Let me summarise is for you: the Pill tricks the body in believing it is pregnant. Meaning: you do not ovulation; the ultra-important moment in your cycle that boosts your feeling-sexy-hormones. When you don’t ovulate, your libido naturally decreases. It also means that the supposed menstruation in your pill-free week, is not actually a menstruation. It is a fake-bleed that helps women believe they still have a cycle.
No Libido = Depression
Since I became sexually active in my teenage years, my sexuality has been very vibrant and alive. This adventurous path was the bridge to guide me into womanhood. I was wild, free and empowered. Then mid-2011 suddenly it all dried up. I felt unattractive, frequently depressed, and found it hard to get out of bed most mornings. As the sexual energy is literally our life force, it is natural that a significant decrease in your libido will lead to other symptoms of depleted energy and depression.
Many women will experience these symptoms whilst being on the Pill. They blame themselves, their relationship and yet no matter what they try, the juicy moments in the bedroom do not resurrect.
In my case this tremendous fall in my libido happened after I had quit the Pill. The effects I experienced, were a clear sign of my body detoxifying from the Pill and desperately looking for a natural balance.
The Pill & Nutrition
As a holistic coach who helps women balance their hormones, I see many women struggle with these and other side effects from using oral contraceptives. I was angry and frustrated myself when I found out the full truth about the Pill. I share this will you, because you deserve to hear it all.
Fact #1: The pill depletes nutrients like crazy
Researchers have found that oral contraceptive-related nutrient deficiency symptoms include weakness, fatigue, difficulty walking, pale or yellow skin, headaches, nausea, dizziness, decreased libido, and depression. And for the record, the knowledge that the pill depletes nutrients has been known for nearly 50 years! “Major effects of oral contraceptives on nutritional status are elevation of triglycerides, decline in glucose tolerance, an apparent increase in the need for folate and vitamins C, B2, and B6 and a decrease in iron loss,” researchers noted in one study nearly four decades ago. That’s right: Researchers knew this stuff back in the 1970s.
Fact #2: Vitamin B deficiency leads to depression
Studies show Pill-users abnormally metabolize tryptophan, an amino acid your body converts to the feel-good neurotransmitter “serotonin”. To correct the problem you would need to supplement with 25 mg of tryptophan daily – that’s 12 times the normal recommended daily amount!! Another old study found 80% of Pill-users had a relative B6 deficiency and 20% an absolute deficiency. Here’s the link: You need vitamin B6 to convert that amino acid (tryptophan) into serotonin. And therefore to feel good!
Fact #3: The Pill depletes many other vitamins and minerals
Aside from B vitamins, studies show birth control pills deplete vitamins C and E as well as minerals like magnesium, selenium, and zinc. Other studies show the pill lowers overall antioxidant status. One study among 30 women looked at how three contraceptive methods affected nutrients like alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol (two types of vitamin E) as well as total antioxidant capacity. Researchers also found that levels of the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and alpha-tocopherol were significantly lower in contraceptive users compared with non-birth-control users.
Fact #4: The Pill can cause disease
In most cases, a woman is unaware of the sincere problem of extreme nutrients depletion until 20 or 30 years later. The pill increases your risk for numerous problems including depression, weakened immunity, heart disease, and cancer.
Take cardiovascular disease (CVD) – one of the main death causers for women worldwide. While numerous factors contribute to that problem, among them is nutrient deficiencies. Vitamins B6, B12, and folate metabolize homocysteine—a compound that can increase cardiovascular risk when it stays elevated. Because the Pill depletes these vitamins, one study among contraceptive users found the pill could adversely alter homocysteine as well as the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP) levels.
Healthy Body Means Healthy Sex Drive
Whether you have a lover/partner or not – your libido is important. Especially in your fertile years, your sexual energy should flow; giving you inspiration, physical strength, making you feel attractive and healthy. It is not to be taken lightly. I am not just referring to “feeling sexy”, I’m actually taking about feeling alive and being healthy.
You Can Begin Right Now
Hormones are sensitive and delicate, therefore they need a sensitive and delicate approach. Nowadays you find many articles online telling you to “take your Omega-3 fish oil supplements” and to “eat sufficient amount of dark leafy greens. Yes, they are super important when it comes to your hormonal health and restoring your hormone deficiency. However, if you sincerely seek to balance your life – the approach should be holistic. Balancing physical health as well as emotional and spiritual health.
Let Me Tell You a Secret..
Hormones and female sexuality used to be my main focus. Until I opened the doors of my work to men as well. In case you need deeper guidance on hormonal alignment – please knock on my door. These courses and special services are no longer available on my website. Yet of course, if you need it – you only have to ask!