The truth is, the pill isn’t necessarily the long-term solution to these problems and most likely, does not address the real issue.
What’s So Wrong With The Pill?The pill’s job is to promote continuous high levels of estrogen in a woman’s body. It’s not difficult to see that this is dangerous.
A woman’s natural cycle is composed of rising and falling levels of estrogen and progesterone. Birth control pills work by keeping estrogen at a sufficiently high level so that the body is fooled into thinking it is pregnant, therefore another pregnancy cannot occur.
There are even some pills on the market that boast a woman can safely have a period only four times a year or avoid having periods altogether for years at a time, without a break from the estrogen blast.
Now that I know this, it’s easy for me to see how something so unnatural can be detrimental to my body. Just how detrimental is still widely unknown, as doctors still don’t know everything there is to know about estrogen or estrogen dominance (when estrogen levels remain high without being balanced by progesterone).
But, according to Dr Carolyn Dean, some known effects include:
- Increased risk of breast cancer
- Increased risk of blood clotting
- Heart attack and stroke
- Increased blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Mood changes
- Irregular bleeding or spotting
- Benign liver tumours
- Breast tenderness
- Yeast overgrowth
- Digestive disorders
That means if you’re taking birth control pills for years at a time, as most women do, you’re creating nutrient deficiencies.Weight gain, fluid retention, mood changes, depression and even heart disease can all arise from nutrient imbalance. For example, high levels of an amino acid called homocysteine cause heart disease. And high homocysteine occurs when there is a deficiency of B vitamins and magnesium.
What Else Not To Use?Implants (Norplant), hormone shots like Depo-Provera, a vaginal ring called NuvaRing, contraceptive hormone patches and Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) like the Merina are all routinely prescribed by doctors. If you’re using them for birth control, again you are dosing your body with a heavy stream of synthetic hormones, and you are most likely setting yourself up for some form of hormonal issue in the future.
If you’ve employed any of these methods for any other reason, like painful cramps or heavy bleeding, you’re not really dealing with the underlying cause of your problem. Or, if you’re using one of these methods to do away with the inconvenience of getting your period, that’s just silly. We girls get a period for a reason.
Each of these methods mess with our hormones, are dangerous to our health, and they will also cause trouble when you eventually stop using them. If you do have an IUD or implant in, and you want to have it taken out, it’s important to have your hormones tested via a saliva test to see where you might be out of balance. Then, work with an integrative doctor who is clued up on natural hormones to figure out the best and safest way to balance things.