momlogic's Vivian: A few weeks back, when it was announced that the Pill may soon be free, I wrote a piece about why that would be SUCH a good thing, and how ironic it was that our generation spent many more years trying to repress our fertility than we did trying to conceive.
Taking this thought ten steps further, writer Vanessa Grigoriadis wrote a compelling piece for New York Magazine called "Waking Up from the Pill," about how the sexual liberation of women of "a certain age" may have come at a considerable cost: their fertility.
"It's not at all out of the ordinary for a woman to be on the Pill from ages 18 to 35, her prime childbearing years," she writes. "While it is remarkably safe, almost like taking a vitamin, that's a long time to turn one's body into an efficient little non-procreative machine. The Pill basically tricks your body into thinking it's pregnant. The medicine takes control of your reproductive processes, pulsing progesterone and estrogen to suppress ovulation. The fact is that the Pill, while giving women control of their bodies for the first time in history, allowed them to forget about the biological realities of being female until it was, in some cases, too late."
She mentions how the Pill has made it easy for us to forget that "fertility is a gift of youth." Even while on the Pill, a woman's body still ages, depleting heathy eggs and developing a host of other potentially complicated conditions, even if the Pill has tricked us into thinking it hasn't.