I hope you are managing to stay warm despite the polar vortex that is sweeping the nation.
After breakfast yesterday, Scott and I worked out at the gym even though it was a rather chilly day! I found a heater, and was carrying it around with me during my workout at our garage gym.
I tend to always run cold and never fully warmed up.
Despite being on the colder side, it was great to be feeling more like myself after a few days of headaches. I was also dealing with the fatigue and irritabililty that comes along with “that time” of the month. Although I have kept up my usual activity I have been sleeping a great deal, and find I am super-tired at the end of the day. Not the end of the world for sure, but I have felt a noticeable lack of energy.
Not feeling so great also caused me to reflect on a big decision I made about a year and a half ago…
Giving Up Birth Control Pills
I decided it was time to give up birth control pills. I had been taking hormones since high school so it had almost been a solid 15 years of daily intake with only a small break somewhere in-between. Scott and I have discussed marriage, but we knew if we were together a baby would not be a possibility for a while. He is a few years younger than me, and was also going back to graduate school. So my decision was solely based on my current health needs as well as the possibility of a future baby whenever that may be.
Scott discovered Bulletproof or “butter” coffee and the Bulletproof Executive awhile back. We both began to be exposed to a whole world of information we knew nothing about previously. Though we were beginning to buy more organic foods and cut out added chemicals there was still a lot out there we did not know. I had never heard of a mold toxin! Apparently food can have lot of little toxins that you cannot even see through being transported or simply through age. Seriously gross stuff. Listening to Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Podcasts were a wealth of information, and we then discovered that he had written the Better Baby Book with his wife.
The Better Baby Book
Since they were planning a baby later in life I thought they might be worth a read. The book is chock full of great advice about health, diet and supplements. Their number one piece of advice for women trying to protect their hormonal health? Give up birth control pills. If you stop and think about it why would you want to add fake hormones to your body? Yes, there is the obvious reason to take it, but there are other options out there. I had some issues with birth control pills for years, but when I discussed them with my gynecologist there would always be a dismissive “oh it’s all good” wave in the air. Well, if I did not feel right there was an obvious problem.
Is this Normal?
I decided to read the Better Baby Book around the time I switched birth control brands again. I had stopped getting my period, and I was assured that this was totally natural. I was not too concerned (yet), but I was noticing that I would suffer from terrible pre-menstural symptoms that were never truly alleviated, because I never got my period. It was a vicious cycle and I did start to worry since I knew I wanted to have children at some point down the road. Maybe I was exercising too much? Since I was hearing that more women were having difficulty getting pregnant I decided maybe it was time for a break. I wanted to give them up for a while, and see if I started to feel better and if my period resumed. It took several months to feel normal again and to get back on a regular schedule, but it was definitely headed in the right direction.
The changes in energy and hunger are completely normal! Your body is going through a change. I may not feel 100% and may require some extra sleep, but I never feel like I cannot go about my regular schedule either. You period should be debilitate you.
Never Stop Learning
The Pill interferes with the body’s natural chemistry and hormone levels. It promotes an imbalance which is not good for us or our future children. There are so many harmful side effects to the pill which do not simply vanish once we stop taking it every day. Oral contraceptives work by tricking the body into thinking that is pregnant ALL the time. When a woman is taking the Pill there is no normal or regular “period” that happens. It is complete suspended and the bleeding that is experienced is simply withdrawal bleeding. Not very healthy or natural.
I am certainly not against traditional medicine, but I think doctors can be a little dismissive of all of the side effects of the medications out there. It is always important to take the bull by the horns, and do your own research. It is your body and your choice. Learn as much as possible.
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