When I noticed all health bloggers on my Instagram feed started ditching birth control I turned to google for answers and found nothing. When I noticed that EVERY person in the holistic world that I follow was boycotting the pill I knew I needed to get expert advice from a professional.
Cue Brittany Hayes of Integrative Wellth. She’s holistic health and life coach and another one of the countless girls who have broken-up with their nightly pill pop. She’s also the healthiest person I know.
Why is birth control suddenly so scary and bad??
“Birth control essentially shoots your body up with synthetic hormones. As far as long term effects, each women is different. The first long term study from the Women’s Health Initiative came out not long ago and the findings were:
The potential effects include:
Yikes. How did I not know this?
“Unfortunately, most doctors and OB GYNs don’t tell women what they should know. They normalize birth control and make you feel like even if you’re not feeling well on the pill, it isn’t from that.”
But what if I need the pill to help with other issues like terrible cramps and acne?
“For some serious cases like endometriosis it could be necessary but in most cases its not. If you’re having symptoms such as: irregular periods, migraines, skin problems, anxiety, irritability, weight gain, birth control is NOT your only option. I was on it for 8 years and am still in the process of getting my hormones back into balance, which is taking a lot of effort, time, and persistence but I am not willing to “bandaid” my issues with birth control and risk any other serious problems down the road. Once again, this is not to scare you, this is to make you aware and give you the option to be in control of your of your body. “
Soooo if I’ve been on the pill since the Black Eyed Peas were still together does that mean my hormones are totally screwed??
“Not necessarily but there's a good chance. Getting off birth control is TOUGH. Especially the longer you have been on it. But I am confident in my choice, and would rather deal with the slow process of my body readjusting naturally than synthetic hormones being in my body and disrupting the way my body is supposed to be functioning. Know that you’re not alone and I am with you!
If my hormones are whack, what will happen?
“What I notice the most is hormonal acne. I always struggled with acne and birth control helped with at least hormonal breakouts and now that I’m not taking it, I have it bad! The only thing I can suggest is to be patient with your body and know that it will be so worth it in the end! In the meantime make sure you’re doing all you can to get your hormones balanced.”
Tips for balancing hormones?
“1. Avoid sugar
2. Ditch the processed foods
3. Get enough protein
4. incorporate the herb Maca daily
To know exactly what hormones need work, do a hormone test. I am in the process of doing a comprehensive at home hormone test through EverlyWell which will tell me exactly what is off and then I’ll know exactly what supplements to take to fix them.”
Last question, what other form of birth control should I switch to?
“My opinions on birth control if you’re wanting to take the complete all natural route is to not ingest or put anything into your body! IUDs included. The only way is to track your cycle using apps and or fertility trackers such as Daysy and Ava bracelet. This is a non invasive way to be in control of your fertility and cycle. If you are consistent and listen to it, you will have no problems. I use Daysy and love it. It tells me when I’m fertile and not to know when to be safe. I also love it because one day when I want to use it for conceiving I will be able to know exactly when I’m fertile.”