Hormones from contraceptives get via women´s urine to sewage system and wastewater treatment plants and further to the cycle in nature raising the changes in male fish to female. I made a film dedicated to this issue in 2007, called "Fish'n'Pills". Recently, I´m working on the project bearing the same name in which you can participate.
In five years, the awareness about this problem has increased so much that some people mistakenly believe that "Fish'n'Pills" or "Hormone Aquarium"*is a scientific term which refers to the above-mentioned phenomena.
The topic was discussed by experts, high school and university students in debates after public screening of the movie. The Fish'n'Pills film won numerous awards in film festivals.
Despite this fact, hormonal contraception stays the most popular method of birth control in the Czech Republic. Globally, it is used by hundreds millions of women. Hormonal contraception was developed in the 1950s. In our country, it became widely spread after the Velvet Revolution.
In previous era, hormonal contraception allowed women to protect themselves against pregnancy independently of men. In this way, it provided them a bit of freedom and independence. However, recent years shows that the disadvantages of its use outweigh the benefits.
Birth control pill was aimed to liberate women but it did not happen so. Responsibility for potential conception was shifted to woman and burdened her disproportionately.
Hormonal contraception interferes with the menstrual cycle of woman, and thus interferes with her naturalness. Many women believe that they menstruate normally. Moreover, doctors often say that to them. But that is not true. That is not a menstruation, just a so-called withdrawal bleeding which differs from natural menstruation considerably. In this way, woman is disconnected from natural functioning of her body; she does not live in harmony with her cycle. Instead of that, she has been literally programmed by hormonal birth control pills.
Doctors prescribe contraception to extremely young girls as a treatment for problematic skin and irregular menstrual cycle. These are common problems in adolescence and can be treated less intrusively than by applying hormonal contraceptives.
The girl, who starts to take hormonal contraceptives when she is 15 years old, will never learn how her body works. When she stops to use contraception, e.g. when she is thirty-five, after twenty years of its use in order to get pregnant, she may not succeed at all.
Even men are influenced by synthetic estrogen and by a group of substances called endocrine disruptors, present in the environment, and quality and quantity of their sperms is reduced. Subsequently, demand for artificial insemination increases and it brings more money into the pockets of pharmaceutical companies.
If people became aware of this context, it is clear who would lose profit. It's a vicious circle. Firstly, we make us infertile, and then we try to get the fertility back artificially. Meanwhile, the hermaphroditic fish swim in our rivers, the birth rate in our countries decreases rapidly and soon there will be no one to earn money for our retirement.
The pharmaceutical lobby is pervasive, contraceptives are promoted as a method of first choice across the gynecological practitioners and in the schools. In many women, hormonal contraception causes tendency to thrombosis and in combination with smoking can be very dangerous. It has also other numerous side effects. Unfortunately, people read the package leaflet only rarely.
Hormonal contraception is aggressively promoted by women's magazines and magazines for youth whose pages about love and sex are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. A number of interviews with me regarding this subject was not issued at all. Many media dependent on income from advertising cannot afford to publish them.
Recently, a report has appeared in the press about existence of studies on impact of hormonal contraception on environment. The European Union intends to implement water treatment from ethinyl estradiol, basic ingredient of contraceptive drugs, based upon the studies. Approval of the proposal should be decided in November 2012.
I believe that this problem can be addressed only holistically by connecting like-minded people from different expert fields. It is not about regulation by authorities, it is about awareness of the fact that we are all part of one unity. Water treatment is definitely great and necessary idea but regulation of water pollution is important as well.
Hormonal cycle affects all the people on Earth. Fertility is not a disease and the child is a present. Earth feeds us and soothes our thirst by water. Therefore, we should be thankful and take care of us and of the environment in which we live.
WE CALL all men and women, young people and students, mothers and fathers, professionals and laymen, doctors, gynecologists, biologists, hydrobiologists, sociologists, journalists, politicians, artists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, teachers, civil servants, clergy and all people who feel to be part of life on Earth and they are not indifferent to what is happening on it to join the public debate on this issue and support the Fish'n'Pills project. We can do more public talks, workshops for women, partners and teenagers in schools and public spaces. We can make screenings of the film and share information on this topic.
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* "Hormonal Aquarium" - "Hormonální akvárium" is the original title of my film "Fish'n'Pills"