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Is birth control extremely damaging to your health? (non-paleo?!)

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 30, 2012 at 1:37 PM

should I stop taking it?

B3c5448f53349ad8af13f9130b6bb914

(30)

on May 11, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I would suggest that when you come off BC that you keep on heavier doses of fish oil, consider probiotic sources,and some of the other suggestions.

B3c5448f53349ad8af13f9130b6bb914

(30)

on May 11, 2012
at 03:20 AM

At the time I had a rather standard diet, and not yet "paleo", although I was eating mostly local produce and meats and had already slowed down my consumption of carbs. I had/have suffered from a serious case of eczema on my face, chest, upper back, arms and scalp. It wasn't the BC that caused it but it did not help that it had often left my gut in a state of upheaval with good guys. Be warned, that being on BC makes needing to take anti-biotics or steroids a major pain sometimes, and can leave a person to have serious issues later down the road. In my case I wanted to scratch my skin off.

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

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on May 05, 2012
at 01:15 PM

thank you for the great response, do you mind giving an example of your diet when you were coming off birth control?

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on May 05, 2012
at 06:37 AM

There is a theory that you can ovulate twice in a month and it's usually when the moon is in the same phase that you were born on. http://stardate.org/nightsky/moon If any of you are interested, you can check the phases of the moon on any date on this site. http://stardate.org/nightsky/moon

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on May 01, 2012
at 10:24 AM

Only you can decide, but being perfectly regular when you are artificially controlling your hormones doesn't make you healthy. You want regular under your own hormonal control. I understand you don't want the regularity to change (one of the worst things of going through meno and the irregularity was embarrassing accidents) but if you want children some day it's probably better to get that regularity for getting preggers. As to the clear skin, are you taking the ortho tricyclen type? You can get just the tricyclen w/o the hormones if that is responsible for your clear skin.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on May 01, 2012
at 07:12 AM

Though the male form of birth control will not be hormonal or taken daily (risug)...

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

(3703)

on May 01, 2012
at 06:35 AM

Well said! Progestin only products gave me iatrogenic near-ovarian failure...

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Rhythm and FAM are two different methods. Rhythm is based on averages and no one here is average. FAM is looking at what your body is doing. Cervical positioning, vaginal fluids, and body temp. Some women discover that they ovulate more than once a cycle. FAM is also useful if you want to get preggers.

Bbe930da8c8ef3869b033b72f517d609

on May 01, 2012
at 01:03 AM

That makes two of us, Jen. After coming off of BC, Paleo was the only thing that cleared up my skin and brought back my cycle.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

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on April 30, 2012
at 11:17 PM

I'm all for condoms, but some people are allergic to them. I get yeast infections and URinary tract infections with them, not to mention it itches and causes dryness and ruins the mood. I used them with birthcontrol when I was single, but now that I am married I have an IUD.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

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on April 30, 2012
at 11:13 PM

Although the "rhythem" method is great in theory, it is not as effective as some forms of birth control. Both times I got pregnant it was just one time and the second one I was on my period. Go figure. If you really don't want to get pregnant, use a condom and birthcontrol.

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on April 30, 2012
at 09:46 PM

You have a good hubby :-) Good luck to you...the lower carb nature of a Paleo diet should help with your PCOS.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 30, 2012
at 07:49 PM

Look into "fertility awareness", natural, no products, just you consciously tuning into your body. You basically start recording when you get your period and how long your cycles are, record your basal body temperatue every morning after sleep, and if you want check your cervical mucous everyday. After a while you should know when you ovulate, when you are most fertile(You should stop having sex or use a condom) and when you are most infertile(have sex on these days). Based on what I have read alot of women have been using only this method to prevent pregnancy/get pregnant for many years.

81fca18329e68e227cdfef3857bfef96

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on April 30, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Also, women become fertile in their early teens and remain fertile until menopause in the 40's and 50's. Most paleolithic people did not live to their 40's. Almost all adults of a natural population are fertile. Only modern advancements allow us to live long past the point of procreation.

81fca18329e68e227cdfef3857bfef96

(1320)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Many pregnant women can be capable right up to delivery. My sister was in China an witnessed a woman give birth to a child then walk right back into the rice field. Consider the nursing period in which the mother would have to be near the infant for feeding. We have obviously detoured off-topic and into theoretical territory. Much of this debate would hinge on what type of climate the people lived in.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:04 PM

@mark, actually now that i think of it, I've seen pregnant women do lots of amazing things for all 9months of pregnancy (e.g. run marathons...safely: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/8136835-418/woman-gives-birth-after-running-chicago-marathon.html). Also, the pregnancies woudl be staggered, so again, not nearly 50%.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:00 PM

@Mark, that might be true, but don't forget the women beyond fertility years. It certainly would not be over 50%.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 06:58 PM

on the cancer point: birth control pills decrease the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers by significant margins (40-80%). Women who use birth control pills are at higher risk of contracting HPV (an STD that causes cervical cancer) because they are less likely to use condoms. Women who use BC are also more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer because they have more interactions with their gyn (not because they get it at higher rates). So bottom line is that, when you account for behavioral factors, the pill does not increase risk for cancer and actually does decrease it.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 06:48 PM

their fertile years pregnant or breastfeeding adn that consuming birth control mimics that process more than not consuming it and getting pregnant 1-3 times in later adulthood. I am not saying i agree, i just wanted to bring it up as an interesting counter-point.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 06:47 PM

as I understand it, the lawsuits against YAZ are mainly due to the raised risk of blood clots. Interestingly, pregnant women actually have a higher risk of blood clots than women who are not pregnant and using Yaz. That said, women who don't use birth control and are not pregnant have the lowest risk of blood clots. Moral: Yaz is not riskier than being pregnant when it comes to blood clots (in the SAD eating world, that is). I think you have a point about not being pregnant ALLLL the time. I think the research generally points to the fact that most women would spend much of (cont'd...)

81fca18329e68e227cdfef3857bfef96

(1320)

on April 30, 2012
at 06:46 PM

A paleolithic community would not be able to survive long if over 50% of it's able bodied adults were unable to perform basic survival tasks 3-6 months out of the year due to pregnancy followed by nursing. Older adults care for non-nursing children while able bodied adults go about providing for the troop in Stone age cultures. I imagine that living at subsistence levels and intermittent fasting led to lowered fertility rates among paleolithic peoples compared to modern times.

11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on April 30, 2012
at 05:28 PM

@PaleoVenus - What about the fact that breastfeeding suppresses ovulation, which means the typical cavewoman had a natural buffer between pregnancies? Or, that human beings don't get pregnant at the drop of a hat? It's hard to fathom that palo-women were pregnant ALL of the time. Besides, I'd also wager that the hormonal changes that take place in a woman when she becomes pregnant are much more complicated (and nuanced) than what is caused by birth control pills. Look at the lawsuits being thrown at Yaz. IMHO, chemical birth control is an unnecessary risk.

11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on April 30, 2012
at 05:27 PM

@PaleoVenus - What about the fact that breastfeeding suppresses ovulation, which means the typical cavewoman had a natural buffer between pregnancies? Or, that human beings don't get pregnant at the drop of a hat? It's hard to fathom that palo-women were pregnant ALL of the time. Besides, I'd also wager that the hormonal changes that take place in a woman when she becomes pregnant are much more complicated (and nuanced) than what is caused by birth control pills. Look at the lawsuits being thrown at Yaz. IMNO, chemical birth control is an unnecessary risk.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 04:55 PM

what about the theory that hormonal birth control creates the hormonal environment of pregnancy--which is a state women's bodies would be in much more often were we cave-women (preggers for most of our young lives)? Sorry, no cites on hand, but I know there is a pretty good cadre of medical literature on it.

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:47 PM

that's very reassuring to know!

81fca18329e68e227cdfef3857bfef96

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:45 PM

I agree with the sentiment of your statement. Not to mention condoms are effective against spreading STD's. To play Devil's Advocate: when people make decisions be intimate, they are not always behaving rationally. People can be overcome with the emotion of the moment or otherwise compromised (intoxication). The 'pill' is a way to eliminate this issue all together. I wish that there was a pill for men. To my knowledge, there is no study that has shown long term effect of birth control.

63a390e394971bd87e12b706fdb8456e

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Absolutely! I had been on & off a couple times (only a couple months at a time) and the side effects were terrible! But that was when I was eating horribly. I feel great now--no acne, no mood swings, no weight changes, etc. I am doing Fertility Awareness which in addition to natural BC is also a gauge for reproductive health. (And its free!)

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:12 PM

that's great to know, thanks!

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Funny you mention acne: that was a big part of why I went on it in the first place... And when I got off it, my skin didn't get any worse. I'm not saying it was perfect at first, but now with only whole foods in my diet, it pretty near is! If you didn't have acne before you went on, I strongly doubt you will afterwards :). Good luck!

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2058)

on April 30, 2012
at 03:54 PM

good luck with the paragard! I like mine but be sure to give it at least like 4 months to get used to it. Your periods are going to be a lot heavier at first so be sure to plan ahead!

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

(111)

on April 30, 2012
at 03:36 PM

what does Katie Singer advocate in her book?

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:31 PM

oo so do you think eating paleo and living a healthy lifestyle minimised the possible side effects of coming of BC?

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

(111)

on April 30, 2012
at 03:30 PM

I had severe pains...

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I lost my period too in my teens due to crash dieting... but I'm so worried about the side effects coming off.. right now I'm perfectly regular and feel healthy, clear skin, don't want that to change!

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:27 PM

very worried about getting acne! never had it before but after researching it's scared the hell out of me did you experience any breakouts when you came off it?

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65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on April 30, 2012
at 02:25 PM

Only you can decide if you should stop taking it... My personal experience is that it caused havoc with my hormones. Getting off it was a very hormonal experience for me (mood swings, irregular periods) but i am very glad I did. I had been on tricyclen for over 10 years straight. There's a lot of info on the net about the effects the hormones can have on your body. I recommend doing some research and talking to your obgyn.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on April 30, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Funny you mention acne: that was a big part of why I went on it in the first place... And when I got off it, my skin didn't get any worse. I'm not saying it was perfect at first, but now with only whole foods in my diet, it pretty near is! If you didn't have acne before you went on, I strongly doubt you will afterwards :). Good luck!

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

(111)

on April 30, 2012
at 03:27 PM

very worried about getting acne! never had it before but after researching it's scared the hell out of me did you experience any breakouts when you came off it?

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

(111)

on April 30, 2012
at 04:12 PM

that's great to know, thanks!

Bbe930da8c8ef3869b033b72f517d609

on May 01, 2012
at 01:03 AM

That makes two of us, Jen. After coming off of BC, Paleo was the only thing that cleared up my skin and brought back my cycle.

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

(3703)

on May 01, 2012
at 06:35 AM

Well said! Progestin only products gave me iatrogenic near-ovarian failure...

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11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on April 30, 2012
at 02:42 PM

When there is a highly effective means of birth control that has zero side effects (condoms), the question should be: why would you use hormone based birth control?

Yea, I know condoms are less "pleasurable," but what kind of guy says "I need you to screw up your system by taking hormone treatments and risk who knows what down the line, so I can have a better time"?

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 04:55 PM

what about the theory that hormonal birth control creates the hormonal environment of pregnancy--which is a state women's bodies would be in much more often were we cave-women (preggers for most of our young lives)? Sorry, no cites on hand, but I know there is a pretty good cadre of medical literature on it.

81fca18329e68e227cdfef3857bfef96

(1320)

on April 30, 2012
at 04:45 PM

I agree with the sentiment of your statement. Not to mention condoms are effective against spreading STD's. To play Devil's Advocate: when people make decisions be intimate, they are not always behaving rationally. People can be overcome with the emotion of the moment or otherwise compromised (intoxication). The 'pill' is a way to eliminate this issue all together. I wish that there was a pill for men. To my knowledge, there is no study that has shown long term effect of birth control.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 06:48 PM

their fertile years pregnant or breastfeeding adn that consuming birth control mimics that process more than not consuming it and getting pregnant 1-3 times in later adulthood. I am not saying i agree, i just wanted to bring it up as an interesting counter-point.

81fca18329e68e227cdfef3857bfef96

(1320)

on April 30, 2012
at 06:46 PM

A paleolithic community would not be able to survive long if over 50% of it's able bodied adults were unable to perform basic survival tasks 3-6 months out of the year due to pregnancy followed by nursing. Older adults care for non-nursing children while able bodied adults go about providing for the troop in Stone age cultures. I imagine that living at subsistence levels and intermittent fasting led to lowered fertility rates among paleolithic peoples compared to modern times.

81fca18329e68e227cdfef3857bfef96

(1320)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Also, women become fertile in their early teens and remain fertile until menopause in the 40's and 50's. Most paleolithic people did not live to their 40's. Almost all adults of a natural population are fertile. Only modern advancements allow us to live long past the point of procreation.

11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on April 30, 2012
at 05:27 PM

@PaleoVenus - What about the fact that breastfeeding suppresses ovulation, which means the typical cavewoman had a natural buffer between pregnancies? Or, that human beings don't get pregnant at the drop of a hat? It's hard to fathom that palo-women were pregnant ALL of the time. Besides, I'd also wager that the hormonal changes that take place in a woman when she becomes pregnant are much more complicated (and nuanced) than what is caused by birth control pills. Look at the lawsuits being thrown at Yaz. IMNO, chemical birth control is an unnecessary risk.

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

(111)

on April 30, 2012
at 03:30 PM

I had severe pains...

11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on April 30, 2012
at 05:28 PM

@PaleoVenus - What about the fact that breastfeeding suppresses ovulation, which means the typical cavewoman had a natural buffer between pregnancies? Or, that human beings don't get pregnant at the drop of a hat? It's hard to fathom that palo-women were pregnant ALL of the time. Besides, I'd also wager that the hormonal changes that take place in a woman when she becomes pregnant are much more complicated (and nuanced) than what is caused by birth control pills. Look at the lawsuits being thrown at Yaz. IMHO, chemical birth control is an unnecessary risk.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 06:47 PM

as I understand it, the lawsuits against YAZ are mainly due to the raised risk of blood clots. Interestingly, pregnant women actually have a higher risk of blood clots than women who are not pregnant and using Yaz. That said, women who don't use birth control and are not pregnant have the lowest risk of blood clots. Moral: Yaz is not riskier than being pregnant when it comes to blood clots (in the SAD eating world, that is). I think you have a point about not being pregnant ALLLL the time. I think the research generally points to the fact that most women would spend much of (cont'd...)

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:00 PM

@Mark, that might be true, but don't forget the women beyond fertility years. It certainly would not be over 50%.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:04 PM

@mark, actually now that i think of it, I've seen pregnant women do lots of amazing things for all 9months of pregnancy (e.g. run marathons...safely: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/8136835-418/woman-gives-birth-after-running-chicago-marathon.html). Also, the pregnancies woudl be staggered, so again, not nearly 50%.

81fca18329e68e227cdfef3857bfef96

(1320)

on April 30, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Many pregnant women can be capable right up to delivery. My sister was in China an witnessed a woman give birth to a child then walk right back into the rice field. Consider the nursing period in which the mother would have to be near the infant for feeding. We have obviously detoured off-topic and into theoretical territory. Much of this debate would hinge on what type of climate the people lived in.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on April 30, 2012
at 11:17 PM

I'm all for condoms, but some people are allergic to them. I get yeast infections and URinary tract infections with them, not to mention it itches and causes dryness and ruins the mood. I used them with birthcontrol when I was single, but now that I am married I have an IUD.

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:38 PM

According to Dr. Natash Campbell-McBride and others at the Weston A. Price foundation, hormonal Birth Control damages gut flora and aggravates insulin resistance, both which come with serious impacts over the long term. I'd reach for non-hormonal if at all possible.

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B3c5448f53349ad8af13f9130b6bb914

on April 30, 2012
at 10:31 PM

I was on the stuff for a good 8 years. It did several things to me, and noted to many other females: It increased chances of yeast infections and bacterial infections It was great that I didn't have to worry about unwanted pregnancy, but forget about being interested in sex as it will, and can permanently alter the bodies use/production of testosterone It made it more difficult to maintain a good weight and difficult at losing weight It can cause problems with proper gut bacterial balance Among other things

Here is an article from 2006 about the issue of altering the body's testosterone, "In the January issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers have published a new investigation measuring sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) before and after discontinuation of the oral contraceptive pill. The research concluded that women who used the oral contraceptive pill may be exposed to long-term problems from low values of "unbound" testosterone potentially leading to continuing sexual, metabolic, and mental health consequences." http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/35663.php

For some BC has been great at regulating their menses, but diet and supplementation can do a good job as well. Taking some serious amount of omega 3 from fish oil (I take 2TB, which is 3xs rec. dosage, lots of magnesium, lots of vit D, and DIM to regulate the estrogen levels). DIM can be important if you have heavy, painful and irregular periods, which suggest that one might have estrogen dominance issues. It took a while to get to a regular cycle of 30 days and an almost completely pain free period, but I am there!

20d9299686d29c441bcbbf7ab743a1d1

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on May 05, 2012
at 01:15 PM

thank you for the great response, do you mind giving an example of your diet when you were coming off birth control?

B3c5448f53349ad8af13f9130b6bb914

(30)

on May 11, 2012
at 03:20 AM

At the time I had a rather standard diet, and not yet "paleo", although I was eating mostly local produce and meats and had already slowed down my consumption of carbs. I had/have suffered from a serious case of eczema on my face, chest, upper back, arms and scalp. It wasn't the BC that caused it but it did not help that it had often left my gut in a state of upheaval with good guys. Be warned, that being on BC makes needing to take anti-biotics or steroids a major pain sometimes, and can leave a person to have serious issues later down the road. In my case I wanted to scratch my skin off.

B3c5448f53349ad8af13f9130b6bb914

(30)

on May 11, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I would suggest that when you come off BC that you keep on heavier doses of fish oil, consider probiotic sources,and some of the other suggestions.

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on April 30, 2012
at 06:04 PM

The way a man smells to you is switched, what you normally find irresistible is now offensive and what may have been offensive before is now all that and a bag of Paleo chips???Imagine looking over at your partner after stopping the pill, the man you???ve been with for years???. "Honey???.you stink"

If you're willing to hold out long enough, male birth control is just around the corner, now you can rely on men to make sure they don't miss a day...what could go wrong!

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on May 01, 2012
at 07:12 AM

Though the male form of birth control will not be hormonal or taken daily (risug)...

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on April 30, 2012
at 05:37 PM

There's a lot of evidence that being on BC for a long time will cause the gall bladder to fail. I also think there is an increase in some cancers with long term use...on the flip side, I think there is a decrease in some other cancers with long term use.

Another thing to consider - birth control is designed to make your body think it is pregnant all the time.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on April 30, 2012
at 06:58 PM

on the cancer point: birth control pills decrease the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers by significant margins (40-80%). Women who use birth control pills are at higher risk of contracting HPV (an STD that causes cervical cancer) because they are less likely to use condoms. Women who use BC are also more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer because they have more interactions with their gyn (not because they get it at higher rates). So bottom line is that, when you account for behavioral factors, the pill does not increase risk for cancer and actually does decrease it.

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:20 AM

I treat my extremely heavy periods with herbs from my acupuncturist, which do not wreak havoc on my body like birth-control pills do. (I literally turn into Attila the Hun on any kind of hormone. My husband has been dreading menopause because my mother had such a hard time.) The herbs have been a God-send. My hubby and I use natural family planning and have had zero accidents. I know all women are different (my brother can look at my sister-in-law sideways and she gets pregnant), but it works well for us. This keeps the unnatural doses of hormones out of my body and keeps my mood in check.

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on April 30, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I stopped when I went paleo because I didn't see the point of correcting my issues through diet and still putting synthetic hormones in to my system. I haven't been doing paleo for long and I do have PCOS. I'm going to give this s try for a few months and see if paleo will help control my PCOS symptoms, as you know it can be insulin related. So far, so good. Generally I have ovary pains during the day. Lately I have not. Knock on wood.

The hubby has accepted condoms as a trade off for a happier healthier wife. It's hardly an inconvenience, just FYI.

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on April 30, 2012
at 09:46 PM

You have a good hubby :-) Good luck to you...the lower carb nature of a Paleo diet should help with your PCOS.

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5d5732f693afb35fa8755b032e75b6d6

on April 30, 2012
at 08:54 PM

In my opinion, hormonal BC for a man or a woman is going to be harmful.

If sterilization isn't the right choice (yet), what about both partner using non-hormonal methods together? That way, it's not just one person having to take the responsibility and bear the side effects, and it's obviously much more effective.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:55 PM

There are hormone free options available. I personally suspect the pills I have been on (I am getting a Paraguard in 2 weeks!) have had a negative effect on my moods. Even if I am wrong, I think just knowing that I don't have any alternative hormones entering my body will be a positive message.

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:54 PM

good luck with the paragard! I like mine but be sure to give it at least like 4 months to get used to it. Your periods are going to be a lot heavier at first so be sure to plan ahead!

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:45 PM

I went off Ortho Tri Cyclen lo after being on it for a decade. I just read Katie Singer's Garden of Fertility and highly recommend it to any woman who is questioning her methods of birth control. After my success with paleo diet, I looked to cutting out other "artificial" aspects of my life beyond food and decided to try going off the pill and so far I've done really well. I attribute my quick success with ovulating and whatnot to eating nourishing foods (while not stating it directly, the book pretty much advocates Paleo/WAPF).

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:36 PM

what does Katie Singer advocate in her book?

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Absolutely! I had been on & off a couple times (only a couple months at a time) and the side effects were terrible! But that was when I was eating horribly. I feel great now--no acne, no mood swings, no weight changes, etc. I am doing Fertility Awareness which in addition to natural BC is also a gauge for reproductive health. (And its free!)

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:31 PM

oo so do you think eating paleo and living a healthy lifestyle minimised the possible side effects of coming of BC?

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on April 30, 2012
at 04:47 PM

that's very reassuring to know!

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Jess, I fall in the category of "I'll never know". I lost my period after crash dieting in my late teens. The docs put me on BCP's when it sorta came back but was irregular ... problem solved. I don't recall how many years I took them but I did ... like clockwork. When I stopped, I didn't have a period for like 3 months. I did have several years of acceptable regularity after that and then as I approached 40 things went amok. Heavy periods in between spotting, etc. I'm already in menopause 2+ years and I'm not yet 50. Caused by BCP? Prolonged LCarb? Dieting in general? I'll never know.

My generation was the guinea pigs. In retrospect I wouldn't take them ... ESPECIALLY these new 3 cycles per year and all that types.

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on April 30, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I lost my period too in my teens due to crash dieting... but I'm so worried about the side effects coming off.. right now I'm perfectly regular and feel healthy, clear skin, don't want that to change!

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on May 01, 2012
at 10:24 AM

Only you can decide, but being perfectly regular when you are artificially controlling your hormones doesn't make you healthy. You want regular under your own hormonal control. I understand you don't want the regularity to change (one of the worst things of going through meno and the irregularity was embarrassing accidents) but if you want children some day it's probably better to get that regularity for getting preggers. As to the clear skin, are you taking the ortho tricyclen type? You can get just the tricyclen w/o the hormones if that is responsible for your clear skin.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:42 PM

I've been on Yaz for over 10 years (PCOS). I had extremely heavy periods every month up until then. Now I don't have a period at all. I much prefer it this way, of course, but I'm sure it's not ideal for my body. If there was some way to cut back on the heaviness and longevity I would consider going off of the pill, but not until then.

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