How to Come Off Hormonal Birth Control

how to come off birth controlYou’re ready. You suspect that hormonal birth control is no longer right for your body and you have a sinking feeling it never was.

You have a few questions about the process of coming off birth control. What will happen to your skin? Will you get your period? Which natural treatments can you use to make it all go as smoothly as possible?

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What Dairy Does to Periods

cow's dairy and periodsMore than twenty years ago I discovered something: When I stopped having dairy, I stopped having period pain. Since then, I’ve worked with thousands of patients who have discovered the same thing. Stopping dairy can dramatically improve period pain, heavy periods, endometriosis, acne, and PMS.

Stopping dairy can improve period problems, but not always. It depends on the person, and it depends on the type of dairy.

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How Birth Control Switches Off Hormones and Why That Matters

the pill switches off hormonesThe pill was an important step in our struggle to legalize contraception. I celebrate that, of course.  Hormonal birth control can also be medicine for debilitating conditions such as severe endometriosis and very heavy periods. I celebrate that.

What I don’t celebrate is the distorted message that hormonal birth control is the only birth control. And I don’t celebrate its widespread prescription as “hormone balance” for any hormonal symptom that might arise in women and teenage girls. 

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Insight into Acne. Why Dairy, Sugar, and Insulin Are Bad for Skin

acne from insulin and sugarIf you suffer acne or treat acne, then 2012 was an important year. That’s when this ground-breaking paper came out of Germany: Diet in Acne: Further Evidence for the Role of Nutrient Signalling in Acne Pathogenesis.

One sentence from the abstract says it all:

“Acne should be regarded as an mTOR-driven disease of civilization, like obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer induced by Western diet.”

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