There are a lot of ways one could define the pill, depending on your perspective: magical, life-saving, life-preventing… you get the idea. But is it also the cause of the rampant fertility problems facing women today? It just might be, according to New York Magazine, if not medically then at least sociologically, causing women to put off having kids until their less-than-fertile years and to fall out of touch with with fun things like the status of their "egg-white cervical fluid." Or, to be more specific:
On the Pill, it’s easy to forget the truths about biology. Specifically, that as much as athleticism or taut cheekbones are, fertility is a gift of youth. The body that you wake up with after fifteen or more years on the Pill is, in significant ways, not the one you started out with. With age, body rhythms change. Cystic conditions, endometriosis, and a whole host of complicated ailments are more common. And whatever “irregularities” a woman may have experienced in her teenage years before going on the Pill will likely be around when she goes off it. “Some women who come off the Pill in their thirties are surprised that it takes a few cycles to get their periods back, or that they may have very long cycles, or cycles without ovulation,” says Jill Blakeway, founder of acupuncture center Yinova near Union Square and a co-author of the cult book Making Babies. “The Pill didn’t create these problems: In most cases, the problems were there all the time, but because they were on the Pill, these women were never motivated to deal with them. And now they have a time issue.”
Wait, so you're telling me that I should really re-consider the rhythm method and that these money-making cheekbones aren't going to last forever? Harsh! Harsher still is the vision for our collective reproductive future imagined by pill-co-inventor-cum-sci-fi-novelist Carl Djerassi, who has predicted that "girls and boys will deposit their eggs and sperm in a reproductive bank to be frozen at 20 or so and then get sterilized." Obvious pros include permanently avoided pregnancy or infertility scares, while cons include… feeling like a robot.