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Birth Control & Health: what your GP didn't tell you.

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In this post you will read scientifically proven, but often hidden side effects of contraception (hormonal contraception and the copper spiral) on your body, mind and life.

How does contra conception work

The vast majority of anti-conception methods work on the same principle; by releasing a certain amount (varying per conception) of hormones (estrogen and / or progesterone) into your body, to prevent ovulation.

Estrogen is mainly added to regulate and predict your cycle. Progesterone ensures that your body thinks that you are pregnant and that no ovulation is started. For this reason, there is anti-conception that contains only progesterone, but there is no anti-conception that contains only estrogen.

Due to the absence of an egg, you cannot be fertilized during intercourse and therefore cannot become pregnant.

The copper spiral differs most from this method; you will still ovulate and your body's negative principle is still 'fertile'. However, the copper ions that come off the spiral make the sperm cells too weak to reach your egg.

It also ensures that implantation of any fertilized egg in the uterine wall is impossible.

This makes it the most reliable form of long-term contraception

Effect on your body

We distinguish two groups: anti-conception that directly affects you (hormonal anti-conception) on hormones and anti-conception that influences your hormones indirectly (hormone-free anti-conception: copper spiral).

Hormones not only affect your mood and the composition of your body; they also influence each other.

A large amount of one hormone thus leads to a change (positive or negative) in the amount of the other hormone.

Anti-conception therefore has an enormous influence on your body, its composition, your mood, fears and so; daily life and health.

However, in this article I will limit myself to discussing estrogen and progesterone.

Below you will find a list of hormones that contraception indirectly influences.

Hormonal contra conception

This includes all types of contraception that contain hormones and that release them into your blood.

Your hormone level naturally has the following proportions during your cycle

Your hormone level naturally has the following proportions during your cycle (graph a)

While using hormonal contraception, your hormone levels look like this.

Compare that with the hormone levels of a pregnant woman and you immediately see the similarities.

at first that doesn't seem all that bad; however, the constantly high progesterone level does have a clear number of consequences with regard to your health, mood and quality of life.

1. Causes shortages of important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

It inhibits absorption of nutrients.

As I mentioned earlier, the change of only two hormones has a knock-on effect on your body; through this relatively small change, a completely different change is set in motion and so gradually your whole body becomes unbalanced.

One of the consequences of this is that the bacteria in your body (names your intestines) change and you can no longer absorb certain essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

You excrete important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Salts (like magnesium), vitamins (especially the B vitamins)

It extracts nutrients from your cells.

The imbalance in your body creates an undesired ratio of micro nutrients in your blood; to restore balance, your body claims the stores of your cells.

For example, it extracts calcium from your bones in the hope of rebalancing your body.

Because the cause of these problems persists (you will continue to use contraception), this balance will never be restored and these reserves are increasingly being used, which can lead to serious shortages that can have a huge impact on your physical and mental health .

You excrete nutrients

Your kidneys get a different picture of what 'the right' ratio of certain nutrients is. As a result, they excrete certain vitamins (in particular B1,2,3,5,6,9,12) faster. This creates even more influential shortages.

2. Reduced strength / muscle tension

Because progesterone is always high, the strength in your muscles decreases on average 20%.

Less oxygen and water is transported to your muscles and this not only makes you acidify faster, you also lose measurable strength.

A high progesterone profile goes together with a low magnesium content in your body.

This can cause you to experience muscle cramps throughout your cycle. Think of; calf, shoulder, or abdomen (PMS)

5. Insatiable hunger

"I'm just always hungry."

An insatiable hunger has several causes:

1. You have a shortage of certain nutrients;

your body gives you the signal that you are undernourished (because you are infeitte too) and therefore wants you to replenish the reserves (of those nutrients) as soon as possible.

For example, a magnesium deficiency can lead to a strong craving for chocolate.

2. You feel down / unhappy

Because you have less serotonin, you feel unhappy. Many of us are emotional eaters and this dip makes us want to eat.

While eating carbohydrate food, your body produces a different type of 'happiness hormone': endorphins.

However, the difference is that serotonin keeps you "happy" for a long time, while edorphins make you "happy" for a short time.

The result is therefore very short, so you have to eat more and more to keep the feeling.

3. You really feel like you are starving.

The pill changes how your body handles the so-called hunger hormone Leptin.

 Leptin is a protein hormone that is produced in your fat cells. Here it actually works as a messenger that regulates your satiety and energy expenditure. Because, when you eat and are full, the hormone gives your brain the signal: "I am full". In this way, your body basically ensures in a natural way that you do not overeat and therefore maintain weight. A wonderful mechanism by nature, the more leptin hormone the less hungry you are and the faster your metabolism or fat burning.

Progesterone inhibits Leptin production and therefore ensures that you never feel that. you're full. Because you always feel that you are eating too little, you get more sugar and fat (good sources to replenish your reserves and keep you alive).

Hormone free anti conception

To this day, the copper spiral is the only long-lasting and reversible hormone-free contraceptive prescribed by doctors.

In this article I discuss in detail the effects of the copper spiral (and trust me; you want to know that!).

For example, I explain how the copper affects your hormones in the same way as hormonal contraception.

Domino effect

As promised, below is an overview of a number of processes that initiate the use of contraception.

Vitamins, minerals and metals

Vitamin B1: decrease

Vitamin B2: decrease

Vitamin B3: decrease

Vitamin B5: decrease

Vitamin B6: decrease

Vitamin B8: decrease

Vitamin B11: decrease

Vitamin B12: decrease

Vitamin C: decrease

Vitamin D: decrease

Vitamin E: decrease

Vitamin K: decrease

Beta carotene

Calcium: decrease

Iron: decrease

Iodine: decrease

Potassium: decrease

Copper: increase

Magnesium: decrease

Zinc: decrease

The concentrations of vitamins, minerals and metals in your blood have an influence on the concentrations of other micro nutrients and it has an influence on the production / inhibition of hormones.

Below is a list of 'known' hormones and the influence that contraception (in general) has on this.

Positive = increase in production of this hormone

Negative = inhibition of the production of this hormone

Serotonin: long-term happiness hormone: negative effect

Cortisol: stress hormone: positive effect

Insulin: Controls and lowers blood sugar: negative effect

Melatonin: Sleep hormone: negative effect

TSH: Metabolism / fat burning + growth: negative effect.

FSH: maturation of an egg + production of estrogen = negative effect

LH: Eispong, testosterone: negative effect

Estrogen: Growth, fertility, energy arrow, mood, libido and production of the endometrium: flattens, but keeps it constantly lower than progesterone.

Progesterone: pregnancy hormone: flattens, constantly higher than estrogen.

Testosterone: Energy, mood, libido and muscle growth

Dopamine: joy. pleasure, feeling that you have done something 'good': negative connection

Prolactin: Growth of mammary glands and milk production (pregnancy): positive effect

Oxytocin: social behaviors (hug hormone): negative effect

Vitamins and hormones also influence each other and in this way your body enters a negative spiral that is difficult to escape if the cause of the problem is not removed. And even then it is no easy task to rebalance your body and remove all toxins.

This takes time and a thorough detox, but don't worry: in the end you'll heal, recover, learn and thus; grow.



Evi Maalcke

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