The word natural gets thrown around a lot these days. Natural asparagus. Natural deodorant. Natural emotional reaction……..
Basically when something is natural it means us humans haven’t tampered with it too much.
The way that thing is, wasn’t decided by a human being, it just exists naturally that way.
The female reproductive system is a natural part of the female body.
Meaning, it exists (most often) naturally as part of the body and it’s health contributes to a woman’s overall health.*
Just like when your skin breaks out in a rash and you know something is wrong, having an irregular cycle or not ovulating naturally can be symptomatic of a larger health issue.
Now, yes, the female fertility cycle (as I like to call it) is pretty much all about ovulation and trying to get you pregnant.
That being said, it also deals with really important hormones in your body that actually help regulate a bunch stuff– not just baby making stuff.
“Osteoporosis, heart disease, and breast cancer are all somewhat prevented with a normal balance of estrogen and progesterone, which occurs when you are ovulating regularly.” – Dr. Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
When I finally put together that my cycle is integral to my overall health as a female human being, I felt embarrassed.
Because I realized I had very little knowledge of the mechanics of my own body.
Many women are in a similar position right now.
Here’s what happens.
Suddenly, at some point, we become sexually active, and we need to be responsible for our sexual health and fertility in a big way.
So what’s the easiest, most responsible thing to do?
“Go on the pill!”
At least that’s what I did, encouraged by friends and doctors.
“It will regulate your period and you won’t get pregnant!”
“No real dangerous side effects, and definitely not to your fertility.”
But the pill doesn’t regulate your period, it eliminates it, suppressing the ovulation process and inducing a sort of pseudo-menopausal state.
Lot’s of people still get pregnant while taking the pill, mainly because just like any contraceptive that involves a daily thing you have to do, it’s subject to colossal human error.
Stretch marks on your breasts, serious fertility issues that could go unnoticed for years, hormonal imbalances that could contribute to depression, heightened anxiety and general not-okay-ness, these are all potential side effects of taking the pill regularly.
Make me feel like a natural woman
I have been practicing natural birth control for years.
I’ve noticed there is another, more subtle, side effect that doesn’t get spoken of as much, and that’s ignorance of self.
Remember that big, intense responsibility for not only your sexual health but the maintenance of the species us women face when we become sexually active?
Well, when a young lady is told all she needs to do is remember to take a pill each day, or use a condom each time, that encourages self-ignorance which continues into adulthood.
This is what we get from the “…you will get pregnant, and die.” style of sexual education in schools (link leads to a clip from Mean Girls).
I believe when women know more about their bodies, and make the management of their body’s overall health an integral part of their lifestyle, we will all be much happier.
Imagine a world where instead of desperately wondering if you are going crazy, or what’s wrong with you, and lashing out on loved ones, imagine you actually know when you are about to PMS (can warn people) or better yet can ease the monthly hormonal transition with herbs, food, rest, and other self-care.
It is a sign that something might be off physiologically if you are experiencing serious pain or hormonal turmoil simply due to your fertility cycle existing.
Something in your natural system could be off.
Imagine also a relationship where your partner knows where you are at in your cycle and adjusts how to approach you sexually and otherwise according to where you are at.
Happier women lead to happier societies people, it’s just science.
What way of being with your body do you feel most naturally drawn to?
* I understand that not all females ask to be referred to publicly as women, and vice versa, but this is a big conversation for another time. I will say, what you do in your bedroom with other people and what you ask them to call you, that is none of my business.