I’d like to remind you about an important documentary project helmed by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (who produced the documentary The Business of Being Born) that’s inspired by the book Sweetening the Pill by Holly Grigg-Spall.
This documentary project aims to highlight the potential dangers of hormone birth control. I normally don’t like to voice my opinions on this topic since I believe birth control is a personal issue and everyone should feel free to select what’s right for her or him when it comes to family planning.
However, I do believe strongly in “informed consent”. And I don’t believe many health care providers who dispense hormone birth control are giving their patients fully informed consent. That’s because they’re glossing over the potentially dangerous physical complications that can arise from hormone BC and, many times, altogether skipping the potential emotional side effects, such as sudden anger, depression and extreme mood swings (which I personally experienced when I tried the Pill in college–and was not warned about).
On top of that, I believe dispensing hormone birth control without revealing all the potential complications and side effects is tantamount to treating women like children. It’s like saying females can’t handle the truth. They wouldn’t be able to make up their minds if given all the information. And so, for the sake of this poor woman who obviously has terrible decision-making skills, the medical community is going to make this important family planning choice for her.
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate it when other people think they know what’s better for me than I do.
So, I’m supporting the KickStarter campaign for this documentary to help get it made because I think women have the right to know everything about hormone birth control–and this is one way they can find out. And if after seeing it, hormone birth control is something a woman still wants to use, then great. At least she made an informed choice. And that’s what’s really important.
Please join me in helping to get the documentary Sweetening the Pill made–even if you can pledge just $1 or simply voice your support on their page so they know there are folks who are rooting for them. They have only 11 days left–and they’re halfway there!
[Photo: Nate Grigg]