Ladies: Have you taken yourself off hormonal birth control?
I'm 25 and have been eating a high-fat paleo-type diet for almost 2 years now. It's healed my health in myriad ways, including the hormonal issues I was having for a year or two before I started (flirting with vegetarianism and veganism REALLY messed with my cycle). Right now I have a textbook-perfect cycle, 27-30 days with 13-14 day luteal phase.
So, I am considering taking hormonal birth control for the first time in my life. I went through puberty later than most (menarche at 14 1/2) but I have been cycling continuously since then - I never miss periods. I have no plans to become pregnant in the next couple years, I ultimately only want to have one biological child, and I don't have health insurance at the moment (so pregnancy would be terrible inconvenient right now)... but I don't really need 'the pill' for birth control as I've been with the same partner for 6 years and never gotten pregnant. We're careful.
Basically, I want to take the pill in order to give my body a break from the constant pregnancy-prepping and bleeding (I have heavy periods, thankfully have never been anemic), and also because I'm looking forward to the weight-gain side effect. I have been trying to gain weight my whole life, with the best luck eating paleo (I'm almost 15 lbs above what I was at the height of my vegetarianism), but I'm still too thin and very lean. It would be nice to be able to be able to cheat a little to look like a woman.
IMO, you can't get less 'paleo' than having 12 periods a year for 40+ years of your life. This is not how human women evolved to live (though I am happy and thankful we have options beyond having many children now) and I can't help but wonder if so much cycling with few pregnancies has half the ill effect on us as it has on many other mammals.
I'd like you to tell me if I should start taking the pill, or not. And why you think so.
asked byanimalcule (7967)
Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!