Celebrated annually in the United states the month of September is Gynecologic cancer awareness month. Evidence -based research from the British Medical Journal, say “A woman more than doubles her risk of breast cancer even 20 years after she has stopped taking the pill, and women who have taken the pill for more than eight years also dramatically increase their risk for all cancers.” (British Medical Journal, 2008; 336: 59-60).
While in Nigeria, thousands of young daughter and woman die annually because of unsafe abortions, from incompetent doctors while abortion-related deaths contribute significantly to the high rates of maternal mortality in the country
As a teen going into womanhood, myself included, would get over-the counter or prescribed contraceptive, birth pills or drugs that we would take as an emergency or daily for years.This I believe is a choice to love ourselves freely or to prevent unintended pregnancies.
Now I know that we are just f-bombing’ around with our hormones. It’s incredible what contraceptive does, as most times we are just aware of the parts/things that we can see: like weight gain, repeated candida infection, mood swings. All which could be symptoms of hormone imbalance.
Sadly, when a woman settles down into marriage and keeps having repeated miscarriage, 5 out of 10 miscarriage are linked to using contraceptive pills whether use of the emergency/ daily pill in the past.
You might be wondering as to what key ingredients makes up most Birth Control Pills? As you may already know, I am committed to knowing exactly what I am putting in and on my body. I like to know and understand the ingredients of things. So, let me share with you some of the ingredient found in the pill, for instance binding agent, lubricant cocktail and definitely contains synthetic hormones. Where do these synthetic hormones come from? Or what are they made from? These are the questions we should thinking about beforehand.
Did you know some herbs are used to make these synthetic hormones? It has been reported in Nigeria, some young women prefer alternative means of birth control such as using herbs or orthodox means because of the unwanted side effects of using artificial contraceptives and doing abortion.
One herb used a lot for abortion is the unripe pawpaw leaves and roots. Fresh leaves & roots from the male pawpaw tree is ground, together and inserted into the private part or ingested.
Another herb is the Neem leaves/ fruit used as contraceptive means. The seed is grounded, moulded and inserted into the vagina. Another herb is the hibiscus flower, roots which is used in the Northern part of Nigeria as a form of contraceptive. PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS BY YOURSELF!!
Now, these herbs mentioned presented in herbal teasSHOULD NOT BE TAKEN BY A PREGNANT WOMAN. Herbal medicine can, therefore, provide a valuable and safe alternative to currently available methods of family planning. This is one of the reasons why I love to share information like this and sincerely hope that one day more pharmaceutical clinical trial studies will be done on medicinal plants like this.
To all our young girls, daughters unmarried and even married woman interested in family planning, please speak to a licensed herbal practitioner. If you need additional advise or resources. Please remember to know the consequence or weigh your option first before deciding to take the conventional contraceptive/birth control pills because your journey into womanhood could be complex, interesting, dynamic and troublesome if you choose unwisely.
Written By Rashidat. O.Raji. MSc Pharma, BSc, Occupational Health advisor and Lagos state Licensed Herbal General Practitioner