A memorable Winston Churchill quote (Sir Winston had many) about guarding essential intelligence during wartime was: “Truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” In other words, misinformation wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as it protected the truly vital and important information.
The same could be said about the facts and myths surrounding birth control.
Women in crisis pregnancies can experience severe emotional turmoil, and the false information about birth control just makes the situation worse.
The “bodyguard of lies” that accompanies discussion about birth control might as well be a full army. It’s very difficult to process information about a subject, when half the time (or more) the initial data is skewed toward one particular point of view.
Let’s set the record straight about birth control from a fact-based, objective point of view.
In our opinion, birth control methods aren’t given proper scrutiny, at least in mainstream media circles. A full examination of the negative consequences and potential pitfalls of birth control is therefore helpful in ultimately making the right decision for you.
Far from benign, birth control has far-reaching and sometimes unexpected impact on overall health. The latest research shows serious health hazards, including:
Many women experience bouts of nausea when taking the pill, especially for the first time. While it usually subsides, some cases are severe enough to require hospitalization.
Breakthrough bleeding or spotting
Some people would lead you to believe that bleeding or spotting is a seldom occurrence with birth control pills. However, about half of women experience spotting. And it usually takes multiple months to stop.
Mood swings are quite common in women who take birth control pills. A recent Human Mapping study confirmed that birth control pill usage actually alters the physical composition of the brain, changing the way women process information and certain stimuli.
Diminished sex drive
Birth control doesn’t just control a woman’s chances of getting pregnant; it also changes the hormonal balance in a way that can decrease libido.
The Birth control pill causes fluid retention, which has been shown to make the corneas larger. As a result, contact lenses may not fit the way they’re supposed to, resulting in eyesight trouble.
Those five facts alone are enough to dispel the myth that birth control is a zero-sum process. Fact: it has considerable health risks, particularly for women with existing medical conditions.
Considered a “last-ditch effort” form of birth control, abortion has much greater impact on a woman’s health than the birth control pill.
Infertility, breast cancer correlation, physical pain, miscarriages and premature births – there is a ton of research showing the link between poor health outcomes and abortion. And that’s just the physical toll.
Abortion’s emotional and spiritual cost is high, regardless of what is considered “mainstream knowledge.” Here’s the fact: abortion can cause a litany of destructive emotional markers, including increased suicide rates, anxiety, alcoholism (double the normal rates) and more.
Still have questions about birth control? The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center is here to help you in any way possible. Our non-judgmental, supportive and completely confidential consultants will provide emotional support, love and compassion in your time of crisis. Whether you just found you’re your pregnant, 8 ½ months along in a pregnancy or are not sure about using birth control, please give us a call for immediate assistance. We’re available to all women in San Diego County by calling 858-397-1970.