December 6, 2010 By Leanne Vogel March 5, 2019
Birth control pills are the most effective and the most hazardous form of contraception. Although they’re a 99% effective form of birth control, they also come with many possible side effects. Experiencing weight gain, breast tenderness, mood swings, tension, depression, circulatory, and gastrointestinal upset are not uncommon. Blood clots, liver and gallbladder problems and cancer are also possible.
Most come in the form of an oral dose, a combination of estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone) in amounts higher than the body’s natural levels. This then prevents our pituitary hormones from being release to stimulate ovulation and fertilization of the egg and thus prevents pregnancy.
Along with the possible side effects, oral contraceptives may create certain nutrient deficiencies and excesses as well as increase your nutritional needs. Some of these deficiencies include:
Going off birth control for some of us is absolutely out of the question. So, what’s the first step we can take to balance out the deficiencies? You got it! Incorporating foods high in these nutrients into your daily routine is a great first step.
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.