The Birth Control Debate

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I try really hard to stay positive and upbeat all the time, but I cannot turn a blind eye to this birth control debate. As much as I want to, since it really doesn't concern  me, I just can't sit back and keep quiet.

Honestly, this doesn't have much to do with the Hobby Lobby ruling and all that. I haven't truly kept up with much of it, so I won't lie there. My understanding is that the Supreme Court is allowing Hobby Lobby to not cover Plan B pills for their employees. Whether or not this is okay (in anyone's opinion) is not at all the point of my blog post. Birth control itself is at the center.

First, I'll say that this isn't about Plan B. I've never taken it, so I have no idea about it. And if you haven't yet read my blog posts from last year when I was going through detox of birth control pills, specifically Yaz, you can catch up here and here if you'd like. The first one is "my story" and the second one is right before it when I could barely even talk about it. But to sum it all up, I lived through one of the worst summers of my entire life. I went through things I wouldn't wish on my worst enemies (although, from me, that isn't saying much because I wouldn't wish a hangnail on anyone either, but you get my point). I lost so much hair, went through horrible depression for weeks, suffered from (and continue to deal with) anxiety and panic attacks, etc. All from stopping my birth control pills.

And you know what? Doctors didn't help me.

They shoved MORE pills at me, not bothering to treat the source of anything, just wanting to cover up the symptoms. Some thought I probably needed to eat meat because I was a vegan. One even suggested that I just go back on the pill. Right, because I was so pleased with what it had done to me that I wanted to get back on it only to perhaps go through the terrible detox again? Okay.

When I first started experiencing the symptoms, I was beyond terrified that I was going to die. Everything felt that serious. But when I Googled it, I found that so many other people were going or had gone through the same thing I was after stopping Yaz, and a lot of them hadn't taken it as long as I had. That really scared me.

Not to mention, I'm sure we've all seen the commercials on TV about Yaz, Yazmin, and Ocella birth control pills and the lawsuits against them. I'm one of those who needed their gallbladder removed while on the pill, and even with everyone who filed against them, they denied that there was enough medical correlation to pay out on those cases. Y'all, I had an organ removed from my body. Now, I didn't exactly eat the best, but I don't find it to be a coincidence.

My point is that I see all of this fighting about whether or not Obamacare, the US, and employers should provide healthcare coverage for birth control pills for their employees and citizens when we should actually be questioning whether or not we should be taking them in the first place. Seriously. Do some research. Look into what you want so badly to take so you don't have a baby, don't get acne, or don't gain weight. We need to take some responsibility for our health and sexual lives instead of relying on a pill that's wreaking havoc on our bodies and calling it 'freedom.'

I was on your side before. I thought I was doing the right thing. But I wasn't. I made the wrong choice and paid greatly for it. My life will never be the same because of it. A year later, I'm STILL working around the effects of the pill I took for years without question. I got off of them because I started acting accountable for my own health. I suggest everyone start doing the same.

Please stop fighting over whether or not we have to provide this pill to young women. Start looking into whether or not we as young women should be taking that pill at all.

12 comments:

Arianne Cruz said...

This makes me think... I take ocella because it regulates my moods and takes away the pain of my monthly cycle that if I don't take it, I would otherwisw be immobile and unable to function for the first couple days.

I've thought of stopping it but everytime I think of the benefits I'm getting, I convince myself to continue with it...

How long did u take the pills for??

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Arianne, I was on Yaz for 5 years for the same reasons you're on Ocella. I'll tell you now that I have WAY more luck with both of those things by eating right (no gluten, low-fat plant-based diet). In addition, moderately regular exercise helps too.

Arianne Cruz said...

Hmm.. let's see.. I've been taking mine for 5 yrs too.. damn.. I just got my prescription yesterday too...

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Well, I wouldn't suggest quitting cold turkey like I did. But I would suggest getting off of them at some point.

Tiffany Williams said...

I was on a different BC on and off for years before and between children. After I had my son (almost 4 yrs ago) I went back on it. After about a year, I started feeling different. Cramping was happening at weird times, my skin got really bad with acne and my eczema. I just didn't feel "right". I came off of it and it took about a year to feel somewhat normal

Arianne Cruz said...

I've seen the consequences when I would miss taking it on time even by just a few mins... I can't think of any other way to quit than cold turkey..

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Tiffany, that sounds about right, unfortunately. Thanks for sharing! I hope you're feeling better now.

Arianne, I'd work on cleaning keep your diet fairly clean for a while. I'd already been eating better for months and still had the horrible symptoms, so I'm honestly not sure if you can avoid it. On the same token, it might not even happen to you. Everyone is different. Either way, I'm here for you. :)

Arianne Cruz said...

Thank you... I'll take this one last prescription for a month and consult with my psych doc and other people until then

Jacqui Foerster said...

Good write michelle. Like you, regardless of whats in the media i am anti birth control because it distorts what our bodies were meant to do. I personally think we should stick to condoms or pulling out lol. I agree, stay healthy, be responsible for your sexual choices, and be informed.

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Arianne, keep me updated. <3 That sounds like a good plan. :)

Jacqui, thank you! I agree with what you've said. I appreciate the support. <3

Nicole Swick said...

I went through almost exactly what you did, but I also think there are lots of people who aren't educated enough in the alternatives and don't need to be having kids either. ;) I think it should be their choice -- I know it does work wonders for some people, and is effective for people with certain un-menstrual-related medical conditions, also. I am off the hormones, but I'd still like an option for some version if I want it (i.e. the hormone-free copper iud). I didn't do as much research as it sounds like you did about yaz withdrawal, but I took yaz for 7-8 years before getting off and then suffering depression and severe anxiety (that part still comes and goes), so I'm totally with you that BC pills are not for ME, either. & I haven't been as diligen with diet and exercise as you either. But I don't think that should be my employer's choice to make. Especially since I heard Viagra is still covered. lol. Just sayin' :) I'm all for natural when possible, though.

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Thanks, Nikki. :) I agree that we should have a choice, but we should educate ourselves and make better choices when we do exercise that freedom. If people want to take the risks, fine, but I didn't know the risks and took them anyway. I'm fully taking the blame, so I speak out so others don't have to go through what we did. As for the employer thing, I really have no comment. I'm not educated enough on the whole thing, so my opinion doesn't really count for much. Haha. :)

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