Birth Control And Female Sex Hormones
Hormones are given a bad rap. When they are not in balance they can cause undesirable symptoms, however those symptoms are often messages to you from your body that something is not quite right. Many females starting at a young age have irregular and/or painful periods. When they go to an allopathic or conventionally trained doctor, one of the first forms of “treatment” is birth control. You will commonly hear people say they are on birth control to regulate their hormones. Unfortunately, birth control doesn’t promote normal fluctuationsin your hormones as demonstrated in Dr. Spencer’s video last week. Birth control provides your body with synthetic hormones, which shuts down your natural hormone signals. The consistent introduction of synthetic hormones (birth control) lowers estrogen and progesterone to menopausal levels.
When we look back at our PTSD construct for analyzing hormones (Production, Transportation, Sensitivity, and Detoxification), birth control affects three out of the four areas.
If you are currently using birth control, here are some tips to support your health:
If you have been suffering with symptoms, please reach out to our office today. Dr. Spencer can create a plan with you to take back control of your hormones so that they are in balance and fluctuating normally, not just masking the symptoms and creating a cascade of other unwanted symptoms.
Please note: Our goal with this newsletter is to educate our patients and support them with making the best decisions for their personal health and wellbeing. If you are currently on birth control, please speak with your doctor before making any changes to your prescription.