Things You Need to Know About Hormones, Estrogen and Birth Control
Hormones are powerful messengers that direct and control every function in your body and influence cellular activity.
An imbalance in hormone levels affects your sleep, libido, weight and temper, just to name a few.
Such imbalances can be caused by too much estrogen in relation to progesterone or by environmental estrogen creating estrogen dominance in your body.
Like a lock and key, hormones should fit their receptors. If they fit properly, your body uses them and actually removes them in 12 hours.
Synthetic hormones, like birth control, don’t fit the lock and stay in your body almost 3 times longer.
Remember, estrogen is not necessarily the “bad guy”, BUT synthetic estrogen is.
Synthetic estrogen found in the birth control pill, fertility drugs and other hormone therapies is a major contributor to estrogen overload.
A woman might be prescribed synthetic hormones like oral contraceptive pills to treat acne, PMS or menstrual cramps, to prevent unwanted pregnancies, or to address other medical conditions.
However, several studies are finding the use of synthetic hormones can lead to serious health concerns like DNA damage (1), which can lead to many serious imbalances in the body.
Also, it is well known that combination contraceptives containing estrogen increase the risk for blood clots (venous thromboembolism = VTE) and the risk increases with smoking. Relatively little data has been published on progestin-only contraceptives; until recently, it has not been clear whether they increase the risk for VTE or not.
Birth control also depletes B vitamins, water soluble vitamins which are vital for energy production, nervous system activity, cell growth and so much more.
Therefore, you need to make sure you supplement adequately.
If you decide to get off birth control and come off all this estrogen, you will most likely get heavier periods and notice an increase in risk of clots and fibroid growth. It is rare but at times, a hysterectomy may be required as treatment.
It is important to note that it will roughly take 3-6 months to balance hormones after stopping use of the pill. Many women have successfully gotten off birth control with proper guidance.