COMING OFF THE ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILL
As we grow older and reach our mid-twenties, the thought of children and raising a family arises (for some). This means, coming off the pill. For most girls, its easy and like nothing ever changed, however for others it can be quite daunting.
Before you decide to come off the pill, you need to address why you were put on it in the first place. Was it because you had painful periods? Did you have heavy bleeding? Were you regular? Did you have skin break-outs? Mood swings? Or simple did you want to go on it for contraception. If you’re not sure, ask your doctor why. Ask them for old blood tests – were you diagnosed with PCOS, insulin resistance or something else?
If the reason you went on the pill was because you had issues, then those same issues will arise again when you come off the pill. This is because the pill simple ‘masks’ what’s going on and doesn’t address the underlying cause of what’s happening in the body. If you had no issues, then coming off the pill should almost be a walk in the park. The body tends to balance itself after roughly 3 months, however it can take a little longer for others – because as we know, health is individualised and there are no one size fits all treatment.
My advice before coming off the pill is to work on your health and get yourself ready before coming off it. Support yourself through diet, lifestyle and other means like supplementation and in some cases, herbal remedies. It’s best to see a Naturopath to help get a more holistic view of you as a person, give personalised dietary advice, support your body’s detoxification pathways and monitor your process. It’s not advised to get any hormonal tests done when you’re on the pill, as the test wont show a true representation of your hormones (as you’re taking synthetic hormones). But after 3 months, this area can be addressed more thoroughly.
The end goal of coming off the pill is to ovulate regularly. Ovulation is when your beneficial hormones like estrogen and progesterone are made. Both of these hormones are essential for balanced mood, energy, libido, thyroid health, skin health, insulin response, hair and more. Having sufficient amounts of these hormones when you are young helps with preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and cancer that can develop later in life.
Don’t get me wrong, the revolution around the development of the oral contraceptive pill gave woman opportunity to control their careers and plan fertility independently. It gave woman control over their bodies and their life, and ignited an increase in female empowerment. However, like most pharmaceuticals, it was over-used and misused. Its now time for further education about reproductive health and to empower woman on another level.
If you’re someone who is thinking about coming off the pill and needs assistance with supporting your body. Please don’t hesitate to contact me through my website www.jacquelinelovett.com.au