Not only is she a beauty in blockbusters and a baby-mamma, but Biel is also empowering women all over the world to get in touch with their bodies! In a collaboration with Saundra Pelletier of non-profit organisation WomenCare Global, actress Jessica Biel is speaking from experience to educate women about their bodies. This project aims to deliver an online web-series of educational sex-ed videos to women. In an interview with Glamour magazine Jessica revealed that the motive behind her sex-ed project was her experience on the pill. Jessica explained that she felt confused about what would happen to her after she stopped taking the pill, “I’ve been on the Pill for so long; how hard will it be to get pregnant?” This decision was apart of plans fall pregnant with her husband Justin Timberlake; they’re now the parents to little Silas Randall. The actress also admitted that, “suddenly I realized I really didn’t know what’s going on inside my own body. It was shocking.”
It is shocking that there are women out there who swallow a small pill every day and do not understand its long-term affects on their fertility and future offspring are. Day by day women are consuming synthetic hormones to purposefully prevent pregnancy and solve other health related issues. If you Google ‘the pill and its affect on pregnancy/babies/fertility etc’ you will find a whirlwind of contradictory studies. As many as there are articles and studies that celebrate the pill for its obsolete affects on fertility, there are also articles that condone the pill as a threat to offspring. From our own research we have found various studies that prove the pill poses potentially adverse affects on the user’s offspring however, all these articles also suggest that there has not been enough research to validate their claims with the pill only being used for a little over 60 years. Research has found a link between the use of oral contraceptives prior to conception (having a baby) and an increased risk of low birth weight babies and premature babies. This research includes a study of health records in Canada (2009) and recent study by University of Michigan Medical School.
Aside from birth weight, in some chances women have experienced delays in getting pregnant after being on the pill. In an article with the telegraph Dr Marilyn Glenville reported to “see(ing) cases where women in their thirties have no ovulated for two or three years after taking the contraceptive pill”. Dr Marilyn explains the absence of women’s menstrual periods; “the Pill artificially suppresses your hormones, effectively making your ovaries dormant. Sometimes it can make the reproductive system go into hibernation.”
So there it is ladies, “when you go off the pill it takes longer for you to get pregnant” is not just an old wives tale, it actually resonates with some women. If you are on the pill and are considering getting pregnant please consult your GP and inform them of your plans before proceeding to get off the pill. And remember every woman is different, you are not the same as her and she is not the same as you, so the oral contraceptives will have a different reaction for each woman and their pregnancy.