Friday, January 1, 2016

The Depo Shot Is Transforming Women's Bodies



Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, better known as Depo-Provera, but known to many women as "the depo-shot", is a synthetic version of the natural sex hormone progesterone. Though, millions of women around the world use the depo shot as a form of birth control, many are oblivious of the dangers associated with the contraceptive.



Progesterone doesn't only play an important role in the regulation of the female menstrual cycle; progesterone is crucial to the bodies balance of natural steroids like the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. It also keeps other steroids in check; like corticosteroids, and plays an important role in brain function as a neurosteroid.

The medical terms used above may sound confusing at a glance, but hopefully after reading this article you will have a better understanding of how putting synthetic hormones into the human body can cause serious hormonal imbalances; that can lead to undesirable or even life threatening changes. If the legitimacy of this article leaves any doubt in your mind, I also provided a list of references below where you can do your own research.


Testosterone and Estrogen

Let's start with the sex hormones. Since the progesterone administered in the depo shot is a synthetic hormone designed to mimic the natural hormone, it could cause an imbalance in other sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Excessive estrogen hormones in women may cause a risk of abnormally over-sized breast, premenstrual syndrome, obesity, postmenopausal syndrome, uterine fibroid, breast cysts, endometriosis, and breast cancer which is the most prominent diagnosed cancer among women of African descent.

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Corticosteroids 

Corticosteroids control a wide range of physiological processes, like stress, immunity, inflammation, metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins, blood sugar levels, and behavior. An imbalance in this hormone could be very sever. Anxiety, depression, fluid retention, hypertension, osteoporosis, acne, weak immune system, excessive yeast infections, diabetes (which is predominate among blacks), and Cushing Syndrome.





Birth-Control Body


Cushing Syndrome is a very important side effect to mention; being as though a great number of the women who continuously use the depo shot and other forms of hormonal contraceptives show one or more of its symptoms. Excessive weight gain in torso area. Growth of fat pads along the collarbone, the back of the neck and on the face. Fluid retention of the ankles (cankles) and wrists. Thinning or loss of hair' and abnormal facial hair growth. Dark or red discoloration of stretch-marks on neck and other areas. This one condition has so many categories and subcategories I don't have enough time or space to name them all.





Birth-Control Symptoms



Neurosteroids

Neurosteroids like progesterone are associated with the brain's memory process, behavior, and epileptic vulnerability, it regulates a person’s response to stress, anxiety, and depression. Neurosteroids also play a key role in various sexually-dimorphic behaviors and emotional responses. Simply put, an imbalance in this hormone can have serious effects on a woman's mental health; cause insomnia, impaired memory, and loss of sexual appetite. Including not being sexually attracted to men at all. Being as though the hormones are sexually based themselves this shouldn't come to a surprise.

If a woman becomes pregnant shortly after coming off Depo-Provera or if while using the contraception (which has been reported happening by the way), the fetus male or female has a doubled risk of being born hermaphrodite according to the warnings label from Pharmacia and Upjohn Company.


Did You Know?

In 2005 citizens of Canada filed a $700 million class-action lawsuit against Pfizer a manufacturer of Depo-Provera. The women suing alleged they developed osteoporosis using the contraceptive.

In the U.S Depo-Provera was repeatedly denied for use by the FDA. Though it had been in use since 1969 it wasn’t until 1992 that the FDA approved it for use in the U.S.  Cervical cancer was found to be increased as high as 9-times in the first human studies recorded by the manufacturer and the National Cancer Institute.


The Point

Women have a right to know the the full extent of the risks they're taking when using a medication. Not just the surface symptoms that are given on warning labels, but the truth about what's actually happening on a molecular level inside their bodies that causes these symptoms. 

Though, this article was centered around Depo, it is important to note that serious precaution should be taken before dealing with any contraceptive or medication that involves synthetic hormones; or that is made from hormone disrupting chemicals. They can alter the balance of natural hormones in the body. This is also discussed in the Essure article. The birth-control pill for example, is made from synthetic estrogen's or progesterone as well; potentially risking the same effects listed above. Hopefully, this article is enough to encourage women to protect their temples more devotedly, especially if they decide to have children in the future without complications. Though, the depo-shot has to be repeated every 3 months, the synthetic hormones may still be present along with any hormonal imbalances it caused and can be harmful to the fetus. For tips on how to improve hormonal imbalance read the article 8 Tips To Help You Look Better, Feel Better, And Increase Libido!



References:

Cushing's Syndrome Induced by Medroxyprogesterone.

Medroxyprogesterone Actate May Induce Cushing's Syndrome

Cushing Syndrome

Weight, fat mass, and central distribution of fat increase when women use depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate for contraception

Progesterone, Neurosteroids and Homosexuality

Neurosteroids and Sex Drive

Hormonal Imbalances and Fetal Hermaphroditism

Excess Androgen and Female Infertility

Effects of Excess Estrogen
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