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The Pill’s Real Story: It Prevents Pregnancy and Stops PMS Symptoms, but Unwanted Side Effects include Vaginal Infection and Orgasm Dysfunction

The pill is the most commonly-used form of contraception among women. Its popularity is owed to a 91 percent effective rate at preventing pregnancy and the ability to manage PMS symptoms. But here’s the bigger picture: the pill causes dangerous side effects like increased risk of heart attack and blood clots. Many women also experience sexual dysfunction. For Carmen, who began taking the pills in college, birth control proved more damaging than PMS.

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Us: What PMS symptoms did you have before taking the pill?
Carmen: Breast tenderness, insomnia, fatigue, acne, bloating, and irritability. These symptoms persisted about 10 days each month. Then my period would start, and I’d feel normal again. I began using the pill because I trusted it to ease my PMS.
Us: Did it?
Carmen: Yes, it did. But I gradually became aware of other changes, including my new and unwarranted lack of interest in sex.
Us: Why was that?
Carmen: I didn’t know it at the time, but low libido is a common problem with women who take the pill. I learned this from a scholarly article on the negative side effects of oral contraceptives. If I hadn’t stumbled across the article, I’d probably still be stuck in a rut.
Us: What rut do you mean?
Carmen: It’s true I didn’t want sex while on the pill, but that was only one problem. As time went on, I lost the ability to orgasm. On those rare occasions when my boyfriend and I were intimate, I felt nothing. My vagina was completely desensitized.
Us: What went through your mind when you realized you could no longer orgasm?
Carmen: I thought I was too young to lose my sexuality. But I didn’t have time to focus on my sexual health because I quickly developed a nasty vaginal infection with thick, white discharge. The itching in and around my vagina was so intense that I filled a baggy with ice and placed the baggy on my genitals. I wanted to numb myself to stop the itching. It also burned when I peed, and I had severe abdominal pain.
Us: It sounds like you had some serious issues.
Carmen: I did. My boyfriend was afraid to even touch me. He suggested I go to a doctor, but I don’t believe in antibiotics. So I went to a holistic healer who noted my entire health history. He asked about every medication, every pill, I’ve ever taken.
Us: What did he tell you?
Carmen: He explained my vaginal discharge and discomfort were a yeast infection. The burning and abdominal pain were a urinary tract infection. And the orgasm dysfunction was just that – a condition that many women experience at one time or another.
Us: Did he explain the cause of these problems?
Carmen: Yes - birth control use. He told me that just as radiation causes nausea and hair loss, birth control pills render side effects. They are made of chemicals that mimic the body’s natural estrogen and progesterone levels. These levels then become imbalanced, and even the slightest variation in hormones can influence immunity and sexual response.
The holistic healer recommended Carmen take an herbal formula to stimulate her body’s defenses against illness. Herbs contain healing properties that reduce symptoms like inflammation and itching so the immune system can work more efficiently. But Carmen also needed to balance her hormones. Again, the holistic practitioner explained that herbs, including Maca and Cuscuta, expel toxic build-up caused by birth control pills to stabilize hormones. A blend that at once restores vaginal health and improves sexual responses is Femme Recovery & Immune Enhancement Formula.

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