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Still no

Remember how I told you the story about me not using hormonal contraception some while ago? I got some pretty amazing feedback at that time – girls who texted me saying that they weren’t using it either or other girls who asked me a couple of questions because they were considering to stop using it, too. Of course there were some that said a) whatever or b) why would you talk about such an intimate topic Anna, I think it goes too far. Well girls, watch me talk about it again, with a twist.

I’m still not taking any kind of hormones and there’s still no chance of me ever doing it. We’re consuming enough hormones on a daily basis as it is, no matter if we eat meat or drink tap water. Yep, it’s that bad. I’m not saying you should stop eating, I’m just saying that you should be aware of the fact that our groundwater is full of hormones because it either makes its way from you to the toilet into our water or because humanity is at the point where agriculture doesn’t seem to be working without it anymore. But that’s another topic – feel free to google it.

Girls who take the pill or choose to use something else involving hormones because it’s ‘less harmful’ still make me mad, because I still don’t get why you’d take something that is clearly not good for your body. Why? Because it messes with mother nature in such a dramatic way, I will never understand how this never crosses your mind.

Anyway. The reason why I’m coming back to this topic is this hilarious piece of news here: studies around birth control for men had to be stopped, because too many of the men involved complained about the side effects that they didn’t want to endure anymore. You know, like depression, changes in libido, acne, etc. Sounds familiar?

I don’t know if it should make me sad or hysterical, but the thing is as simple as this: those men seem to be valuing their body more than many of you reading this do. More than many of my close friends. Isn’t that sad? As soon as they felt like something wasn’t good for their health and body, they obviously protested enough to not continue with it. And what do you do? You just accept it. You look for alternatives, which also include hormones most of the time. You make excuses. You live with it. But not many of you realize that you should not just accept it. There alternatives to hormones out there, you know?

There are so many women out there who are spreading feminist ideas all the time, but so many of those accept that such an issue is dealt with by sacrificing their health and future, just because that’s the way it always was. Women are responsible to look after birth control, no matter what questionable pills they are stuffing their faces with on a daily basis. Nobody ever thinks about what they are taking and what it does to their bodies. And if you tell them, they just shrug. Can’t do nothing about it anyway, right? I don’t understand, I really don’t.

To be clear, I don’t think that anybody should be taking hormones for reasons of birth control, no matter if man or woman, no matter how big or how little the side effects are. Personally, the thought alone makes me nauseous. Don’t you feel sad for your body? There are alternatives and yes, there don’t seem to be plenty of them, but there are some. Yes, some might tell you that they are not a 100% safe, but at least they won’t fuck up your body and or future – I’ve been living without the pill or other artificial hormones for 26 years now and I can tell you that I’m doing just fine, no restrictions, no nothing. Yes, I do have a couple of pimples from time to time, but if you’re superficial enough to care about the condition of your skin more than about the condition you put the rest of your body in, then you probably need a lot more help than you’d like to admit.

Personally, I would never support my man in taking hormones for such reasons and I think nobody should support, let alone ‘force’ their partner to make such a choice against their health. Nobody should give you the feeling like you have to take them, like this was the only way.

And you – you should love yourself enough to not accept such side effects. There are alternatives and you know it.

If you’re willing to think about this topic, I suggest you read my initial post on it. If you’d like to talk about it, I’m always happy to hear from you.

Love yourself first, trust me.

Anna

 

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Crazy healthy #3: artifcial hormones

I just realized that it’s been almost two weeks since I last talked about my mother, can you believe it? Outrageous, I know, and I’m sorry. I will try to make it up to you with some good old TMI, ok? Ok. Today’s topic for crazy healthy is the topic of artificial hormones – close friends of mine know that this is a topic that really gets my mother going.

Remember the time your mother told you it was time to go and see a gynecologist and you probably picked a female Dr. because you were uncomfortable with the idea of having a man – a stranger –  stick his head between your legs? That time when you never would have thought that this idea would become much less devious just a couple of years later at uni? Remember when he prescribed you these magical pills you’ve heard all about, the ones that would make your boobs grow with a good chance of blowing up the rest of your body, too? Those pills that would finally clear your skin, make sure you menstruate regularly and, most importantly, finally give you this mythical glow that only people who are sexually active have?

While all of my close and not so close friends were slowly starting to casually mention that they were on the pill now whenever they could, I was the only one among them who wasn’t so keen to talk about it. The moment I came home with my magical pills, my mother took them away from me and made me promise to never ever take one of them – because the pill was evil.

Why? Well, my mother could go on and on about it, let me know if you’d like to chat to her about it in more detail. To put it short: it is not good for your body to feed it with artificial hormones to make your endocrine system act the way it wouldn’t normally act. It is not only unnatural, it is also unnecessary.

I was 14 at that time and I was devastated. I felt like a basic right was taken away from me – the membership to a club of people who were so grown up, so knowing. Everybody was on the pill, even girls that were younger than me. It took me quite a while to come to terms with the fact that I would never belong to them.

How did I survive until today without being a mother of five already, you might wonder? Well first of all, I was rather fugly when I was younger so it wasn’t like I had to fight off semen 24/7 for most of my puberty. Later, when I had my first boyfriend, I used a contraception computer which basically tells you when you can have sexual intercourse without using a condom. The rest of the time I was lucky enough to never meet some f*cktard with an alleged latex allergy. Nowadays I know my body well enough to know when I’m safe and when I should better take precautions.

I know that this approach is unimaginable for most people. Everybody is so paranoid about getting pregnant, more paranoid than about getting fatal STDs. You shouldn’t be – man is the most infertile mammal on earth. I know that teenage pregnancy is a topic but this probably has something to do with brain rather than the choice of contraceptive. I know that I haven’t gotten pregnant for 25 years now and it’s not because I wasn’t interested in boys.

But somehow everybody but my mother seemed to think of the pill as a magic bullet for everything and so I had to defend myself for many many times in the following years. Whenever I had something that could be associated with hormones, I was advised to take the pill – fighting symptoms, not causes. Whenever I complained about my horrible skin – the pill. I had several doctors try to convince me to take the pill, just because it was convenient. Even my ex-boyfriends parents wanted him to force me to take the pill – like chill people, I would do anything in my power not to get a child with genes of people who would even think of something like that.

I’m not judging women who are on the pill because they feel it’s more convenient – I sometimes buy frozen vegetables because it’s more convenient than to wash and cut them myself. With this post I just wanted to share with you that there is an alternative and that it is not all too absurd – because I think that girls aren’t being encouraged to even think of this alternative. I have friends who take the pill even if they aren’t in a relationship and I know that there are a lot of girls out there who take it from a young age on, whether they are sexually active or not. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because they are told that this is the way it should be. Maybe because they believe it’s better to feed yourself artificial hormones instead of having one or two pimples more. I really don’t know, but I think it’s worth some consideration. All I know is that today I am really thankful for having such a crazy woman of a mother who never gives in – even if it took me a couple of years.

Let me know if there’s somebody else out there who shares a similar view – in all of my life I think I have only met one person who agreed with me on this point. 🙂

Consideration is good for you, trust me.

Anna

 

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