Birth control pills or most commonly known as “the pill” is popularly known for its ability to stop pregnancy in women. The usage of these pills have become a taboo because if a woman is taking the pill, it is automatically assumed that she does not want to get pregnant and performs sexual activities on the daily.
In short, women who are under this medication are often shamed and frowned upon. Little does the population know that this pill has other purposes, too. With the issue of the Philippine Supreme Court refusing to lift the TRO or the temporary restraining order for these pills to be available on the market, there is the possibility of having birth control pills permanently discontinued from the market.
Adolescent girls and young women are the most common users of this pill for hormonal imbalances that causes irregular or absent menstrual cycles, unusually strong menstrual cramps, excessive acne, PMS, endometriosis, Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) and Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). These hormonal problems in women are not to be taken lightly, because these in most cases, imbalances in hormones persist through time and might affect a woman’s reproductive system in a significantly bad way.
Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is when a woman’s hormones are out of balance. It can cause complications regarding their menstrual cycles, making it difficult for them to get pregnant. Most women with this hormonal problem develop cysts inside their ovaries hence, the name. These cysts are believed to be harmless but will definitely cause bodily problems such as extreme headaches, weight gain, thinning of hair on the scalp, fertility problems, unusually irregular menstrual cycles and depression.
We live in a time where our society is much more liberated and open to new ideas, maybe the time has come to recognize that there are women out there who need this pill for their health. Beyond the presumed usage of “the pill”, let’s not tread lightly on water when understanding that there are other medicinal needs of women everywhere. Before assuming one’s daily activities and completely closing a possible medical benefit for women everywhere, it’s time to delve into the rarely discussed issue of women’s health. Maybe the removal of birth control pills isn’t an act of intolerance towards unprepared sexual engagements among the youth. In the long run, it could be the very cause of pain and agony for women who experience PCOS and can’t have the luxury to buy birth control pills over the counter. There’s a wider arena of the issue that is yet to be openly discussed. Let us open ourselves to the other uses of this pill by means of education and proper understanding.