Most women will be put on birth control for actual birth control, while the rest of us will be put on it to manage hormonal imbalances. Unfortunately, most doctors are not trained enough to know how to treat hormonal imbalances. They are taught by pharmaceutical companies to push medicines that manage or mask symptoms, but do not treat. So you’re going to finally learn about all the lasting effects of having used birth control pills.
Our ancestors were not menstruating as much as modern women do. They were usually pregnant or breastfeeding long periods of their life. They also had periods of hunger where they would not ovulate.
Let’s talk about one of our main hormones, Estrogen. Estrogen is a major player in your metabolism. This was long before it evolved to be a part of reproduction and secondary sex characteristics. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are all regulators of mood. They influence the release of neurotransmitters and some of them metabolize into neurosteroids which interact directly with our brain and nervous system.
The use of birth control in women has completely turned off their natural hormones. It actual stops production and supplements with synthetic hormones. Birth control shuts down the ovarian function. It turns off estradiol production and replace with a pseudo-hormone called ethinylestradiol. While estradiol improves insulin sensitivity, ethinylestradiol does the opposite. It worsens insulin sensitivity and that’s one of the ways the pill causes insulin resistance. This can lead to diabetes.
Birth control also stops production of progesterone and replaces it with artificial progestins such as drospirenone. Natural Progesterone produced by the body is a calming, neuro-protective hormone that metabolizes into a neurosteroid allopregnanolone, which is a potent moderator of the GABA receptor in the brain. Drospirenone which is the artificial progestin in Yasmin birth control does not metabolize into allopregnanolone. So it will not help mood or pain. On the contrary women report anxiety on the pill. (I was one of these!)
The changing of the natural hormones to the artificial ones actually have changed the brain structure in women who are or have been on the pill. They have a smaller frontal cortex and report greater mood disorders.
The pill also suppresses androgen production so women on the pill are not able to gain as much muscle mass with exercise as those who are not on the pill.(source)
Birth control pills actually destroy the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, making you more susceptible to yeast overgrowth, lower immunity and infection. You’ll get more digestive issues, bloating, illnesses, etc. And if you know anything about gut health, you know this is where the problem begins for many diseases.
Women on the pill almost always have leaky gut. For information on that I highly recommend doing a quick search on Pinterest. But I’ll make a post on that in the future.
A LIST OF REAL RISKS OF BIRTH CONTROL PILLS
Bodily changes include:
- Larger breasts
- Weight gain or loss
- Reduced or increased acne
- Slight nausea
- Emotional sensitivity right before your period
- Mood swings throughout your cycle
- Irregular bleeding or spotting
- Breast tenderness
- Decreased libido
Side effects include:
- Increased risk of cervical and breast cancers
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Higher blood pressure
- Gall bladder disease
- Benign liver tumors
- Decreased bone density
- Yeast overgrowth and infection
- Increased risk of blood clotting (source)
Why You May Be Tempted To Use the Pill
It’s very convenient. Insurance covers it, so most women can afford it or have access to it. It’s a quick “fix”, but in reality it’s masking your symptoms so you avoid dealing with the real problem.
Acne may indicate that your colon, lymph and liver need cleansing because they are toxic, that your hormones are out of balance, that your life is too stressful, that your thyroid and adrenals are fatigued. Acne is also a common symptom of a yeast infection or candidiasis.
PMS, painful periods, hot flashes, and others are also symptoms of a greater issues that are simply covered up and ignored with birth control pills.
Treating The Root Cause Is Hard
You won’t find a traditional doctor to help you do it. They are taught by pharmaceutical companies and given kick backs to prescribe as much as possible. It is all they are thaught as well as in their best interest to offer maintenance medications, rather than telling you diet and lifestyle changes. Most people won’t do the diet and lifestyle changes anyway, so even the good doctors that know better don’t bother telling you natural methods. They have 15 minutes tops, so you’ll get an Rx over a real talk with advice.
You’ll need to run hormonal tests and find a Naturopathic Doctor or Acupuncturist that does Functional Medicine. That’s not cheap or covered by insurance (in most states in the USA). If you’re a teenager it will be difficult, if not impossible, to persuade parents to do a treatment plan that a conventional doctor doesn’t suggest.
Changing your diet and adding the proper supplements is a long process before you see results. Most people want that instant fix. Treating the root cause is a slow process. It could take months before you feel better and you might feel worse while your body is detoxing.
But It’s WORTH It
If you go the natural root with lifestyle changes, diet, and supplements you can avoid gut issues, cancers, diabetes, infertility, mood disorders, etc. I didn’t even touch on the increase risk of stroke. That’s a whole post worth of information. The list goes on and on as hormones effect all parts of the body.
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