What you need to know about Hormonal Birth Control:
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.
When you start taking the placebo pills, estrogen levels drop and your body begins to menstruate.
Basically, this unnatural cycle causes all of your other hormone systems to be thrown off.
I find it ironic how many people go on hormonal birth control to help “balance hormones” – yet by adding in synthetic hormones, it is just treating the symptoms and not addressing the root cause.
Example: Many women go on birth control to get rid of acne and for a lot of them – it works (or makes it worse). As soon as they decide to go off, their acne was worse than ever before – and this is because the underlying imbalance was never addressed and is still there!
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’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
If going off the pill is not an option for you, I would recommend switching to a low-dose estrogen contraceptive vs a high-dose estrogen as the risks associated are slightly lower.