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Coming Off The Pill

Coming off the Pill, the Patch, the Shot and Other Hormonal Contraceptives
by Geraldine Matus

Learning How to Restore Menstrual Cycle Health and Endocrine Balance after Stopping Use of Hormonal Contraceptives

Healthy menstrual cycles are the 5th vital sign of a woman's health. This comprehensive, clinical-based guide helps women recover their fertility and menstruation after the use of hormonal contraception. It explains the varied experiences women may have when they come off the pill and provides holistic and nutritional suggestions to support menstrual cycle health, including non-pharmaceutical approaches to managing difficult periods. It includes narratives from women who share their post-pill experiences.

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Why A Book About Coming Off the Pill?

We see women everyday in our clinic who experience reproductive health problems after discontinuing the birth control pill or other forms of hormonal contraception. They report finding few, if any, resources to help them heal the physiological disruption contraceptive hormones create in their bodies. They also report finding little support on or information for using non-hormonal forms of birth control, such as the Justisse Method for fertility awareness. The intention of this book is to share with women some of those hard to find bits of information; information that Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioners (HRHP) use every day in their work helping women maintain reproductive health and vitality.

Hormonal contraception is a multi-billion dollar industry that impacts the lives of hundreds of millions of women everyday.  Marketing campaigns for hormonal contraception are aggressive. Birth control pills are portrayed as being fun, something strong and independent women use, a way to freedom, and safer to use than being pregnant. These portrayals diminish the profound physiological effects that hormonal contraception has on a woman’s body. These portrayals also belie some of the emotional impact hormonal birth control has on women. We have found that women have been poorly educated about the full truth of how birth control pills work and what that means for them. Commonly hormonal contraceptives are used “off label” for menstrual suppression, and to treat such health concerns as acne, and irregular, painful or heavy menstruation. Currently, there is a great deal of controversy about the use of hormonal contraceptives to suppress menstrual bleeding.