This week I have been focusing my research and learning on the birth control. The contraceptive pill stops ovulation and therefore shuts down or suppresses our normal hormone function.  A bleed on the pill is not a period. A real period is about healthy production of hormones, required for our brain, metabolism, bones and mood.
This is a complex topic, and there is not a “one size fits all” answer. It’s important to speak with a healthcare expert, before making a decision on what works best for you.

SIDE EFFECTS

Common side effects of HIGH ANDROGEN INDEX birth control

  • Acne & hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Insulin resistance and weight gain
  • Anxiety

Common side effects of LOW ANDROGEN INDEX birth control

  • Suppression of adrenal function (DHEA)
  • Higher risk of fatal blood clots
  • Depression and anxiety
    Loss of libido

Additional Side effects to consider

  • Altered microbiome of the gut
  • Altered microbiome of the vagina
  • Altered brain structure
  • Altered sleep architecture
  • Reduced bone density
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Increased risk of cervical dysplasia
  • Increased risk of autoimmune disease
  • Zinc deficiency
  • 3-fold higher risk of breast cancer
  • Digestive bloating
  • Recurrent bladder infections
  • Thrush
  • Vaginal dryness

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?

There are several options available to women, and it may mean trying a few different things to see what works best for you and your situation.

All of the listed options here allow ovulation to occur, and allow your natural hormones to be produced:

FERTILITY AWARENESS METHOD

  1. Track fertile days with ovulation and temperature tracking  – takes some training (0.4% failure rate)

2. Daysy – computer thermometer. Contraceptive device (0.7% failure rate)

MALES AND FEMALE CONDOMS

  1. Condoms ( Note: spermacides can cause bladder infections) (2% failure rate)
  2. Female condoms (5% failure rate)

DIAPHRAGM AND CERVICAL CAP

  1. Diaphragm (0.6%)
  2. Femcap – Cervical cap (with non toxic gel) (2-4% failure rate)

WITHDRAWAL METHOD

  1. Withdrawal method (improved effectiveness with temp checking) can fail if has sex twice in a row – HINT: guy needs to urinate in between! (4% failure rate)

MORE INVASIVE MEASURES

  1. Vasectomy and/or tubal tie
  2. Copper IUD (0.6% failure rate)  (can make periods much heavier and can increase period pain)

Check out this link:

Hormonal Birth Control