Why I Won’t Take Birth Control

One thing that I have become passionate about lately is birth control (and some of you heard me speak about this on my live Saturday) and menses during competing. I want to preface all of this by saying I AM VERY pro choice when it comes to birth control. I think it should be accessible (and free) everywhere.

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What I am not ok with is the culture surrounding birth control. I was put on birth control at age 14 due to frequent and painful periods. I was told that I likely had ovarian cysts (purely based on symptoms) and put on birth control. I was told to skip my cycle and have a cycle once every three months. I would be on birth control for the next SIXTEEN YEARS with maybe a total of a two year break in between. Additionally, I completely lost my cycle during my years competing. To be honest, there was a point when instead of being concerned, I was PROUD that I had achieved such low levels of body fat that my body was no longer functioning as normal. When asked if I was concerned about losing my cycle I said, “I might care later, but I don’t care now” 🤦🏻‍♀️ p.s. I care now.

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So, Why was I on birth control so long? If you’re a woman, you might be or have been in a similar position. It’s completely normalized for women to be on birth control for extended periods of time and no one bats an eye.

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Birth control can be great for preventing unwanted pregnancy, clearing skin, and help with mood. On the flip side, it can cause weight gain, anxiety/depression, skin problems and a host of other issues that have been associated with birth control.

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After removing my IUD on 12/29/18 I have made the decision to never take hormonal birth control again. When I had it removed, I was asked approx 5 times between the scheduling and removal what type of birth control I was have inserted or switch to. I had to continually stress that the reason for removal was so balance hormones and allow my body to go through it’s NATURAL processes.

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I’m really saddened that women are made to feel that they should be ashamed of their cycles, that they’re dirty or that people are not very understanding of women during their monthly cycle (which can include pain, bloating, nausea, lethargy, brain fog, cramping, GI distress, etc). SORRY IM HAVING MY TIME IN WHICH THE HUMAN RACE IS CREATED. But go ahead and make me feel disgusting for that!

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Another common question since sharing that I have been asked since no longer taking birth control is, “so, what are you going to do about not getting pregnant?”

Condoms. Cervical caps. Spermicides. There’s more options than just pumping exogenous or synthetic hormones into your body. A man telling you he doesn’t “like how condoms feel” in response to your refusal to taking birth control gets a one way ticket to celibacy.

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Additionally, did you ever think about WHY there’s only female hormonal birth control and not male hormonal birth control? Funding. It’s not well funded or researched. The other reason? Men don’t want to put up with the side effects. Last year, 20 men dropped out of a study for hormonal birth control due to mood disorders and acne. Welcome to our world 🌎

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So whether it’s steroids or birth control, you have to realize that both are messing with your natural hormone production. Some people will tolerate one or both just fine and others will have trouble or take months/years to balance their bodies again.

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I’m very pro choice in regard to birth control. I simply wanted people to know MY EXPERIENCE. I simply wish I would have dug a little deeper and thought a little harder when it came to birth control. I also wanted people to think about WHY they take birth control, shift how people feel and are made to feel about their periods (remove stigma), and think about why a majority of the responsibility of birth control falls on women.

I just ordered this book as I have received MULTIPLE recommendations on this for optimizing hormonal health and cycles

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A lifelong athlete, Lauren quickly fell in love and found success in the Bikini Division of bodybuilding. She quickly rose to elite status and competed for two years as an IFBB Pro, competing both years at the prestigious Olympia. Lauren’s passion for health and fitness was a driving force behind coaching, however, she recognized a need for change within the industry to promote true and sustainable health for both competitors and lifestyle clients. Lauren believes health is a term comprised of many facets.
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