There are around 100 million women in the world who are on the pill. In the United States alone, there are 11 million who take the pill for various reasons. Of these 11 million women, 60 percent of women take the pill for a non-contraceptive reason. This shows how widely doctors prescribe birth control pills for reasons ranging like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS to acne. The pill has become a quick-fix solution to many of women’s health conditions, which is playing havoc with women’s health. Women on the pill usually suffer from depression, autoimmune disease, heart issues, thyroid and adrenal disorders and breast and cervical cancer. The pill also causes vaginal dryness, hair loss, libido, extreme fatigue and chronic infection.
In Beyond the Pill, Jolene Brighten argues that many of these diseases can be treated by eating the right food and women can avoid the side effects of the pill. Jolene Brighten says that there is no doubt that the pill has benefitted women tremendously. The advent of the pill was revolutionary, and it resulted in sweeping social and economic improvements that gave women the freedom to choose whether or not to have children and work outside the home. It quite literally changed women’s lives. One study found that the pill was partly responsible for an estimated 30 percent increase in women’s wages by the 1990s. The pill also led to higher college enrolment and completion rates among women in the 1960s and 1970s. However, Jolene Brighten argues that the pill has not kept up with the times. Pharmaceutical companies have very little incentive to improve upon the pill because they know the burden of pregnancy fall on women.
Jolene Brighten says that the risks for women include hormonal confusion that causes missing or irregular periods, light or heavy periods, short cycles, infertility, headaches. It also causes digestive problems such as leaky gut, gut dysbiosis, inflammatory bowel disease. It reduces energy among women, causing fatigue, adrenal, and thyroid dysfunction. The women who use the pill suffer from skin problems like hair loss and dry skin. It doesn’t stop here. Studies have found many women on the pill suffer depression, anxiety, low libido, vaginal dryness, chronic infection, pain with sex. Many of them were found with vitamin, mineral and antioxidant depletion (such as folate, B12, and magnesium). Jolene Brighten says that the worst part is that these side effects are only the beginning of the other potential diseases. The pill will sabotage your thyroid, intensify the risk of blood clots — which may lead to strokes — increase the risk of breast, cervical, and live cancers, increase the risk of diabetes, raises the risk of heart attack and trigger autoimmune disease.
The pill is “the solution” to any “female” problem — even for a headache. Jolene Brighten says that doctors often don’t bother to ask why their patients are having these symptoms, or investigate the root cause. The result is a condition that could be treated is left to silently progress, while being masked by the pill, plus these women live with the pill’s dangerous side effects. A doctor prescribing a pill to address a hormone symptom is like taking a painkiller for a splinter instead of just removing the splinter. It might make you feel better for a bit, but eventually, you are going to feel that splinter again. When a doctor prescribes the pill to a woman without questioning the underlying cause of her symptoms, he or she is doing her a great disservice. Jolene Brighten says that her goal in Beyond the Pill is to educate you, empower you and support you to make the best decisions for your health. She writes, “It is you who are the best person to decide the best form of birth control for you. If it is not the question of birth control, I want you to use the best ways to treat your medical conditions without the pill.”
Beyond the Pill is a commendable attempt to find the real causes of women’s medical issues such as depression, autoimmune disease, thyroid, and adrenal disorders, vaginal dryness, hair loss, libido, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection. Jolene Brighten compellingly argues that the pill is one of the major causes of these medical conditions among women. Jolene Brighten has convincingly shown that the pill has many dangerous side-effects for women. Jolene Brighten claims that the ‘Beyond the Pill’ plan will solve many of women’s medical issues that are caused by the use of the pill. The plan does not treat women’s medical issues with more medicines but with food. Beyond the Pill gives hope to millions of women worldwide and it is worth trying if you are suffering from one or more of these medical issues. Good food has no side effects.