In this episode I decided to go solo to talk with you about the reality of coming off hormonal birth control. For some reason numerous health professionals continue to advise women that they will get pregnant immediately after they come off the pill. The thing is that when you take a look at the research, most women who take hormonal birth control long term do experience a delay in the return of their fertility. For some women it is a few months, and for others it is over a year. In this episode I talk about the transition period after coming off hormonal contraceptives and how long it typically takes before your cycles go back to normal. I also talk about how you can prepare for that transition period and optimize your chances of conceiving when you’re ready to start a family.
Topics discussed in today’s episode
- Why it’s unethical for your doctor to tell you that your period will definitely come back right away after you come off hormonal birth control
- Why it’s hard to know how long it will take you to conceive whether you’ve just come off the pill or if you’ve had natural cycles for awhile
- Why you can expect it to take you about twice as long to conceive if you’ve used hormonal birth control long term
- The 5 factors that will influence how long it will take before your menstrual cycles return normally and be within healthy parameters
- Why hormonal contraceptives are contraindicated for women who have irregular cycles and why you’re at a greater risk of delayed return of ovulation if your cycles were irregular before you started taking the pill
- The impact of aging on fertility on how long it could take
- Managing the transition period between coming off hormonal contraceptives and having normal healthy cycles
- How long it actually takes for a woman’s cycle to return normally after coming off hormonal birth control
- The role hormonal contraceptives play in increasing the likelihood that you may and up needing additional interventions later on
- Why you may want to consider coming off hormonal contraceptives 2-3 years before you’re ready to start trying to have babies
- The importance of preconception nutrition
- Using Fertility Awareness for birth control in the interim period
- The connection between hormonal birth control to nutrient deficiencies
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