I’m pissed, and you should be too. Here’s why…
A friend of mine reached out to me the other day to let me know she was diagnosed with something called Pseudotumor Cerebri (also known as Intracranial Hypertension). Ever heard of it? Yeah, me neither.
It happens when the cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases and puts elevated pressure on the brain. The symptoms are like a brain tumor, but it’s not a brain tumor…
- headaches (sometimes severe) that start behind your eyes
- vision problems like blurred, dimmed or double vision, bright flashes
- nausea and vomiting
…that get worse over time.
Guess what can cause it? The Mirena IUD and other progestin-only forms of birth control like the Nexplanon.
Are you or have you been on any of these forms of birth control? If so, did you know there was such a serious risk to your health?
One quick google search and you’ll find links to lawsuits against both the Mirena and Nexplanon manufacturers.
There are also conditions linked to Pseudotumor Cerebri that I think are pertinent to the women who follow me:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Addison’s disease
- Blood clotting disorders
This is one of the many reasons I advocate hard for period literacy and more natural forms of birth control.
I mean, don’t we deserve better???
F*ck yeah we do.
Are women just collateral damage when it comes to birth control???
F*ck no, we are not.
And it’s time we change that. If you are on a progestin-only birth control and experiencing the symptoms I described, please see your doctor.
And if you are considering a more natural form of birth control, consider the Daysy Fertility Tracker. It is a device you use to take your basal body temperature every morning and it tells you whether you are fertile (red light) or infertile (green light) on that day.
I’ve been using it for two years and love it, and my Daysy-converted clients and friends rave about it!
Yes, you have to use condoms, the pull out method or abstain on fertile days but you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you are not poisoning yourself with synthetic hormones (read chemicals) every.single.day.
I truly believe we are at a pivotal moment in the women’s health movement, and it’s time to collectively stand up and fight for better treatment by the medical complex.
We can do that by making different choices. By choosing to opt out of a system that is broken and doesn’t work for us.
You can start by choosing better birth control for yourself or another woman or girl in your life. Read about my experience with the Daysy and get $20 off too. 🙂
Okay #endrant. Just had to get that out!
I want to hear from you!
- Was this post helpful for you? Did you know about this condition? Join the conversation below in the comments.
- Your assignment this week is to share this post on social media or with any woman who might need this information. Share buttons above.
- Let’s get social! Join me on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest info on periods, hormones and of course a glimpse into my life and what I’m up to on the daily.
Want even more hormone and period lovin’ content?
- Take my quiz to find out what’s up with your period and hormones, and get my FREE Fix Your Period Quickstart Kit 7-Day Course.
- Want to be the first to know when I release a new blog post? I go deeeeep in my blog posts – you won’t wanna miss them! Sign up here and you’ll be the coolest “periodista” on the block.
- Subscribe to my podcast The Period Party that I cohost with my friend Dr. Nat Kringoudis.
- Ready to become your own health advocate and massively uplevel your period game? I’ve got you covered in my Fix Your Period series of programs. You’ll find the right program for you here!
Information in this post and on this web site is provided for informational purposes only. The information is a result of practice experience and research by the author. This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging. Do not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem.
This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate disclosure.