Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | September 9, 2013

9-9-2013 Host Kathleen Marshall Speaks with Author Holly Grigg-Spall About Her Book, Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control

Holly Grigg-Spall was born and raised in England.  She attended Mount Holyoke in the United States and the University of Kent in England.  She has been working in Journalism since 2005 and moved to the United States in 2010 with her American husband, first to Bend, Oregon and now living in Los Angeles, California,

In 2009 she began blogging about her negative experiences with Hormonal Contraception, having been prescribed ‘the Pill’ when she was 17.  Her book, Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control was released in the U.S. on September 7 and will be released in the U.K. later this month.Sweetening the Pill Book Cover

The book chronicles her personal experiences with the negative side effects of hormonal contraception.  She was quoted in The Huffington Post saying,  “Over the years, I felt no connection between my self and my body, between my self and the world around me, between my femaleness and myself.”  So, after ten years of taking the pill, she decided to stop using hormonal birth control permanently, and began her blog documenting her transition.  She knew who she was while taking the pill, but wondered, “Who am I when I’m not on the pill?” According to her author profile with Zero Books, “this question prompted her radical reassessment of the mythology of the birth-control pill.”

She includes her analysis of feminism’s embrace of hormonal birth control and of the patriarchal, corporate machine that ignores the serious side effects of hormonal birth control, instead declaring it safe, easy and effective.

For more information about Holly, her on-going blog, Sweetening the Pill and its corresponding documentary film she is working on visit

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  1. Details of the side effects and negative reactions to Yaz were circulating on the internet prior to 1999. Why did this (two) college educated woman not hop on search engines to research your health problems? Were the US sites blocked in England? Did the NHS not include the drug monographs with her multiple ten year long prescriptions? Was she unable to find any of Barbara Seaman’s excellent and well researched books on amazon UK?

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