When a specialist (let’s call him Dr. One Way Thinking ;-)) told me I would have to take hormone drugs (the pill, IUD, depot, etc.) for life to control heavy periods and passing out from severe cramps, I was completely overwhelmed at first.
Hormone drugs made me feel moody and anxious in the past and I knew about how toxic they are. I knew the birth control pill completely shuts down your reproductive system and stops your brain from communicating with your ovaries. I knew the World Health Organization officially labels combined oral contraceptives as a Group 1 Carcinogen, on the same list as other more publicized causes of cancer such as asbestos, tobacco, and tanning booths.
His recommendation ended up fueling my determination to get off and stay off these bandaid drugs. I have been off any hormone meds for 7 years and love how I feel in my body.
It’s been so beautiful to witness the sensitive beauties I’ve worked with get off hormone drugs and feel good in their body again. If you’re holding a candle to wanting to be hormone drug free in the future, honor where you are at.
Preparing your body to come off the pill, IUD, HRT, or other synthetic hormone takes about 6 months of preparation. When you prepare ahead of time, you can minimize unpleasant symptoms. Nutrition, supplements, emotional healing, mindset, and lifestyle are all important components of a smooth transition off hormone meds.
Supporting your liver, adrenals, and immune system is key to preparing your body.
Healing foods and drinks are key to any plan to get off hormone drugs. Avoid these troublemaker foods: dairy, eggs, gluten, soy, corn, pork, alcohol, caffeine, processed sugar, and vinegar. Troublemaker foods increase pelvic inflammation and feed viruses and bacteria in the reproductive system.
Eat organic as much as possible and incorporate lots of raw veggies and fruit. Top healing foods for pelvic health include wild blueberries, berries, lemon, banana, and fennel. Broccoli 🌱 sprouts help remove excess toxic hormones from the liver and reproductive system.
Taking the birth control pill or other hormones causes nutrient deficiencies. Taking active B vitamins, folate, natural vitamin C, vitamin D, bio available zinc, and magnesium are essential to replenishing lost nutrients. I love the supplement company Vimergy because it’s organic, high quality, and free of fillers and additives. If you’re hoping to minimize the amount of supplements you’re taking, organic magnesium cream works equally as well as the capsules.
After stopping hormone meds your brain needs time to begin communicating with your ovaries again. Taking DIM, progesterone, CDG, or Vitex immediately after stopping the pill does not give your natural hormones time to regulate. Waiting a few months first before considering taking any estrogen modulating supplements is important. So many times I see women taking these supplements and lowering estrogen too much, causing other problems. Understanding why your estrogen levels are out of balance in the first place and addressing root causes is more effective at reducing symptoms than taking DIM, natural progesterone, or Vitex.
Studies show that the birth control pill contributes to increased levels of the heavy metals cadmium and copper. The Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie is made with real foods that gently and safely remove these heavy metals without recirculating them through the body. I’m forever grateful to Anthony William, Medical Medium, for sharing this smoothie recipe with us. It can be found here.
Research shows that emotional stress lowers the immune system. Bolstering our immune system by clearing emotional stress gives our mood a boost before stopping hormone drugs.
Releasing and clearing stuck/trapped emotions from my body that I inherited, absorbed from others, or didn’t process from the past helped me go from feeling scared of making a decision and change to feeling free of all that emotional stress during my own transition off the pill.
The Emotion Code is an energy healing technique that clears stuck emotions. The Emotion Code is the simplest way to get rid of trapped emotions stored in the body. Emotions are a form of energy. Trapped emotions lower the immune system. By identifying and clearing trapped emotions, we support the body’s natural ability to heal.
In my work with women who went on hormone meds due to painful, irregular periods or vaginal/pelvic pain, I find including Emotion Code clearing work helps bring calm to the nervous system before the transition off of them.
Are you scared of making a decision about which path to take and your mind keeps jumping from one choice to another? Monkey mind could be a sign that your neurological system is inflamed. Lemon balm tea or extract and lowering fats can help cool it off. Green juices and leafy greens can help calm it down, too. Calling on an angel, God/source, or higher consciousness and asking for help can shift this pattern as well.
What should I expect when stopping the pill, IUD, or other hormone drug?
Everyone has a different experience stopping the pill, IUD, or hormone drugs. The longer you’ve been on them and the earlier in life you started taking them, the longer it may take to find natural hormone balance off hormone meds. Other factors that influence your post pill/IUD experience are the level of heavy metals, toxins, and low grade viruses or bacteria in your body and reproductive system.
Here are some comments from my community about stopping the pill:
“I feel much better without any hormones, no mood switching, my sex drive increased, a pain after sex stopped, no nausea, constant cramps dissapeared.”
“With the mini pill I had weight gain, constipation, bloating, low mood, and acne. I have none of this while off them so I’m better without.”
Other comments included one woman who said she couldn’t stand having heavy periods off the pill and is choosing to stay on hormones into her 50’s.
Personally, I experienced an increase in my hair falling out for 8 months when I stopped the pill. I also stopped spotting daily (yay) and experienced less constipation. The pill had caused gut and bloating issues, and those healed over time after I stopped the pill.
“Become your own liver expert.” - Anthony William. The liver processes our hormones. A lifestyle that befriends our liver allows our hormones to be in better balance. Each body is unique and no two people need the same thing. Slow living and enjoying sunbathing, walking, rebounding, meditating, prayer, or other self care activities nourish the liver.
Studies found that 80 percent of women feel back to normal within three months of stopping the pill. If you have symptoms like not getting your period back after 4-6 months of stopping the pill or other hormone drug, acne, digestive issues, heavy periods, anxiety, mood problems, hair loss, or migraines, you may be having a reoccurrence of issues that you had before taking the pill/hormone drug.
Sara Lopez helps sensitive beauties with painful, irregular periods or vaginal/pelvic pain heal holistically and clear emotional stress so they can feel good in their body again. She is a Certified Hormone Specialist and Certified Emotion Code Practitioner. Her website is: https://empathmagic.com
Apply for a free 45 minute holistic health clarity call with Sara here.
During this call, you’ll discover:
• The possible reasons why acupuncture, diet changes, pelvic PT, or supplements haven’t worked to reduce painful, irregular periods or vaginal/pelvic pain for you
• An easy way to take control of your health and reduce irregular periods and pelvic/vaginal pain.
• Ease and clarity around decision making and your holistic healing journey
Disclaimer: Always talk with a medical professional about health concerns. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.