Hormones, the pill and fertility

Now everybody knows that women have 2 main sex hormones progesterone and estrogen. The latter is responsible for the development and maturation of the egg along with fsh (follicle stimulating hormone) and the former it’s responsible for maintaining the endometrium or womb lining in order for a baby to implant. Hence endometriosis when the womb lining ends up where it is not supposed to be. These hormones are what give a woman her fertility so it stands to reason that if there is an imbalance somewhere she will be infertile or to give its proper name subfertility as she has not been proved to be barren.
Pretty much all women go on contraception at some point during their life for one reason or another. We’re told, your periods will be light,  less painful, it protects against various forms of cancer etc so it sounds all good as it’s free on the nhs unlike condoms and it’s convenient for our busy lives. It does not require surgery like a coil does. However since chemical forms contain synthetic versions of our own hormones, it suppresses ours and imposes it’s own routine.  This can be very unhealthy as has been found out when these women stop taking the pill because they now want a family. In many cases the resulting amenorrhoea or lack of periods while possibly pleasant before now causes a great deal of anguish as we’re are promised that our fertility will return quite shortly after we finish. While there are stories of extra fertile women who get pregnant while using contraception for most of us it does more harm than good. We need more research into the long term effects of chemical contraception on women’s fertility. Yes we’re seeing an increase in older women getting pregnant but that is with donor eggs and is quite unnatural. There is a reason menopause exists.  It is to show that your body is no longer physically capable of carrying a child. You also have all the other aspects to look at. Although your richer and wiser, you don’t have the energy to go through the morning sickness, labour, sleepless nights and everything else that comes with rearing a child even though you may think you do. Plus you have your life to think of. I do however feel for those with pcos (poly cystic ovary syndrome) who may never have there own children or those that have early menopause running in there family. Stopping at 30 years of age is rather unfair. In days gone by this would not have caused so many issues as you still would have had a good 10 years and you may even be grateful for it as you generally had as many as possible then. Today it’s a completely different story. We all think we start off with all the time in the world and masses of fertility but we don’t and it’s possible we only find out our hand in life when it is too late to try to change it.

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