Jul 25, 2022

The Business of Birth Control with Ricki Lake

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Birth, Birth Control, Body Autonomy, Informed Consent, Reproductive Health


This week I’m joined by powerhouse Ricki Lake to discuss her fascinating new documentary, The Business of Birth Control. Sixty years after the pill revolutionized women’s emancipation, this new documentary examines the complex relationship between hormonal birth control and women’s health and liberation. Weaving together the stories of bereaved parents, body literacy activists and femtech innovators, the film reveals a new generation seeking holistic and ecological alternatives to the pill.

In this episode we explore the risks and side effects of the pill your doctor probably didn’t tell you about, unethical drug trials, the advantages of being in tune with your body and cycle, holistic alternatives to the pill, and so much more!


  • The risks and side effects of the pill your doctor probably didn’t tell you about
  • Real stories of people who have experienced harmful side effects from birth control
  • The problem with labeling and lack of informed consent when it comes to the pill

00:00 Intro

01:51 What motivated Ricki to educate in the reproductive space

04:30 Home birth 

07:04 Re-education about birth control

11:04 Side effects of birth control

17:23 Tragic stories from birth control use

19:43 Labeling and information

21:44 Understanding your rights and choices

23:01 Tracking menstrual cycle

25:44 How to navigate through this 

28:03 Christianity and sexual abstinence

30:27 Importance of sex education

33:20 What Ricki’s most proud of in terms of the film

34:57 Challenging & questioning other people’s beliefs

41:37 Hypocrisy in religion

43:46 People hate it when we question the status quo

45:33 Giving birth on your own terms

47:52 Finding love