Doctors, please stop prescribing the Pill willy-nilly to teenage girls. It is only a band-aid solution for symptoms like acne and PCOS, and as I have written before
, it does nothing to correct underlying hormone balance. Never mind the hair loss
, and weight gain that the Pill causes. There is something else of great importance for young women. The Pill kills sex drive, possibly forever
. This ‘forever’ part is very worrying, especially when we are talking about teenage girls. Researcher Dr Irwin Goldstein puts it this way:
“When [women] stopped taking the pill, we fully expected their sexual function to recover. But we weren’t seeing that.” 
Dr Goldstein’s research
showed that even brief Pill use (few months) can cause a permanent abnormal elevation of a protein called SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), which affects testosterone levels. So if a girl starts the Pill at 15, does that mean that she may never – in her lifetime!
– know what it is like to have a normal libido? Should we not care about the lost libido of young women? A quick internet search brings up a few expert quotes reassuring us that this ‘Pill-libido-effect’ is a myth. I would love to believe that, and yet, I see the problem again and again in clinic. I speak with young women who suffer their low libido quietly. They have been told that it ‘could not be the Pill’
, so they silently blame themselves instead. It makes me sad. Women should not have to put up with it. I believe that all women – even young women
– have the right to a libido. I hope that there are some of you Pill-takers out there who have not
had your libido squashed. If so, then I look forward to hearing from you in the comments section. I WANT to be convinced that the problem is not as bad as I think it is. In closing, I want to offer a few Non-Pill solutions below.
Non-Pill Help for period problems.
Heavy periods. Anti-inflammatories like Turmeric and Ibuprofen can reduce menstrual flow by half
. Period pain. Stop eating inflammatory foods like sugar and milk products, and take the natural muscle relaxant magnesium. Acne. Again, stop eating sugar and milk. Talk to a doctor about a zinc supplement.
As I explained in my last Pill rant
, the best contraceptive methods are condoms, fertility awareness and non-hormonal IUDs. Condoms are fantastic contraception, and they also protect against disease. For added security, please learn to recognize your ‘egg-white fertile vaginal mucus’. Fertile mucus occurs for just a few days per month, and when you see it, that is just the time when you don’t want a broken condom. You should abstain completely for those few days. Originally published on Lara Briden's Healthy Hormone Blog