PCOS Diva has a fundamental purpose of empowering and educating women about their health and fertility. That is why I am thrilled to get behind a Kickstarter campaign to turn Holly Grigg Spall’s book, Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control into a documentary. Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein plan to make this thought-provoking book into a documentary. The goal is to empower and educate women so they can make an informed choice about their fertility and birth control. Too often, women are given the birth control pill as a first line treatment for PCOS. They are never informed of the countless side effects they can expect while on the pill or the post-pill syndrome they can expect when they stop taking it. We are rarely educated by physicians about the rhythms of our body and how to regulate our cycles with lifestyle choices and supplements.
I had the opportunity to interview author Holly Grigg- Spall this week. Listen to my interview with Holly and learn about:
- The benefits and side effects of hormonal birth control (the pill and its cousins)
- Difference between a period on the pill and a period on your own
- Regulating your period without pharmaceuticals
- What is body literacy and why it is important
- How you can help make this documentary project happen!
“The pill prevents women from functioning at their optimal level of health. The vitamin and nutrient deficiency, the impact on the endocrine system, the flattening out of peaks and hormones, and the wearing away of every bodily system takes its toll over time. It is true that an optimized woman would be a woman not on hormonal birth control. An optimized woman would be one allowed to ovulate as her body dictates.” –Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control
During our interview, Holly makes reference to Dr. Lara Briden’s new book, The Period Repair Manual. For more about this book and Dr. Briden’s perspective on fertility, click here. Nicole Jardim is another great resource. Check out my recent interview with her here.
For more info about and to support Holly’s campaign, click here…
Holly Grigg-Spall is the author of “Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control” (Zero Books, 2013). Her work on women’s health issues has featured in Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, New York magazine, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Washington Post and on BBC and CBC radio, amongst others. She also writes weekly for LadyClever.com. Holly is currently working on her next book.