How Do Birth Control Pills Work

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I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t told how the pill worked until my final years on it. And what did I care? I just didn’t want painful periods or a baby and the pill promised to deliver on both accounts. But I had to wonder as I entered medical school, “just how do birth control pills work?” And …

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Acne After Stopping Birth Control & How To Treat It

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We’re all hopeful that once our raging-hormone teen years are behind us, acne will become nothing more than a distant memory. Unfortunately, for many women, that is not the case. Adult acne can be rooted in various imbalances or problems within the body, but the most common treatment for women does nothing about those root causes, and simply slaps a …

Birth Control and Mood Swings

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The emotional side effects of birth control pills have been reported by women since the introduction of the pill in the 1960’s. Anxiety, mood swings, depression, and feelings that something is not quite right are among the many emotional symptoms my patients express after beginning the pill. And they are not alone. Jump on any online forum of women chatting …

Birth Control Pills and Antioxidants

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Has your doctor told you about birth control pills, antioxidants and the way they interact? That your birth control pill is depleting your antioxidants? My guess is, probably not. As the leading expert in post-birth control syndrome and the long-term side effects and consequences associated with hormonal contraceptives, I meet with women in my medical clinic every week who are …

Birth Control Pills and Breast Cancer

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I remember reaching my ten year anniversary with the pill and feeling a deep concern about my own health. Especially as it related to birth control pills and breast cancer. You see, many experts have concluded that the longer we are exposed to high dose estrogen the higher the risk of developing estrogen-related cancers.  We’ve known there is a risk …

Non-Hormonal Birth Control – Alternatives To The Pill

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There are several non-hormonal birth control options and alternatives to the pill. Perhaps you, like many women, are experiencing symptoms associated with the pill like depression, nausea, low sex drive or headaches. Or perhaps you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that your adrenal and thyroid issues may be linked to the pill. Or maybe you were given the pill to treat …

Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Adrenal Fatigue?

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“Does the birth control pill cause adrenal fatigue?,” Charlotte, a 31 year old patient at my clinic asked. As a women’s health expert that specializes in helping women with the side effects and long-term consequences associated with the birth control pill, this is a question I hear often. Charlotte, like many other women, had become concerned about what role the …

Period Gone Missing After the Pill? Here’s What to Do First.

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Have you been off the pill for 3 months and your period still hasn’t returned? You’re not alone. This is called post-pill amenorrhea and it’s more common than you probably realize. In fact, anywhere from upwards of 3-6% of women can lose their period post pill with studies suggesting that women with a history of irregular periods are at higher …