Follow Up on Birth Control, Depression, and Vetting Your Kid's Doctor
This may be long, but here goes…
This is a topic of considerable consternation because my two daughters in their 20s are using these terrible hormones. Why? Well both would say they just find periods to be a hassle.
I also suspect that for my “older GenZ” there was the cultural myth that her cohort of college co-eds really believed: the high likelihood that they could be a date rape/rape victim, hence…the need for birth control.
When she began at “Flagship State U” dangerous frat parties and hook-up culture were still in full swing. (Of course, a few wise choices and this “problem” would, poof, disappear! But such reasoning did not hold much sway.)
Anyway come spring of her sophomore year and Covid rolls into town and dramatically limits — but does not completely kill off — this campus activity. But for all intents and purposes, it is back to “periods are a hassle.”
I have tried with both daughters to explain that (as they like to think of me) their “hippie mom” never used birth control —not only was I abstinent till marriage but (positively speaking) because I embraced the whole natural process of womanhood… “you will never feel better than when you’re ovulating” no matter how many cramps you have to put up with. (My engineering major was not swayed in the least.)
Interestingly, just this week I watched a YouTube “short” by a rather amusing female stand-up. The joke she made was: I’d like to quit using birth control (pause) because I’d like to meet myself. I thought, this young woman suspects that having an artificial, emotionally flat affect is not to know yourself (at the very least). Who knows, maybe she also experiences hormone- induced depression. Honestly every female needs to see some chart that correlates the huge rise in women’s depression with the growing use of birth control — one of the most suppressed medical facts out there.
And finally, there is the worry that my daughters have set themselves up for fertility issues down the road. Recently, thanks to Jordan Peterson, I watched the first part of the documentary, Unplanned Childlessness. The shocking factoid in the film is that 50% — 50% — of women who wait until 30 to conceive FAIL. One would assume that the vast majority were taking hormonal birth throughout their 20s, if not teens and 20s. I doubt we will see a peer reviewed study on THAT.
You if have gotten this far, thanks! My final word is one (I) must pray — even though it’s so hard to witness the state of the world into which innocent babies are being born. Still I must challenge myself to have faith that God still desires procreation and that it will be a blessing to my three daughters one day.
As a retired pediatric pulmonologist, I have become convinced that the blinkered, hard-working pediatrician can no longer hide behind her profession. The transgender craze represents the worst medical malfeasance of my recently concluded 40+ year career. As a retired person, I have availed myself of the in-depth perspectives of lots of skeptics, many of whom write on Substack. I am shocked at the cut corners, the lack of true informed consent, the disinterest in the data on detransitioning outcomes, and the deference to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the endocrine societies. I am not up to speed on OCPs and depression but find Adrian's overview compelling. I have opposed the AAP for decades. It has never been interested in really finding out what its members want. It goes with the leadership's bias and the "permanent" staff in Washington, DC.
This is excellent, thank you
Thanks for taking brave, unpopular? positions, at least unpopular with seemingly a great number of folks
Not to be dense, but what is the best way to vet a pediatrician? Do I schedule an appointment for an in-person interview? Email them a questionnaire? Try to reach the office manager on the phone and ask that person? I have really never seen this done before—and I really agree with you and want to do it. Thanks.
I wish the AAP would say a statement about love. What is love per their neutral worldview standard? What does it mean to love your child? It’s important I feel especially if they are guiding secular/neutral parents on sexual education. My husband always says he’s gonna be super protective and helicopter parent when our kids are teenagers. And I get it. I am too. Yet, I know that with our kids witnessing our selfless love and enjoying Christian marriage they are going to mirror. Once the oxytocin is released, we better have done the hard work of supporting their self concept, explaining consequences, and Christian responsibilities because if we stand in the way of them experiencing love then it will be a thermonuclear Chernobyl catastrophe. Parenting is hard. This is a tough topic.
Thank you for being a good Catholic doctor!
That is an excellent article. I’m glad you shared the link. I found your comment on Unreported Truths just a bit ago. Thank you for speaking out against the medical tyranny.
And yet, the Netherlands seems to have largely dodged the youth mental health crisis plaguing the rest of the world. And they widely use The Pill starting quite early, I hear.