As many of my clients will know, The Pill may well play a role in encouraging yeast activity within the gut. Food Matters has posted a great article by Jess Ainscough on some other problems potentially relating to the oral contraceptive pill.
The oral contraceptive pill (OCP) is the most-used pharmaceutical drug worldwide with most women routinely prescribed it at some point in their life. Many young women are being prescribed the pill to ‘sort out’ a wide variety of health issues including acne, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
The truth is, the pill isn’t necessarily the long-term solution to these problems and most likely, does not address the real issue.
What’s So Wrong With The Pill?
The pill’s job is to promote continuous high levels of estrogen in a woman’s body. It’s not difficult to see that this is dangerous.
A woman’s natural cycle is composed of rising and falling levels of estrogen and progesterone. Birth control pills work by keeping estrogen at a sufficiently high level so that the body is fooled into thinking it is pregnant, therefore another pregnancy cannot occur.
There are even some pills on the market that boast a woman can safely have a period only four times a year or avoid having periods altogether for years at a time, without a break from the estrogen blast.
Now that I know this, it’s easy for me to see how something so unnatural can be detrimental to my body. Just how detrimental is still widely unknown, as doctors still don’t know everything there is to know about estrogen or estrogen dominance (when estrogen levels remain high without being balanced by progesterone).
But, according to Dr Carolyn Dean, some known effects include:
- Increased risk of breast cancer
- Increased risk of blood clotting
- Heart attack and stroke
- Increased blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Mood changes
- Irregular bleeding or spotting
- Benign liver tumours
- Breast tenderness
- Yeast overgrowth
- Digestive disorders
Something else that is interesting to note is that the metabolism of birth control pills by the liver requires extra amounts of the B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc.
That means if you’re taking birth control pills for years at a time, as most women do, you’re creating nutrient deficiencies.
Weight gain, fluid retention, mood changes, depression and even heart disease can all arise from nutrient imbalance. For example, high levels of an amino acid called homocysteine cause heart disease. And high homocysteine occurs when there is a deficiency of B vitamins and magnesium.
Read the full article here