“She should remind you of the power that beauty brings. Learn her and cherish her, respect her and love her, for she is more than just a pretty face, she is a soul on fire.”
– T.B LaBerge
Woman all over the world are looking for ways to decrease their monthly pain and discomfort. I mean who wants to have cramps, back pain, acne, bloating, breast pain, moodiness, start crying over nothing, over heating… just to name a few of the things woman have to deal with every month when their ever faithful period rolls around.
One of the ways woman have been coping with this is with The Pill (Oral Contraceptive Pill). I want to shed some light on this area and hopefully give some useful insight into how you can take control of your own body and see balance come back.
The Pill was first approved for use in the 1960s and is currently used by over 100 million woman worldwide. One third of woman aged 16-49 in the UK use The Pill compared with 1% of the population in Japan, interesting percentage!
The Pill is a drug that is designed to interfere with one of your normal bodily functions – Fertility itself!
The Pill is used to treat many conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, amenorrhea, menstrual cramps, adenomyosis, menorrhagia (excessive bleeding), dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) and acne to name a few and of course for contraception.
The Pill effects nutrient absorption such as the following : Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, Folic Acid, Biotin, B12, C, Bioflavonoids, E, K, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Copper, Zinc ect. These deficiencies can manifest as depression, low mood, anxiety amongst many other things.
While The Pill may interfere with our hormones such as Oestrogen and Progesterone, these hormones are not just for making babies, they are important in mood, immune function and general wellbeing. These hormones also begin to lose their natural ability to regulate our body when women are on The Pill for extended periods of time.
The Pill is offering synthetic (unnatural) hormones to our bodies which mimic but are not identical to the hormones you naturally produce, these synthetic hormones are around four times stronger than your natural hormone levels, this can alter the pH of the body which can create an environment conducive to yeast overgrowth and Candida and can effect the good bacteria in our guts which interfered with nutrient digestion and absorption. The Pill stops contraception by stopping ovulation and making cervical fluid impenetrable and the lining of the uterus unreceptive, while this will assist in NOT having a baby, it also teaches our bodies to dysregulate which makes it much harder when we are ready to have a baby. Side effects to taking The Pill can be different for everyone but can include, mood swings, depression, appetite changes, weight gain, loss of bone mineral density and loss of libido.
Women take The Pill for lots of different reasons (as mentioned above). Natural Medicine Practitioners offer an alternative option to The Pill. Good nutrition, a diet rich in nutrients and wholefoods and void of toxins and chemicals, herbal medicine and a healthy lifestyle may help to resolve issues such as irregular, heavy or painful periods, PMS, PCOS, acne ect and also offer alternative contraceptive options which are both friendly to your body and educational. If you understand your body you can work with it, rather than against it.
For Natural Contraceptive and Birth Control information please see The Billings Method (http://www.thebillingsovulationmethod.org) and Books by Francesca Naish (http://www.fertility.com.au/Products.html) offer very helpful information. There are also many many charts online that look like the following (http://www.babycenter.com/0_blank-bbt-chart_7069.bc) OR (http://www.fertility.com.au/Docs/Downloads/Blank%20Cycle%20Chart%20Celcius.pdf) which make it easier to chart your cycle.
Please leave any questions in the comments section below.
Information taken from Leah Hetchman – a leading Naturopath in womens health and wellbeing.