Health Question of the Week:
“I’ve been on birth control pills for 10 years because I had debilitating cramps that made me almost pass out. But now I hear that birth control pills are dangerous. Are they really that bad for me? Would switching to bioidentical hormones keep my cramps away? I am scared to go off of birth control pills since I am having no symptoms right now, but I know that something is up with my hormones and I will have to figure this out eventually.”
Yes, I would definitely recommend working with your physician to stop taking the birth control pills and balance your hormones naturally with bioidentical hormones. As you indicated in your question, you already instinctively realize that one day you will have to address the underlying issue of why your hormones were out of balance, and it is in your best interest to do so sooner rather than later.
Birth control pills contain synthetic estrogen and progestins, not progesterone. These synthetic progestins are foreign to the human body. Although they target the same cell receptors that progesterone targets, their effects do not perfectly mimic those of the natural hormone. In fact, they depress the body’s production of natural progesterone leading to negative symptoms of estrogen dominance.
Birth control pills also increase your risk of cervical cancer, breast cancer, stroke and blood clots. They can cause side effects such as migraine headaches, nausea, anxiety, mood swings, and weight gain.
If you think you have symptoms of hormonal imbalance, then you can support your health by replenishing your body with bioidentical hormones. Take our self-tests today to discover what symptoms of hormonal imbalance you might have.