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- What Birth Control Stops Your Period?
- 19. “I was told combination birth control shouldn’t be taken by people who have migraines with aura. Why? What are the risks?” —OMGitsaClaire
- 5. “Is it possible that birth control isn’t right for me? I’m trying really hard to be safe but I’m getting so exhausted from having side effects.” —jordans4bf42d485
- What are the dangers of birth control pills?
- Overcoming The Fear Of Pain In Childbirth
- Can Contraceptive Pills Stop Periods?
- Conception Is Possible Immediately
- What About When Youre Scared Of Giving Birth Again?
- 5. Boost Your Detox Capacity
- Learn More about Gut Health
- What happened when I stopped taking birth control pills
- Fewer mood changes
- Irregular periods
- Mid-month cramps
- Increased libido
- Body fluids
- Fewer headaches
- Mental clarity
- How to Quit
What Birth Control Stops Your Period?
There are so many birth control options available for women. There’s the birth control pill, the IUD, the patch, the ring, the implant, and so on and so forth. With so many options, where do you even start?
First things first, always ensure you speak with your doctor about the right birth control method for you. Everyone is different and will have a different experience with birth control.
If you’re tired of your period, you’re likely wondering what birth control stops your period. The pill, the IUD, and the shot all have reputations for helping in this department. But is it true or too good to be true? We’ve gone into detail about what you can expect with each of these methods. So, read on below.
19. “I was told combination birth control shouldn’t be taken by people who have migraines with aura. Why? What are the risks?” —OMGitsaClaire
Dr. Yen: This is correct. You risk blood clots in your head and thus strokes and death. The CDC has classified migraines with aura as category 4! This is a health risk and this method should not to be used.
5. “Is it possible that birth control isn’t right for me? I’m trying really hard to be safe but I’m getting so exhausted from having side effects.” —jordans4bf42d485
Dr. Yen: There is the IUD with hormone, the IUD without hormone, the implant, the shot, the vaginal ring, the patch, then there are like 40 different pills. One of these should work for you, but if not, using condoms plus spermicide is 97% effective in preventing pregnancy.
What are the dangers of birth control pills?
Side effects from the pill can be debilitating, and some women may not even realise that the reason they’re feeling so crappy is because of the pill.
Some research has shown that women who take the contraceptive pill are 23% more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than those who don’t.
Other common side effects include mood swings and depression, breast pain/tenderness, migraines/headaches, IBS, acne, hair loss, vaginal dryness, changes in body weight and low libido.
Furthermore, birth control pills can actually destroy the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, making you more susceptible to yeast overgrowth, lower immunity and infection.
If that isn’t enough… the pill has also been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and blood clots.
That’s a whole lot of nasty side effects for one tiny pill… don’t you think?
Overcoming The Fear Of Pain In Childbirth
Every woman holds different fears about birth in her heart. Some women fear the health risks, some women fear for their baby, especially if they have experienced loss. Some moms worry about the pain of actually giving birth.
While therapy is an amazing resource for fear about loss and a doctor or functional nutritionist can help you ease your fear about health, there has been a hug gap in the availablity of tools to help with the fear of pain.
That is why I made a one-hour workshop for moms on this topic exactly. If you are worried about how you will cope with the pain of labor, my class How Not To Freak Out In Labor will teach you how you can lessen the amount of pain you feel during childbirth before labor even begins and 11 of the best coping strategies that will get you through every stage of labor.
Check Out The Workshop
There are also several excellent childbirth classes available online or in-person that will take you even deeper through the changes in your body and how to cope with them.
Can Contraceptive Pills Stop Periods?
In order for us to effectively answer this question, there are some things you should know about the pill. There are two types of birth control pills: the combination pill and the progestin-only pill.
As its name implies, the combination pill contains a mix of estrogen and progestin. It primarily works by stopping ovulation from occurring. In other words, it stops your ovaries from releasing an egg. Without an egg for sperm to fertilize, a pregnancy cannot take place.
Most combination pills require you to take three weeks’ worth of pills containing hormones. The fourth week is typically your placebo week.
The progestin-only pill, as you’ve likely gathered by now, only contains one hormone—progestin. It’s often called the mini-pill because of its low hormonal dose.
With this in mind, the combination-pill would be your go-to for stopping your period. However, it also comes down to the type of pill you’re taking.
If you weren’t already aware, not all combination pills are the same. There are multiphasic and monophasic pills.
According to Bedsider, multiphasic pills have a mix of hormones which changes from week after week. On the other hand, monophasic pills contain the same mix of hormones each week.
It’s possible to control the timing of your period with both a monophasic pill and a multiphasic one. However, skipping periods with multiphasic pills is not as well studied and, according to Refinery 29, may be a little more difficult to use (for skipping periods).
If you are on a monophasic pill, skipping your period is easy. Once you have finished taking all the active pills in your pack, move on to the active pills in your next one. In other words, instead of taking the placebo pills during your fourth week, you’d be starting the new pack right away.
You’d pretty much do the same thing with the multiphasic pill. But, of course, you should always consult with your doctor before making changes to your birth control pill regimen. This is because everyone is different and will have a different experience with the pill.
So, can contraceptive pills stop periods? The short answer to that is: yes! However, it comes down to the type of pill you’re taking. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to control the timing of your period if you’re on the progestin-only pill. It’s the monophasic combination birth control pill that would really do the trick. But, the multiphasic combination pill could also work. Just ask your doctor!
Conception Is Possible Immediately
If you're discontinuing the pill because you want to get pregnant, the average time until conception is about five months (compared to an average of three months when stopping a form of non-hormonal contraception, like condoms), says Twogood. However, conception is possible immediately after stopping birth control.
What About When Youre Scared Of Giving Birth Again?
It’s important to remember that every single birth is different If you experiened trauma in your first birth, seek the help of a qualified therapist. Trust me, it’s worth it.
Taking a childbirth course and finding a new and supportive childbirth team can also benefit.
There is no reason that your first birth has to dictate your following births.
5. Boost Your Detox Capacity
Having a strong ability to detoxify is crucial for recovering from post birth control syndrome, as one of the primary issues with taking oral contraceptives for a long period of time is hormonal build up. Your body stores hormones like estrogen in your fat cells, and these stored hormones can linger for months or years after you stop taking the Pill. Your liver is responsible for clearing these hormones through the bile, and if you’re not detoxifying well enough, your liver is ineffective at eliminating these excess hormones.
There are many ways to boost detox capacity – too many to get into in this article – but I’ve written another article in which I recommend increasing intake of certain foods that can help boost hormone clearance. Another option is taking a supplement which contains a variety of nutrients and botanicals that support the body’s natural detoxification process. Liver Detoxifier and Regenerator from NOW Foods is a popular choice.
And wouldn’t you know it, your gut flora can even help you detoxify excess hormones. This podcast I’ve linked to is all about the “estrobolome,” the complete set of bacterial genes that code for enzymes capable of metabolizing estrogens within the human intestine. (5) So taking a high quality probiotic and eating fermented foods, especially fermented cruciferous vegetables like sauerkraut, is an important part of recovering from post birth control syndrome.
What happened when I stopped taking birth control pills
Early on? Fear! But later on pure FREEDOM!
I remember so clearly the thoughts that ran through me, as I was exploring other options for birth control; complete panic, overthinking, worrying about so many things and just general fear of the unknown and what would happen. I had read so many things from other women and their stories coming off the pill, that it’s no wonder that not many women out there are taking the steps towards this.
All those stories were about how their skin was a complete mess (acne outbreaks), irregular cycles and painful periods with some experiencing bleeding for four months in a row and many other issues.
But do you want to hear the secret as to why these are the stories you can read online when you search for information about ditching the pill?
It is because the internet is swimming in people’s problems. The success stories are rarely shared, as there’s no need to share these stories if there’s not a problem you see. People share their problems to get help, not to be at service to others, despite them not having an issue, which makes excellent sense. But do you get what I’m saying? I see a trend is on the rise with this “serving-others concept” and I love it! But that’s why there’s still so many scary-stories online and not success-stories. Simple as that.
But that’s why I’m here! To bring a sunshine-story to you and hopefully fill some room on the internet with this.
But coming back to the point: I was scared, and I had searched the internet thin for answers. I contacted so many people before I took the leap and ditched the pill (after reading how to come off them first safely, as there are helpful articles out there). I have experienced so many things throughout this first year of being pill-free, while some things are still surprising me today. So here’s what I experienced:
Fewer mood changes
Hale-freaking-lujah! My mood quickly went to the skies as I ditched the pill. However, it wasn’t from one day to the next. The hormones need their time to leave your body, so it was before the first couple of months had passed, that I could see this change in myself and felt overall better and better about my decision. I wasn’t any longer so moody as I could be at times, so that was a massive relief to me.
As I said, the first couple of months was a bit of a struggle due to the hormones leaving my body, which meant I sure as heck dealt with irregular periods for the first 3+ cycles (months), but after that my body started to find it’s way and I learned so much about myself in that time. It was mostly frustrating having to wait and see if I even had any regular periods. Still, honestly, it was just a matter of time. Today I know my body so well, both in terms of when I’m ovulating and when my periods are due and basically what to expect when you’re expecting.. your period 😉 But if you ditch the pill, patience is the key, and your body will need time to adjust!
I never even knew this was a thing. I knew cramps during your period was a thing, but suddenly I learned how you could also experience cramps whenever you are ovulating. It might just be ovulation cramps, but for some women, they are also experiencing something called “Mittelschmerz” (which is a German word that stands for “middle”) which occurs when you are releasing an egg, which affects maybe 20% of women. I only experienced these ovulation pains during the first three months, but I haven’t felt a thing since. Still, luckily there are other ways to know when your body is communicating to you that ovulation is due, so don’t worry about that if you were hoping that it’d be that easy to spot. It’s still easy, but I prefer knowing when I’m ovulating without the cramps!
Which brings me on to this little gemstone! Your body will most likely tell you that you are ovulating because you will, in general, feel more frisky! Which makes total sense, as this would be the time to go ahead and try and make a baby, so by increasing your libido at this time of the month, you’re thereby also increasing your chances of conceiving. But for those who are not up for that yet, this would be the time to dive into other activities! Or protect yourselves in different ways, since this is the time you don’t want to take any chances (and five days before your ovulation day, but I’ll dive deeper into that later). So I don’t know what to tell you guys. It is a blessing and a frustration at once, but you’ll sure know when ovulation is happening!
Another new thing I learned for the very first time at age twenty-six (which is embarrassing in a way to admit, but true) is how you can track your ovulation by merely keeping an extra eye on your body fluids. Most commonly referred to as “Vaginal Discharge”. Sounds super sexy, I know. But none of the less, this is another massive key factor on how your body is telling you when you are ovulating (and thereby when to abstain from sex, or not if you do want to conceive).
Basically, throughout your cycle, your vaginal discharge has a cycle of its own. Depending on when you are ovulating (which isn’t necessarily the same day of the month for all women) but, looking into the cycle of your vaginal discharge, you will also see when your ovulation day is approaching exactly.
Getting fewer headaches wasn’t something I noticed right away. I’d always been prone to headaches, but always blamed it on my ability not to drink enough water, which I’m sure had something to do with it! But I did reach a point just months before I ditched the pill, where I had to seek chiropractic help to get my headaches sorted since they’d become so severe and impacted my life so profoundly that I could not function. So I went there for about six weeks every week until the symptoms had disappeared.
However, it wasn’t long until they were back again, and I found myself in another few months of need from chiropractors to help me get my headaches sorted. But, during the next time around, I had in the meantime dropped my pills just weeks before this occurred again. I went, got the help I needed and ever since then I’ve never felt the need to seek help for this again.
Admittedly, I can still get headaches. But not so severe as they were and not as often, and I usually know the underlying cause of it (still working on that water intake, yes)! But I am positive that going off the pills surely didn’t affect this aspect negatively.
I mean this in more than one aspect: I’ve never felt so clear-minded as I do today. First off, because I felt I had been living in a fog without knowing that I even could live so naturally and in tune with my body and it’s own magic. But also, because so many of my mental health issues have eased up and I, in general, feel overall better in my body and my mind knowing how I no longer put hormones in me that disturbs my health. It is truly freeing to live this way, and I wish I could explain how it feels, but.. reality is that you have to discover this for yourself. All I’m saying is: I feel so good, so safe, so clear in my thoughts and actions and that right there is worth it all.
Maybe this is self-explanatory if you know who I am or who I’ve become over the past 6 months and what I’ve learned. Because no… Happiness didn’t come to me overnight and ditching the pill was not a quick fix to suddenly becoming happy either. Happiness is something that naturally occurs when you are feeling fulfilled and content within yourself, your purpose and your values. To me, happiness consists of very few things: Having something (you love) to do, having someone you love and something to hope for in the future. However, I believe that you need to feel content on your own first without any other outside sources, and once you do, love will find you. (But that is an entirely different subject for another time.)
All I know is how I’ve become more and more in tune with my values as I ditched the pill and my conscience was clear, but also how I’ve found my purpose in life and I’m now making an actual living by sharing and doing what I love, being kinder towards myself by doing what’s right for me such as having a self-care routine and an established meditation routine. At the same time I have found someone special in my life who’s shown me (and vice versa) what true lasting love was supposed to feel like, despite being oceans apart (for now).
But that’s what I mean.. I also have something to hope for which involves my future with him and how we’ll one day be able to ditch the LDR and create the life of our dreams, which has a LOT to do with who you choose to be with, as being on the pill can make you choose the wrong partner!
How to Quit
You can get off birth control pills any time you want, although stopping at the end of a pill pack is recommended. You may notice some bleeding or spotting, and your periods may be irregular for a while. You will probably start ovulating again within 2 weeks so you can try for a baby. Get more information on how to safely stop using birth control.