Bye Bye Little White Birth Control Pill
This is for the ladies who are taking that little white oral contraceptive pill to “balance hormones” or lovers who are using it for contraception.
Disclaimer: I am merely here to educate women about making informed decisions for their own body. Please consult a medical or qualified holistic professional before taking yourself off any prescription medication. This information is based on the combined Oral Contraceptive Pill.
Firstly, my opinion is: form your own opinion, and make the decision based on your body and circumstances. But do not underestimate the power of the female body and our natural menstrual cycle. There are natural options available to balance your hormones, and 99.4% effective ways to naturally prevent pregnancy (yes, these options are harder than taking a single white pill daily - but what is better for your body in the long term?)
If you wish to learn more about your natural cycle and natural contraception, see here
If you wish to speak to someone before coming off the oral contraceptive pill contact me here
Did you know:
1. The oral contraceptive pill shuts down your body’s natural production of hormones.
YUP, it supplies your body with a synthetic form of oestrogen and progesterone, so your body no longer needs to make it’s own hormones (it is essentially a form of hormone replacement). It does this to prevent ovulation (to thereafter prevent pregnancy). This is why some women have a hard time coming off the pill and menstruating again - as it can take some time for their bodies natural hormone response to kick start again.
2. The pill does not balance your hormones. I repeat, THE PILL DOES NOT BALANCE YOUR HORMONES.
The pill will not, in the long run, help your endometriosis, PCOS, heavy or painful periods. The pill masks your symptoms of these conditions, as it shuts down your natural hormone production and provides you with a different ratio of synthetic hormones for your body to respond to. As soon as you come off the pill, your hormonal imbalance will most likely arise again as your hormonal production will go back to the way it once was. Therefore, if you wish to regulate your hormones for life – I do not recommend going on the pill. Towards the end of the blog, I have listed support to regulating your hormones naturally.
3. “The pill mimics a pregnancy” is a lie
The pill prevents ovulation, but that is where the similarity of the two end. The pill contains synthetic versions of your natural hormones. Synthetically made progestins in the pill are not the same as naturally occurring progesterone in the body and in pregnancy. See next comment -
4. Progestins (synthetic progesterone) in birth control increases the risk of blood clots, hair loss, anxiety, depression and breast cancer.
In contrast, naturally occurring progesterone found in an ovulating woman is beneficial to hair growth, sleep, mood, cardiovascular health as well as prevention breast cancer.
5. Pill bleeds are not periods.
Cleverly, the sugar pills were added to give the appearance of a bleed, and reassure women that they’ve had a “period”. A period is defined by a bleed following ovulation. The pill blocks ovulation to prevent pregnancy, and as a result the bleed you experience on the pill is solely a withdrawal bleed from the synthetic hormones not a period.
6. The pill causes nutritional deficiency.
Including Vitamin A, C, E , K and Bs as well as iron, magnesium, copper, zinc and calcium. This is why it is so important if you decide to come off the pill to get pregnant, to do so 3-6 months prior to you conceiving due to nutritional deficiencies that in the long term will effect your child. It is also important to increase your consumption of these nutrients prior to coming off the pill to improve natural hormone restoration.
7. The pill changes your sense of smell.
Naturally, women are attracted to partners who smell different to them (to increase the gene pool). But when you are on the pill, you are attracting to partners who smell like you!
8. Women are only fertile for 12-24 hours per cycle until menopause (not including the sperm lifespan of 5 days). Men are fertile from puberty, 24/7 until in their 90s.
There needs to be better education around other forms of non-hormonal contraception options for women. If you are interested in learning 99.4% effective natural contraception, see here.
I do not agree with hormonal contraception for men either.
9. You are in charge of your body. Not your doctor, not your partner, not your parents, not your friends.
Do not compromise your femininity, body and health by using the pill just to please your partner, doctor, parents or friends. QUESTION EVERYTHING. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. EDUCATE YOURSELF.
Ladies - don't feel afraid, ashamed or guilty for bringing this topic up with your partner. If you no longer want to be on the pill for your body, please just be honest with him. If he loves you and wants the best for you - he will understand.
Maybe you are at the point where you wish to make an informed decision about your body, and want to come off the pill (and you most probably have a number of questions). Blog continues after the image...
If you want to come off the pill I recommend the following:
Assess your personal circumstance and speak to a qualified practitioner before removing yourself from the oral contraceptive pill.
Work with a qualified Naturopath or holistic nutritionist to prepare your body coming off the pill (especially if you experienced hormonal imbalances prior to going on the pill including endometriosis, PCOS, heavy periods, acne).
Come off the pill 3 – 6 months prior to trying to get pregnant. This is due to the nutritional deficiencies associated with the pill, and your body possibly needing time to regulate its natural hormones after being shut off for a period of time.
Change your diet and lifestyle choices to support optimal hormonal balance, as seen below:
o Don’t be scared of carbohydrates, fats and proteins – Forget FAD diets. Bottom line is, your body needs carbohydrates, fats and protein to have a healthy menstrual cycle with ovulation. If you can, have at least one source from each food group, each meal. Stick to complex carbohydrates (brown rice, oats, sweet potato, buckwheat, quinoa), unrefined fats (extra virgin olive oil, avocado, hummus, eggs, flaxseed, salmon, nuts/seeds, coconut) as well as combination of plant and/or animal proteins (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, hummus, hemp, organic red meat/chicken, fish)
o Increase your consumption of greens, colourful vegetables and herbs to support your liver! Consider your liver as your internal garbage processor. Your liver needs nutrients and antioxidants to combat free radicals and to process all your hormones hormones, environmental toxins, our blood. Foods to increase are: Beetroot, carrots, capsicum, garlic, dandelion leaf, rocket, mustard greens, turmeric, green leafy vegetables.
o Ensure you are passing a formed bowel motion each day - Remove foods that you are intolerant to (foods that cause you to bloat, make you extra gassy, or nauseas). Your bowel is a major organ of elimination, and when it is congested your body is unable to get rid of toxins and by-products of hormonal metabolism and digestion.
o Reduce or quit sugar for 1-3 months – This is super important for women with PCOS. Sugar causes inflammation and causes insulin resistance that can disrupt regular ovulation and menstruation.
o Supplement a Zinc and Magnesium (ensure to speak to a qualified practitioner before doing this). Don’t bother with supermarket brands, do yourself a favour and see a Naturopath in a health store to get the best quality products.
o Remove plastic from your life! We want to make sure the only oestrogen we are exposed to is our own. YUP, plastic leaches oestrogen-like compounds into your food/water. It doesn’t matter if it is BPA free – opt out all plastics for stainless steel or glass. And for the love of your body never ever heat plastic.
o Switch to organic sanitary products – The vulva and vagina is densely populated by blood vessels that rapidly absorb chemicals from non-organic sanitary items. Non-organic items use known or suspected hormone-disrupting chemicals, carcinogens and allergens. Look after your body, stick to organic! Find a menstrual cup here
o Work with your body not against her! Resenting your body will not change anything. Loving what she brings, will. Work with her, get to know her and your life will change. See this blog post with tips to work with your body.
o Exercise, but listen to your body! Exercise is super important, but over-exercising and/or under-exercising can do more harm than good when you have a hormonal imbalance. Everybody is different, that is why you must listen to your body.
o Learn to temperature chart (for when you come off the pill) – Ovulation is often delayed when women come off the pill. It is also possible to experience a bleed, but not ovulate after coming off the pill. Ovulation is the key to optimal menstrual health and the best way to assess this is to learn to temperature chart. From temperature charting, a qualified practitioner can assess what hormonal imbalances you have as well as the health of your adrenals and thyroid.
You can learn to temperature chart at one of my Period Parties
Great resources for women with hormonal imbalances to support themselves:
· Woman Code - Alisa Vitti (cured her own PCOS)
· Period Repair Manual - Lara Briden (Perfect for coming off the pill and supporting any hormonal condition naturally)
· Taking Charge of Your Fertility – Toni Weschler (Learning to temperature and cervical mucus charting for contraception)
· Naturopathy consultation: This is super important for women who had a hormonal concern present prior to going on the pill (PCOS, endometriosis, acne, heavy periods etc). A naturopath can support nutritional deficiencies and hormones prior to you coming off the pill - preparing your body to function on it's own.
· Period parties learning the Natural Fertility Method for hormonal imbalance or contraception - Individual or group consultations available if you would prefer to learn natural contraception from a practitioner verses reading a book