A roundup of Holly’s writing from around the web.


How does the pill work? You asked Google – here’s the answer

The pill was the first drug to be created and prescribed for healthy people. Oral contraceptives became available in 1961 and within a decade were so ubiquitous as to gain the pet name of “the pill”.  Read More.

Why I believe birth control doulas are now necessary (& more!)

Holly is a regular contributor to LadyClever.  Read her articles here.

5 Facts About Menstrual Suppression (& more!)

Holly is a regular contributor to Dame Magazine.  Read her articles here.

Just how safe is Yaz? Women need to know!

The oral contraceptive Yasmin was released in 2001 by the pharmaceutical company Bayer, followed by Yaz in 2006. They differ from other birth control pills in the synthetic progesterone they utilize, drospirenone, which is marketed as less likely to cause weight gain and bloating than other birth control pills.  Read More.

The pill is linked to depression – and doctors can no longer ignore it!

Researchers found that women taking the combined oral contraceptive were 23% more likely to be diagnosed with depression and those using progestin-only pills (also known as “the mini-pill”) were 34% more likely.   Read More.

From birth control to body literacy: the power of the pro-period movement

Again we find ourselves inspired by the personal stories of women who wish they knew more about their bodies and their choices before making important reproductive health decisions with lasting effects. This project is riding the wave of the pro-period movement that is encouraging body literacy. Read More.

Expanding options for male contraception

Of the twenty or more birth control options currently available, upwards of 16 of them are for women, and just three of them are for men. Women have an ever-expanding array of synthetic hormone-based choices, from the pill to the hormonal IUD to the shot. Men have condoms, vasectomy, and the pullout method.  Read More.

The birth control blind spot: stop letting politicians dictate women’s health

In the US women seem too scared to criticize the pill as they think anything less than zealous enthusiasm will be seized upon by the Right and used as fodder in their bid to ban birth control. This situation means there is very little accurate information getting through to women about the risks of hormonal contraceptives — from the quality-of-life-threatening to the truly life-threatening… The silencing of honest discussion is letting many women suffer unnecessarily as a result of using the Pill. Read More.

Women on the pill have more to worry about than fancying their partner

recent study is here to tell you that your birth control, as Elle magazine so eloquently put it, might be making your boyfriend ugly. More specifically, the science suggests that a woman taking the pill when she meets her boyfriend might find him less attractive when she stops taking it, especially if he wasn’t all that hot to begin with. Read More.

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