Whether you’re looking to add a little one to your family or would simply like to reconnect with your natural cycle, coming off the pill is an important step in many women’s lives. But even with the best preparation, transitioning to a pill-free existence will likely result in some side effects and withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms will fluctuate from woman-to-woman and can last anywhere from a few weeks to a year or longer. So, what can you expect?
· Increased energy levels
· Improved sleep
· Moods improve and becomes more balance
· Increased sex drive
· Decreased PMS
· Sense of smell becomes heightened
· Irregular periods or periods that are very heavy or very light
· Breast tenderness, back pain and cramping may occur
· Breakouts and acne. Especially if you suffered from acne before you went on the pill
· Weight fluctuation
· Mood swings may occur
Taking the contraceptive pill isn’t a natural process for your body. So weaning yourself off the pill and allowing your body to return to its normal functioning is then logically going to create turmoil of some kind as your body attempts to rebalance and regulate hormone function.
With this in mind, here are five things you can start doing straight away to support your body during this transition:
A balanced diet (with little to no processed food) will be one of the best defenses you have for overcoming any not-so-good side effects of coming off the pill.
You can assist your body in removing excess oestrogen from your body by limiting your exposure to chemicals, eating organic food and supporting your liver with some beautiful herbs and nutrients.
While your medical practitioner or naturopath will be able to recommend supplements, some that have reported hormonal benefits are maca powder, vitex agnus-castus, magnesium, milk thistle, turmeric, fish oil and zinc. Metagenics also have a really effective phase two detoxifying product that your naturopath or doctor will be able to tell you more about.
By decreasing your stress levels (meditation is great for this) and ensuring that you get enough quality sleep each night you can support your body in healing naturally and quickly.
Last but not least, move your body regularly, at least three times a week, to help support balanced hormone regulation.