I know. You have probably read some of my previous posts on the effects of birth control and are now thinking “well shit, I should probably think about going off birth control but I have no idea how!”
I got you girlfriend! Here are some simple steps you can take post birth control to help support your body and get things back in balance.
MINERAL IMBALANCES + DEFICIENCIES
The birth control pill depletes you of all the essential nutrients needed to support your hormones + pregnancy, funny how that works huh? I would highly suggest running a HTMA to address mineral imbalances directly and to also see your thyroid and hormonal ratio as well as iron and copper status.
LIVER + DETOX SUPPORT
Birth control / medications tax your liver + digestive system. Support your digestion with nourishing foods like bone broth, collagen, and aloe. Help your body detox excess synthetic hormones with castor oil packs, enemas, dry brushing, saunas, raw carrot salad, rebounding, milk thistle, beets and coffee.
Eat to support your metabolism with nourishing foods like quality meats and dairy, collagen/gelatin, eggs, fruit, roots and tubers, etc and ditch processed foods. Also, be mindful of the amount of exercise you are doing. Too much or too little can be a stressor.
BLOOD SUGAR BALANCE
Eat upon waking and every 3-4 hours, stop skipping meals and combine carb, protein and fat at every meal.
TRACK YOUR CYCLE WITH TEMPS + PULSES
Now that you will have a REAL cycle, start tracking! This will be the most powerful thing you will ever do! See previous post on tracking your cycle.
Few things to consider:
+ Inform your partner
+ Use a barrier method (condoms + withdrawal) while you are learning your cycle
+ Give your cycle 3-6 mo to regulate.
+ Make sure it’s the right time! Evaluate your stress levels, relationship & where you are in life.
+ Give it a year before trying to conceive to get your body back in balance.
Taking birth control interferes with our basic physiology as women, this causes deep disconnect. I promise, you will feel so empowered + connected to your body once you stop suppressing your cycles.
Take a deep breath, I know it can be stressful.