Quitting Birth Control Pills – Balance Female Hormones Naturally – Tips for Hormonal Imbalance

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So many women would like to quit birth control pills but are afraid of the side effects of stopping hormonal contraception: anything from heavy periods and menstrual cramps to acne outbreaks. Luckily, there are a few herbs, supplements, and lifestyle changes that can make the transition so much quicker and easier.

These are the things that are super helpful during the transition:
1. Acidophilus Probiotics – birth control pills disrupt the natural balance of intestinal flora, which then leads to digestion problems, vaginal dysbiosis, candida, and of course acne. Probiotics can be obtained from both supplements and fermented foods. I’ve made tutorials on how you can make your own sauerkraut, sourdough bread, and yogurt at home. All of these are wonderful sources of probiotics.
2. Correct nutrient deficiencies that the pill is known to cause: things like folate, B2, B12, zinc, selenium, vitamin C, zinc, etc. It might be a good idea to take a good B complex with methylfolate (not folic acid) or at least a good multivitamin (again, avoid the ones with folic acid in them and go for methylfolate). My favourite B complex with folate is this one from Thorne. The multivitamin supplement I recommend is this one.
3. Magnesium – the pill also depletes magnesium. However, most of us are deficient in this vital mineral simply because our soil is depleted of magnesium, so taking some extra is always a great idea. I love this soluble magnesium but I also adore my homemade magnesium oil, especially after workouts or hikes.
4. Vitex (also called chasteberry) – Vitex has been used for centuries for all kinds of menstrual irregularities. Whether your periods are too heavy, you’re struggling to ovulate, or don’t seem to get your period back after quitting the pill, Vitex is very likely to be helpful. It works by encouraging the body to produce more progesterone (if it’s low), which then lowers estrogen levels, which are generally too high after the pill.
5. Don Quai and Tribulus Terrestris are great herbs if you don’t ovulate and don’t menstruate regularly
6. Maca powder – I’ve been very intrigued by maca root powder ever since I watched Annie Jaffrey’s video where she mentioned that she cleared her skin completely using zinc and maca. It is a great supplement for those who need hormone balancing and stress reduction. Maca also gives lots of energy.
7. Liquid Chlorophyll – this is my current favourite discovery. A lot of women on the pill are both copper toxic and copper deficient at the same, which means that they have lots of unbound copper, but they aren’t able to assimilate it and use it. Liquid chlorophyll is a great source of copper and it’s also great for those with low iron or ferritin levels.
8. Unsulphured blackstrap molasses – blackstrap molasses is a concentrated source of minerals and vitamins, such as magnesium, copper, calcium, potassium, iron, and B vitamins. It’s a real nutritional powerhouse and is well known for its hormone-balancing properties. Lots of women have reported lighter period, huge reduction or disappearance of period cramps, and healthier skin, hair, and nails.
9. Hormone balancing yoga and meditation – I do yoga workouts from the Skimble Workout App or from “Slim Calm Sexy Yoga” by Tara Stiles. I exercise every single day but I do yoga every third day. It’s definitely one of my favourite ways of working out because it relieves any sore muscles, stiff joints, and rests my mind. I started meditating with Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge and right now I’m trying out Headspace app. I love it so far.
10. Eat a balanced, varied diet – don’t obsess about food. Don’t eliminate entire food groups. Avoid processed foods and white sugar. Be mindful about your natural sugar and fruit consumption.
11. DIM – this natural supplement is very well known for its acne clearing benefits. However, it’s also great for someone coming off birth control pills because it helps get rid of excess estrogen stored in the liver.
12. Evening Primrose Oil – I notice much softer and more nourished skin from evening primrose oil. But it’s also well known because it reduces menstrual cramps and normalises cervical mucus (it tends to be quite dry there while you take birth control pills and right after).

During my health researching in the last few years, I’ve come across a couple of books about female hormonal balance, which I think you’ll find really helpful: it’s “Period Repair Manual” by Lara Briden and “Quit PMS” by Laura Geertsen.

If you missed the video where I talked about the natural birth control I’ve been using successfully for the last four years, here it is: Fertility Awareness Method.

Hope you find this helpful! If you know anyone who is thinking of coming off the birth control pill or who has already done so and is struggling, please share this blog post with them. Thank you so much for helping me spread my message!

Simply yours,
Vita xx

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