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I was personally on the birth control pill (bcp) for well over 10 years. My reasoning for going on it in the first place was that I was advised by my gynecologist it was the only solution to balance my hormones. However, it only masked the problem and gave me a whole slew of side effects, listed below.
It wasn't until I stopped taking the bcp in 2007 that I began my true healing journey of getting my body back and on track and addressing the root cause.
Of course it took several months for all the symptoms to subside but it was absolutely incredible the changes that occurred in my body, my digestion and my sex drive. I felt like Joy again when my hormones were regulated naturally.
I have seen hundreds of women over the years and many of them have chosen to go off the bcp and follow a detoxifying diet along with herbs and supplements to aid the body in the removal of excess estrogen and balancing of their hormones.
I'm a joyous to tell you that I have never ever heard a single woman ever come back to me and say "Joy, I wish I didn't make the choice to go off the pill". In fact, every woman who has gone off the pill feels like they have their body back again.
I hope this post from Guest Blogger Mary, a student at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, lights a fire under your fanny to seriously consider if taking the pill is the best thing for you and you feel confident that you are making an informed decision.
The Truth About the Birth Control Pill
By: Mary Cammisuli
The pill has allowed us to have care free sex whenever and wherever we want; the only problem is we are corrupting our bodies not only from a hormonal perspective, but also a nutritional perspective.
How many of you out there would eat something every day that could cause infertility, dry vagina, yeast infections, lost libido, cause hormone imbalance, or alter your choice in a mate? My guess is nobody would knowingly do this, but they are in fact side effects of taking the birth control pill, and over 100 million women worldwide take this tiny little pill that can potentially cause all these problems.
So, how does the Birth Control Pill work?
The pill is considered to be both the most effective and the most hazardous form of contraception. Taking an oral dose of a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone) in amounts higher than the body's natural levels prevents pregnancy.
Effects of using the Birth Control Pill
Prolong use of the pill may cause some womens period to stop. Some women may take months or years to get their period back which results in temporary or sometimes permanent infertility.
The pill influences the bodys natural production of estrogen and progesterone, which can cause women to have a hard time rebalancing after coming off the pill. It can take months to a couple of years to normalize hormones after coming off the pill.
Lost Interest in Sex
Women who take the contraceptive pill are in danger of losing their interest in sex, because the oral contraceptive pill inhibits testosterone, the hormone that drives sexual desire.
Birth Control Pill can alter your natural choice in a mate.
When you're taking a hormonal contraceptive, you interfere with your biology and risk producing a hormonal imbalance that might make you more attracted to men with similar chemical makeup. If you were on the pill when you met your mate, you might, therefore, feel less attracted to him when you stop taking it (for more information check out this study)
Taking the pill can create certain nutrient deficiencies and excesses as well as increase your nutritional needs. Most of the B vitamins especially B6, folic acid are needed and copper levels usually rise, and zinc levels often fall. Therefore, more zinc is needed as well. An increased need for vitamins C, E, and K. It has also been found that the pill causes an alkaline imbalance in the vagina that may lead to infection.
Dry Vagina and Yeast Infections
Vaginal dryness and yeast infections are common side effects of birth control. The pill sends a pregnancy state signal to the brain with excessive progesterone and/or estrogen, so that your brain will think you are pregnant and then shut down your ovarian function. This results in excessive progesterone or estrogen in the uterus and cervix.
Now, dont get me wrong I do realize that some women take the pill due to other issues such as painful menstrual cramps and acne, but the question remains, has the pill actually healed any of the issues you had or is it just masking the symptoms of why you experience these hormonal imbalance signs in the first place?
Tell us what YOU think? Do you think the birth control pill has helped you? Have you gone off the pill and experienced improved health? Tell us your story below.
You can find Mary on Twitter - @MaryCammisuli