I made the decision to go on the Pill at the tender age of 17 without having the slightest idea about the impact it would have on my body for years to come. Had I known about the side-effects of the Pill, or about the hell I was going to experience, I would have thought twice about my decision. Ah, hindsight, you’re a cruel mistress.
Now, if I knew that my experience was a one-off I probably wouldn’t be writing this but I have come across so many women (and read accounts from many more) who have experienced issues from taking the Pill that I feel I have to share my story, in the hope that it helps others.
We’ve been told that the Pill is safe and that it has no effect on fertility, which, to be perfectly frank, is utter bollox! By design, the Pill stops you from being fertile. That’s what is was created to do.
The Pill is made up of 100% synthetic hormones, which wreak havoc on your real hormones and throw your body into disarray. It is often prescribed to treat a whole range of problems from acne to polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is actually only a bandaid though and when you rip it off your problems will return with a vengeance. They may also be worse as a result of the synthetic hormones that have been circulating through your system while you were on the Pill. That’s exactly what happened to me.
I had undiagnosed polycystic ovaries and the symptoms would resurface every time I periodically went off the Pill during the five years I was taking it. Whenever I would raise the issues I was experiencing (irregular periods, hair loss, skin issues and ovarian pain) with my doctor, the answer was always, ‘Go back on the Pill and that will sort you out’. And I would, because I didn’t really understand then that the Pill was a big cause of my issues to begin with!
I finally gave the Pill the flick for good three years ago and began the long process of repairing and rebalancing my hormones, through working with a naturopath. In addition to trying to level out my body’s estrogen dominance, I had to replenish my vitamin and mineral stores because the Pill sucks a lot of essential things out of you, including zinc. Zinc is incredibly important, especially if you are trying for a baby. If you are zinc deficient, your skin is much less elastic than it otherwise would be and this can cause the perineum to tear during labour. Ouch! If a mother is zinc deficient, her bub will likely be too, and babies with zinc deficiency tend to be less settled. You can find out more about this here.
Not long after I came off it, I asked my naturopath if I could just take a multivitamin and resume taking the Pill. He said I could but it would only result in very expensive urine. Ha! This is due to the fact that, in addition to leaching your body of vital minerals and nutrients, the Pill blocks vitamins from being absorbed in the first place. Talk about a double whammy!
It took a solid three months of intensive treatment and detoxing before my period returned (it had been MIA since going off the Pill), and another six months before the ovarian pain dropped off and my cycle became regular again. My hair took almost a year to stop falling out and my skin took even longer to settle down.
After that experience, I was well and truly convinced that the Pill wasn’t the fix-all implication-free miracle drug I had been led to believe it was. I was also well and truly convinced that I wouldn’t ever be going back on it. My fertility is just too important to me to risk messing it up again.