As vegans, we don’t use products that contain animal ingredients or have been tested on animals. I say ‘try not to’, as sometimes this is tricky. I’m not talking about ‘accidentally’ eating a chicken pizza out of the bin or anything, but when we take medicine.
Unfortunately, the majority of medication is tested on animals. Disgusting and unnecessary, this is something that must change. They often contain animal products too. Lactose for example, is commonly found in pills.
I luckily don’t take any medication apart from the pill, but is the pill vegan? Unfortunately, not really.
I’m on the pill for many reasons, and have been for almost 4 years now. Having periods so heavy you have to change a pad every 2 hours and cramps so agonising you can’t stand up is no way to live. Having a gap of only 4 days between periods is also pretty painful. You’re so low in energy and so exhausted, you will do anything you can to stop it.
I want to come off the pill, I truly do. But what will happen if I do? For 4 years I’ve FINALLY had regular periods, which are lighter, shorter, and regular as clockwork. It also means that I won’t end up on MTV teen-mum and contribute to an already overflowing population.
Aside from ethics, one of the main reasons I’m vegan is because of the environmental benefits. We live in a world which is at its seams, and we can’t provide for everyone on it. The UK also has ridiculously high levels of teen pregnancy. Imagine how the earth would benefit if birth control was available and encouraged to all?
There is no way in hell I’m ready to have a baby yet, and I don’t want to add to a problem that is not being addressed. An extra mouth to feed, an extra number to the growing population. Birth control needs to be encouraged, not discouraged.
Trying to find vegan birth control is hard, but it needs to become possible. I cut animal products out of my life in every way possible, this is the only hurdle that I fall short on. The weight gain, hormones and animal products are not what I want in the slightest, but I see no alternative at the moment.
If anyone reads this and has a more vegan alternative, please let me know! I’ve been on it for so long now the thought of coming off it fills me with dread. 4 years of regularity and no pain has made me extremely comfortable on it.
Is the pill vegan? Not really? Am I still a vegan? Of course. Just because I don’t come off of prescribed medication without second thought doesn’t take that away from me. I’m on it for health reasons, and if anyone can suggest an alternative that regulates and lightens periods as well as acts as a contraceptive, PLEASE let me know! I’m looking for a more vegan change.