Birth control bad for health, sex drive
July 3, 2008 · Updated 7:33 PM
At a time when women can have all the sex they want without fear of getting pregnant, suddenly they just dont feel like it.
A study released this month by the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported women using the pill showed markedly decreased levels of sexual desire than women who do not use the pill.
We have 40 per cent of our female population that has zero sex drive, said Lorna Vanderhaeghe, a self-described womens health expert from Vancouver.
The pill, Vanderhaeghe argues, is being over-prescribed with dangerous effects on womens health.
I teach younger women that even a low-dose birth control pill contains seven times the estrogen we give menopausal women, she said, adding that moms with teenage daughters being prescribed the pill for acne or bad periods should be advised of this information.
While Vanderhaeghe isnt anti-pill, she promotes a natural remedy approach to hormonal problems associated with menstruation. Using the pill as a contraceptive is fine, says Vanderhaeghe, but women should be advised of the increased risk of breast cancer and other problems.
Then, of course, another problem would be fertility. We have rampant low rates of fertility in Canada today, she said.
When youre on the pill, the concept is you dont ovulate. Your body thinks its in a pregnant state. So we halt ovulation. Its not happening.
Here in Vancouver, we have fertility clinics popping up all over the place. So its all interconnected.
But Dr. Stephen Hudson from the Victoria Fertility Centre argues theres no evidence to suggest birth control pills affect fertility when it comes to the ovaries.
Hudson attributes the decrease in fertility to women deciding to wait until theyre older to get pregnant.
The main reason for the decrease in womens fertility is the delay in choosing to start families. More and more women are choosing to start professions first, therefore delaying their start in trying to have children. Of course, the chances of becoming pregnant as a women becomes older start declining significantly over the age of 35.
Vanderhaeg spoke at the Victoria Conference Centre, also discussing what nutrients can be used to balance hormones for women before menopause, the role of food in healthy hormones, and the effects of HRT.
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