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Depo Provera is a slow release hormonal medication administered by injection that suppresses a woman's menstrual cycle for 3 months at a time. My interview with Dr Rachel Mascord, gives us a very personal account of her experience with this drug and what transpired as a result. Her inspiring story includes her renewed relationship with her menstrual cycle and with herself as a woman.
As I've said many times, I'm not necessarily anti-hormonal contraception completely...but I am definitely pro-being fully informed. And I do firmly believe that IF we were fully informed about the drugs themselves, how they work, their impacts on the body and potential harmful effects AS WELL as being educated on our cycles and reproductive health overall, then there would be far fewer women taking these drugs as a result. Know your body and be empowered. Be informed and know your choices.
Topics we discuss:
Rachel explains what Depo Provera is
What prompted Rachel to have the shot
Side-effects that Rachel experienced
The fear that she experienced as a result of taking the shot
Giving your power away to the medical system
The trivialisation of symptoms that women experience
Women giving up on themselves or even questioning themselves in the face of medical authority
Looking at the root cause of what we are feeling instead of just managing it all
Examining life from our bodies rather than our heads
Self-care and the difference this makes in a woman's health
Appreciation of the female body
Having a relationship with our cycle and why this is so important