I speak to clients all day long who tell me the implications and long term effects the contraceptive pill had had on them. This ranges from digestive issues, acne and constant fatigue, all the way through to infertility. None of these side effects are discussed with them when the pill is recommended and they only realise the severity of these issues when it’s already happened to them. Many of these girls are only teenagers when they make this uninformed decision and can be on the pill for over a decade before they come off, when looking to try for a baby. This can sometimes be the worst time to find out the pill has been masking multiple problems over the years.
I’m a big advocate for informed consent. I passionately believe we need to be told all of the risks up front before we’re able to make a decision that’s best for us. I fear that too many people are put into categories and given the pill based off of a handful of symptoms, without further exploring potential implications or exploring the root cause of the patient’s problems. There are other ways; safer ways and better ways, which work with your body rather than against it. That support your body’s natural processes rather than suppress them. It breaks my heart when clients are faced with hormonal issues, acne worse than they had before starting the pill, painful periods or a long journey trying to conceive. I don’t want that to be you.
I understand that the pill offers convenience and security, but at what cost?
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a prevalent virus which spreads between people who have unprotected sex. This is the virus responsible for cervical cancer. The rise in the use of the pill has seen an increase in unprotected sex. The pill provides a false sense of security because it offers protection from pregnancy, but we often dismiss the risks of STIs. HPV is undetectable in men, so if they go between women, the transmission is very high. Most people will clear this naturally in 2 years, but for those who don’t, this can eventually develop into cervical cancer. See my blog “Your Vaccine Resource” for why we also shouldn’t rely on the HPV vaccine. Due to the seriousness I will add here that if you have HPV prior to receiving the HPV vaccine, you have a 46% increase in risk of developing cervical cancer. Other STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhoea can lead to infertility and HIV is a long term diagnosis. These are the risks we take if we rely solely on the pill during casual sex.
Another important consideration is that the pill doesn’t regulate our cycles like it would appear, instead it actually shuts down our cycles which underlies ovulation. This can be extremely damaging for our fertility long term and there is always risks when we do something as extreme as this to the body. Our body was perfectly made and every function offers us incredible abilities. If there are issues with its functionality, we need to understand why, not switch it off and hope it goes away. This is not resolving anything, this is suppressing it for another day. By shutting our natural hormones off, we have to replace these with synthetic hormones – and anything synthetic doesn’t belong in the body and needs to be dealt with accordingly. This is a burden which long term can lead to various problems.
For more information on the dangers of the pill, see my blog: “What Doctors Don’t Tell You About The Pill” as I won’t exhaust these here.
So we have a basic overview of some of the concerns with the pill, but what’s the alternative? Now, I want to point out that convenience often comes at a cost. When we try to cheat or shortcut processes, this is when we often have to pay a price for it. Whilst there may not be an alternative that offers the same level of convenience and security that the pill does, there are better options for the health and preservation of the body. This to me is always my top priority. Let’s explore the options;
Firstly, if you are coming off the pill I would highly recommend following the wellness programme for 12 weeks. Long term use of any medication damages the gut. A healthy gut is the foundation of a healthy body so it’s absolutely crucial we begin a repair process, which is what we do in the programme. We also rebalance hormones, switch off any inflammation and detoxify the body from the long term toxicity accumulated from both the medication and the synthetic hormones. We cleanse the liver which is the home of hormones, where they’re broken down and excess hormones are removed. We need this working properly to rebalance our hormones again, but it will likely be overburdened from removing the daily medication as our liver is also our chemical factory. The 12 week process will also address any underlying health problems which you may have had before or have developed during your time on the pill. You can see how we’ve helped countless others here; Client Results
Managing Your Cycle
Getting familiar with your cycle is a powerful tool that helps you understand your body better. One of the ways I look to manage and understand my body is by using the “Flo” app, which you can find here; The Flo App. The app uses the calendar method, enabling you to log your periods which then helps you identify and manage your cycle. You’ll then be able to identify the days you’re most fertile and track your upcoming period. They also offer an advisory service for any symptoms you experience so that we can look at any underlying issues in your menstrual cycle. The app is most helpful when you have regular cycles, which is why completing the wellness programme and establishing those first, is an important part of coming off the pill.
Another way to manage your cycle is to use your temperature. This method involves taking your basal body temperature (your temperature upon first waking up in the morning) each morning with an thermometer. Then, you note the rise in temperature that occurs after ovulation takes place. Ovulation causes a slight, but noticeable rise in body temperature which can be tracked over time. When you measure your temperature every morning, you can learn to evaluate data over several months to recognize your own fertility pattern. This helps you figure out which days to avoid sex. Temperature method is most reliable when combined with the mucus method; the two methods combined can have a success rate as high as 98 percent.
The mucous method involves tracking changes in the amount and texture of vaginal discharge, which reflect rising levels of oestrogen in the body. For the first few days after your period, there is often no discharge, but there will be a cloudy, tacky mucus as oestrogen starts to rise. When the discharge starts to increase in volume and becomes clear and stringy, ovulation is near. A return to the tacky, cloudy mucus or no discharge means that ovulation has passed. This method can work very well when used by women with regular cycles (again, highlighting the importance of rebalancing your body post pill). See the diagram for further insight:
Learning about your body, nourishing it, taking care of it and working with it, are some of the kindest things you can do for yourself. This is the only place we have to live, so let’s take care of it. Do this now and you’ll have a healthy, happy body for the long term. If you want to talk about your individual health history and/or discuss any of your concerns with coming off the pill, please reach out. I’m here to help. Email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
To health and happiness,