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Let's talk about the pill.


As any female teenage who grew up in the 90’s, I too was given the Go-To treatment for all things PMS..."The Pill" aka hormone birth control.


By far the most commonly prescribed type of oral contraceptive in the United States contains synthetic versions of the natural female hormones estrogen and progesterone. (cancer.gov)


Everyone was on it. It was the Go-To solution for heavy periods, acne, body hair, cramps and bloating.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looks at the rates of birth control use in people who identify as women. The data shows that roughly 65% of women between the ages of 15 and 49 use some form of birth control. The highest usage was found in women ages 40 to 49.


Sure there were side effects... good and bad.


I does help prevent pregnancy (not 100%)

It lowers the risk of colorectal, endometrial and ovarian cancers.


But it also.. increases the risk of beast and cervical cancer.

It can cause mood changes,

depression,

weight gain,

brain fog,

low libido,

headaches,

blood clots,

heart attack,

stroke....

but we didn’t think much of it.


We were young and healthy.. how bad could it really be?

Now I’m 36. It’s over 20 years later and I was still taking the pill.

And my body was pissed.


I was dealing with daily breast tenderness.. like so tender driving over bumps hurt some days.

The worst cystic acne I’ve ever experienced.

No libido.

Consistent migraines.

But worst of all, I started developing precancerous cells in my cervix.

Women who have used oral contraceptives for 5 or more years have a higher risk of cervical cancer than women who have never used oral contraceptives. The longer a woman uses oral contraceptives, the greater the increase in her risk of cervical cancer.

I will never forget sitting in the gynecologists office, the moment I heard the "C" word...

At 36.


I was terrified. I am terrified.


It was this and the cystic acne that led me to the decision that...


It was time. I had to ditch the pill.



It’s been 30 days since I’ve been fake hormone free!

So far, I am so glad I made this decision.



My first cycle was hard.


All the unpleasant PMS symptoms I remembered from my past were suddenly back. I forgot how painful tampons are and how hard it is to move with them inside me.

However, this decision was one of the best I have made for myself. PLUS I found a natural solution to help with the PMS symptoms!



I found a NATURAL solution to help with PMS symptoms!

I’m just a little over a month, I’m already noticing a difference.


I haven’t had a headache in weeks.

My skin is clearer than it’s been in so long.

I can actually press and squeeze my boobs without pain.

My partner says my mood is more pleasant.

I finally have a sex drive again.

And, surprise to me, my gut health has even improved with the change. I just feel better.


And now it’s going to get even better!!


I have found a better option to support my cycle A N D get rid of all the PMS symptoms WITHOUT the use of any hormones.

Now I have P23 for my next cycle. P23 is the newest thing in women’s health, supporting our cycle without the use of HORMONES.


There is finally a better option ladies!



There is even a menopause formula!!

Watching my mom and friends struggle with menopause symptoms and synthetic hormones, I’m so grateful I’ll never have to deal with that mess. When I reach that phase, how great to know that I never have to know what a hot flash feels like!

Thank you p23!


I am so excited for this ground breaking product to launch.


Women’s lives are going to forever be improved and safer.

We deserve that.

We deserve an option that doesn’t lead to cancer.


If this blog resonated with you, if you struggle with PMS or menopause symptoms, or if you are still taking the pill.. I want to hear from you. Please reach out and tell me your story.


It’s time we speak up and take charge of our health.


Sources

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/hormones/oral-contraceptives-fact-sheet



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