccines for children and offers recipes for goodies like grain free pumpkin cookies.

    i don’t know how you will take the words of Fernando Melgar, but those who are pro-RH are describing you in this way:

    “(Sotto) copied from an anti-vaccination quack (Sarah)”

    “truth of the matter? you mean the veracity of the medical opinions of the blogger?”

    i just wanted to explain to you how your blog was mentioned. also, i would like to mention that the person, Sotto, is actually showing how oral contraceptives can affect the baby. Sotto is against the passage of the bill. The blogger who cited your blog is for the passing of the bill.

    August 15th, 2012 8:23 pm Reply
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  • tweems

    one senator qouted parts your blog en toto. just not sure if there was any attribution to you :)

    August 15th, 2012 12:58 pm Reply
  • Joanna

    Wow! Your blog has been used by a senator in the Philippines for his anti-RH bill speech.

    August 15th, 2012 12:04 pm Reply
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  • Erika from Sweden

    Thanks Sarah D, I’ll pick that one up.

    Since I feel I have to give my daughter the pill – as medicine, not contraception and her condition was so bad in March the nurse who ran the first tests had never in her 20 year long career seen a blood count that low – are there any suggestions what I can do now and after the 6 months are up to save her gut flora? We do make our own kefir and kimchi which she likes and has daily. I really think it’s frustrating to have to “cave in” on something I normally object strongly to. On the other hand, I can not risk that kind of blood loss happen to her again.

    July 25th, 2012 1:35 pm Reply
  • Erika from Sweden

    Hi! In March, my 13-year-old daughter had two very heavy periods. We called the doctor several times, he thought we were just being fussy. We gave her iron rich meals, natural iron supplements, let her rest etc. She ended up fainting and was hospitalized for a week, received 3 bags of blood and it took her about a month to recover. We’ve asked the doctors many times how and why this happened. No answer so far except “hormonal disturbances”.

    The cure for this problem? The pill. That’s the only thing we can do, according to the docs. And AT LEAST 6 months on it. Since her condition was so severe this spring, I’ve complied and now I give my daughter this pill everyday – even though I never took the pill myself (for all the reasons Sarah mentions above).

    I’m so sad that I don’t know the underlying reasons for this and that the only treatment is artificial hormones. We eat very healthy, have no weight issues or other health problems to speak of. Will incorporate more traditional food and hopefully get her off that pill when the 6 months are up.

    Any tips, advice or ideas about what this could be would mean the world to me.

    July 25th, 2012 6:25 am Reply
    • Sarah D

      Try this book:
      Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn M. Shannon.
      Don’t let the title scare you. It’s not just advice for women who want to conceive- lots of good advice about achieving a regular, pain-free cycle with good diet and supplements. I have recommended it to my younger sister.

      July 25th, 2012 10:23 am Reply
  • Maria

    Hello i really need your 19 years old and i take the “pill” since a year and a half ago.
    I used to take the brand yasmine but sonce last february i take the cilest.anyway im having serious terrible problems woth my didjestive belly is like im pregnand.the basic symptoms that i have are : gas, extreme bloating, paind, discomfort, nausea, burping.
    I used to think that i was allergic to some food since my mother have some problems as she cant eat weet.but ive noticed that it might not be that because since the last 5 months and especially since the last 3 weeks ive been really careful to what i eat etc and its still happening.
    Anyway im really looking forward for reply and for some directions.
    Thank you very much !

    July 25th, 2012 1:33 am Reply
  • Vicky

    It makes me wonder after reading certain articles about cancer being a “fungus” and candidis being one of the problems. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some correlation between the pill and HPV. I wonder if taking the pill makes women more prone to getting cervical cancer? Since it is causing damage to a healthy women’s normal flora.
    I haven’t read all the posts, but it sounds like a good possibility.

    July 16th, 2012 5:03 am Reply
    • Al Martin

      cancer is not a fungus. those are sucker driven articles on the internet.

      August 10th, 2013 9:31 am Reply
  • Jenifer

    Thank you form posting this article! This really gives me some insight to some of the digestive problems I’ve had over the years that my “oh so caring” HMO doctor likes to write off as “stress”. I rarely go to the doctor anymore because his solution to everything is “it’s stress, here is a prescription.” I’ve felt for some time that the birth control pill was wrong for my body and have stopped taking it. Now I can take steps towards properly healing my body. Thank you!!!

    July 13th, 2012 1:16 am Reply
  • Sarah

    The pill gave me a blood clot…no lie. A healthy, 22 year old…just 3 years ago. No health problems ever. I had had one boy since then and expecting another soon; as I had only been on it for a few months, it didn’t affect me to get off it…BUT I look at that clot as God’s grace telling me to GET OFF THE PILL at a time when I was completely ignorant about all the side effects. Now, I have problems during my pregnancies and being classified as a ‘higher risk’ pregnancy because of that pill-caused clot, even though I am a very healthy woman. Very frustrating. Ladies considering or currently on the medication, the pill is NOT worth it. Your future children are worth staying away from it. You don’t want any doubts or problems in the future. Choose another contraceptive method and take control of your whole health.

    July 11th, 2012 10:30 pm Reply
  • tammy

    wow. I just finished reading this article and yikes. I’m 24 and am on birth control, been on it for almost two years now. I started taking it because of some acne problems and severe cramping. I don’t want to take it anymore after reading this article!! but I’m not sure how else I would take care of the other problems. I am not a fan of taking medications and the pill is the only one that I really ever take. When I started taking it I asked the doctor if there would be any problems in the future with having children as I had read somewhere that women were having problems conceiving but I never heard about these issues. And of course the doctor reassured me that nothing longterm would happen. Ayay….what to do what to do….

    June 12th, 2012 11:15 am Reply
  • Joyce

    I am 25 and I am having hormonal issues along with fatigue, other menopausal symptoms, anxiety, irritability, etc… but my cycles are normal. before I started seeing my holistic dr, my regular tried to prescribe me with birth control to control my hormones. I said no, and they basically just gave up on me. I started taking bio-identical hormones and then later started taking supplements and herbs to naturally get my body to produce hormones. I am doing much better than I was. I wouldn’t recommend birth control to anyone. They hand it out for everything now.

    June 5th, 2012 3:42 pm Reply
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  • Kristin Putnam

    Thank you for the information! I have done extensive research into the Pill’s effects on the reproductive system, but this is the first I have heard of this issue. If your readers are still wanting to plan their family size but want to stay away from the Pill, tell them to check out the Billings Ovulation Method. It has been researched for over 50 years, published in medical journals, and is supported by data from nearly 1 million biological tests. It is 99.5% effective in postponing pregnancy, and highly effective at helping couples achieve pregnancy even if they have been labeled “sub-fertile.” Unlike “Taking charge of Your Fertility” (which is informative), the personal instruction associated with Billings gives users optimum chance for success. Every woman is so different that having a certified teacher can help them interpret charts correctly until they are fully confident and competent using the method. Billings is much more than knowing if you would achieve pregnancy on any given day, but it can also be used to track a woman’s reproductive health. Because of the extensive research, a woman’s chart becomes a biological test of it’s own. We can track hormone levels, vitamin deficiencies, and early detection of potentially serious problems. Please visit for more info!

    March 30th, 2012 11:10 am Reply
  • Benjina

    Hi Sarah
    I’m VERY thankful for info. I found your blog is very useful since tt is difficult to obtain much information about side effects and I wish I’d known about the dangers of pills earlier when i was taking it… Because there is no way of knowing if any particular problem is actually a side effect of that, only vague information is available about side effects of birth control pills. The prescribing information for all birth control pills simply lists side effects seen with birth control pills in general, instead of side effects for a specific product. Specific side effect information, such as how frequently they occur or the effect in a long run, is not provided…thanks again!

    March 15th, 2012 8:59 am Reply
  • Violin

    I have some questions and hope someone can help me out! I just found out about the GAPS diet and it sounds a lot like mine and DH’s family. We have a history of depression, anemina, schizophrenia, allergies, asthma, eczema, ADHD, learning disabilities, IBS, eating disorders etc. etc. I made the mistake of taking the pill for 2 years, and our DD was conceived 4 months after I stopped.

    I feel a lot healthier now than I used to (we are changing over to a Nourishing Traditions diet). DD is 5 months old and healthy (no vaccinations) although she does have mild colic/reflux/gas. My stools, as you described in an earlier comment, are normal. Would the GAPS diet still be beneficial? I’d really like to try it but DD is exclusively BF and we are also TTC #2 as we’d really like our first two children to be close in age. So when should I start the GAPS diet??? I’d really like our children to have a healthy start but also want our first two children about 1.5 years apart. Maybe I’d have to wait until #2 is older, and then wait to TTC #3? If you have any info or suggestions regarding GAPS while BF or PG that would be great (I also had Hypermesis during pg #1 so don’t know if going on a special diet while pg would be a good idea?)

    February 22nd, 2012 11:33 am Reply
  • Lucia

    Hi – just wanting to ask a question. I take the pill, because for me it is the best option. I appreciate knowing everything that’s been said, but as a doctoral student my life is stressful enough without charting or pregnancy! I simply don’t have the energy, the commitment or want the responsibility. Anyway, so a few of my friends at uni have had the arm implant recently: the one that releases hormones into your bloodstream that way. I was wondering: would this be better for your gut than oral contraception? I have IBS, triggered by a stomach bug that I never properly healed (I was 21.. I was doing everything badly!) which I’m healing with low grains, high good fats etc. I just thought that if it’s not directly in your gut it might be less negative, and I think I heard the levels of hormone in your body are lower since it doesn’t have to compensate for irregular digestion since it’s already in your bloodstream.

    Anyone know anything? Thanks lots :)

    February 6th, 2012 11:07 pm Reply
  • M

    Hi Sarah,
    I wanted to let you know some of your links are broken: Gut and Psychology Syndrome leads to the Amazon page of the wrong book, and the Mineral Primer link goes to a blank page for me. Also, I can’t seem to find the correct page on the March of Dimes website where they talk about this (I’m looking under pregnancy complications, but don’t see anything about this post’s topic).
    Thanks for updating the links when you get a chance!

    January 31st, 2012 10:00 am Reply
  • Anne

    Do you know if the same holds true for other methods of hormonal birth control? I currently use the Mirena IUD, and am planning on making the switch to the Paragard in a year and a half.
    Thank you.

    January 24th, 2012 6:14 pm Reply
  • Katy

    I have recently found your blog, and I am VERY thankful that there is someone out there dedicated to finding the truth. I took birth control during my late teens and very early twenties, and eventually gave it up because it just didn’t feel right.I eventually developed PCOS, and I am not entirely sure that it wasn’t the birth control triggered this, in addition to a VERY poor diet. After reading this blog, I am even more convinced that my body was telling me the right thing to stay away from the pill. My brother is allergic to milk (like, deathly allergic) and I now believe that I am intolerant of almost all grains (except for rice, in small amounts). My family thinks I am a zealot about healthy eating and staying away from commercially produced food and conventional medicine. I actually got into an argument with my father over a flu shot. I told him that I am healthy enough now that it would be hard for me to get the flu. He himself has type 2 diabetes… go figure. But anyway, thank you for your honest blog and commitment to true health.

    January 20th, 2012 5:41 pm Reply
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    Found this very interesting:

    December 31st, 2011 12:55 pm Reply
  • Jamie

    I am 31, and I went off the pill about 6 years ago, after being on I from age 16. We have been trying to get pregnant since I went off the pill, and have been unsuccessful. I have done charting, ovulation tests, diet & exercise and have finally turned to IVF. I was not 100% comfortable with hormone injections and pumping my body full of chemicals, but we were told that because the issue is my husband’s and not mine, that the IVF was our best choice. However, on top of all the injections and other drugs, they put me on the pill for a full cycle before the IVF cycle. I am listless, fatigued, grouchy and have zero sex drive. When I complained they told me that it is necessary to “reset” my cycle in preparation for the IVF cycle. I am very frustrated and now I’m more worried about having to be on and off the pill. Is there any way to counteract the negative effects of the pill, while on the pill? I don’t want us to go through all of this, to produce a child who is unhealthy and unhappy because of my choices.

    November 29th, 2011 12:55 pm Reply
    • Kristin Putnam

      Jamie, I am so sorry for all of the trouble you have been through. You and your husband do need to make the decision that is best for you. You said that you tried charting- which method did you use? The Billings Ovulation Method shows you much more than just ovulation time, it shows hormone levels and if healthy eggs have been released, etc. Other methods are fine for basic fertility management, but when it comes to really getting an idea of what is going on in your system, Billings outshines them all.

      I am a certified Billings teacher, and have done extensive research on the effect of the Pill on future fertility. Giving the Pill to “reset the system,” really doesn’t change what your body is doing. The artificial hormones give the appearance of a “reset,” but if there is an underlying problem, it remains and can be an issue when trying to achieve pregnancy- even using IVF. There are so many variables, and I don’t know all the details of your situation, but I would love to dialogue with you and help if I can. Please feel free to email me at or visit our website We do web conferences all the time.

      I will leave you with this: In a 5 year study, concluded in 2003, 207 “subfertile” couples (had been trying for 15 months without success) used the Billings Method to try and achieve pregnancy. 65% of them achieved pregnancy within an average of 4 months. 17 couples had tried IVF and it had failed. 7 of these achieved naturally with Billings.

      Like I said, you need to make the decision that is best for you. But I would love to talk about your options using Billings. You may be able to avoid much of this craziness and create a more healthy you in the process!

      March 30th, 2012 11:29 am Reply
  • Lisa

    This is overwhelming and makes me feel guilty and awful, because I, like most other women my age, spend years on the pill. But…information is power, and I am glad I have this information now.

    My first daughter is surprisingly healthy considering everything I did “wrong” before she was conceived, during pregnancy, and during breastfeeding. I guess I lucked out and I am grateful, or maybe she will have problems of some sort later in her life.

    My second child, born over 5 years after the first, was conceived in a “clean” and healed body, given WAPF foods in utero and via breastmilk and as first foods. She has actually been sick more often than my older daughter and has a less robust immune system, although she has been more physically robust (bigger, stronger) and has wonderful spacing in her teeth and excellent facial structure.

    I think the reason my youngest has been more susceptible to illness is that I had postpartum depression and this caused a lot of stress and negative energy in our lives. With my first child, I was happy and relaxed postpartum.

    So I’ve learned that I can’t control everything and that some things are left up to chance, and that with the rest, I can do my best and forgive myself for what I didn’t or couldn’t do.

    September 17th, 2011 11:26 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Please don’t feel guilty. We have all been duped by the conventional medical paradigm at one time or another. All we can do is learn and grow as time goes on and do the best we can with what we know to be true at the moment.

      October 25th, 2011 9:28 pm Reply
  • Kay

    I recognize there side effects woman can experience while on the pill, but the post’s conspicuous lack of suggestions of other birth control options is a bit of a concern and makes me wonder if there is another agenda here–especially considering the author’s attack on condoms, too. There is also a lot of talk in the comments about using natural family planning which assumes the only reason women take oral contraceptives is to avoid pregnancy. There is no discussion at all about the options for woman whose menstrual problems are so severe they are actually physically debilitating and/or socially or economically limiting. Nor has there been much discussion about woman who face serious health risks from pregnancy.

    I agree that the traditional medical community does not always give patients all the facts they need to make an informed decision, and I do think it would be best for women to be well-informed about all their contraceptive options including all the risks and benefits. However, I think there is a lot of painting with a very broad brush. I’m not a big fan of oral contraceptives, but I do think there are some circumstances where the therapeutic benefits outweigh the risks.

    August 9th, 2011 5:49 pm Reply
    • anonymous

      Maybe you missed that the post is about the connection between a certain contraceptive and gut dysbiosis, not a discussion of the most healthy forms of birth control. You seem like the one with an agenda, not the author.

      October 21st, 2012 10:47 pm Reply
  • Marta

    I used to take the pill. That was what everyone did. My periods were very frequent which annoyed me a great deal – I was bleeding for 7 days, then 7 days off, then another 7 days of bleeding – and so on. I went to different doctors for advice about alternative methods of contraception, but the only thing they suggested was implant or intrauterine device (which consists of the same hormones anyway). When I asked about a ‘natural’ method, they only knew of one – the Rhythm method which I knew didn’t work. I was also worried about the relation between the Pill and cancer. When I asked about it, doctors usually took out their big book of drug side effects and read from it that there was nothing to prove that Pill may contribute to cancer (!)
    So I did my research and discovered Fertility Awareness Method (there is a book about it by Toni Weschler). That was a revelation to me. I felt so happy to be able to stop the Pill.

    But for a few months after stopping the Pill I had periods with very short luteal phase which is not normal and especially problematic if you are trying for a baby. Luckily, I found a remedy for it – agnus castus (chaste tree) capsules – they worked miracles in rebalancing my hormones. I recommend them for any woman going off the pill. Nettle and dandelion tea is also useful because it helps the detoxification so your liver can get rid of the excessive hormones brought into your body by the Pill (taking the Pill strains your liver because it has to deal with the extra toxins coming from the Pill).

    August 9th, 2011 1:25 pm Reply
  • Nathalie

    Hi! I took the pill for several years and stopped as soon as I noticed my digestion changing… and I went to a naturopath and an acupuncturist to recover from it before having children. That was a great help and I could carry my twins with no problems.

    And I think that the pill can be a solution for some years in a woman’s life, all depending on how catastrophic a pregnancy would be in her life… Yes, they are some dangers related to it’s use and they are not well know and communicated by doctors, but once a woman is informed, she can make an informed choice, and, if she choses the pill, get off it early before having children, learn her cycles and refill her body with all nutriments before being pregnant.

    July 31st, 2011 5:17 am Reply
  • Karen Elpant

    Sarah, I was not on birth control pills but my question is related to my gut imbalance – If it is passed on to my children should they be taking probiotics? I plan to do the GAPS diet soon to heal my gut but now that they are already born what can I do for them? I can’t put a 7 month old and a 4 year old on the GAPS diet, right? That sounds weird to me! I can do the GAPS diet for myself but what can I do for them so they won’t have problems when they grow up?????

    July 30th, 2011 12:42 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      They will have the same predispositions that you have typically. Teaching them to eat right and to include raw and lactofermented foods in their diet on a regular basis will keep them from suffering from similar problems later. Gut balance is something that requires daily work… it’s not something you achieve with a probiotic for a few weeks and then forget about it. It can’t be “fixed” permanently. the gut is balanced and then maintained through healthy diet and lifestyle.

      July 30th, 2011 1:19 pm Reply
  • Deena

    Do have recommendations to naturally heal ovarian cysts? My daughter has been on the pill or a patch due to cysts, pain and abnormal monthly cycles. I am new to all of this and want to be able to give her an informed and educated naturally healthy answer.

    May 16th, 2011 3:52 pm Reply
  • Evelyn

    Wow, this is frightening, but good to know!

    April 29th, 2011 7:30 pm Reply
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  • Christy

    I’m sorry, but this post is completely one-sided. Oral contraceptives have been around since 1960. Study after study has continuously shown the long term use of the pills is not harmful and they provide therapeutic effects. It’s organic food eating, anti-pharmaceuticals, pro-vegan, pro-raw, pro-life, stay-at-home-throw-away-your-college-education-moms who come up with this propaganda all to reinforce your non-substantiated post.

    April 16th, 2011 10:40 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Christy, I happen to have a Master’s Degree from an Ivy League college. It seems the only studies you are reading and the only information you are letting into your little box of ideas are the skewed, fudged, pharmaceutical company paid for propaganda masquerading as legitimate studies. Get out of your box girl! You’re going to suffocate in there!

      April 17th, 2011 12:32 pm Reply
      • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

        Oh, and I eat meat too. Don’t you just love folks who live in a world of generalities?

        April 17th, 2011 12:34 pm Reply
    • tina

      Christy ~ I’m a humanist, pro-choice, meat eating domestic engineer and I think the pill is the worst thing women can do to their bodies. I was on the pill in my early twenties and it caused all kinds of issues.

      January 1st, 2012 11:13 pm Reply
  • Lauren

    The WAPF has an article about subclinical B6 deficiency. Birth control pills are strongly linked to this deficiency. Keep in mind, there is almost never just one B vitamin deficiency. Yikes. What if a host of our health problems started because we started popping pills like candy in high school? Drug companies feel the push and send out the quack patrol to quiet anything standing in the way of big money. Don’t think for a second that anything chemical or synthetic has “helped” anyone when all things chemical and synthetic helped that person down a road to bad health in the first place.

    April 13th, 2011 10:55 pm Reply
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  • Leah

    I was repeatedly put on antibiotics from infancy and took birth control pills for 10 years, starting from the age of 12 because of severe cramping. In college, I became very ill and was diagnosed with IBS, chronic fatigue, endometriosis, and fibromyalgia. I was told to drop out of school and get on disability. There was nothing the doctors could do. I started looking into nutrition and alternative medicine. Eventually, I was led to raw milk, grass fed beef, and basically a grain free Weston A Price diet. It has helped a lot, but I still struggle with thyroid, auto-immune issues, and hormone issues. I also have 3 children who all have asthma and allergies and low immunity, along with various other health issues. My son is dyslexic and my daughter has emotional problems. They have always been fed a very healthy diet and were all breastfed until they were almost 3.

    For years I have been searching for answers and trying to piece things together about why my children struggle so much. I am often accused of causing my children’s illness because I don’t feed them “normal” food. Anyway, it is hard enough to realize that doctors and pharmaceuticals ruined my health, but watching my children suffer and knowing they might deal with health issues most of their life… It is just heartbreaking. How I just wish I knew more back then.

    March 31st, 2011 2:46 am Reply
  • Lisa

    P, I will definitely check that out. I think we may be on the same page and I’m always open to learning:)

    March 15th, 2011 9:17 am Reply
  • Crystal – Prenatal Coach

    Oopps forgot to mention that I’ve been using the “Lady Comp” for the past 5 years and I LOVE it. A little bit of an investment but a very simple and effective way to practice natural birth control.

    March 10th, 2011 3:38 pm Reply
  • Crystal – Prenatal Coach

    Thank you for writing about this very important topic. I am so excited to see how far and wide it’s been spread online. I’m really passionate about preconception health because there is SO much that we can do to optimize our future child’s health before we even become pregnant. I’ve gone through this journey myself and after years of dedication to my health I’m now ready to become a mom and feel that my body will support a healthy pregnancy and baby. I’m really excited!

    March 10th, 2011 3:36 pm Reply
  • Lori @ Laurel of Leaves

    Thank you for getting this information out there! I was on the pill for 5 years and never knew how wonderful I could feel without it. I am SO glad I switched to fertility awareness for a natural contraceptive.

    March 9th, 2011 2:39 am Reply
  • Laura

    I recently stopped taking birth control because hubby and I are TTC, and don’t really want to go back on it. Once I got off the pill, I realized that it really affected my libido. Let’s just say my husband had no idea what hit him, but he hasn’t complained ;). I think it will be NFP from now on.

    However, I do not like seeing the pill being demonized so much. It probably saved my mother’s fertility. She had severe endometriosis that required surgery to treat. After that surgery, she was able to get pregnant with my brother and she took BCP between pregnancies to keep the endometriosis from coming back. I probably wouldn’t be here if she hadn’t taken it. And I haven’t seen any possible side effects from her taking birth control that wouldn’t be because of genetics.

    But I do not deny that there is a link. I just believe that like everything else, you should educate yourself and weigh the risks and benefits.

    March 7th, 2011 2:00 am Reply
  • Lisa

    This is a pretty interesting article, and I myself have discovered that I can no longer take any kind of oral contraceptive without horrible side effects, however I really wish you all wouldn’t demonize ‘the pill’ and make it seem as if everyone in the world is as knowledgeable and educated as your readers may be. Oral contraceptives have helped women become autonomous in the last 40+ years; we no longer HAVE to make a choice between enjoying our sexuality and becoming burdened with an unintended pregnancy. The pill also made it possible for women to make great strides in education and the work place. Nothing is without side effects of course, but I still (even though I no longer take it) think ‘the pill’ has done more good than harm.

    March 5th, 2011 7:08 pm Reply
    • P

      Hi Lisa,

      While I hear your point about the pill and it’s relationship to women’s empowerment (and I preface this by saying I have worked for and still support the mission of Planned Parenthood and other women’s clinics etc), I also found the work of the late Jeannine Parvati Baker in her book “Conscious Conception: Elemental Journey through the Labyrinth of Sexuality” EXTREMELY fascinating in arguing that the pill may not have actually been as liberating in some ways as people may have thought. I don’t agree with ALL of her arguments/POV, but it was very definitely an eye opener on a perspective that I hadn’t considered.

      And yes, though I too have not been able to take hormonal birth control due to health reasons, I still support a woman’s right to obtain them if pregnancy is the larger concern, and still bless the years I didn’t get preggo because I was on it. That being said, I do think Western medicine is VERY lacking in telling people in general about the nutritional hits that a LOT of meds cause and not educating them on how even if they can’t mitigate these effects entirely, how they can at least minimize them with appropriate diet/supplementation etc etc

      March 6th, 2011 10:36 pm Reply
  • Samantha Stayner

    My mother along with one of her sisters are allergic to the pill. I have tried to take many different types but I always end up with nasty debilitating migraines within the first 3 months of taking them so it turns out that I am also allergic to them. I have always been jealous of the women that have been able to take the pill because my period is so heavy and it goes from about 5-10 days depending on the month. Now, after reading this article, I believe that I am lucky that my body tells me not to take them! I feel safer about having children knowing what the pill could possibly do to them even after I would have stopped taking it. Condoms have always worked for my long term boyfriend and I, so now I know to just stick with that and not to try anymore BC pills!

    March 5th, 2011 4:45 pm Reply
  • ARP

    This is a very interesting article and I will be doing more research on this, as I had to take oral contraceptives from age twelve (due to serious endometriosis, which was preventing me from attending school), and during my teen years I developed serious allergies, including lactose and egg intolerance.

    I have since stopped using hormonal contraceptives (using barrier methods instead). However, I still have many digestion problems and issues with allergies. As for endo I found that using primrose oil supplements, organic cloth pads and the ‘moon-cup’ alleviated many of the problems I had.

    The only thing missing from this article seems to be alternatives to oral contraceptives, you tell us what the dangers are without offering safe alternatives. For example, do IUD’s (including non-hormonal IUD), the patch, implants, or deprovera (the shot) cause ‘gut imbalances’ —or it is limited to the oral ingestion of the contraceptives?

    March 4th, 2011 11:20 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Unfortunately, not a lot of great options ARP. There is a comment above that lists some sort of device (pricey though) that takes and stores your temperature and gives a “green” or a “red” light to each day. That is the best thing I’ve heard of so far. I myself have never used the pill (I didn’t need a study to tell me it was dangerous, though now it’s nice the data is coming in now to support my common sense hunch) but still managed to wait 8 years before we started our family, space my children as we wanted (3 years apart) and have no surprises, so it can be done.

      March 5th, 2011 3:43 pm Reply
      • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

        Oh, and with regard to the patch and injected contraceptives etc , I have not seen any data that these methods cause gut imbalance. They very well may, as IV antibiotics for a woman in labor (for Strep B) causes her baby to typically be born with gut bacteria issues. However, I personally would never use them as I have no doubt they cause other serious problems. I am not one to be a guinea pig and hope for the best until the data to the contrary becomes available.

        March 5th, 2011 3:59 pm Reply
        • Sarah

          Sara, so you think that the antibiotics given for group B strep can contribute to the ‘reflux’ diagnosis that seems to be so common in newborns nowadays? I had FIVE rounds of the antibiotic before the birth with my first son 2 years ago. Terrible. just wondering if you think that could have contributed to his host of tummy problems even though I was exclusively breastfeeding for a year? Any links to more info? Planning a homebirth with number 2 due soon. Hope he will have none of those problems.

          July 11th, 2012 10:23 pm Reply
  • worms in children

    I enjoy in reading here. Keep updating us. I will be here in a short while, Thanks a lot!

    March 4th, 2011 2:14 am Reply
  • Fibromyalgia Specialist Freehold NJ

    Great article. So many don’t realize the side effect of these pills. I also bring up the question with women taking these pills for so long for contraception, wonder how much messing up the normal balance of hormones of the female body might affect pregnancy, fertility, and possible birth defects when they finally decide they want to have children.

    March 3rd, 2011 12:08 pm Reply
  • Naomi H

    I’ve never taken the pill for a variety of reasons, and I truly believe that the pill is one of the worst toxins on the planet, for health, environmental, and psychological reasons.
    Do you have, however, any reference to actual studies that demonstrate that the pill disturbs gut flora, or even info on how it actually imbalances it? Thanks!

    March 1st, 2011 9:44 am Reply
  • Guggie Daly

    Very happy to see this post! Women have a right to know about the many ways hormonal replacement therapies interfere with their bodies, not just their reproductive organs. Oral contraceptives especially wreak havoc on the uptake of Vitamin B9, commonly called folate or as we see it in synthetic form, Folic Acid. I write about it here:

    February 28th, 2011 4:04 am Reply
  • Ronna

    This is very interesting. I was on the pill (and vegetarian) when I became pregnant with my oldest son who has had gut issues since day one. Keeping him on a diet focused on veggies, meats, broths, and eggs seems to work best with him. The difficult part is that he craves carbs to an insane degree, which I’m sure is due to his imbalanced gut flora. The longer he stays away from grains, the less he craves them.

    February 27th, 2011 9:30 am Reply
  • Katie Talbott

    I was wondering if anyone has experience with the pill casing IBS? (Irritable Bowl Syndrome) My sister-in-law recently found out she has IBS and has been on the pill for at least 3 years due to really painful periods. It seems like the two could be related… I would love some information if anyone knows of any before I send her a link to this post.

    February 26th, 2011 4:29 pm Reply
    • Katie Talbott

      Oops, I meant “causing” 😉

      February 26th, 2011 4:30 pm Reply
      • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

        Hi Katie, there is absolutely a link. IBS is autoimmune in nature and ALL autoimmune conditions have their root in imbalanced gut flora.

        February 26th, 2011 5:12 pm Reply
        • Jennifer Ellis

          I was wondering the same thing. I had my son 7 years ago but before had been on the pill for 15 years for irregular and painful periods. I have IBS and indigestion all the time.seeming like it started right around that time. I have tried three or four different drugs prescribed by a gastro dr but none have worked. My sister has Celiac but got tested for that and they say I don’t carry the genes for it. Was ready to go to another gastro dr. Sarah does it ever go away on it’s own or do you have to do one of the treatments. Just want to make sure that’s what it is.

          March 27th, 2012 6:46 pm Reply
  • Rob

    right-wing propaganda at its finest.

    February 26th, 2011 12:26 am Reply
    • ARP

      My spidey-senses are telling me the same thing Rob! Mostly for the fact that no information is given about alternative forms of contraception, or the differences between types of oral contraceptives (the myriad of options available today and how drastically oral contraception has changed in over 40 years!) and there are no studies cited …. However this could be the case of the author reading actual research showing a correlation between young women developing digestion problems around the same time they start taking birth control– BUT (and this is a big but) Correlation does NOT mean Causation. Yeah.. I just want to mention that again: Correlation does NOT mean Causation!!!

      March 4th, 2011 11:43 pm Reply
      • P

        Hi Rob and ARP,

        As someone who worked for Planned Parenthood and other women’s clinics for many years and got an MPH in reproductive health (so you gotta know that I’m nowhere NEAR right wing ;-), I do hear you as far as the lack of studies cited on this – HOWEVER – speaking from personal and clinical experience with countless numbers of women as well as lots of healthcare providers who have all seen the same, I gotta say that oral contraceptives and hormonal methods – every last one of them, even the newer ones – SERIOUSLY mess with all sorts of things. The nutritional depletions they cause are very real (lots of studies out there DO back this up). As are the affects on everything from liver function (all pharma meds have to clear through the liver and therefore stress it out) to adrenals to – again, because of the nutritional depletion factor – you name it. Changing up your hormones does change how your body processes carbs. Nutritional depletions can also definitely contribute to gut dysbiosis. On a personal note, I never had a yeast infection in my LIFE until a week after starting OCP’s when I got a rip roaring one. And you can’t blame having no-latex sex either, because I was on them for a full month (ie three weeks after the first yeast explosion) before we ditched the latex. Continued to have problems with the major yeasties on and off until I finally stopped them – and then did YEARS of gut healing work. Haven’t gone back to hormonal methods since because I value my gut health too much.
        So, while *I* didn’t want to admit that OCP’s and other hormonal methods were pretty much all bad news on a health front – either personally or professionally – the evidence just became too overwhelming. The bottom line – the health risks of the pill/hormonal methods depend on what the tradeoff is for the woman between not getting preggo v. the toll on her health and potentially that of her future baby. For many of us, we’ve just discovered the tradeoffs weren’t worth it. That’s all. In fact, many of the FIERCEST proponents I know of using only NFP/non hormonal methods etc. are just as fiercely LEFT wing-y as anyone you’d want to meet. That’s the funny thing – it’s actually one place where I’ve seen the extremes of left and right find common ground. 😉

        Peace (and good gut health to ya! 😉
        – P

        March 6th, 2011 10:13 pm Reply
  • Sheila

    Did you know that the Pill also increases your risk of breast cancer — especially when taken before having your first child? No wonder breast cancer is at epidemic levels now.

    February 25th, 2011 6:32 pm Reply
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  • Allyson McQuinn

    The Pill was only tried on 132 women in the early 1960’s and 3 of them died. The Pill was released anyway. As per John Robbins book, “Reclaiming Your Health,” the decision was made for Doctors not to explain the complications associated with taking the Pill to women as it would potentially just “confuse” the Doctor Patient relationship. As a Physician of Natural Medicine, I end up clearing the effects of the pill by applying homeopathic principles for detoxification of the hormones that falsely mimick pregancy to witness infertility issues resolve, emotions normalize and candida eradicated.

    February 24th, 2011 6:54 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    What an informative and much-needed post for women! Like the majority of your readers, I had no idea how the pill could impact the health of children who’s mothers take it. I just posted on your FB page a great resource for natural birth control that I have used for more than 20 years – it’s the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I received this book from a friend after going off the pill after being on it for less than a year. This book is so empowering and I have shared it with many friends through the years, the majority of whom were having fertility issues. Thank you so much for the time and research you put into your blog. It is truly one of the most educational blogs out there and I enjoy your insight, wisdom and concern for helping us improve our nutrition and wellness. Blessings, Kelly from The Nourishing Home

    February 24th, 2011 4:39 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Wow, Kelly. Thank you for such kind words! :) I really hope this info helps at least a few ladies to avoid the health crisis for themselves and their children that can be brought on by use of The Pill. It is so very important for dialogue on this topic.

      February 24th, 2011 4:42 pm Reply
  • sara

    Can someone tell me briefly what signs of gut dysbiosis would be? I was on the patch for 6 years, went off of it because I hated the side effects, and got pregnant 5 months later. However, I had an extremely uneventful, healthy pregnancy. I did not ever get sick and I exercised the entire time. My daughter is very healthy at 13 months and is still breastfeeding. It’s only been the last few months that I’ve been eating less grains- before that I lived on cereal, fruit, veggies, pastuerized milk, and not much meat. (although I always hated processed food). I have no allergies or any health issues. Should I be concerned, or just happy that I escaped unscathed from my previous eating habits?

    February 24th, 2011 3:47 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Sara, a comment above answers this question as someone asked the same thing earlier.

      February 24th, 2011 4:36 pm Reply
      • sara

        Oh I see, thanks! I think I’m good, then!

        February 24th, 2011 5:18 pm Reply
  • why?

    I’m so lost on why people don’t just use condoms. Seriously, I think in this entire board I’m the only one who mentioned them. I’ve never used the pill, and I didn’t feel that my cycle was regular enough to use cycle beads, and I’m not confident enough with it. I’m not down with an “oops, now I’m pregnant”. My husband and I have used a condom every single time, 5 years, no babies. I’ve heard concerns that this will ruin the moment, but it is just not that big of a deal. If it ruins the moment for you, you’ve got bigger problems.

    I think condoms should be part of the baby-prevention dialogue.

    February 24th, 2011 2:47 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Condoms have health issues of their own including the chemicals in the lubricant and the spermicides which are very inflammatory for many women. If you get the non lubricated condoms, they have some sort of nano particle on them to keep the latex from sticking or something and these particles many women don’t feel comfortable having inside of their bodies.

      February 24th, 2011 4:39 pm Reply
    • Heather

      I was conceived with condom use. They should be part of the dialogue, but like other methods it’s not a perfect solution for everyone.

      February 24th, 2011 5:28 pm Reply
  • Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health

    Oh, and you are right on about the Pill causing low zinc levels. When I work with my natural fertility clients, I will have them on zinc for at least 6 months before levels return to normal in some cases. Some of this is due to the pill, some is due to ingesting grains and nuts that haven’t been soaked and some is due to poor digestion- HCl needs zinc and zinc needs HCl- but either way, zinc deficiency is a huge issue in fertility.

    February 24th, 2011 1:47 pm Reply
  • Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health

    The iron feeds the bad guys, as does B vitamins. I was taking B vitamins like crazy and didn’t realize I was just feeding them and making them stronger. Also, the body will “hide” iron because it’s trying not to feed the infection/pathogen. I was anemic despite ALL efforts to the contrary for over 10 years. Now I know that my poor body was just trying to help me! (And all the while I was downing more and more iron!) When I have clients with anemia, especially chronic, I look right to gut dysbiosis or underlying systemic infection- always!

    February 24th, 2011 1:36 pm Reply
  • Jean

    Hello Sarah,
    Thank you for this article which I have forwarded to my daughter and grandaughter. How doctors can repeatedly prescribe the pill like they do I have no idea. My personal “two weeks” were something from a bad novel. I had all the side effects including my hearing. Try working in an office with no noise! My daughter got prenant with her first child while on the pill and he was born prematurely. The second child has all types of allergies and stomach problems. The third child seems to be following suit. My daughter literally is living on iron pills. The baby lives on Prevacid three times a day for over a year. (I complain about this one too, as I’m sure it’s not healthy.) Again, thank you for the article and all the information you have included.

    February 24th, 2011 1:27 pm Reply
  • Beth Lambert

    Excellent article!!

    The epidemic of chronic illness in children (autism, ADHD, allergies, etc.) IS caused by this exact problem–thank you for raising awareness to it, Sarah! I expand on this topic (gut dysbiosis) (and look at other factors contributing to this epidemic such as vaccines, toxin exposure, poor nutrition, EMFs, etc.) in my book A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient, 2010). Please see my website for more information: I also run a 501c3 non-profit org called Epidemic Answers where we help parents find healing solutions for affected children. If your child has chronic symptoms, we can help you! Please see our website at We are always looking for parent volunteers to help put a stop to this epidemic. We need your help!! Join us today!

    February 24th, 2011 11:02 am Reply
  • Erin C

    I know this is off subject, but I am in need of some advice. Where I live I have no access to raw milk. I’m in WV, and we can’t even legally buy it for pets. I have asked around and there is only one farm that raises pastured cows, and they will not sell raw milk illegally. I have a friend who drinks raw milk from cows that are fed soy. Also, no grocery stores carry organic milk that is not UHT. So, my question is this, should I drink ultra-pasteurized whole organic milk… regular pasteurized whole milk….or avoid dairy all together? (Although, my husband refuses to go without milk). I’m very frustrated, as I can’t even find half and half or cream that isn’t UHT. I’m trying (not very successfully) to follow the WAPF guidelines for pre-conception. Please help!!

    February 24th, 2011 9:56 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Erin, I know this would be expensive but you can ship it in. Years ago before there were any local raw dairy in my area, I shipped in frozen raw dairy from PA about every 2-3 months. You can find sources for farms that mail order in the WAPF shopping guide ($1 plus shipping)

      February 24th, 2011 10:53 am Reply
      • Erica

        Hi Sarah,

        Were you able to mail order raw milk and cream or butter?

        February 25th, 2011 9:59 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Oh, and DON”T drink the ultrapasteurized organic milk. It is BETTER to go without in that case.

      February 24th, 2011 10:54 am Reply
  • Pavil, The Uber Noob

    Good post, Sarah.
    It is amazing how easily gut health can be compromised and how important a healthy gut is.
    Thanks for sharing this wisdom.


    February 23rd, 2011 10:19 pm Reply
  • Kale

    This is eye-opening. I’ve had constant candida problems for quite some time now. Recently I’ve been suffering from chronic sinus infections and wonder if this could be contributing to the problem. I was also diagnosed with painful bladder syndrome however the symptoms of that cleared up when I started eating better and doing nutritional cellular cleanses. The candida is still hanging around the the sinus infections are no longer responding to antibiotics. I wonder if I should talk to my gyn about this… or would she even know?

    February 23rd, 2011 9:40 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Kale, for the most part, doctors have no idea how imbalanced gut flora can contribute to chronic conditions such as what you describe. The only tools in the toolbelt for the typical doc are drugs and surgery. You have to find a holistic DO or ND to get some out of the conventional box solutions. There are some holistic MDs, but they are few and far between.

      February 23rd, 2011 9:52 pm Reply
    • Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health

      Do you have mercury fillings? The candida LOVES to hang out in the jaw/sinuses when you have mercury fillings- and it may actually be helping you to do so…

      February 24th, 2011 1:39 pm Reply
  • Mel

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for a great post. I have only just had my Mirena removed hoping it would help me on the path to healing. I have been battling full body excema, terrible allergies, constant flatulence and bloating, constipation and irregular bowel movements and brain fog and mood swings. Unfortunately I was on the pill for year prior to conceiving my first child and still taking it before i knew I was pregnant with her. My second child I had been off it for about a year before conception, but by then I already had terrible allergies and excema and when he was born I had so little breastmilk I could not breastfeed him long. Unfortunately I used formula, although luckily not soy based.

    My children both get sore bloated tummies and have a lot of wind. My daughter had a post nasal drip and symptoms of allergies starting to appear. Both are allergic to penicillin – something my naturopath informs me is a sign of gut dysbiosis. Luckily she directed us to SCD which we had been on for the past couple of months. In that time the only excema I have remaining is on my hands, I have no allergies, the kids haven’t passed wind once and they have no sore tummies or post nasal drip. Lately we have been struggling and getting pressure from the in laws so I introduced one bowl of soaked oats and one slice of sourdough for them per day, and we went out for dinner once and ate wedges. Since then They have passed wind non stop and my daughter has had a debilitating sore tummy. I got really bloated after having a small amount of porridge. My gut instincts say to persevere with a little porridge every second day or so though. We are also not fermenting our yoghurt for 24 hours anymore and added kefir. We’re going to keep going like this as their tummies see to be settling down now even with a little porridge. I’ll monitor it though, but I can’t force this on my family and my husband is not completely convinced about it all. My in-laws are no longer talking to us and the pressure was getting a little too much.

    February 23rd, 2011 9:10 pm Reply
    • Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health

      Hey Mel,

      Stay strong, you are on the right path. You are doing the right thing for your family and you have support coming to you from across the web. I know it’s hard when you don’t have support, but you are doing the right thing. If you would have come to see me, I would have probably gone right to GAPS/SCD as well, so hang in there!

      February 24th, 2011 1:43 pm Reply
  • Erica

    Hi Sarah,

    How do I know if my gut is healthy or not?


    February 23rd, 2011 6:27 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      The easiest way to tell is to observe your bathroom habits. If you are neither constipated nor loose and you go to the bathroom every day 1-2X with no strain or effort, the stool is light brown (walnut colored) with no pieces of undigested food in it and there is quite a lot of it (6 inch long stool empties the rectum for example and is a normal sized stool – most people go way too little). You have no reflux, bloating, heartburn, flatulence is a good sign as well.

      February 23rd, 2011 6:56 pm Reply
      • Sarah

        Thank you for this reply. I was wondering this as well.

        January 10th, 2012 2:42 pm Reply
  • Anastasia @ Eco-Babyz

    Great post! I was on the pill for two years myself when I just got married and had no clue what it was doing to me. It really wreaked havoc with my health, I would never take one again! I am anemic and do have digestion problems… I always lacked energy, I was a bit depressed for no good reason, I had sharp chest pains. When I quit taking it, it took a little while to sort of be back to normal.

    February 23rd, 2011 5:52 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    A lot of people have commented on Natural Family Planning and “Taking Charge of Your Fertility.” I have always been interested but was overwhelmed by charting because I have three small children. A year ago I bought the LADY COMP. I love it. I can’t say enough good things about it. It takes your temperature for you and saves all the information, then it gives you green and red days. It is a little pricey (just under $500), but for around $30/month for the pill I figured I only had to use it for 16 months before I broke even. Best money ever spent!

    February 23rd, 2011 5:46 pm Reply
    • Marta

      Charting is easy-peasy. It takes me about 3-4 min. to chart all signs. 1 min to take temp every morning, 1 min to check cervix, and maybe 1-2 min to check cervical fluid a few times a day when i go to toilet. It sound overwhelming when you read about it but is really really easy and quick. And gives you so much info about your reproductive health. For me it is really empowering.

      August 9th, 2011 1:36 pm Reply
  • BREE

    “Taking Charge of Your Fertility, The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health” by Toni Weschler, MPH is THE BEST BOOK I have found on this topic. It was recommended by Dr. Kathleen Alan a super naturopathic doctor, midwife and lecturer. This book is non religious, and very practical application. It has been my handbook for learning about my body through marriage and our first two children.

    (my personal belief is that when it comes to God’s gift of life, is is not ours to “control”)

    February 23rd, 2011 4:46 pm Reply
    • Kelli

      Here here! TCOYF is the BEST!!!

      February 24th, 2011 4:45 pm Reply
  • ladyscott

    I was on OC’s and then the Patch before coming off of them to get pregnant with my first child. I was soooo sick those 4 years I was on BC! I was always tired, my muscles ached, I gained weight, I couldn’t concentrate. It wasn’t until after my son was born and I really started researching healthier living thanks to being introduced to Nourishing Traditions that I realized that my body was so depleted of vital nutrients from being on BC! It didn’t help that I was also on the popular “low fat” diet that included skim milk and low fat/fat free processed foods and then while pregnant, I ate whatever I wanted to. I am now hypoglycemic and suffer from Meniere’s Disease that causes vertigo. ALL of my children were born early. Half of my pregnancies ended in miscarriage. Connected? I don’t know. I can’t prove it one way or the other, but it does make you think!

    February 23rd, 2011 4:22 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    I am considering the GAPS diet for myself and will buy this book this weekend. I am wondering if you GAPS-educated folks can tell me what the therapeutic dose will be? I am wondering how much BioKult I can buy in bulk, but don’t have an awful lot to spend at one time. Thanks!

    February 23rd, 2011 4:13 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Lisa, you have to work up to the top dose very slowly. BioKult is very strong and will really knock out those pathogens in your gut in a hurry so you have to be slow about it else you will make yourself sick with all the toxins from the pathogen die off. Follow the directions in the book or on the website for guidance on how to slowly increase over time.

      February 23rd, 2011 4:32 pm Reply
      • Lisa

        Thanks Sarah…. but I’m wondering if I should begin with an order of one bottle at a time? I know ordering bulk will be cheaper, but can’t order as many as ten as I have seen.

        February 23rd, 2011 5:03 pm Reply
  • RachelK

    This is great. I finally convinced my husband to let me go off of the Pill. I’ve never been comfortable with it. I never wanted to be on it again after I had my daughter, but about a year and a half ago when I stopped nursing my daughter, I went back on it to regulate my horrendous periods, which they did. However, both times I started the Pill, I had terrible weight gain. Every doctor I’ve talked to and any literature about the Pill says that it doesn’t cause weight gain. Yet every person I’ve talked to that has been on the Pill says they experienced that…hmm…I can hear the drug companies now, “Since American women are so conscientious about their weight, we need to tell them that it won’t cause weight gain, even though it really does. Otherwise no one would buy our product!!”

    February 23rd, 2011 3:51 pm Reply
    • Joanna

      YES it definately causes weight gain! Lord, they are such liars how do they live with themselves?? And hair loss too. Ugh!!

      February 23rd, 2011 11:12 pm Reply
    • Dana

      I had my first weight gain that stuck around when I was on the Pill. I also got weight gain that didn’t go away with each of my two pregnancies. They can only argue hormonal changes don’t cause weight gain and set-point change because they refuse to acknowledge that fat gain is a hormonal issue, not an issue of caloric consumption. But the science does not agree with them.

      February 24th, 2011 2:01 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    Yikes. I’ve never had The Pill before, but I definitely keep this is mind. It really doesn’t seem like a good idea healthwise to screw around with your natural hormones by taking a synthetic drug everyday.

    February 23rd, 2011 3:48 pm Reply
  • Rosana Stoessel

    I have used the Creighton Model of NFP for 16 yrs. it works solely with your cycle and when it’s used correctly is more effective than the pill at postponning pregnancy and achieving pregnancy because it pin points the days you are fertile. this is one website that will help you in your research about NFP.
    The Pope Paul VI institute for reproductive technology is also another place. Dr. Hilgers, who is the Head of the college has published many books and papers on the subject. You can also lookk up NFP practitioners for your area as welll as NFP only Doctors on the site.

    NFP is best taught by a practitioner so that you learn the little nuances about the program that best fit your cycle. There is some text book learning that is done but the rest is completly dependant on your own personal cycle.
    I have looked into fertility beads having heard about them after I started NFP and found that there is no realy scientifc basis for your fertitly while using them and that you would have a longer period of abstanance if you use them. NFP is scientifically and soundly based on each woman’s personal cycle and each month that can change due to many factors including stress and just taking medication sometimes. NFP allows you to chart that change and know when you would be most likely to concieve. If used correctly it’s 99% effective–there are studies on the websites that will give more information.

    February 23rd, 2011 3:20 pm Reply
  • Dan

    Is there any actual scientific evidence supporting the connection between birth control and intestinal flora composition?

    February 23rd, 2011 3:14 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      My scientific sources are cited in Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MDs book – Gut and Psychology Syndrome which I cited for this article. It is a great read. I highly recommend it.

      February 23rd, 2011 3:20 pm Reply
  • Lisa in Canada

    For those looking for some wonderful reading on tracking your cycle for pregnancy avoidance (or achievement!) or just for health, please look at “Taking Charge of your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. Once you know how your cycle works for *you*, it is very easy to avoid pregnancy, if so desired. I was on the Pill for nearly 8 years prior to conceiving by daughter and will never go back! My gut is healing now, and I’m just grateful that I have this information to pass onto my daughter. Thank you for your wonderful blog, Sarah!

    February 23rd, 2011 2:32 pm Reply
  • Adrienne @ Whole New


    I never took the pill, but I can say that in our family’s path towards health we have dealt with so many issues that you touched on today. Thanks for all of this information in one place! We have dealt with copper and zinc imbalances, gut dysbiosis, seeing the children inheriting the mother’s gut issues, and anemia issues resulting from all of this. I would also say that your post on adrenal fatigue (and mine :-) are must reads for everyone. What a web has been woven in our modern day society, eh?

    February 23rd, 2011 2:08 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    I wish I had known this before I spent 2 awful years on the pill. I got married in college, and I didn’t know of any other form of birth control women my age used. I was determined not to get pregnant during that time, as I desperately wanted to graduate on time. Unlike my sisters (who have been on the pill since they were 14!), I knew what it was like not to be on sythetic hormones. Going on the pill was agonizing – I had contraction like cramps during my period that had my practically immobile. I gained weight and had terrible mood swings. I just wasn’t the same. I went against a lot of my inner convictions to get off it, but finally, after 2 years on the pill, I stopped taking it after I still got pregnant on it and it caused an early miscarriage. That was it for me, and I stopped taking them. Off the pill, my old self came back, and I mourned the loss of 2 yrs of it, mad that I had continued to take something that made me feel so terrible. My daughter was conceived 2 months later. She has struggled with weight gain, and I have struggled with keeping up an adequate milk supply for her. She also had severe baby acne for about 2 months. She has bad acid reflux and has been on prescriptions for it since she was only 3 weeks old. I desperately want to get her off them, but I’m not sure how yet. I have been reading a lot about the GASP diet, and I think it might be necessary for me to start it, expecially before the next baby comes along.

    February 23rd, 2011 1:01 pm Reply
  • Sofia

    Maybe this is a topic for another thread but how (and is it even advisable) to heal the gut during pregnancy?
    I did not take the pill but I am sometimes anemic. Now I’m wondering if I’m just feeding all the bad flora with my nutritious iron rich foods…

    February 23rd, 2011 1:46 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Sofia, I am not at all sure that healing the gut during pregnancy is a wise idea as some detoxification is involved in this process as the bad pathogenic strains die off and must be excreted and handled by the body. Best I think to eat fermented foods on a regular basis (daily) and take a probiotic to keep the pathogens in check by bathing the gut in the good guys so they don’t dominate at least. Healing the gut requires elimination of all starches, grains, sugars, and dairy (except butter) for a time and this really can cause die-off symptoms for folks which would not be safe during pregnancy.

      February 23rd, 2011 1:54 pm Reply
    • Heather

      I don’t remember if I read it on Dr. Campbell-McBride’s website or in the new edition of the book (which is currently lent to a friend) but I remember reading that you can start the FULL (not the intro) GAPS diet during pregnancy. I did and my doc says I’m his healthiest patient ever, except the slight anemia. That said, I personally wouldn’t continue if I felt a die off effect. I am doing it to stop the damage until I am no longer nursing. If some small amount of healing occurs in the mean time I’ll take it.

      February 23rd, 2011 2:26 pm Reply
      • Megan

        Hi Heather —
        What does your full GAPS diet look like while nursing? When you stop nursing, do you plan to make changes to your diet (i.e., revert back to Intro)? I’m not pregnant and no longer nursing but have done a detox diet and am considering doing full gaps for the meantime even if I were to get pregnant. Just wondering if that means no dairy (except for butter, yogurt, ghee, etc.) for you?

        February 23rd, 2011 4:37 pm Reply
        • Heather

          The full GAPS diet involves all the foods on the allowed list rather than starting in the intro phase. In the book Dr. Campbell-McBride tells you how to introduce dairy (start with ghee, etc) if you start with the full diet instead of doing the intro. I was nursing my son when I started and had already incorporated some dairy when I became pregnant. If my children or I are showing any signs of gut dysbiosis when my daughter weans we may start the intro but if we aren’t we will likely stick to the full diet and stay on it longer. Honestly we’ve become so accustomed to cooking/eating this way we may stick with it (with some allowances) just because we enjoy it.

          February 23rd, 2011 6:32 pm Reply
  • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    I can’t even read it all. My daughter was seriously low in zinc (I took the Pill from when I was 19 until 3 months before conceiving her, about 3 years), STILL has problems with her gut flora (we’ve done/are doing GAPS) and allergies. I took a lot of other OTC drugs when I was pregnant with her too. I was lucky that I was only anemic at the end and then only slightly. We’ve really struggled with her health. Although she is SO much better off now since we did discover NT and then GAPS.

    My son…is so much better in general! He does catch colds but has no allergies, never gets stomach viruses or other illnesses, etc. I did not take the Pill at all after I stopped before my daughter. I stopped taking all OTC drugs. I found WAP midway through my pregnancy with him. He was born at home with no drugs and exclusively breastfed for 8 months. He’s literally NEVER been exposed to drugs since I didn’t take any for months before his conception nor since, nor have I ever given him any.

    I’m expecting again and I just can’t wait…I’ve been fully on WAP/GAPS for a couple years now, always take my FCLO and eat tons of raw egg yolks, raw milk, lots of things I didn’t even know to do last time! I also haven’t taken ANY drugs of any type in about three years, and eat tons of probiotics. I bet this baby is the healthiest yet!

    February 23rd, 2011 12:18 pm Reply
    • Diana

      We just switched our household to raw milk and after this post I am considering going on GAPS. I am confused though… Kate, I am reading that you’ve been fully on GAPS and have also been enjoying lots of raw milk. I thought I understood that milk products are not allowed on GAPS? Or is raw dairy an exception?

      Thanks so much!

      February 23rd, 2011 2:02 pm Reply
      • Magda Velecky

        Raw dairy is allowed on full GAPS, but not intro. You can read more on

        February 23rd, 2011 2:08 pm Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          In my version of the GAPS book (there is a newer version out recently) raw milk and raw cream are not permitted due to the lactose which is a disaccharide. Kefir, yogurt, butter and ghee are ok except in the most severe cases.

          February 23rd, 2011 3:13 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    I wish I had known about WAPF when I got married. After only three months on the pill I was a mess-eczema outbreaks worse than I had seen in years (I’ve struggled with it most of my life, but it was manageable), a bacterial infection in my skin, and the flu. I ended up on prednisone and antibiotics, and my system was completely destroyed. A year later I am still struggling with severe eczema, to the point that I ended up in the hospital over the holidays with an infection. Hindsight is 20/20, but at least I know now how to combat the effects and work to rebuild my system before I start having kids.

    February 23rd, 2011 1:05 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Rebecca, I am so glad that you are now armed with the info you need to rebuild your gut and immune system before you get pregnant with your children!!! We simply have to get the word out to young women to not go on these terrible pills.

      February 23rd, 2011 1:14 pm Reply
      • Joanna

        Sarah, thanks again for this very timely post. I responded to another post on here but I am just now coming off the pill after 12 years. It is actually a bit frightening as I can hardly remember what “normal” is for me. And no one ever told me about risks with the pill. I was actually told how the pill could help prevent cervical cancer. Imagine – I thought I was doing something good for me. But over the last two years as I’ve “gotten religion” about food and health, I finally decided that it needed to go. Your post is very helpful to me right now and I will investigate further the GAPS diet.

        February 23rd, 2011 11:09 pm Reply
  • Jo at Jo’s Health Corner

    Wow, this is a great post with lots of new information. I wish the young women were more informed about how to stay healthy before conceiving, during pregnancy, and after delivery. It is a shame that doctors don’t explain all the dangers. (synthetic hormones, vaccines, deficiencies, heavy metals, flouride, MSG and so on)
    My son was born with a tumor causing a facial malformation 17 years ago. Who knows what caused it, the point is, I was never told things about health and nutrition in the same way I tell my clients today. Perhaps it could have been prevented with better knowledge.

    February 23rd, 2011 12:44 pm Reply
  • Melissa @ Dyno-mom

    Another concern with hormonal birth control methods is the dramatic increase of DVTs or deep vein thrombosis. These blood clots in the calves can find their way into your lungs and are potentially fatal. I had DVTs and pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs) following surgery and the treatment is blood thinners. The effectiveness off blood thinners depends on reducing gut bacteria, the primary source of vitamin K. I have been off Coumadin now for 8 weeks and am struggling to get my gut bacteria in normal balance and using prebiotic and probiotic foods like it’s my job! It is far better not to mess around with these things.

    But to delay pregnancy, I use the Clear Blue Easy fertility monitor with the Marquette University method of NFP (natural family planning). It works, is non-invasive and natural and has no possible negative side effects. If I don’t buy hormone laced meat and milk, why would. I put them in MY body or MY breastmilk?

    February 23rd, 2011 12:25 pm Reply
  • Elena

    Does anyone have thoughts or opinions on using Cycle Beads? I’ve been on the pill since my teenage years and although I’d very much like to go off of it, I recently returned to school to get my degree and absolutely *cannot* get pregnant until I graduate. If used correctly, how confident could I be that natural planning would prevent it?

    February 23rd, 2011 10:56 am Reply
    • Megan

      Elena, I was in a very similar situation. I took the pill for a year when I first got married, but got off of it because I was a crazy person. I know several families who have used natural family planning very successfully, they were able to choose when they would get pregnant. My husband and I used NFP very successfully for 2 more years, then we had our little surprise. I’m still in school and am now taking a little time off to be with our son, but even though we weren’t planning on having a son at this time I’m so thankful to be off the pill. I was unaware of the health problems, but knew that the hormones were wreaking havoc on my emotions and therefore my poor husband. I would DEFINITELY suggest reading more about it, we used a book published by the Catholic Church that was very helpful even though we’re not Catholic. It takes dedication, but very worth the time.

      February 23rd, 2011 11:54 am Reply
    • Christina


      I strongly suggest that you look into one of the following highly effective natural methods:

      Symptothermal Method-uses basal body temperature and cervical mucous.

      Creighton Model Fertility Care system.-uses observations of cervical mucous

      Unlike cycle beads, these do not require that the woman using them have regular cycles, and they work for anybody. When used carefully, they are very effective. I have tried both. If you have reproductive health problems, I think the Creighton Model offers better support for diagnosis and healing, as there are specially trained medical consultants familiar with this method.

      February 23rd, 2011 12:12 pm Reply
    • Rosana Stoessel

      please see my reply below. I didn’t know I could reply directly below someone’s post.

      February 23rd, 2011 3:23 pm Reply
    • C

      Elena, I used the cycle beads for less than a year. They worked well, until I forgot to bring them wih me on an overseas family trip – and then I got a surprise. Moral of the story: be diligent in moving the little black ring!!! A great book is called “Take Charge of Your Fertility” by an author whose name I forget. It tells you the different methods of natural family planning, including observing your body for signs of ovulation.

      February 23rd, 2011 9:59 pm Reply
    • Joanna

      Elena I just got done reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility and this is the model I will be following. Not only has it shown me how to naturally follow my fertility signs and avoid (or eventually obtain) pregnancy, I’ve learned so much about my body that I never knew before from reading that book and I highly recommend it. I am just going off the pill after 12 years on it. 12 years. Somebody pray for me.

      February 23rd, 2011 11:03 pm Reply
      • Jennifer

        Joanna – I’ll be praying for you. I know what a hard road it is to get back from being on the pill. I, too, went the TCOYF route, and it only took me about 6 months to get a handle on my cycle. Both our girls were conceived using that model, and right now I’m having some health problems and using it to avoid a pregnancy. Even after losing an ovary, I’m still able to track my (now very irregular) fertility signs. Good luck, and I will keep you in my prayers!

        February 24th, 2011 1:09 am Reply
      • Kerri Johnson

        Hi I was on the pill for almost 18 years! over weight and with fibromyalgia, and on antideppressents, with much more going on I did take myself off the meds but I got preggers very quickly! within 3 mo’s. I can say this with my faith that I know my body was damaged! but I prayed alot everyday after finding out that I was preggers and I even called the 700 club for more prayers and I was high risk, high bp, and 36 years old with other problems! let me just say that, Ladies it is possible, all things are possible through our Lord and savior, and we are all sinners, and he knows you and your body. I knew my baby was breach so I was prepared for c-section, painful but worth my healthy child she’s beautiful we are so blessed everyday too have a miracle truly I am rich. I pray for all of you out there that desire and long for a child to seek Jesus and know that anything is possible with him! I am a living testimony, She now is a healthy toddler age 16. mo this 24th this month 02/24/13! I am not here to hurt anyone I just want to give you hope.

        February 22nd, 2013 8:03 pm Reply
    • Elena

      Thank you all for the info! I ordered Taking Charge of Your Fertility and should receive it tomorrow. I’m embarrassed to say that apart from a few brief periods, I’ve been on the pill for 16 years of my life and I’m really looking forward to stopping!

      February 24th, 2011 9:42 am Reply
      • Sara

        I am just reading and learning about this today. I am just sickened. I have been on the pill for 17 years. What other options are out there besides tubal litigation? I am afraid if I stop using the pill that I will get pregnant quickly. With both of my children, I was pregnant within a month of stopping the pill. I have noticed my daughter has dry spots on her cheeks (eczema possibly)?

        October 25th, 2011 2:03 pm Reply
        • KL

          Sara, Get the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It is completely natural and is rated “just as to more effective” than any HBC. There is a special section in there on how to begin if you are currently on the pill. Regardless of whether or not you do follow it… it will fire you up as a woman that you have lived this long and NOT KNOWN some of the most basic information about our bodies that we should. I seriously cannot give this book enough of a recommendation. Also note that it has absolutely nothing to do with any “faith” or “religion” and is purely about science and our physiology.

          January 30th, 2012 1:46 pm Reply
        • anonymous

          There are a lot of great comments here about very reputable Natural Family Planning sources, I think all of them are great resources but I just wanted to add one that has been helpful for us. It is the Marquette Method of NFP and uses the clearblue easy fertility monitor to track fertility hormones. It is very accurate, though slightly more expensive then some of the other methods, however that may be worth it to you for the peace of mind it does buy as well. We have used it successfully to avoid pregnancy for the last year and a half of a very complicated breastfeeding phase. Another up side is that whenever you want to get pregnant this method can be used to achieve that as well.

          October 21st, 2012 10:20 pm Reply
        • Autumn Snow

          Sara I have used NFP for 7 years and have 2 children with one on the way. My middle was a surprise but it was a condom failure, not a bc failure. It totally can be done. I do something a bit different than the books say. I keep track of my cycles very closely with an app called MyDays. I also use fertility tests when I’m within 5 days of my expected ovulation just in case. You can get cheap O sticks on amazon, like 50 for $15. I use condoms on days that I may be ovulating but not often. Overall, it has worked for us. It has gotten more difficult for me as I have gotten older and my cycles have become more unpredictable, but its still far better than the pill. I had so many side effects from the pill that I stopped years ago before any of this data was readily available. It was just bad for my body.

          April 15th, 2013 7:25 am Reply
        • Dianne

          Look into wild carrot seed 😉 No, really! It’s been used as a natural ‘birth control’ for thousands of years.

          If you *can not* get pregnant, I’d say use a barrier method followed by the carrot seed; the two layers in case the ‘guys’ get past is a good idea.
          My concern with the ‘planning’ techniques, especially when we’re talking about teens or those ‘dating,’ is sometimes ‘the mood’ strikes when your ‘ovulation’ isn’t ideal for preventing pregnancy; avoiding the medical consequences of ‘the pill’ should not have to lead to pregnancy.. Every child should be born loved and wanted.. If a couple is not ready for this, prevention is key.
          As a ‘spontaneous’ gal, multiple methods are ideal 😉

          July 9th, 2013 11:39 am Reply
      • Kristin Putnam

        Elena, I replied to your first post as well, but I do want to encourage you. If you are needing confidence and absolute understanding, I would recommend finding a certified Billings Ovulation Method instructor to help you out. Especially after being on the Pill for so long, you may have some special circumstances that don’t fall within the book’s information on coming off of the pill. It is a great book to get you started, but if you want absolute confidence, Billings is the way to go. It is more simple and straight-forward, and I have known many women who have read “Taking Charge” and been surprised by a pregnancy :)

        March 30th, 2012 11:46 am Reply
    • Kristin Putnam

      The Billings Ovulation Method is 99.5% effective in postponing pregnancy (that is a USE number based on a study conducted in China in 1997. If the method had been used perfectly effectiveness would have been 100% in this study), and is easy to use. It only has 4 rules, and does not involve taking your temperature or doing internal cervical exams. It is also the most scientifically researched method of natural fertility management. All other methods have relied on and broken off of our research. Also, Billings is based on day to day observations, we do not rely on regular cycles, averages or calendars in any way. It has been tested in women in all stages of reproductive life, including those dealing with PCOS, endometriosis, irregular cycles, stress, PMS, breastfeeding, etc. Because of the extensive research, your Billings chart becomes a biological window into your body- we can see vitamin deficiencies, hormone imbalance and early detection of potentially serious problems. Visit for more details and give us a call if you want to learn. We do web conferences all the time with long-distance clients. (918) 4010-NFP (401-0637).

      March 30th, 2012 11:40 am Reply
  • Diana

    Hi Sarah,
    What is the best way to heal your hut from this after taking them? Is it too far gone for the GAPS diet, or are there other ways to combat the effects of three years of being on the pill?

    February 23rd, 2011 9:36 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Diana, the GAPS protocol is the best I have come across. There may be others that work just as well such as SCD diet, but I personally have witnessed absolute miracles in gut healing from folks going on GAPS for a period of time. Not forever, just until the gut heals which is on average 6 months to 3 years.

      February 23rd, 2011 9:40 am Reply
  • Magda Velecky

    I took the pill for 5 years but was able to get pregnant within 3 months of going off it. Still, the pill definitely ruined my gut flora as I later found out. My older son seems okay, but my younger had terrible eczema (it seems under control now). The pill also ruined my hair – I used to have beautiful, thick hair. Now it’s thin, brittle, no shine – in some areas it seems like I’m almost bald!! And I’m only 34!! I wish I’d known… I’ve been moving to full GAPS for almost a month and taking my younger son with me, for the most part. I hope to heal my adrenals – I’m suspecing hypothyroid as well. Who knows what the pill was responsible for in total…

    February 23rd, 2011 10:32 am Reply
  • Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer

    Thank you for this! I have been explainiing this for years, no one believed me even the Dr’s. They told me I was crazy….I had the Mirena placed after my 3rd child, they told me it was hormone free (this was when it was new and before google, webmd, etc…) They lied to me. I am still recovering. After 8 years I found a homeopathic Dr who believed me and helped me get back to me “normal” self. I am now back and feeling great. Still, no one believed me and it was so frusterating knowing something was majorly wrong. Thank God for Dr Gary who helped me back to true health! It’s a much longer story but now happy, healthy, energized and 81 pounds lighter I can look back at that nightmare and warn every woman I know!

    February 23rd, 2011 10:11 am Reply
    • Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer

      I just re read this slower…..Also wanted to comment that the daughter I was nursing and specifically asked if it was hormone free…got eczema at 10 months old because of it and had health problem up until last year when we both started seeing the homeopathic Dr. I took the steps to ask and they gave me uninformed or false answers. All that pain she weant through and sickness just because a Dr did not answer the simple question correctly. I already knew the dangers of birth control and specifiocally wanted hormone free. But it just proves and backs up this post even more. I knew there was a link, it was obvious but the pediatricians all laughed and ignored me. Just glad it is over and we both are healthy now. Thanks again for the confirmation of how dangerous this medicine is to our bodies and our childrens.

      February 23rd, 2011 10:29 am Reply
    • marina @ Healthy Mom and Child

      Natasha, even now the doctors say the hormones from Mirena do not get absorbed by the body. Recently a gynocologist recommended I use Mirena and told me it is a lot better then the copper one and the hormones are not absorbed so I will not have any side effects. However I googled and found stories and stories of women gaining weight, having mood swings and acne while being on Mirena iud.
      very frusturating – the mirena is expensive and i think the doctor just wanted to sell it to me. no thanks, I have had problems with weight and severe acne in my teens, I do not want to go through that again – I am in very good health now, better than when I was 17!

      February 23rd, 2011 11:55 am Reply
  • Heather

    I can definitely attest to the pill/anemia link. After being on the pill for 10 years, battling 3 miscarriages before finally becoming and staying pregnant with my son. Throughout my pregnancy I battled anemia. The more iron supplements I was taking, the worse my anemia got. When my son was born it was so bad that my doctor (no not the one who ever put me on the pill) *begged* me to get a blood transfusion because he honestly couldn’t see how I could walk, let alone take care of a newborn. My son has been battling anemia since birth.

    For the two of us doing GAPS has helped. . . even though the in-laws and husband don’t follow it when feeding my son. However, being pregnant again I am slightly anemic again. Rather than increase my iron intake, I increased my BioKult intake and made sure I stuck faithfully to GAPS. After my daughter is born I will tell my doctor how I did it. For now he thinks I’m following the low-fat, high carb diet he prescribed but that’s another issue for another post. The less he knows before the birth the safer my daughter’s VBAC is.

    February 23rd, 2011 9:50 am Reply
  • Sarah Smith

    Sarah, thanks for such a great post! This is a topic that is on my mind frequently as I took the Pill for over ten years (apparently in my “Kool-Aid” drinking days of assuming the doctor knew best). I wish I had known of the potential damage I was doing, and I wish I had known to take specific steps to cure the gut dysbiosis and ensure good bacteria in the birth canal. (I’ve actually been planning a post on that topic as well as one about babies being born with a sterile gut, so apparently you and I were on the same wavelength.) I was disgusted when I finally learned about the Pill (not about flora problems, but about other long term health consequences) and the doctors basically waved their hands and said I shouldn’t worry about it. Now we’re trying to solve the immune problems my daughter inherited because of me taking the Pill (she doesn’t have any learning problems, but her immune system is poor and she is VERY petite for her age). I hope more women learn about the down sides of the Pill.

    February 23rd, 2011 9:42 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      When we are young, we make decisions without considering the long term implications. We all do this it seems. This is why we have to get this type of info out to young women before they are ready to have children as it’s not going to get out any other way but grassroots. The cool thing these days for young women is to be vegan and be on The Pill. Being vegan threatens future fertility and being on the Pill threatens the health of the baby (and Mom!) if a pregnancy manages to occur. The devastating long term impact of these modern lifestyle trends for young women must be halted.

      February 23rd, 2011 9:56 am Reply
      • Leah

        Being vegan threatens future fertility? I’m pretty sure eating fatty fast food all of the time does as well. I’ve never heard that being vegan makes you less likely to have healthy, smart, well balanced children.

        If you have an article on this claim I’d love to read it. Now, I’m not vegan but any of the vegans or vegetarians I know are incredibly healthy and happy (as are their children). This is crazy talk! I know a lot of processed soy produces false estrogen’s but I’d be more concerned about vegans getting breast cancer than I would be having fertility issues.

        February 25th, 2011 3:30 pm Reply
        • Emilia

          Hi Leah,
          Dr. Weston A. Price DDS and his Foundation were and are very anti-vegetarian and anti-vegan. Google him and you’ll see.

          May 13th, 2011 12:27 pm Reply
          • Priscilla

            Actually, Dr. Price recommended a lacto-vegetarian style of eating to his family members, saying it was the best for long-term health. You can see this in the letters he wrote to them. And the Weston A. Price Foundation is not “his”: he had nothing to do with it, at all. It wa founded and is run by people wishing to capitalize on his name.

            April 12th, 2012 7:53 pm
        • Diana

          I do not have links, I have read statistics that did show lower fertility and a higher frequency of fertility treatments, but am unfortunately unable to reproduce it today as this has been years ago, when I was actually a vegan myself. It was actually one of the reasons I went to being an omnivore again.
          I still have a great number of friends who are either vegetarian, or vegan. From what I see none of their kids are really healthy. They are healthy by what is the norm in our society, but that does not mean they are really healthy. Their bone structure is not up to par. One of my friends nephews nearly died as a toddler because of his parents vegan life-style, he had a total lack of Vit. B6. He survived, but he will have to have care for the rest of his life. My friend changed her life-style in the meantime, and her son has lost his behaviour problems. Anyway, the minor implications are that the kids need braces, have caries all the time. They have X or O legs. Lots of them are overweight and have behaviour problems. Most of them have anemia all the time, but then…. all of that is normal, lots of children have that, sure they do, on the standard diet you do not get enough vitamins and minerals either, so no problem being a vegetarian or vegan nobody notices the difference anyway. After having been a vegetarian – then vegan – and back to vegetarian and with that having totally ruined my health (luckily not all of it permanently) I really do not want to know the massive impact that these diets (including the standard one) have on our global health care systems. The amounts I pay for health care are totally ridiculous and that just because people deliberately choose to eat a diet which is not right for the human species. Its pretty clear that our bodies are that of omnivores, this does not mean one cannot survive on a diet that is consisting of plant foods only, but it will not make you healthy, nor will it make your babies healthy. A good book on the impacts of diet is the one of the Cat study done by Francis Pottenger. Its called Pottengers Cats. But, do not believe me on this, do your own research, go read and read and read, but do not go for the stuff that people just blabber, like I just did, go for the studies and take the independent studies, make sure you check out who funded them. Then you will find out more about the implications of an incomplete diet. Have a wonderful sunday.

          August 7th, 2011 3:42 am Reply
  • Charlene

    Thank you for yet another informative post. My husband and I practice natural family planning (NFP) but I did take ‘the Pill’ for about one-two years as a teenager for my acne. I am currently pregnant and have low iron levels despite forcing myself to eat liver 1-2x/week as the WAPF suggests. How scary to think that I likely damaged my gut 10 years ago, and now my precious baby has to pay for it. What to do now…? How does one heal gut dysbiosis? If you could just direct me some place where I could do further reading, that would be great. Thanks!

    February 23rd, 2011 9:42 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Charlene, if I were in your situation, I would consider eating probiotic rich foods with every meal or at least 2X per day (there are 20 free videos on this blog about how to make them at home .. it is hard to find them at the store) and taking a probiotic to make sure your gut is constantly bathed in good flora to battle back those pathogenic strains that have taken over the roost in there. Then, the iron rich foods you are eating should be absorbed better once the invaders in your gut have weakened somewhat. Once you have the baby, it would be good to consider the GAPS diet to complete the healing process, but I would not start it while you are pregnant.

      February 23rd, 2011 9:49 am Reply
  • Lovelyn

    I wish I’d known about the dangers of birth control pills in my twenties when I was taking them. At the time I was constantly being told by my doctor that I was anemic even though I ate tons of iron rich foods. Since going off of the pill I’ve had to battle Candida.

    February 23rd, 2011 6:57 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Lovelyn, it is absolutely infuriating to me that these pills are doled out like candy with no discussion in doctors’ offices about the long term implications of taking them.

      February 23rd, 2011 8:55 am Reply
      • Carla

        Don’t even get me started. I too am aenemic and all they kept on doing was give me iron tablets… thankfuly I have found the paleo diet and am busy rebuilding my gut.

        March 14th, 2011 10:24 am Reply
        • Joyce

          Glad to hear that. I was diagnosed with anemia as well. I have tried iron tablets, supplements, liquid, even to getting injections (which made me sicker). I started seeing a holistic dr and my anemia got better. Dr’s don’t take into consideration of a person’s weight or height when testing iron levels either.

          June 5th, 2012 3:45 pm Reply
    • Samehere

      I had the same problem especially right before and during periods. I read that Acidoplilus would help and it did. At first I took one capsule a day for a month and whenever I felt like I was going to have my period the first year. now I only take a capsule whenever I start to fill itchy for a couple of days. It works I havent had any yeast infections since. Oh and I eat yogurt that Contains Active Yogurt Cultures Including L. Acidophilus. What I take is Spring Valley Acidophilus 3 billion CFU’s

      August 28th, 2011 1:27 pm Reply

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