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Could Birth Control be Affecting your Hormone Levels?

Birth control pills have an impact on your hormone levels. Sometimes you don't want those hormonal fluctuations, which is why some menopausal and pre-menopausal women choose natural hormone therapy. Here are some of the ways birth control pills can affect your hormone levels.

 

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Birth control pills prevent ovulation. The hormones in the pills stop the body from producing and releasing an egg into the uterus. Estrogen levels change during a woman's normal cycle, but pills keep those hormonal levels the same, preventing an egg from being released from the ovary into the uterus.

Birth control pills also affect the level of progesterone in your body. This natural hormone causes the lining of the uterus to thicken in preparation of a fertilized egg embedding in the blood-rich lining. Without pills, the lining would naturally shed—when the woman would have her period—but with pills, progesterone is suppressed, so the lining isn't as thick and periods are lighter.

Pills can also have other effects on women’s bodies, lowering their libido, causing weight gain, depression, fatigue, and headaches, and can thicken cervical mucus. Though many women rely on birth control pills to prevent pregnancy, some women experience powerful side effects that make them questions whether the pill is worth it. Women who are using birth control pills for reasons other than preventing pregnancy may be better served with natural hormone therapies.

If you are looking for natural hormone therapies to help with your menopausal symptoms, need hypothyroidism treatment, or are fighting adrenal fatigue, we can help you get to the root of your fatigue, depression, and hormonal imbalances.

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