There are about 10 million women on birth control pills in the United States.
In 1960 pharmaceutical companies introduced the pill. Women everywhere felt like they could take better control of their sex life and if (and when) to have children. Besides family planning, millions of these women are now on the pill to decrease heavy bleeding, improve acne, and ‘treat’ polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and more.
As with nearly all pharmaceutical drugs, with the good comes the bad.
Birth control doesn’t improve period symptoms. The medication shuts down the conversation between your brain and ovaries preventing ovulation and the menstrual cycle.
Interfering with this feedback loop will prevent pregnancy in most cases, it also leads to nutritional deficiencies, neurological and cardiovascular problems and inflammation.
Sex hormones, like those mimicked by a birth control pill (estrogen and progesterone) have body wide effects. Not only do these hormones promote ovulation and menstruation but also encourage a widespread cascade of other hormones downstream.
By suppressing normal function with hormonal birth control, women often experience these symptoms:
- Decreased libido
- Weight Gain
- Yeast Infections
- Spotting between periods
And these are just the more common and ‘low risk’ side effects.
Women on birth control, especially those that combine synthetic estrogen and progesterone, are at increased risk of having high blood pressure and blood clots leading to heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism.
Many doctors prescribe oral contraceptives to address certain hormonal symptoms like acne, hair growth, ovarian cysts etc., we know that this is not addressing the root cause of these symptoms.
You can regain your sex drive, clear up your skin and improve painful menses all without synthetic hormones which compromise your cardiovascular system and leave you feeling less than your best.
Many women experience trouble balancing hormones even after they’ve discontinued the pill, so I always recommend talking to a doctor before discontinuing hormonal birth control so you can address and correct deficiencies.
If you need help with your cycle, call our office at (480) 535-6844, option 4 to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with me or another one of our practitioners.