It works, but it sucks.
I never used birth control prior this 2015. I was generally a “if it happens, it is meant to be” kind of person, but my body felt a shift of energy. I felt as if I was going to conceive this year – and I thought wasn’t ready for it.
I decided to get the depo shot.
Depo-Provera is a contraceptive method for women. It’s made of a hormone similar to progesterone.
The last sentence should send firing signs. Anything that adds extra hormones to your body is creating an imbalance and blockage. And that’s what birth control is, a blockage.
Taken directly from HealthyWomen:
Progesterone is is a hormone that stimulates and regulates important functions, playing a role in maintaining pregnancy, preparing the body for conception and regulating the monthly cycle. Produced by the ovaries, rising levels of this hormone signal the body to prepare the uterus with a lining of tissue in preparation for a fertilized egg. If no egg is fertilized, levels of this hormone fall, signaling the body to shed the lining and menstruation to take place.
Hormones are natural to the human body. However, the moment you inject an addition of hormones, you will begin to notice side effects of imbalances.
Side Effects of Depo
- Irregular menstrual periods, or no periods at all
- Changes in appetite
- Weight gain
- Unwanted facial and body hair
- Hair loss
- Loss of bone mineral density
So many red flags, but I said I don’t want a child so I would rather deal with the not so common side effects (which are actually common). My waist beads got tight, as I was gaining weight. I was much more sexually interested in people, but because of the irregular menstrual cycle, I didn’t enjoy sex.
So I decided to try another birth control, something that I won’t have to worry about coming back to the office. Depo shot required patients to come back every 3 months for a booty shot. Ouch.
I then tried Mirena IUD.
“IUD” stands for “intrauterine device.” Shaped like a “T” and a bit bigger than a quarter, an IUD fits inside your uterus. It prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching and fertilizing eggs.
The IUD releases small amounts of the hormone progestin (levonorgestrel) into your body.
Progestins are a group of naturally occurring or synthetic steroid hormones. The naturally occurring progestin is progesterone, which is secreted by the corpus luteum of the ovary, the placenta and also (in small amounts) by the adrenal cortex and testes. It prepares the inner lining of the uterus for pregnancy, and if pregnancy occurs it maintains the uterus through the pregnancy and prevents ovulation by the ovaries during pregnancy.
The Dangers of Birth Control
Side effects of Mirena
- Infections from bacteria getting into the uterus when the IUD is inserted or later
- Punctures in the wall of the uterus
- Ovarian cysts
- Ectopic pregnancy
Everything bad. Bad, bad, bad. I was bleeding for 4 months straight. Not spotting, not on-and-off menses. Straight up, heavy, cramping, all day every day, bleeding for 4 months. Now at first, it wasn’t bad, because I’ve had irregular cycles in the past prior my change of diet, but never cramps. My mood swings increased as my sex drive intensified. I was ready to go, but my body was telling me no.
Then it stopped. No more cycle. I was happy, didn’t have to worry about accidents, looking for non-toxic sanitary napkins (pretty impossible) and of course, for the men who fear blood, it was a plus for them. A woman who doesn’t bleed with a high sex drive? Count me in.
I was a mess. I was happy I was getting consistent sex, but a mess. I would get cramping randomly and spotting. The imbalances in my body were trying to outdo itself. I was always a melancholic person, but now I found no joy in life. My depression worsened, my temper increased and worse of all, I felt empty.
Many people enjoy the Mirena because it either stops or minimizes one’s cycle. Let’s explain why we shouldn’t have a cycle, to begin with.
When you menstruate, your body sheds the lining of the uterus (womb). Menstrual blood flows from the uterus through the small opening in the cervix and passes out of the body through the vagina. The body is removing things that are no longer needed in the body.
What Do You Put In Your Body?
Because of the foods we eat, all the toxins in the flesh, dairy, fluoride water and GMO fruits and vegetables, we allow too many toxins in our body. Our body naturally cleanses itself, through mucus, urination, defection, and menstruation for women.
It has been proven that women who go on a raw plant diet do not have a cycle anymore. Many see this as a problem, but in turn, this is how our bodies should work. Cycles are normal, but not necessarily healthy. The Ancestors have called menstrual cycles, “curses” and “unclean” and thanks to the disingenuous feminist movement, we have been taught to think they were only being “misogynistic” when in turn the Ancestors were right.
I’ve always said what is highly advertised should be ignored. But I did not connect commercials about pads and tampons to be propaganda, because we have been taught to embrace bleeding.
‘Black African females on a holistic diet of natural foods do not menstruate…Menstruation by black African women is a recent occurrence…Hemorrhaging among black African women represents a deterioration of the race…’Fruitarian and vegetarian women, normally, do not menstruate. If they do menstruate it consists of one or two drops of blood (about the size of a pea) from the unfertilized egg.’ – Dr. Imhotep Llaila O Afrika, ‘African Holistic Health’.
Though there are many vegan and vegetarian women who have cycles, many state that their bleeding decreases. It is not only the food we eat, but the environment we are living in that give to the increase of toxins.
I know the main concern of birth control is unwanted pregnancy. For whatever reasons a woman may not want a child or is ready for a child is up to her. However, there are alternative ways, by knowing your own body. I downloaded an app called the Period Tracker Deluxe (Apple Store, Play Store). It shows when I am ovulating, I can write down the moods I am feeling, any symptoms, etc. It is a good way of knowing when is the right time to engage in sexual activity if attempting to conceive (or when to avoid). Though it is not 100% reliable, it is not intrusive.
Unfortunately, there are some cases where women who are using birth control suffer from strokes, heart attacks, severe mood swings, extreme dizziness, other health complications and even death.
When you Google search “birth control” the first thing that pops up is Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood was founded by eugenicist Margret Sanger. Sanger started the American Birth Control League in 1921 and it became part of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942. She has stated the following:
We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.
…Human weeds … a deadweight of human waste … menace to the race. Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need … We must prevent Multiplication of this bad stock.
— Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review
We cannot continue to support concepts and organizations that were created with ill-intent. Many women are conditioned to believe that they will not be able to “afford” childcare, but the complications of birth control might be more expensive and worse, life-threatening – spiritually, mentally, physically.