The Contraceptive Pill: Friend or Foe?

The Contraceptive Pill: Friend or Foe?

the pill

I wanted to write this blog to firstly explain how the contraceptive pill works and to bring some awareness to symptoms I have seen in my practice that have been caused by the pill. I would like to make it clear, I am not trying to scare or tell you to stop
taking the pill; instead I am simply sharing my clinical experience to allow you to make up your own mind.

The contraceptive pill was first made available in the UK in 1961. Alongside
male condoms, the pill is the most widely used form of contraception in the UK today. It is also used to treat acne, heavy, painful periods and some conditions such as
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). The pill has been hailed as instrumental to changing the lives of women; from sexual liberation (hence the naming of the swinging sixties) to the change of attitude towards women from being expected to stay at home to look after the family to being able to control/choose to have children, further
education and a career.

How does the pill work?
The most popular is the combination pill, which contains estrogen and
progestin (synthetic form of progesterone). The main way the pill works is to prevent ovulation. Ovulation is the process in which an egg is released (if there is no egg, there is nothing to be fertilized by sperm and therefore no possibility of pregnancy). The pill also:
Thickens the mucous from your cervix, making it difficult for the sperm to pass through
• Thins the lining of the uterus (womb) so it is less likely to accept a fertilized egg (a fertilized egg needs the lining to be a certain thickness to implant and grow).

In my practice I have seen the following symptoms either from women who are
currently taking the pill or have a history of it:

Increased anxiety
• Low mood/depression
• Migraines
• Cycle irregularities (spotting or irregular bleeding)
• Weight gain
• Yeast (candida) overgrowth (leading to thrush, fatigue, abdominal bloating, food cravings, weight gain, recurring cystitis)
• Breast tenderness
• Decreased libido
• Low energy
• Digestive problems (including abdominal bloating)
• Dizziness

Have you got any of these symptoms?
If so, are you on the pill or have a history of taking it?

If your answer is ‘no’ to the second question, it could be that you have a
hormonal imbalance contributing to your symptoms.

Through detoxification, balancing hormones and organ support, these symptoms do not need to be bothersome any longer. Whether you want to come off the pill (we can prepare your body for this), are experiencing lasting effects even though you have not taken the pill for a while or think your hormones may be imbalanced I can help. Get in touch to explore further.

Although I have directed this blog towards the contraceptive pill (most frequently used), there are other contraceptives that give out synthetic hormones such as the Mirena Coil, which I have also seen women experience the symptoms listed above.

Please note I am not advocating unprotected sex, there are alternative contraceptive methods that do not include synthetic hormones.

What has your experience of the pill been? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time

Best wishes
Chloe
M: 07789 007732
E: chloe@chloemichaels.co.uk

2 Responses to “The Contraceptive Pill: Friend or Foe?”

  1. Hayley Coleman

    Hi Chloe,
    I was just reading your blog on the pill and some of the side effects it can cause.
    I do have some of the side effects listed and was wondering what contreptive alternatives there are there.
    Thanks
    Hayley

    Reply
    • chloemichaels

      Hi Hayley,
      Alternatives that do not include synthetic hormones are condoms, natural family planning and an IUD. Natural family planning is about understanding your menstrual cycle and when you are not fertile, it has high success rates when followed correctly. It does not suit everyone as there is quite a lot of work involved (taking daily temperature and observing mucus to understand when you are ovulating) and the need to abstain from sex during your fertile time. Of course the advantage is that you do not need to take anything. If interested you can learn more about it here:
      http://www.fpa.org.uk/contraception-help/natural-family-planning
      Apart from condoms and natural family planning, the other non-hormone option is an IUD (copper coil). This works immediately upon being fitted and last between 5-10 years. However one of the side effects is that your periods could become heavier, longer and more painful, therefore if this is already something that is a problem, this would not be a suitable method. It is also possible to suffer nausea, amps, backache, inflammation and discharge. These are reported to be uncommon, however if you think about the fact of having a copper plated device in your uterus, it makes some sort of sense that these side effects could happen.
      I hope this helps, if you require further information or are interested in making an appointment please email chloe@chloemichaels.co.uk
      Thanks!

      Reply

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