by Dr. Pearl Arjomand, ND
The birth control pill is one of the most commonly prescribed hormones and methods of contraception used by women today. It is readily prescribed as a first line treatment for many menstrual issues such as irregular, heavy and painful periods. It's also readily prescribed to treat acne and premenstrual symptoms such as headaches, irritability and breast tenderness. Females, as young as 13 years old are commonly put on birth control for an undetermined period of time without any reassessment.
The hormones in birth control pills vary. Some birth control pills contain estrogen and progesterone, others contain one and not the other and each brand differs in the actual amount of each hormone. The purpose of estrogen and progesterone is to alter the physiology of the body and inhibit ovulation from occurring. As such, pregnancy is avoided and the hormone fluctuations that occur during and after ovulation are also reduced.
The decision to come off the pill usually coincides with a time when a woman is ready for pregnancy, or when she wants to forgo the often strict regiment of taking the pill. Once off the pill, the body now has to adjust to its underlying hormonal rhythm which had been previously altered. If this underlying hormonal state was out of balance prior being medicated, it is common for many symptoms experienced before to return, often much worse than before.
A naturopathic doctor can help not only regulate your hormones after coming off the pill, but can also help reduce many of the symptoms that caused you to go on the pill in the first place. The longer you have been on the pill, the more essential it is to support the body before you come off the pill.
Here are some common symptoms that may exacerbate if the body is not properly supported prior to coming off the pill:
- Irritability and Mood Instability
- Irregular Periods
How can a naturopathic doctor help?
Hormone balance is a complex process that involves many organs and reactions in the body. Coming off the birth control pill can often cause hormone function to be left impaired and, without the proper support, this can impact overall quality of life and fertility. Bridging the period of time between coming off the birth control pill and supporting the body afterwards prevents many aggravations from occurring. Here are a few areas a naturopathic doctor would start to address before and after you come off the pill:
- Hormone Regulation
- Replenishing Deficient Nutrients
- Liver and Gallbladder Support
- Gut Health and Diet
If you'd like to learn more about the pros and cons of the birth control pill, stay tuned for Dr. Arjomand's next blogand seminar scheduled for February.
Dr. Arjomand is a Naturopathic Doctor at Naturopathic Foundations whose practice focuses on hormonal balance and women's health. If coming off the pill is something you have been considering, please call Naturopathic Foundations at 905-940-2727 to book an appointment with Dr. Arjomand to discuss ways you can safely and effectively regain healthy hormonal balance during and after coming off the pill.