Post Birth Control Syndrome
Oral contraceptives are one of the leading prescriptions used by women today and since their introduction over 50 years ago.
These combination pills stop ovulation from occurring by preventing the release of an egg in the ovaries. They also thicken cervical mucus and thin the endometrial lining to prevent fertilization between the sperm and egg.
Though oral contraceptives are effective at preventing pregnancy (the rate of effectiveness is around 91% at preventing pregnancy), many women today are taking hormonal contraceptives for other reasons, such as to alleviate hormonal symptoms.
Hormonal birth control unfortunately does not solve hormonal imbalances, it merely can alleviate symptoms in the short term. However, whatever problems we were dealing with before usually end up returning with a vengeance.
There are some benefits to oral contraceptives as they can help to reduce unwanted symptoms such as cramping, heavy periods, and acne. But as mentioned these are usually only typically short lived as they don’t address the root of the problem. In addition, OCs may reduce the risk of ovarian, colorectal, and endometrial cancers.
The most commonly known risks associated with oral contraceptives include blood clotting or deep vein thrombosis, low libido, weight changes, and recurrent yeast infections.
But there are actually many more that you may not be aware of. Oral contraceptives have been associated with an increased risk of crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, nutrient depletions, glycemic variability and metabolic changes, cervical cancer, breast cancer, ischemic stroke, shrinkage of the reproductive organs, migraine headaches, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, nausea, mood swings, painful intercourse, breast tenderness, depression, suicidal thoughts, and low testosterone.
Many organs and body systems can be impacted by oral contraceptive use including the digestive system, the pancreas, the reproductive organs, and the liver. This can result in systemic imbalances and unwanted symptoms when stopped, also known as Post Birth Control Syndrome.
Symptoms associated with post-birth control syndrome may include:
● Mood swings
● Loss of libido
● Bowel changes
● Hair loss
● Gut dysbiosis
● Intestinal permeability
● Headaches or migraines
● Blood sugar dysregulation
● Insulin resistance
The good news? You can absolutely support your body in making the transition post-birth control easier.
The digestive system and the livers are highly underrated organs and systems that are absolutely necessary to address in order to achieve hormonal balance and detox the body post-birth control use. This is why they are a central focus in our formula Resët.
Liver Supporting Foods
● Leafy green vegetables
● Brazil nuts
● Apple cider vinegar
● Cruciferous veggies
Hormonal Detox Tips
- Avoid alcohol, excess sugar, coffee, and processed foods.
- Include plenty of fruits and vegetables as part of your daily diet.
- Make water your primary drink of choice.
- Stimulate lymphatic drainage and detoxification with dry brushing, sauna, hot-cold showers, deep breathing, Epsom salt baths, and daily movement.
- Get plenty of rest and aim to be in bed by 10 PM.
- Buy organic whenever you can.
- Avoid the use of plastics and swap for glass, stainless steel, or ceramic instead.
- Swap out conventional beauty products for organic products – EWG.ORG is a great resource!
What’s Included in Reset?
– Chastetree (Vitex Angus-cactus)
Chastetree supports the pituitary gland to reduce levels of follicle-stimulating hormone and increase luteinizing hormone, and thus reduces estrogen and increasing progesterone levels – both of which are necessary for your body to ovulate, for regular menstrual cycles, and to avoid symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Resveratrol is a very unique estrogen modulator and has similar effects as the ingredient DIM. It balances estrogen levels based on the body’s needs. In some situations, it acts as a phytoestrogen and encourages estrogen synthesis and in other situations, it can block estrogen production.
– Milk thistle
Milk thistle is a powerful liver support agent that works synergistically with NAC, which is a precursor to glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in the body and a potent liver regenerator.
Ginger is added to relieve digestive disturbances and menstrual cramps that are a result of hormones released during menstruation.
– Vitamin B6
This vitamin has been shown to help relieve symptoms associated with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) such as moodiness, anxiety, irritability, and bloating. B6 is also an important vitamin for the HPA axis, as it supports the production of adrenal hormones.
– Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin needed for red blood cell formation, heart health, brain health, and reproductive health. It also has been shown to help lower homocysteine levels, a marker of inflammation associated with conditions such as PMS, heart disease, anxiety, depression, and dementia.
The deficiency of vitamin B12 can show up as fatigue, weakness, mood disorders, and hair loss.
– Folic Acid
Folic acid is needed for many critical functions and is especially important for those wanting to conceive as it is involved in ovulation, sex hormone production, and healthy fetal development.
Though commonly referred to as folic acid, we include folate in our formula for superior absorption and assimilation. Folate is the natural form of vitamin B9 and can be found in foods such as leafy greens, broccoli, avocado, eggs, and beef liver. Folic acid is the synthetic version of vitamin B9 and it is typically poorly converted and absorbed by the body. This can lead to elevated blood levels of folic acid which can cause problems.
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