Birth control pills, patches, injections and vaginal rings are all types of hormonal birth control that work by suppressing your own natural hormones so you donâ€™t cycle normally. That means when you stop taking them they often affect your signs of ovulation and make it difficult to get pregnant.
Â There are two issues you need to be aware of when trying to get pregnant after taking any kind of hormonal birth control- hormone imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.
If youâ€™ve been taking birth control and then stop, it can take several months for your hormones to become normal again. And, if your cycles were abnormal before you started birth control, it is likely the hormone imbalance will return because the underlying cause may still be present.
Â Nutritional Deficiencies
The second issue relating to taking birth control is that it causes nutritional deficiencies. The most common nutrients affected include the following:
- Vitamin C
- Thiamine (B1)
- Riboflavin (B2)
- Niacin (B3)
- Pantothenic Acid (B5)
- Pyridoxine (B6)
- Biotin (B7)
- Folic Acid (B9)
Also, because of the incorrect belief about limiting animal fats in our diets, many people are not consuming adequate amounts of the fat soluble vitamins such as:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
If you are currently on birth control, it is critical to get plenty of these nutrients in your diet. The best way to get these vitamins is by eating foods that contain them naturally
If you have stopped birth control and are trying to get pregnant, you should wait at least 6 months before trying to conceive. Your body must recover both hormonally and nutritionally if you do not want to take the risk of having complications. These complications may include infertility, miscarriage, and a higher risk of birth defects.
Balance Your Hormones Naturally
Two of the most important factors for balancing your hormones naturally are good nutrition and managing stress. If you can master both, you will be well on your way to combating the lingering effects of hormonal birth control.
Good nutrition means eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat, seafood and organ meats, whole dairy products, nuts, and legumes. This is the best diet to get your hormones back in balance. Do not eat processed foods that are essentially devoid of nutrition and full of potentially harmful ingredients.
Now is the time to focus on eating well as it makes a big difference to you and your babyâ€™s health. Eat plenty of foods that contain the critical fat soluble vitamins, which include Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K2. Foods that supply these important fat soluble vitamins are animal products, particularly animal fats. In fact, vitamin A and D can only be found in animal products.Â Make sure you eat plenty of high quality pasture raised meat, whole dairy products, butter, eggs, fatty fish, shellfish and liver as these have high levels of these important vitamins.
Minerals are also very important for your fertility. Eat plenty of organic vegetables especially dark green vegetables, such as broccoli, chard and kale and add plenty of butter which will give you even more benefit from the fat soluble vitamins.
Managing your stress level is also critical to help balance your hormones more quickly. Stress causes your adrenals to release hormones that will affect your fertility and your ability to heal. If you are under a lot of stress, it will be more difficult to conceive as itâ€™s natureâ€™s ways of not bringing a child into an environment that is less likely to be nurturing to their growth and development.
You can help manage your stress by doing things like walking, deep breathing exercises, yoga, spending time with loved ones or taking time to do something you enjoy. Even just 10-15 minutes a day of relaxation can make a big difference in your health, so be sure to take some time for yourself.
Now that you know what to do to help decrease the impacts that hormonal birth control can have on your body, you can help get your cycles, your health and your fertility back on track.