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Claire Baker : The Contraceptive Pill – Why I Took It For 10 Years & Why I Never Will Again

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Claire hardly needs an intro – this beauty has featured on my site many times before and is a woman after my own heart.  She’s got a powerful message to share, and today, on a topic we all know I’m totally into.  Claire talks today about the deception of the pill and her own experience.  Over to Claire.


I want to talk to you about the contraceptive pill and my tumultuous relationship with it that started in 2001.

But before we begin, let me make this very clear that I don’t believe in regrets and so I have none.

Regardless of the (multitude of!) choices I have made over the years that have been detrimental to my health, I know I am exactly where I am today because of these choices. I am the best health coach and mentor I can be, because I understand exactly where my clients are coming from and what they are going through. I’ve totally been there.

Saying that, I also believe wholeheartedly that the long term use of the contraceptive pill holds a massive risk to women’s health, our hormonal balance and our ability to make babies. I know it is linked to breast cancer, infertility, digestion issues and nutritional deficiencies and I have experienced firsthand a number of health issues due to long term use of the pill; post-pill amenorrhea, PCOS and a butt-load of hormonal (and emotional!) imbalances.

I cringe when I think about the enormous length of time I mindlessly swallowed those little pills every day; 10 years. A decade. Almost 40% of my life. I could be annoyed or angry about the decision I made to go on the pill all those years ago, but I’m not.

To explain why, let me take you back eleven years ago.