Surprising Risks of Oral Contraceptives

  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Broad nutrient deficiencies including B1, B2, B6, B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, and zinc
  • Disruption of normal gut bacteria (dysbiosis)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gas, bloating, constipation and other digestive disorders
  • Acne
  • Increased risk of obesity, osteoporosis, endometriosis, PCOS
  • Adrenal dysfunction
  • Higher likelihood of breast, endometrial, cervical and ovarian cancers
  • Infertility
  • Difficulty losing weight and changes in body composition
  • Breast tenderness
  • Poor metabolism of estrogen
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Increased risk of intestinal yeast and/or fungal issues
  • Impaired nutrient absorption
  • Increased intestinal permeability (aka “leaky gut”)
  • Mood changes including anxiety and depression
  • Increased intestinal inflammation
  • Greater risk of inflammatory bowel disorders (IBD) including ulcerative colitis (30% risk) and Crohn’s disease (24% risk)

This doesn’t sound like something any woman would agree to if she was made aware of the known risks beforehand. But the good news is that her hormones can recover and her body can return to a normal state as long as the primary offender (hormone contraceptives) have been removed. This is when it becomes vitally important to work with a holistic practitioner who is familiar with PBCS and knows how to systematically unwind the after-effects of contraceptive hormone usage. Your body is worth every bit of effort you put into making yourself whole again! It absolutely can be done!

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