people who took birth control pills You know that there are usually two formats. Some come in boxes of 21 and others come in boxes of 28. In the first case, you need to take 21 contraceptive pills in a row, leave 7 day break and then start over. During this break supposed rule, although we will see later that it is not actually menstruation. On the contrary, boxes of 28 birth control pills are designed for forgetful people, since the last 7 pills in fact they are just placebo. In this way, the routine is preserved and forgetfulness becomes more complicated. Again, within a week of the placebo, bleeding will begin.

But, as we have already assumed, that bleeding is not menstruation. This is what is known as withdrawal bleeding. For some people on birth control pills, this bleeding is something positive, as it gives them confidence that everything went well and they are not pregnant. Others, on the other hand, would rather not have it. And what is really hard is that if they are, then no more and no less than religious reasons.

In fact, in some countries such as England, the remaining week begins to liquidate. What is being done is taking birth control pills in seasonal cycles. They take three months, take a short break, and start again. In this way, unpleasant bleeding, which does not make any sense, can be avoided. But what does it mean that these people are made to bleed for religious reasons?

Hormones and menstruation

Without birth control pills or any other hormonal method, menstruation is a cycle of approximately 28 days during which hormonal fluctuations occur, triggering phenomena such as ovulation and menstruation.

There are basically four of these hormones: luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), progesterone and estrogens. They all regulate each other so that one can help release the other.

FSH it begins to be released at the very beginning of the cycle, since its function is to stimulate the ovaries to produce primordial follicles. Follicles are a kind of sacs containing eggs in varying degrees of maturation. Having found FSH, one of them begins to prepare when the time comes, release an egg ready for fertilization.

On the other side, left it stays low at the beginning and end of the cycle and rises only with a very intense peak right in the middle, around day 14. This is because he is responsible for induce ovulation when the selected follicle is fully mature.

Referring to progesterone, remains low during the first half of the cycle and begins to rise after ovulation. It is so because it responsible for thickening of the endometrium. This is the layer that lines the uterus and thickens to accommodate the embryo in case a released egg is fertilized.

Finally, estrogens are secreted during almost the entire cycle, and two peaks, one during ovulation and one during menstruation.

Referring to menstruationThis natural bleeding this happens if the released egg is not fertilized. If this happens, thickening of the endometrium is no longer needed, so it sloughs off, causing the characteristic bleeding, colloquially known as “the rule.”

Bleeding when we take birth control pills is not the rule, although we consider it to be. Credit: Annika Gordon (Unsplas)

How do birth control pills work?

Birth control pills usually come in many different types, but mainly include: both estrogens and progestogens. These are synthetic hormones that mimic those naturally produced during the menstrual cycle. Once taken, they stay in place for 21 days so the natural peaks that normally trigger ovulation do not occur. If there is no ovulation, there is no pregnancy. But there is no menstruation either.

For this reason, bleeding that occurs during a 7-day break from taking birth control pills is not the rule. This is something known as withdrawal bleeding, which occurs when hormone levels fluctuate dramatically. The body receives the same amount of estrogen and progestin for 21 days, and suddenly those levels drop. Progestogens caused slight thickening endometrium, so it must be released, causing bleeding. But it’s not really menstruation because the egg hasn’t come out.

There is no medical evidence that this bleeding is necessary. In fact, in countries that started taking pills in three-month cycles, there were no problems. And the fact is that in fact it was done simply for religious reasons, to try to achieve papal approval that despite this, he blessed the contraceptive pill.

Seeking the Pope’s Blessing

John Rock, one of the inventors of the contraceptive pill, was a devout Catholic among those who attended daily masses. But I had love for science that other people with their religious beliefs did not feel.

He believed that birth control pills did not interfere with God’s plan. In fact, there was no physical barrier to prevent fertilization, as with condoms, but instead gave the body hormones similar to those it naturally produces. So he convinced himself. However, the Church did not approve of his work.

So he added something that made his invention even more natural. If birth control pills were not taken within 7 days, their effect remained good and withdrawal bleeding occurred, which imitated the rule. Thus, everything was completely natural to the eye.

It happened in 1951, under the papacy Pius XIIwho accepted the invention, with certain conditions. Catholics could take birth control pills without going to hell, but only if they had gynecological problems that made it necessary. Never avoid having children. Somehow, they made a law, they cheated, so the religious women gladly accepted this decision.

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Contraceptive pills convinced Pius XII, but not Paul VI. Credit: Nacho Arteaga (Unsplash)

The bells could not be fired in flight

The problem arose in 1968 when the new Pope, Paul VI, wrote the encyclical Vitae, in which, among other things, he described birth control pills as something unacceptable to the Catholic religion. Such was the disappointment of John Rock that he abandoned Catholicism. He preferred science to religion. But the damage has already been done. Withdrawal bleeding has become so normalized that it persists even today, both with birth control pills and with other hormonal methods.

This does not mean that we should take birth control pills differently from what we were prescribed. Before this, be sure talk to a specialist. But yes, the fact is that, in general, pillboxes continue to be prepared for the sake of religion, which, like all religions, should be more concerned about preventing unwanted children from being born or in families without means, than about not follow the natural plans of God.

Source: Hiper Textual

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