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Have you had trouble with hormone birth control or know someone who has?

If so, please take a look at a new documentary project on Kickstarter from filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake inspired by the book Sweetening the Pill by Holly Grigg-Spall.

This documentary is hoping to bring attention to the potential pitfalls of hormone birth control and promote research into more non-hormonal contraceptive methods.

I remember when I tried taking the Pill in college. I wasn’t told much more than it would prevent pregnancy. Unfortunately for me, the Pill very quickly caused depression and extreme mood swings. I honestly thought I was losing my mind. Soon after I pinpointed the problem–and stopped taking the hormone birth control–I went back to normal.

Back then, I’d wished I was given more information and a heads-up about possible side effects. Sadly, over 20 years later, many women are still in the dark about how their hormone birth control can be impacting their health, mood, intimacy with their partners and more. I know because I get the emails from hormone BC users who’ve discovered these problems on their own either because their doctor failed to inform them or downplayed the potential problems.

Now as the founder of Hormonology, I have an added appreciation for keeping your hormones natural: You get to enjoy the rising estrogen boost in mood, energy, memory, creativity and sensuality that you can miss when hormone birth control “flattens” your cycle.

I do understand some women need hormone birth control–it may be the only or best option for them. Or it may help with a medical condition. But, I also think there are many women who would benefit from more hormone-free alternatives.

Because of this, I’d love to see this documentary made–and I’m hoping you’ll join me in supporting it!

[Photo: Nate Grigg]