I was on the pill for 10 years and never had a period (or should I say withdrawal bleed). How convenient!? The doctors weren't concerned 1 in 5 women don't have a withdrawal bleed when they are on hormonal birth control - they shrugged it off and tell me not to worry, that there was no way this was an issue caused by the pill.
When I came off the pill, my period never returned...for 2 years. I spoke to my doctor about it at the time and her response was, "It’s fine. Women don’t need to have a period." and "We could put you back on the pill to reboot the system!"
WTF?! Something about this didn’t seem right to me.
You seriously couldn't pay me to go back on the pill.
Luckily I was studying my health coaching certification and I began to implement everything I learned in class and treated myself. I knew I was better off being a n=1 experiment for myself.
Honestly, if I studying natural health hardcore, I might still be without my period. So if you’ve struggled with this, you’re not crazy, you’re not alone, and you’re not doing it wrong. This stuff is crazy complicated.
Eventually, my period came back for 2 months and then disappeared again. I took my period returning for granted and let some of the protocols slide, not to mention over exercising and under eating (intermittent fasting was all the rage OK!).
I started researching the impact of birth control and realised its a thing to have a delay in the return of your period but it always said for up to a year or 18 months. I had been without a period for 2 frickin years! I realised that all the herbs and supplements were not going to do anything if i wasn't nourishing my body properly, and skipping meals is a shocker for hormone balancing.
I discovered that not only was I facing post-birth control amenorrhoea but HYPOTHALAMIC AMENORRHOEA. The kind of missing period that is common in athletes and anyone who over-exercises and under-eats. I didn't think I was at the time but this long without a period was a serious reality check that made me stop fasting until lunch, bring back breaky (yay) and ensure I was getting all the nourishment my body needed...at every meal, and chill the F out at the gym.
Almost ALL WOMEN are impacted by the pill in some way, and some have worse side effects when they get off. If i hadn't been studying at the time, there’s no way I could have figured this out on my own.
The side effects of coming off the pill are varied and complex. There are however fairly simple strategies we can take to ensure you are getting the proper nutrition your body needs, supplementing where you need to and managing stress.
If you would like to stop guessing about the health of your hormones. You can test with me to know for sure which hormones are out of whack and what to do about it.