Updated: Oct 10, 2019
We’re covering a VERY important topic here in the blog today. BIRTH CONTROL.
If you have any sort of hormonal fluctuation or imbalance issues (like most women do), the hormones you are (or are NOT) putting into your body to are even more crucial than you could imagine. There are so many options, and not every option is right for every person or condition!
There are countless different versions, brands, combinations, and methods that only your Gyno can reaallly help decide what is perfect for you– but always go into your appointment informed, KNOWING your options and with questions prepared. You should never have to blindly accept a prescription that you know nothing about– especially if there are other options more practical and effective for your lifestyle and hormonal fluctuations!
Let’s break down our most common options and issues!
The classic, typical birth control pill is a blend of both main sex hormones for women; synthetic estrogen and progestin. Different versions and brands may have slightly different balances of the hormones. These pills must be taken at the same time every day to avoid hormonal swings and dips and keep the pills at their most effective.
Progestin-only pill options are prescribed for those who cannot take pills with estrogen. Reasons for this might include aura/visual migraines or especially high blood pressure, or if you experience significant nausea, breast tenderness, mood swings or depression while on estrogen.
There are both hormonal (progestin only) and non-hormonal versions of the IUD. These are very different and work in different ways! While the non-hormonal IUD may take a few extra hormonal dips out of the mix, it is slightly less effective in preventing pregnancy and it may not help as much with severe cramping or heavy periods.
The IUD is most popular for those not wanting the hassle of an everyday pill, wanting long term pregnancy prevention, and less bleeding. However, it is also known to be less effective for treating, or even increases cramping in some individuals
The Nexplannon arm inert is a progestin-only implant that lasts for three years. This is a good option for those looking for a non-estrogen option while removing the hassle of an everyday pill without the pain of an IUD insertion. The insert can lessen bleeding for some and is known for helping with cramps.
Whether you are on birth control or not, it is important to self monitor your hormonal status throughout your month as much as possible. Tracking your periods as well as your other symptoms like mood, acne, cramping, bloating and bleeding will tell your Gyno a lot about the treatment that is right for you. Overall, YOU are the only one living with your body every day, and your Gyno only sees a very small part of that! If you know your different hormonal fluctuations and needs, then go into that appointment ready to talk about it! Never feel like you need to blindly accept the option you are given again.
*** As a reminder, this blog is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor. It does not constitute medical advice or services. Your FIRST & FOREMOST task should be to talk one on one with your doctor for concrete medical advice. It is important to have a trained and licensed medical professional walking through your health journey with you, ESPECIALLY when it comes to your hormonal and reproductive health. As an Integrative Holistic Health Coach my focus is simply educating on and supporting healthy habits and lifestyle changes so you can put your best foot forward into your health journey.