When I was 15 my skin started breaking out and I had very irregular periods. So my mum took me along to the doctor who happily prescribed me the pill, not just any pill but Diane 35! Diane 35 is a potent pill that is associated with blood clotting and has caused deaths in young girls taking the drug, not that I knew that at the time!! For me as a 15 year old Diane 35 was the magic pill that I was after. My skin cleared up and of course my periods became like clock work! I naively thought I was cured but when I came off of the pill my symptoms came back with a vengeance!
This got my brain ticking! The pill was not fixing my hormonal imbalance, it was just covering it up! When I spoke to my Doctor about other options, there really weren’t any. Modern Medicine doesn’t offer any long term solution to hormonal imbalance. Nothing that fixes the underlying problem anyway!! There are countless women out there using the pill as a remedy for their hormonal imbalances – PCOS, Endometriosis, Heavy periods, Painful periods, PMS etc – and they keep taking it because they don’t know any other way! Well I am here to tell you there is another way! I have healed my hormonal imbalance using food, nutrition, lifestyle strategies and herbal medicine and you can too! Sure it can be a long journey BUT it is so worth it! I recommend you find a naturopath who specialises in this area and have a treatment plan tailored specifically for you. You can find my naturopathic clinic details here
Let us look at why the pill might not be the best option for you!
The oral contraceptive pill is one of the most widely prescribed drugs and we often don’t even think twice about what it may be doing to our body. The pill, by its very nature is designed to interfere with our hormones, reproductive cycle and our fertility. In fact, it causes over 150 chemical changes in our bodies, many of which are not fully understood. We all know the risk of weight gain when taking the pill but did you know it has also been associated with
- Headaches and migraines
- Mood swings
- Urinary tract infections
- Loss of libido
- Increased risk of breast and cervical cancer!
The pill also disrupts the metabolism of many nutrients, leading to nutrient deficiencies, which can cause a whole myriad of other symptoms! AND the pill upsets your digestive balance, making it harder for you to absorb nutrients and break down your body’s fuel! For these reasons (and there are plenty more) it is important you come off of the pill well before you want to conceive to give your body a good chance to heal and build up nutrients before becoming pregnant!
I am seeing a huge surge in the amount of women moving away from the pill and straight into the arms of the Mirena!! Most women don’t understand that the effects of the Mirena are very similar to the pill. By that I mean it is still a hormonal medication, you just don’t have to swallow a pill! Instead the hormones are released into your uterus and make there way into your bloodstream. Again it is not addressing the cause of your hormonal imbalance but correcting it with synthetic hormones temporarily! Once removed the heavy and painful bleeding (or whatever symptom you may have been taking it for) return.
One of the first things I usually recommend clients who come and see me for hormonal imbalances start doing in charting! It is a fantastic way to Get in touch with your feminine side!
Charting your temperature and mucus helps you to get in touch with your body and your natural cycle and can tell a great deal about your hormone levels. It is also an invaluable tool to master for both conception and contraception. Basically it involves taking your resting temperature everyday before you get out of bed and observing your cervical mucus when you go to the toilet throughout the day. These observations can tell you when you are ovulating, when you are pregnant and a great deal more about your cycle and hormone balance. If you would like to find out more about charting, I would recommend Natural Fertility by Francesca Naish, you can check it out and buy it here
I would love to know about your experience with the pill. Let me know in the comments!