25 Nov Is there an alternative to the pill?
An article by Dr Roxanna Gunter
The answer to this question depends on your reason for taking the pill.
If you are using the pill for contraceptive purposes, there are also non-hormonal contraceptive options like condoms or the copper-T intrauterine device.
If you are using the pill particularly as a younger woman (between the ages of 16 and 28 years old) for other reasons like control of acne or reducing period pains, then this article is for you!
How does the pill work in a nutshell?
The oral contraceptive pill (OCP) contains either estrogen (usually ethinylestradiol) or progesterone (progestin) which are synthetic forms of female hormones.
These hormones when taken in large quantities (as is contained in the pill) compared with the dilution present in the female body, inhibit ovulation and thus prevents pregnancy. So, for as many years as a woman has taken the pill, is as many years that she has not ovulated.
When it comes to the OCP, many women are not fully aware of this fact and do not understand that the “period” you get when you take the pill is not your period at all, it is a withdrawal bleed.
Why is this an important differentiation?
It is important to know the difference, as many young women think that their period is being “regulated” by the pill and that they no longer have period pains when they are on it.
But the reality of the situation is that the bleed is a withdrawal bleed due to being on the placebo cycle of the pill pack. When you are taking the “white pills” (non-hormonal pills) the synthetic estrogen and progesterone levels fall very low and that causes shedding of the lining.
The reality of this tends to only be noticed when the women come off the pill many years later and the original problems re-surface.
Usually, acne, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or period pains all come back after stopping the pill. This means that the pill is not regulating your own female hormonal cycle.
It is masking the symptoms of your problem. In addition to this, if a woman has been on the pill for over 15 years, specifically without taking any breaks there is a strong possibility that she will have problems getting pregnant or being fertile later on in life, especially in her 30’s due to the fact that she has not ovulated in as many years!
So, what is the alternative?
For young women needing the pill for control of acne, treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis or painful periods- I definitely recommend that they try natural options under the guidance of their Homeopath to regulate their own hormonal dysfunction.
By regulating their own hormones, the acne will also improve as will the painful periods or PCOS. In addition to this, fertility later in life will be preserved and the true cause will have been treated.