The Pill

By Lindsay Ingleton

Want to know some facts!?

  • The pill was designed as a contraception, to stop women from being able to fall pregnant
  • The pill was not designed to fix or treat hormonal imbalances
  • Being on the pill may make you feel better and reduce the symptoms of hormonal imbalances or issues such as acne, period pain, heavy bleeding, PCOS, endometriosis. However it does not FIX the underlying issues that cause these concerns; when you come off the pill you will STILL have these imbalances.
  • A bleed on the pill is NOT your period. Your natural period happens as a result of ovulation and the pill stops you from ovulating. The bleed you get is just a withdrawal bleed from stopping synthetic hormones temporarily.
  • There is NO Progesterone in the pill. Progesterone is important for mood, thyroid, hair, immune and metabolism. A synthetic hormone ‘progestin’ is used in the pill instead. This hormone acts differently to progesterone and can often increase anxiety in some women; sometimes it can have opposite effects to natural progesterone.
  • The pill strips the body of many nutrients such as zinc, magnesium and B vitamins, folate and many others. These nutrients are crucial for fertility and pregnancy, so it is important to re-nourish once off the pill before falling pregnant. If you do choose to be on the pill for contraception, speak to your Naturopath about making sure you’re on the right nutrients to support you while you take it.
  • It is normal to take 3 – 6 months for synthetic hormones to clear out of your system and to be able to re-establish a natural cycle once coming off the pill.

Please note, this is by no means a post to tell you not to be on the pill: each woman needs to make the right decision for their own body and own circumstances.

Just make sure your decision is an educated one, and make sure you have the right support and advice around keeping your body and your hormones healthy along the way! 

Want to know about optimal health during ‘THE FERTILE YEARS’?! Come along to my upcoming workshop very soon on Wednesday 20th of June, 7pm at The Coach House Gallery on Shannon Avenue. Please call reception on 5221 8220.

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