So what’s the deal with skipping your menstrual cycle on birth control by simply starting the next pack?
I have been doing some research on this topic, and surprisingly there isn’t much research done.
Let’s look at what we do know:
Hormonal Birth Control works by overriding the normal hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian hormonal axis and suppresses ovulation.
When you’re not ovulating, your body thinks you are pregnant (this is how birth control works).
When you start taking the placebo pills, estrogen levels drop and your body begins to menstruate. When you are not taking a break, you are constantly in a higher estrogen state.
Basically, this unnatural cycle causes all of your other hormone systems to be thrown off.
When we flood our bodies with high doses of synthetic hormones (birth control contains synthetic estrogen and progesterone), it puts us in an environment where our own production of natural hormones to turn off.
In this case, these artificial hormones prevent ovulation and thinning the uterine lining which can lead to an array of hormonal imbalances (such as estrogen dominance).
When we are in a higher estrogen state or estrogen dominance, we bind up our thyroid hormone (estrogen binds to thyroid hormone and we have less free thyroid hormone). This means – the more estrogen we have, the more thyroid hormone we bind – which can result in thyroid conditions such as Hypothyroidism.
If you are constantly skipping your period and doing back to back cycles – you will likely have a lot more estrogen in the body as you are not allowing your estrogen levels to drop (during menstruation). If you are someone who skips their period often – I recommend at least allowing yourself to bleed (although this is not a “real” period) every couple months to avoid thyroid conditions, breakthrough bleeding and bloating.
If you’re on birth control to balance your hormones, I suggest you determine the root cause of your issue and try a natural alternative to balance your hormones!
If you’re on birth control as a contraceptive methods, I suggest looking into non-hormonal options.
- Calendar Method
- Mucus Method