How the pill is harming your fertility


Are you trying to fall pregnant after being on the pill for years?

I frequently see women who have been on the pill for a long time, and then when the time comes to start a family, struggle to conceive.  Unfortunately, they often didn’t realise or were not made aware of the fact that the pill can affect fertility.

So how does the pill work?

When I talk about the pill, I refer to all synthetic hormone contraceptives including the mini pill, the combined pill, implants such as mirena (TM), Inter Uterine Devices (IUD’s), and patches.

The majority of these synthetic hormone contraceptives contain a mix of oestrogen and progesterone that prevent the uterus from releasing eggs. They also work to thicken the mucus in the cervix, preventing sperm from getting through.

The pill affects:

  • Your hormonal balance – it can take quite a long time for the menstrual cycle to return to normal after going off the pill.
  • The production of mucous, which transports and nourishes sperm
  • How your body metabolises essential nutrients for conception such as Folic acid and Zinc.
  • Your relationship, by changing the pheromones you find attractive

So what can you do if you’re struggling to conceive after being on the pill?

Firstly, give yourself time. A 2004 study of time to fall pregnant found that couples coming off the pill took two to three times longer to conceive than those who were not previously taking it. You should ensure you are off the pill for at least three to six months before trying to fall pregnant. This will give your hormone levels a chance to return to normal.

It is also important for both partners to follow a period of pre-conception care in order to ensure your eggs and sperm are of the best possible quality. This includes detoxifying your system using a program like our free two-week clean eating challenge (CLICK HERE). Follow this up with four months of clean, healthy eating. A supportive natural fertility treatment program may also be beneficial during this time.

If you have any questions about the pill and your fertility, please don’t hesitate to post below, or call us on (02) 4961 4075.

Yours in health,

Peter


Are you planning to have a baby? Or are you already pregnant and looking to provide the best start for your new family member?

Click here to download our free guide on natural fertility, preconception and pregnancy to discover the steps you and your partner can take to boost fertility and make a healthy baby naturally.

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