I remember when I was about 14 years old, my skin was going haywire. I had terrible breakouts on my forehead and super oily skin. I went to the doctor and she prescribed me a birth control pill to help. For the years I was on it, my skin was absolutely flawless. Not one pimple, it was awesome.
Fast forward 7 years later, something inside me told me I needed to stop taking this little pill each day. I actually had no idea how birth control worked and didn't know what it was actually doing to my body. My mood was low, I seemed to be holding onto weight around my middle and my libido was non existent. So I decided to go off of it and all hell broke loose. My skin was the worse it had ever been. I was getting cystic acne not only on my face but on my back as well. I started researching about it more and more and decided I need to look at ways to naturally balance my hormones after coming off the birth control pill.
So, let's delve into the pill and what it is actually doing to the body. Most birth control pills are a mix of estrogen and progesterone which prevent ovulation. These hormones stop your pituitary gland from releasing the follicle stimulating and luteinizing hormones which normally stimulate ovulation. You are not releasing an egg every month therefore you cannot get pregnant. It also causes a thickening of the cervical mucus and the thinning of the uterus lining to prevent an egg from embedding into the walls. The period you get on the pill is not a true period.
The pill is often suggested to those suffering with severe PMS (sore breasts, cramps and mood swings), acne, PCOS and heavy periods to "balance hormones". What is often missed is the actual cause of the underlying hormonal imbalance like diet and lifestyle choices. Sure, the symptoms might disappear once your are on the pill but the symptoms will still be there, and often worse, when you decide to come off of it.
After years of being on the pill what can often happen is a build up of hormones, in particular estrogen, leading to estrogen dominance. This shows up as excess weight around the middle, PMS symptoms, bloating, decreased sex drive, hair loss and fatigue. To support your body while you are on the pill, make sure you are giving your liver lots of support to help it detoxify excess hormones. Drink minimum 2 litres of water per day, eat your greens and include detoxifying foods like sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and kale. Teas like milk thistle and dandelion root are great for aiding in liver detoxification as well. Also ensure you are having a bowel movement every single day.
The pill also has a big impact on gut health and depletes a number of key nutrients like b-vitamins, vitamin C and E and magnesium. Supplementing with a probiotic and a good multivitamin might be a good idea if you are on the pill.
To be totally clear, I am not 100% against the pill but I think it is really important to educate yourself on the topic and understanding what it is doing to your body.
In my online program with clients this topic comes up quite often. If you are struggling with hormonal imbalances (PMS, irregular periods, acne, fatigue, bloating) Let's have a chat!
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