If you had or have a hormonal imbalance, you were probably told to use hormonal birth control to “regulate” your cycles, reduce bleeding or cramping, clear acne, etc. It’s often seen as a cure-all for lady-maladies.
Is hormonal contraception really balancing your hormones?
Hormonal birth control does not put your body into it’s ideal hormonal state. Nor does it help your body get back to it’s a healthy hormonal state. Rather, the hormones in hormonal contraception are artificial hormones that mask the hormones your body makes normally. Your normal hormones are off the job, so to speak.
This is similar to putting on shades when you don’t want to sun to be so bright. The bright sun is like your hormonal imbalance, the shades like hormonal contraception. You won’t notice that the sun is so bright with the shades on, but when you take them off the sun is still going to be there, just as bright as ever. The difference between hormonal contraception and the shades, though, is that the former can harm you.
When you use hormonal contraception you are taking away all of the signals your body is using to get attention, making it run off of outside hormones and asking it to work later when you want, but just act good while you don’t need it.
What is the problem with covering up your body’s normal hormones if they are totally whack?
This becomes a problem for two main reasons:
1.) When or if you decide you may want to reproduce, coming off the hormonal contraception is necessary. Along with coming off hormonal contraception you will still have that original hormonal imbalance, possibly even something that will even prevent you from conceiving if it continues (don’t worry, you can fix a hormonal imbalance in almost all cases).
2.) Your “medicine” should not be something that isn’t actually helping your body to heal itself. If it is, you have to be on it forever (in this case, for your reproductive years). Not only that, but this carries health risks, as well. There are both the serious (and thankfully less common) and not so serious side-effects. Though the common side-effects are “not-so-serious”, they will feel serious to you if you have them. Depression, loss of sex drive, lack of interest in doing things you would normally enjoy, crazy mood swings… The list goes on.
What else can you do?
Hormone levels are pretty delicate, and you can throw them off with any number of things, but that does NOT mean that you are incapable of dealing with them through natural means.
Using hormonal birth control does not regulate your cycles, it tosses them out the window completely. Hormonal contraception runs your body on it’s own terms and doesn’t much care what your original hormone levels had to say.
But what can you do for contraception if you want to fix your hormonal imbalance naturally? I have a non-hormonal birth control guide inside of the free HER fertility mini-school just for you. Want to learn more about what I teach? Here is a great intro to the sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness.
So what do you want to do? cover up your symptoms and find temporary relief that may come at a price? Or help your hormones be at happy levels naturally?