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Birth Control Myth/Objection #1 - "Hormonal Balance"

So many women are stuck in their tracks, not knowing what to do for birth control. They want to prevent pregnancy, balance their hormones, and prevent any complications associated with birth control methods/interventions.

To begin taking a deeper look at this situation, let's first discuss one main "myth/objection" surrounding the use of hormonal birth control. This topic is a "myth" in a sense because it's a misunderstanding about what the pill actually does. It's also an objection as many women want to take hormonal birth control or stay on hormonal birth control because of their relief that it can bring to some.

What is the myth/objection?

"Birth control balances your hormones."

Many women are only using birth control to prevent pregnancy, but also because they struggle with painful periods (or conditions like PCOS + endometriosis), and they truly have found relief for a lot of their pain by using hormonal contraceptives. Oftentimes, this relief is the result of synthetic progesterone, called progestin, which can bring relief when women are low in progesterone.

The purpose of hormonal birth control is to suppress ovulation via synthetic hormones that stop ovulation. When there is no ovulation, women are in a temporary state of infertility. By default, this is not a state of hormone balance but rather dysfunction that can feel like balance for some women.

When women are on the pill, they do not have a true cycle. They are not having a real period, they are not ovulating, and they are not experiencing a "hormone balance". There can be bleeding while on the pill that can look like a period, but this is a withdrawal bleed - a bodily reaction that happens when there is a drop in hormones.

Here are some quick points to hold onto:

  • When you are on the pill, you are not having a true period.

  • By shutting down ovulation while on the pill, you are in a state of temporary infertility.

  • If you are having hormonal struggles, this is a sign that something deeper is going on. It could be your thyroid; it could be low progesterone; there could be PCOS, endometriosis, autoimmunity, anovulation, etc. All bodily pain is intended to tell us something. If we ignore pain, it leads to greater dysfunction.

What steps can you take? Stay tuned for part 2, an audio recording that gives insight into some actionable steps you can take. It will be shared once it's completed under "new posts".

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