The oral contraceptive pill was once praised as a wonder drug; How fantastic, easy contraception, no more skin breakouts, mood swings, irregular cycles etc… But what a disaster this has created.
I have known for years that it’s not good for health; numerous times over the past 15 years I went off the pill to give my body a break, and never did it take less than 6 months for my menstrual cycle to return to normal. That can’t be healthy. But I continued dabbling with the oral contraceptive pill until I decided it was no longer a necessity in my life.
I started researching in more depth about the Pill after recently attending Dr. Nat Kringoudis’ Debunking Ovulation seminar where she mentioned the terrible effect the pill has on gut health. With my interest in gut health, I was fascinated to learn more. The oral contraceptive pill devastates beneficial bacteria flora in the gut, leaving it vulnerable to a whole host of bacterial strains taking dominance. Especially candida albicans – so if thrush is something you deal with on a semi-regular basis, get your hands on some good probiotics, pronto. It is likely there is an imbalance in your gut flora.
Another big problem with the pill wreaking havoc on the gut, is that when you finally do go to have children, several issues come to the surface….
Gut imbalance reduces absorption of nutrients, meaning that even if a pregnant woman (who was previously on the pill) eats remarkably well during pregnancy, it is highly likely that she AND her baby aren’t reaping the full benefits.
Beneficial flora in the gut also synthesise nutrients including vitamin K, folic acid, pantothenic acid (B5), thiamin, B12, amino acids and more. If the gut is imbalanced and lacking the beneficial flora, she may be missing out on producing these vitamins for her and her growing baby.
Did you know the pill also depletes zinc in the body? Zinc is known as the ‘intelligence mineral’ as it is closely involved in mental development. So if you have been on the pill, and wanting to become pregnant, it is recommended to wait at least 6 months so that zinc levels return to normal. Low zinc is associated with lowered IQ. Interesting! As well as disturbing.
Another common symptom from abnormal gut flora is anaemia (low iron). Many strains of bad bacteria actually consume and feed off iron! If you have battled low iron levels despite consuming iron rich foods or supplements, you probably have an overgrowth of the bad bacteria, of which are growing even more with your dosage of iron supplements! Treatment? Probiotics. Feed the good stuff so it can overgrow the bad. And the problem lies for the fetus. Low iron, equals less oxygen, which means poorer development and higher chance of low birth weight.
And if you’re still not convinced of not only the pill’s effect on your gut and overall health, and potential harmful effects on your unborn baby, get this.
Your gut health is literally a genetic imprint of your mothers at the time of your conception. That means, how your mothers gut health at the time you were made, is exactly what yours would have been at birth. In other words – you directly pass on the health of your gut onto your unborn child. Children with imbalanced gut flora are predisposed to more allergies, asthma, eczema and learning difficulties.
Have you been on the pill? For how long? How do you think this has affected your gut health? Are you willing to pass this on to your baby? And how do you think your overall health is suffering because you are on the pill?
Depending on your reasons for being on the pill obviously will determine how you decide to come off it. Adequate probiotics and supplementation is important, and being under the care of a health practitioner will also assist if side effects are a concern.
I’d LOVE to hear from you! What are your thoughts? Comment below.
pic reference – www.theconversation.com