It is estimated 1:3 women of reproductive age take the contraceptive pill.
Of the 3.5m women in the UK who take it, many may not be aware of the potential side effects. We assume because it is common and “the norm” then there are no side effects at all.
This is very much untrue.
How Does The Pill work?
The progesterone-only pill or ‘mini pill’ provides contraception by thickening the mucous in the cervix and making it impenetrable by the sperm. Progestogen is synthetic progesterone. The combined pill which contains both oestrogen and progesterone prevents pregnancy by thickening the mucous and supressing ovulation.
Potential side effects from taking a contraceptive pill include:
-Blood clotting in the legs
-High blood pressure
-Increased risk of heart disease and stroke
-Weight gain & Fluid retention
-Migraines & Mood swings
-Change in sex drive
-Spotting between periods
How does The Pill effect me nutritionally?
The pill actually depletes the body of vital nutrients such as Vitamins B and C as well as minerals such as magnesium, zinc and calcium. Taking the pill for prolonged periods can also increase the risk of candida.
So, changes that should be made to the diet:
Here’s what to do less of…
-Reduce your intake of alcohol, caffeine and salt
-Do not smoke – the pill increases the risk of blood clots and smoking has been shown to considerably increase many of the hazards of the pill such as heart disease and blood clots
-Reduce your intake of refined sugars, animal protein and dairy products as well as saturated fats in products such as cakes, biscuits, pastries, burgers, sausages etc.
Here’s where you need to increase
-Eat lots of whole grains such as brown rich, quinoa, millet wholemeal breads and pasta. We stock all of these products at WinNaturally
Increase your intake of fish as well as sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds as these are all rich in zinc and the pill raises copper levels which depletes zinc. Our munchy seed range is fantastic and I never leave home without a tub in my bag – loved by all the family too
Natural muesli, low sugar cereals and oats are all rich in B vitamins
Eat more live yoghurt to increase friendly bacteria – again depleted by the pill
Increase your intake of foods containing a hormone regulating substance called indole-3-carbinole – these foods include cabbage, watercress, broccoli and cauliflower
Most fruits are rich in vitamin C but especially melons, mango, cherries, papaya and apricots.
And to help replace those lost nutrients…here’s my recommended supplements:
Biocare Femforte – this really is a must and by far the very best female multi vitamin and mineral formula I have ever come across.
Biocare Vitamin C 1000mg taken daily
Biocare B Complex – the pill depletes the B Vitamins so take this supplement daily
Biocare Zinc taken daily
And don’t take it from me…a recent study from the Public Health Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle reported in The Telegraph on Saturday August 2nd reported the following about high and low dose contraceptive pills….
Just be more aware ladies….please.