As a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner, I’m excited to see the trend toward women rethinking their birth control.
For many, the Pill can present very real and problematic side effects, from mood disturbances to life-threatening blood clots. For others, the act of popping a pill on a daily basis can seem out of place with the natural, health-promoting changes we're making in the rest of our lives. After all, when we’re swapping out our body products and food storage containers to avoid parabens, phthalates, and other endocrine-disruptors, it seems counterproductive to intentionally pop a pill that's designed to disrupt our hormonal system on a daily basis.
Fortunately, knowledge about effective non-hormonal contraceptive options are beginning to receive more widespread attention.
After nearly a decade of teaching women how to ditch the Pill and adopt natural birth control. I've seen both the highs and the lows of what this journey entails (and I’ve experienced it first-hand as a decade-long user of the Pill myself). While a woman’s individual health history will impact how her body reacts to coming off the Pill, I can tell you that knowing what to expect and putting support systems in place ahead of time can help ensure a more empowered experience.
Here are five things I wish everyone who was coming off hormonal birth control knew before they made the leap: