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How taking birth control pills as an adolescent reduces fertility later in life.

This shouldn’t come as news, and yet, it is commonly believed that young women on the pill are not affected later in life in regards to their fertility. Contrarily, research has shown that there is actually an affect of reduced fertility with long-term birth control use. Is it any surprise that infertility is on the rise?

One of the many problems: The pill is no longer just used for contraception. The main reason to use the pill for birth control was only 46% of the time.

Rather, evidence suggests a larger portion of the female population is put on the pill to treat:

crampingHeavy flow

Cramps

PMS

PCOS

Irregular periods

Acne

“Funny” cycles

Depression

The problem for using OCPs as treatment for any of the above is that they don’t treat the root cause. The above list has very little to do with oral contraception. Yes, some of these problems do have to do with hormonal irregularities—but usually those too have a deeper root cause. So, oral contraceptives just give the appearance of having resolved the real problem and instead the problem reappears or worsens with time, and will inevitably make is more challenging to conceive children later in life.

What can teens do instead?

  1. Detox estrogens and xenoestrogens from your body – did you know that tons of the beauty products that you use for your skin, to cover up acne and make you feel more beautiful actually make your acne worse? There are xenoestrogens in all kinds of beauty products- avoid the products with phthalates for starters. There are also xenoestrogens in plastics, canned foods that are lined with BPA, and even receipts you get at the store have BPA. Last but not least, plastic water bottles… I can go on and on about plastic water bottles but the short skinny version is avoid ALL of them! Even the ones that say they are BPA-free are using similar compounds which are actually just as toxic for your hormones as BPA.
  2. Stop eating sugar – the glow of your skin will be worth it!
  3. Wheat what?! – You don’t have to cut it out but at least limit it to a couple times a week. Your hormones will thank you.
  4. Avoid Dairy – yes, completely avoid dairy. The hormones in dairy throw your hormones out of whack.
  5. The deal with meat: it’s probably better to have a more plant-centric diet but if you want to eat meat, eat it in small amounts and make sure it’s organic & free-range!
  6. Eat more greens to alkalinize the body– or, get super-greens in the form of a tasty powder that you can drink.

What if you were a teen who was given birth control, who wants to have a baby now?

  1. If you have been off of the pill for more than 2 months and your cycle has still not become regular, it’s important to regulate your cycle first. Herbs used cyclically here can be great to help regulate your cycle.
  2. Detox your hormones. Yes, this is actually do-able. The hormones you have taken into your body for years have an energetic imprint on your hormones and a sequence of specific homeopathic remedies can help to detox the effects of those hormones from your body—often significantly improving your fertility.
  3. Know that it will take time. The effects of birth control are long lasting so give it time, patience, and get the support of a specialist.

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