Questioning the safety and, currently extensive, use of hormonal contraceptives (especially the pill) is not well accepted.
I think that I only truly grasped that fact after seeing the backlash from Sweetening the Pill: or how we got hooked on hormonal birth control by Holly Grigg-Spall. I followed her facebook page before the book was released and she would link to (few) articles about the book that were positive and (far more) about the book that were tearing into it.
I knew that there was a lot of bias towards the pill, obviously, but I was naive enough to not realize that many people didn’t even like to see the pill and other hormonal contraceptives questioned.
But the thing that really surprised me was that a lot of it came from feminists and birth control and reproductive choice advocates. Yikes! These are exactly the people that should be advocating for great safety of birth control methods, lots of testing, and certainly not brushing women’s experiences under the rug.
In today’s podcast you get to hear from Holly about the book and the hubbub around the book, as well.
Listen and learn…
♥ What caused her to write the book
♥ The problems we have with a lot of side-effect research currently out there on the pill
♥ Why it’s so hard for people to question the pill
♥ What might have to happen for women to get the pill under insurance with the Hobby Lobby decision
♥ The real purpose of her book and how it got “lost in translation” because of our social environment
♥ Why fertility awareness is awesome for women, even those who don’t necessarily want to use it as birth control
I’d love to hear from you, now. Have you felt the bias towards hormonal birth control in your life, or do you also have a “coming off the pill” story to share? Let me know in the comments.
Holly Grigg-Spall is the author of the book Sweetening the Pill and works to expose the unexplored side of the hormonal contraception that is so popular and unquestioned in out society. You can buy her book here and visit her website for more information.