PCOS and the Effects of the Birth Control Pill

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What is the Birth Control Pill?

 

The birth control pill is a common treatment option offered to women who suffer from PCOS. It helps to regulate your menstrual cycle and can even help with other PCOS symptoms such as acne and hair loss. There are two types of birth control pills and the difference is based on the hormones present. They are, the progestin-only pills and the combined pills, which are a combination of progestin and estrogen.

 

*Disclaimer*

 

This information is only here to offer more of an insight into the Birth Control Pill. I believe it is important to research and learn more about something which is being offered as the only option by your doctor. Make sure you are making the right decision. It is up to you, but just be clear about what you are putting in your body.  If you do notice any side effects as a result of the birth control pill, visit your doctor immediately.

 

The Pill Does Not Cure PCOS

 

Firstly, Birth Control Pills Do Not Heal PCOS, taking the pill only masks the symptoms; it does nothing to cure PCOS or prevent the deep systemic health problems that lurk beneath the surface.

The side effects of the Birth Control Pill

  • Does not actually balance your hormones- The pill stifles the body’s natural hormones, it can lead to hormonal imbalances because artificial hormones are released into the system.
  • Not a real period, it is a fake/mechanical period (a breakthrough bleed). They are bleeds that are arbitrarily coordinated into a 28-day cycle. As the underlying cause of the irregular periods is never addressed by the Birth Control Pill, the periods will revert being irregular as soon as the Birth Control Pill is stopped. The periods may then become even more irregular due to the hormonal disruption caused by the Birth Control Pill.  In addition, for some women it can take up to 2 years for them to return to a normal cycle after stopping the Birth Control Pill.
  • Mood Changes
  • Depletes your bodies vitamins and minerals,  such as the; B-vitamins, folic acid, magnesium Vitamin C and E, and zinc.
  • Nausea
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Risk of certain kinds of cancer
  • Fluid retention, weight gain.
  • Bloating and had difficulty breathing.
  • The Birth Control Pill can kill off friendly bacteria in your gut which can lead to digestive problems and candida (yeast). Estrogen, the major ingredient in the Birth Control Pill, is known to promote the growth of yeast. Too much yeast causes sugar and carb cravings among many other problems.
  • Reduced libido
  • Vaginal Discharge

What Side Effects Did I Experience?

  • Mood Changes-The first birth control pill I took caused severe mood changes, this, therefore led my GP lowering the dose. It feels like you are on a rollercoaster, one minute you are happy next minute your mood drastically changes and you could be angry for no reason. Once I came off the Birth Control I bought some vitamin supplements such as; magnesium, zinc, vitamin E, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C.
  • Swelling of my leg, more specifically my calf, which led me to become anxious and question my health.
  • Fluid retention (weight gain).  A few days into taking a third birth control pill, recommended by my GP, my weight kept going up, while my diet and lifestyle stayed exactly the same.
  • I constantly felt bloated and had difficulty breathing and it would be all day and every day. It would start from the moment I woke up, even on an empty stomach, till I went to sleep.
  • Digestive problems
  • Nausea
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Headaches and Migraines

 

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  • Great points! I ended up in ER after taking BC so I know myself what a poison it is to a human body…

    • Thank you!
      Oh no, I hope it was nothing too serious and that you are okay.
      Yes, it really is and people should be told more about it before it is just offered as if it is the only option available.