Nothing should be “too big to fail,” including the mega-industry of female contraceptives! It must be openly acknowledged that female hormones are essential for overall female health and that interfering with them – at any age, but particularly in young teens – is fraught with risks, both known and unknown.
Oral contraceptives and implantables with “pseudo-hormones” are chemical endocrine disruptors, specifically developed to interfere with the normal functioning of the female body. We must be honest in our discussion of these drugs – they are NOT HORMONES! There is not a hormone to be found in any oral contraceptive. They all contain endocrine disruptors – artificial chemicals designed to interfere with the normal functioning of the female body.
Sadly, reproduction and reproductive hormones are intimately linked to every function of the female body – metabolic, immune, cardiovascular, cognitive, mood, and more. Interfering with reproductive hormones disrupts and compromises much more than reproduction – in fact, their interference impacts every single body system – and for the worse.
The sad fact is that no one will openly broach this topic, as the use of oral contraceptives and such chemicals in a variety of formats has become ingrained into our social fabric. There are almost no long-term concerns being voiced about their use.
This article at least broaches the topic of oral contraceptive use and hypertension. It concludes that for every 5 years of pill use, the risk of developing hypertension increases by 13%. The limitations of this meta-analysis are significant, but at least this much was deciphered.
We must truly research other contraceptive options that are both reversible and that do not place toxic foreign chemicals in the bodies of women. While we do not want undesired pregnancies, the cost cannot be the health of the entire population of young women.