One thing I Wish I had Known Before Stopping Birth Control
This could alternatively be titled “One thing I Wish I Knew Before Starting Birth Control” but I try to give myself grace. I was only 17 years old when I started birth control & it was my provider’s responsibility to ensure I was making an informed choice……..something I feel like modern medicine is STILL failing women at. But we’ll save that conversation for a different day.
What I wish I had known: birth control depletes minerals & vitamins.
Including: folate, B vitamins, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E & more!
Why would this be helpful to know prior to going off birth control?
Having depleted vitamin & minerals is a huge contributor to hormonal imbalances.
Low thyroid function, adrenal fatigue, blood sugar imbalances, estrogen, progesterone, & testosterone imbalances, etc.
More often than not, a woman chooses to go on birth control to help control, minimize, or eliminate some type of unwanted symptom. These symptoms often include acne, irregular periods, painful periods, PMS, PMDD, anxiety, depression, or mood swings.
Since most women are unaware that birth control depletes nutrients, they aren’t being proactive with their supplementation to support those nutrients while taking the birth control.
When they come off the birth control, they typically find that the symptoms they started the birth control for, come back & are even worse than before.
This can be especially problematic for women that come off birth control planning to soon become pregnant.
How can I support my body while on birth control?
Fill your diet with nutrient dense foods like fruits, veggies, protein, & whole grains.
Consider adding a high quality prenatal like this one from FullWell (you can use code VANDA10 for a discount).
There are two additional supplements almost anyone can benefit from: magnesium & a probiotic (you can use code AUBREYFAM for $10 off your order).
Support your minerals by drinking adrenal cocktails like this one:
6oz orange juice
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4tsp Redmond’s sea salt
Is there anything else I can do?
There are lots of foundational steps you can take to support your overall hormone function like eating in a way that supports blood sugar balance, ensuring you’re getting enough quality sleep, reducing the amount of toxins you’re exposed to, & managing your stress. You can sign up for my free Hormone Reboot challenge right here where I provide free education on these topics!