Sweetening the Pill book_coverHoly Hormones Honey! Tune in for Leslie Botha’s latest Episode  “Holly Grigg Spall: What’s in Your Depo?” airing Thursday March 13th 9am Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

The Economist named the Pill one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World.” Now, it’s part of the lives of 10.5 million American women.

But how much do we know about the effects of synthetic hormones on our bodies?  According to Holly Grigg-Spall author of Sweetening the Pill or How We Became Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, “What we don’t know about our bodies helps pharmaceutical companies ‘sell’ their contraceptive drugs, and keeps us ‘addicted’ to them.”

The birth control injection, Depo is prescribed more so to teen girls than any other demographic.  How many are aware the method should not be used as a long-term birth control (longer than two years) and only if other methods are inadequate?

Or that Depo affects bone mineral density and bone loss is greater with longer use and may not be completely reversible?

Holly will share her research and discuss the controversy surrounding her book and the upcoming documentary Sweetening the Pill on Holy Hormones Honey!


Guest Bio: Holly Grigg-Spall

Author of Sweetening the Pill or How We Became Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, Holly is a feminist women’s health writer and activist whose blog documenting her personal transition off the pill gained international recognition from The BBC, The Washington Post, The Times (UK), and The Independent (UK). Her well-researched book has been lauded conservatives, and attacked by feminists since its release on Amazon.

Holly is now collaborating with film producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein to make a documentary based on Sweetening the Pill. The film will focus on the under-reported dangers of hormonal birth control and alternative options available in the wake of recent civil lawsuits over oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin, as well as health complaints over the NuvaRing, which have been shown to cause fatal blood clots in some women.


About Leslie Carol Botha

Leslie Carol Botha is host of Holy Hormones Honey! on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.  Botha is also a Women’s Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.

Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how women’s hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.

Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is “one of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.”

Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.