Starting Hormonal Birth Control? Here’s How to Reduce the Side Effects

“I’ve been considering starting hormonal birth control, but I’m concerned about the side effects,” Natasha shared in her first visit. Like many women considering hormonal birth control, she wasn’t ready to start a family and she felt apprehensive that other methods would work for her. “It’s true that just like your natural hormones, synthetic hormones can affect every system in …

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The Contraception Guide

Information about contraception can make your head spin. There are so many kinds of birth control available today (yay!), and what works for one woman may not work for another. In my work with patients I’ve always advocated for an individualized review of risks and benefits so that each woman can choose the best form of birth control for her …

What Causes Heavy Periods & How to Treat Them Naturally

“My periods are so heavy I find myself wearing a tampon and pad, but that barely contains it. Using a menstrual cup was a complete failure. I feel hopeless. When I told my doctor I was having heavy bleeding with clots she said birth control was my only option to control the flow, but my husband has a vasectomy and …

Does Birth control cause weight gain?

Does Birth Control Cause Weight Gain?

Does birth control cause weight gain? It’s a common side effect women report, yet it is often dismissed because the research is largely inconclusive. Concerns about weight gain are one of the highest reported barriers to women choosing to begin birth control and one of the number one reasons women quit it. Wait, if weight gain is a top reason …

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Is Birth Control Bad for Your Gut

“My doctor has treated me for SIBO, candida, and gut symptoms, but every test shows I still have these infections. I feel like I can’t eat anything because everything makes me sick. I’m at my wits end and wondering, is birth control bad for your gut?,” Laura shared in her first visit. Her story is sadly common among women on …

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Is Post Birth Control Syndrome Real?

I am not anti-birth control. In fact, I used the pill for a decade myself and am grateful I had access to it. Today was a very important day here in the United States, it was our day to have our voice be heard and cast a ballot that could forever move women’s health care forward. And interestingly, I was …

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Post-Birth Control Syndrome Acne Solutions

Acne is a common reason women start birth control & it is a big reason women are fearful of coming off. Post-birth control syndrome acne can show up anywhere—your face, your chest, your neck, your back, and even your booty can present with pimples. PBCS acne is common, even if you never had acne before starting birth control. And it …

Does Birth Control Affect Fertility?

“I thought all I had to do was stop the pill and I’d be pregnant the next month,” Janie shared with me in her first visit. “My doctor assured me that the pill wouldn’t cause any fertility issues. Does birth control affect fertility?,” she asked. There is emerging evidence that hormonal birth control, like the pill, can negatively impact fertility for …

Treating PCOS Symptoms With The Pill, or – Even Better – Without

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a whole lot more than cysts on the ovaries. And the absence of cysts doesn’t mean that you don’t have it. PCOS symptoms can cause a whole host of issues including missing periods, heart disease, and diabetes. Symptoms of PCOS can vary based on the woman and her individual hormonal imbalances. Here are some of …