Why It Is Time To Break Up With Your Hormonal Birth Control

We live in a world right now where we view our monthly cycle as a nuisance and not as a sign of health and vitality. 

Most of us have been given the advice from our GP, that we must take some form of hormonal birth control in order to perhaps “regulate our cycle”, reduce mensural cramping, or to “fix acne”, as classic examples.

Raise your hand if this is you…

I’m here to tell you girl, that you are not alone.

Too many women and young teenage girls are taking some form of hormonal birth control and in many cases, for reasons other than contraception, as per the advice of their doctor.

**Hormonal birth control may be a pill, patch or injection of steroid drugs designed to suppress ovarian function.**  

So why is this bad news?

In sort, it is not solving the underlying problem and has the potential to cause much larger issues.

I want you to view your monthly cycle as your monthly report card that gives you a rundown on your health status.

If you are unhealthy in some way, your monthly cycle is a key way to suss out what might be going on and what might need to be done in order to fix the issue. 

When we are suppressing our sex hormones, we no longer have this ability to recognise what is going on. 

We begin to lose touch with our bodies and it becomes increasingly harder for us to understand when something is out of balance and/or under functioning. 

To your GP, hormonal birth control can be a “quick-fix”. It can suppress skin oils therefore clearing up pimples. It can ease period pain because it is essentially shutting off the hormones that cause the uterine lining to shed. 

**Please note that a pill bleed is not a real bleed and is not a reflection of a healthy cycle. It works by shutting down your ovaries and switching off your hormones - none of your sex hormones are your own; they come from a lab**

While a “quick-fix” may come as a relief for some women and teenage girls, it may present as a serious fertility issues in the long-run. Masking these issues won’t address the root cause and certainly won’t make things easier long-term.

I will make note that there is an art to coming off and stopping hormonal birth control (expect a blog post on this very soon), so I do advise that you work with a practitioner on this and please understand that the symptoms you experienced prior to taking it, are likely to rare their ugly head again.

What is empowering to know, is that there are ways to interpret your period cues to address any underlying issues.

Is your period painful? - Does your diet mainly consistent of inflammatory foods? Are you getting enough magnesium?

Do you ovulate? - This is so important to know because it is how you progress through all the menstrual phases to your monthly period.

Do you experience breast tenderness? Are you lacking iodine in your diet?

It is easy to see why our monthly cycle is so important and why suppressing it is only putting a bandaid on the underlying issues.

I’ll leave you with this question…

Why is it that we view fertility as something that should be treated with a synthetic drug, rather than, as an expression of health?