Hormonal Birth Control: What to consider when stopping
Maybe you’re experiencing side effects of hormonal birth control that you don’t like.
You may want to get pregnant, or maybe you don’t but want a more “natural” approach to your fertility.
Maybe you were prescribed hormonal birth control to deal with acne, PMS, or irregular periods, but you weren’t given guidance on how to actually address the causes of your symptoms.
(If you don’t address the underlying causes, those problems aren’t really going away. Hormonal birth control is just silencing the messages your body was sending you.)
Whatever your reasons for thinking of getting off the pill, this post is NOT anti-birth control.
It’s pro-informed consent and supportive of your ability to choose what is best for you!
I hear from women who want to stop taking hormonal birth control. They want to feel more empowered and in control of their health and their fertility.
If you want to stop taking hormonal birth control (regardless of whether you want to get pregnant soon or not), there are some things you will want to consider.
Hormonal birth control essentially shuts down your fertility and your brain’s communication with your ovaries.
The cyclical nature of your sex hormones throughout the month is turned off.
The longer you’ve been on it, the longer it may take for your body to balance your hormones and resume ovulation and a regular period after stopping.
Your body is more than likely going to need some support!
When you support your body going off birth control, you’re also supporting your overall health for the rest of your life.
Hormonal birth control is a pharmaceutical that can deplete your body of vitamins & minerals, disrupt your gut health, affect hormone levels, and increase inflammation (which puts you at risk for many diseases).
When you want to get off of the pill, it will be important to consider:
taking a high quality prenatal (even if you don’t want to get pregnant)
focusing on your gut health
supporting your hormonal health
So, what if you don’t want to get pregnant right now??
I’ve got you covered! Even if you DO want to get pregnant this option can be helpful for you too.
There are many non-hormonal contraception options out there. This is my personal favorite. I encourage you to do some reading and find what’s right for you.
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This method is very effective when used correctly, has an easy app, and has GREAT customer support where you can ask specific questions about your fertility.
You put it under your tongue for a few seconds when you wake up each day, input the days of your period, and it will tell you the days you are fertile and the days you’re infertile. You cannot get pregnant most of the month. There are only about 5-7 days where you have the possibility of getting pregnant.
A tracker, like Daysy, does all the work for you, while still giving you helpful information about your period, ovulation, and fertility.
Are you fertile today and don’t want to get pregnant? Ask your partner to use a condom or only have sex when you’re not fertile. Your choice.
Understanding your cycle and your fertility can be so empowering! I encourage you to look into all your options and find what feels most aligned with you and the life you desire.