September 09, 2020
With the release of the birth control pill (BCP) came liberation for women.
But with it, also came a slew of health conditions that women were not told about.
Every woman should make the most informed decision for herself.
Having said that, over the last few decades “informed consent” has been ignored & women (+ teens!) are not getting the full picture when being put on the pill.
The pill is now prescribed for issues beyond birth control. It can be taken for acne, PCOS, endometriosis, PMS, heavy periods, irregular periods & any other hormonal issue.
But it isn’t a real solution to the problem.
It’s a band-aid.
Because when you want to get off the pill, what you end up with is the same problem returning, or perhaps worse.
The pill mimics the second half of a woman’s cycle, when progesterone activity is dominant, as the body prepares for a possible pregnancy. Instead, the pill supplies “progestin”, a synthetic form of progesterone, which then shuts down the brain signal that prompts egg development.
So essentially, the pill actually cuts off the communication pathway between the brain & the ovaries so that your body stops making the hormones required for ovulation, since instead, these “hormones” are now being supplied by the pill.
The sad thing is that girls as young as 13 years old are taking the pill because of irregular periods & they’re on it for at least another decade.
What they don’t realize is that during the first 5 years of the onset of your period, your body is still getting the hang of this new hormone production pattern and it takes a while to become “regular”. So it’s actually completely normal to have an irregular period during the first few years of puberty.
The other thing is, some teens might experience heavy bleeding, cramping, etc. & may want to take the pill for relief.
In this case, the root cause needs to be addressed.
Look at inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, sugar & dairy consumption.
Start there instead & don’t feel guilty about past decisions, the important thing is to take your health into your own hands & start at the root of the problem.
Have you ever read the package insert that comes with any pharmaceutical drug?
You know, the one that’s folded 10x and has the smallest print and looks like a waste of time and paper?
That’s the one I’m talking about.
If you take a look at one of those, I guarantee you’ll never touch a pharmaceutical drug again.
Now don’t get it twisted, there’s always a time & place where these drugs save lives and are essential.
Not talking about those cases here.
There’s so much I need to share about this with you that I’ve dedicated a whole blog post about it, because the character limit on here!
Visit the link in my bio for more!
I started out with the birth control pill that I myself have taken on/off from 2008-2016.
It turns out the brand is discontinued, but the generic one is still out there.
It was called “Alesse 28”.
The package insert can be found here.
I asked one of my followers what brand she’s taking so that I can also talk about another popular one that’s currently on the market.
It’s called Loryna, and the package insert is here.
Here is some alarming information directly copy & pasted from the Alesse package insert:
“Combination oral contraceptives (COCs) should not be used in women with any of the following conditions [Contraindications]:
There are so many medical terms here, so here’s a brief glossary of some of these terms:
After this extensive list of contraindications, the manufacturer then goes on to say:
“The use of oral contraceptives is associated with increased risks of several serious conditions including venous and arterial thrombotic and thromboembolic events (such as myocardial infarction, thromboembolism, and stroke), hepatic neoplasia, gallbladder disease, and hypertension, although the risk of serious morbidity or mortality is very small in healthy women without underlying risk factors. The risk of morbidity and mortality increases significantly in the presence of other underlying risk factors such as certain inherited or acquired thrombophilias, hypertension, hyperlipidemias, obesity, diabetes, and surgery or trauma with increased risk of thrombosis.
The information contained in this package insert is principally based on studies carried out in patients who used oral contraceptives with higher doses of estrogens and progestogens than those in common use today. The effect of long-term use of the oral contraceptives with lower doses of both estrogens and progestogens remains to be determined.”
This last sentence is rather alarming, considering teens are put on the pill at a young age and often use it for at least a decade.
It’s also no surprise then, if the pill increases the risk of heart attacks and thrombophlebitis (inflammation of the veins), that the leading cause of death for women is heart disease, according to the CDC.
This is just one of the many problems with oral contraceptives, but let’s move on to Loryna’s package insert.
Adrenal insufficiency (the second condition on the above list) is something I've talked about extensively in my private Facebook group and social media posts. It is so common among women today to have adrenal insufficiency due to chronic stress and the "go-go-go" mentality.
And then the warnings and precautions sections goes on in detail for the following items, which are the same as the above from Alesse:
Finally, the adverse reactions listed were as follows:
Now here is my shortlist of other side effects:
If you’re on the pill or just getting off of it, it’s important to supplement with magnesium glycinate, B-vitamin complex and zinc picolinate or glycinate. Once you’re off the pill, start a detoxification program immediately to help your liver and kidneys to flush out the excess synthetic hormones still circulating in your blood and to help your body come back to its own natural hormone balance and production.
Trust your body. If it feels right for you to be on the pill, do it! If you feel like your symptoms are a result of it and actually started or worsened when you started using the pill, then go with your gut and look for alternative contraception options.
I'm curious, have you been told about any of this when it was prescribed to you? My hunch is NO.
It just makes you wonder...what else aren't we informed about when we take even over-the-counter drugs, or worse, "injections" that we're given from a very early age, and even every year at the onset of flu season.
The more you know...✨
If you need help getting off the pill or have been off the pill and want to bring your body back to balance, book a free discovery call to see how I can help you! Book HERE.
June 09, 2020
There’s a lot of controversial info out there on dairy. Some sources say to absolutely avoid it like the devil.
Other sources (like the US and Canadian food guide) say it’s a must with every meal.
Here’s my take on dairy.
March 17, 2020
Many of us live in parts of the country/world where, during the winter season, it’s rainy, gloomy, snowy and/or too cold to spend too much time outdoors.
And spending too much time indoors can of course have its drawbacks, here’s why.
March 04, 2020
Overall, more than half of U.S. women use the pill at least in part for non-contraceptive purposes such as PMS, irregular periods, debilitating cramps, PCOS, endometriosis and acne.
The pill might succeed at controlling all the above, but were you told what else it’ll do to your body?