For sake of simplicity, I am going to refer to “the pill” but really any hormonal contraception can impact a woman’s body in this way.
I know, you’re probably thinking that I have to be joking with the subject of this email.
And I don’t blame you for thinking that…60% of women who are on the pill take it to “regulate” their periods and reduce PMS.
You’ve likely heard the talk about how the pill tricks your body into thinking its pregnant. This is actually false as well.
What it does is create an environment that is toxic for sperm so you can’t get pregnant, and it pumps your body full of synthetic hormones while suppressing your natural estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone (yes, women have this too).
If you were to look at the natural hormone profile of a woman on the pill, it would actually look similar to a woman in menopause.
It suppresses the hormones that much.
That’s one of the reasons it can take awhile for your period to come back after you get off the pill.
So now you’re probably wondering — what about the period I get every single month? Women in menopause don’t get their periods.
The period on the pill is not a real period.
It is actually a fake bleed that was built into the formula by the very first creators of the pill back in the 1960s. They were afraid that women wouldn’t be interested in taking it, so they added the fake bleed in to aid their marketing campaign.
This way, it was easier to convince women that their cycles were going to be normal on the pill with the added benefit of not getting pregnant.
We’ve been misled for 60 years!
Not all pills have this fake bleed built into it these days; I know many women who didn’t get a period at all while on it.
So while all of our natural hormones are being suppressed, the pill is pumping our bodies with about four times the corresponding synthetic estrogen and progesterone that naturally occurs in our body.
Let’s take a look at what our hormones look like naturally:
And now let’s look at what things look like on the pill:
Remember that our natural hormones are suppressed, so what you’re seeing in that second graph are the synthetic hormones. Our natural hormones are essentially flatlined at the bottom.
What this means is that the pill isn’t regulating our periods and PMS issues at all. Instead, the pill is masking health issues or hormonal imbalances with synthetic hormones.
It’s really quite like putting a piece of paper or tape over the check engine light that comes on in your car and saying that fixed the issue.
The check engine light is a sign from your car that something needs attention. Just like any symptoms are telling you that something needs attention.
And long-term, chronic use of the pill can end up leading to a whole host of additional symptoms.
Now, do I recommend you get off the pill?
Not necessarily. Taking birth control is a very personal choice and you have to choose what’s right for your personal needs.
But what I do recommend are the following steps, as a start:
- Get informed. Go online and read up on the pill you are on. Look at the side effects on Drugs.com or WebMD.com/drugs. Go to the manufacturer’s website and read the risks and side effects there.
- Monitor. Pay close attention to your body and how you’re feeling. Are you experiencing symptoms? How long have they been going on? How do they align with what you uncovered in step 1?
- Support your liver. The liver helps process medication, toxins, hormones (including synthetic!), and really everything. It’s a huge part of our detoxification system. A backlog with the liver can lead to some of the symptoms and health issues so many of us deal with. We actually come into contact with more toxins in 30 days than our grandparents did in their entire lifetimes, so our livers have to work a lot harder than they used to. The more we can love and support our livers, the easier time our liver will have processing things.
And this is just a start. I’m a huge believer that as women, we need to learn as much about our bodies as we can.
The more you learn about your body, the more empowered and free you’ll feel. Trust me. 💜
All my best,
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