One Thing They Didn't Tell You About Birth Control

The hormones in birth control are not the same as your natural hormones

That's it! That's the end of the blog post! Have a great day :) :)

Just kidding. I won't leave you hanging like that. Whether you've heard this or not, it's true.  A lot of times when people are prescribed birth control, they're prescribed it to help some other hormone imbalance. They think that if it helps them, it must be because it has the same hormones in it that our body makes, right? Not quite...

These hormones are definitely not the same and some of them can even do more harm than good! You've probably heard of progestin, which is found in birth control. Progestins are very different than progesterone, which our body produces naturally. Progestins have been shown to cause fetal abnormalities, can increase blood pressure, thin the lining of the uterus, and cause you to retain water. 

Benefits of progesterone, on the other hand, include balancing out your mood and keeping you calm, helps maintain a healthy pregnancy, and can help with some PMS symptoms too (since most are due to estrogen dominance in the body)! 

I've heard of tons of people say they felt different when taking birth control, myself included. I didn't realize how much it impacted me until I got off, but if you're one of those people who felt "off" and weird while taking birth control, you're not alone and you're not crazy. It makes sense that if these hormones are synthetic and not the same as our bodies produce, they're not likely to play nice with our bodies or minds. Further, that's a big reason why it takes so long to reregulate hormones after birth control. Your body hasn't had to make its own hormones for a while since being pumped with synthetic ones for however long. 

When did you find out that the hormones in birth control aren't the same as your natural ones? For me, it was a few months before quitting birth control altogether. I learned a lot in those months leading up to quitting. 

Want more discussion on how to naturally balance your hormones after birth control? Need some more birth control facts and education? How about a support group of those just like you wanting to get off birth control but are worried about the transition? Join the Happy Healthy Hormones Community! Hope to see you in there :) 

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