5 Tips on How To Get Your Period Back After Post Birth Control Syndrome

Get Your Period Back: 5 Tips for Recovering from Post Birth Control Syndrome

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One of the downsides of using “the Pill” is that many times it’s hard to get back to a normal menstrual cycle once you stop taking it. Some of my young female clients in their 20s and 30s who were taking birth control for a long time and then stopped haven’t had their periods for months, or sometimes even years!

It can be frustrating, especially for women who have stopped taking birth control because they want to become pregnant. And my clients realize that having amenorrhea isn’t a good sign for their overall health regardless of their childbearing plans, so they’ve come to me to help them make the diet, supplement, exercise, and lifestyle changes they need to in order to get their hormones back on track.

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Since this is a common experience for women my age, I wanted to share my best suggestions for recovering from post birth control syndrome using diet and lifestyle, in order to help those who have been frustrated by the symptoms associated with the condition. The following are tips you can follow without needing a doctor’s visit or a prescription. Read on to learn how to get your period back!

1. Optimize Your Nutrition Status

As a dietitian/nutritionist, nutrition is always the number one focus in any of my health improvement plans. My clients who’ve aren’t having regular periods tend to be some of the fastest responders to a tailored nutrition and supplement program, primarily because the loss of menstruation is often be a sign of underlying nutrient deficiencies. Even if you’re eating a whole foods, Paleo diet, there are many nutrients that can be inadequate if you’re not making a concerted effort to include specific foods and/or supplements.

There has been evidence accumulating over the years that certain nutrients may become depleted while a woman is on an oral contraceptive. While there are likely dozens of nutrients that are important in regaining your fertility and monthly cycle, there are a few in particular that I find to be extremely effective in helping to recover the menstrual cycle.

Zinc

Zinc is a critical nutrient to consider, and many nutritionists recommend an increase in zinc intake for female clients struggling with loss of menstruation following the use of the Pill. There is evidence demonstrating that women who take oral contraceptives have lower plasma zinc levels, so they may have higher need for this important mineral for fertility.

Some healthcare practitioners theorize that taking oral contraception might either cause zinc deficiency or even copper overload, which could contribute to the loss of healthy menstrual function. Either way, I always include zinc as part of my recommendations for my clients with amenorrhea.

Zinc can be sometimes difficult to replenish without short term therapeutic supplementation, even in the context of a whole foods diet. If you’re willing to eat lots of shellfish (e.g. oysters and clams), red meat, pumpkin seeds, and poultry, you may be able to avoid supplementing with zinc in this case. I usually recommend 15-30 mg of zinc per day for someone with post birth control syndrome. (If you do supplement, be sure to take it with a meal, otherwise you may get sudden, intense nausea.)

Magnesium

Magnesium is another mineral that I find beneficial for my clients with post birth control syndrome. While many of us in the ancestral health community feel that everyone can benefit from daily magnesium supplementation, it’s especially important for those on birth control (or coming off birth control) to supplement with magnesium.

Magnesium is difficult to get enough of in our modern diets, and some evidence shows that serum magnesium levels are reduced by oral contraceptive use.

If you have a history of birth control use, I recommend using a chelated form of magnesium and taking 200-400 mg daily to supplement what you’re getting from food.

Vitamin B6

Finally, vitamin B6 is another nutrient that is not often discussed but can be very helpful in restoring menstrual function in those with post birth control syndrome. A 2011 study found that those who used oral contraceptives had lower plasma vitamin B6 concentrations, and one type of amenorrhea caused by high prolactin levels was able to be treated using B6 supplementation, suggesting that supplementing with B6 may be beneficial in post birth control syndrome.

Vitamin B6 is found in a variety of foods, and is generally safe to take as a supplement at doses below 100 mg per day. I like Designs for Health’s Sublingual Vitamin B6, which has the added benefit of providing a small amount of chelated zinc. At 50 mg per teaspoon, it’s a high enough dose to replenish any depleted stores, but not so much to risk toxicity with long term use.

Other Nutrients

There are other nutrients that I address with my clients, either making diet or supplement recommendations to address potential deficiencies in their diets. One nutrient that I find tends to be quite low in many of my young female clients’ diets is vitamin A. You can get plenty of vitamin A by eating 4-8 ounces of beef or lamb liver every week, and that’s almost always something I recommend to my clients who are struggling to regain their periods. Another important nutrient is vitamin D, which typically comes from adequate sun exposure but can be helpful as a supplement for those with blood levels below 30 ng/mL.

There are many nutrients that may be negatively affected by long term birth control use, and every person’s needs are unique. If you’re struggling with post birth control syndrome and aren’t sure if your nutrition has been optimized for your recovery, I recommend working with a knowledgable nutritionist who can help assess your diet for possible nutrient gaps.

2. Optimize Your Circadian Rhythms

In our modern world of late night TV, attachment to our cell phones, 24 hour artificial light, and inadequate hours of sleep, our circadian rhythms have taken a serious beating.

Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. People who fly across several time zones experience circadian rhythm disruption as “jet lag”, but even less dramatic shifts in your circadian rhythms can cause significant health problems, including infertility and amenorrhea.

Your circadian rhythms affect all endocrine hormone secretions, including melatonin, cortisol, thyroid stimulating hormone, growth hormone, prolactin, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), insulin, leptin, and more. (1) While we don’t know how all of these hormones might contribute to healthy menstruation, we do know that prolactin, FSH, and LH are the key hormones regulating the menstrual cycle along with estrogen and progesterone.

So it’s not a stretch to assume that if these hormones aren’t being released at the appropriate times, the reproductive system won’t be getting the proper signals that are needed to regulate the menstrual cycle. And some research does show that circadian rhythm disruption from jet lag and shift work can wreak havoc on women’s reproductive function. (2)

There are dozens of factors that affect circadian rhythms, but I’ll just focus on the two most important: light exposure and sleep. Proper light exposure includes getting adequate daytime sunlight and appropriate elimination of bright light at night. The biggest influence is the light hitting your eyes, so I strongly suggest making an effort to get outside, or at least sit by a window, for most of the daylight hours. On the flip side, you also need to ensure you’re not getting blue light exposure once the sun has gone down.

There are ways you can address this issue even if you can’t go outside during the day or shut off all your lights when the sun goes down. The first is to get a light therapy lamp that can help provide the right spectrum of daytime light during your day, which you can set up at your work desk. The second is to block blue light at night, and the easiest way to do this is by using these super fashionable orange goggles. You can also use orange light bulbs as your evening lighting option.

And of course it should go without saying that you need to prioritize your sleep, going to bed early enough to get a full 8 hours of sleep every night.

3. Eat Enough Carbs and Calories For Your Activity Levels

This is one of the most difficult recommendations for many of my clients, as frequently those dealing with post birth control syndrome are also trying to lose weight. And more often than not, their weight loss attempt includes reducing their food intake and cutting down on carbohydrates.

While this strategy may help with short term weight loss, it’s definitely not conducive to your hormonal health to significantly limit your food intake in this way. It’s a well known phenomenon in the medical world, called the Female Athlete Triad, where women under eat and overtrain so much that they lose their menstrual function, and even put themselves at risk for osteoporosis.

Stefanie Ruper has written a fantastic article on the problems with being overly restrictive with your food intake, and how dozens of her readers have written to her complaining that they lost their menstrual function when switching to a Paleo diet. She acknowledges that it’s not the Paleo diet that is the issue per se, but that those who switch to Paleo often get stuck in an overly restrictive, low carbohydrate approach that does not support healthy endocrine function through various effects on the HPA axis and thyroid hormone conversion.

I think it’s safe to say that those women dealing with post birth control syndrome should also be wary about how restrictive their diet is, and ensure that they’re getting enough calories and carbohydrates to support their activity levels.

I generally recommend at least 30-40% of calories from carbohydrate for my patients who aren’t getting their period, and provide them an appropriate calorie range for their body size and activity levels. Trying to quickly lose weight while dealing with amenorrhea is rarely a good combination.

And the other side of this issue is avoiding overtraining, which is another problem I see in many of my young female clients trying to “lean out”. As I mentioned, this overtraining and undereating combination is known as the Female Athlete Triad and is well known as a cause of amenorrhea. Overtraining means different things to different people; what might be a normal training schedule for an elite athlete may cause burnout and hormonal disruption in a non-athlete. If you’re dealing with amenorrhea, you need to take a serious look at your training regimen and make sure you’re not overdoing it.

4. Manage Your Stress

This is another big issue for many of my young female clients experiencing amenorrhea. Stress is generally unavoidable in our modern lives, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it disrupt your life and throw off your hormone regulation.

Chronic stress causes hypothalamic‐pituitary‐adrenal (HPA) axis dysregulation, which is also known as adrenal fatigue. (3) Unfortunately, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland are also key regulators of the menstrual cycle. (4) Thus, chronic stress is easily able to cause irregular menstrual cycle activity, and can even lead to a condition known as hypothalamic amenorrhea. This is very similar to what happens in the case of the Female Athlete Triad, and is typically caused by the chronic physical and/or emotional stress that is unfortunately common among young women.

For those trying to overcome post birth control syndrome (or any type of amenorrhea for that matter), getting stress under control is very important. This includes the recommendation above regarding eating enough and avoiding overtraining, but it also deals with managing daily stress from work, relationships, financial issues, and more.

I always tell my amenorrheic clients to find a stress management protocol that works for them, which can include yoga, meditation, journaling, deep breathing, and more. Anything you enjoy doing that helps relieve stress is a great choice, and can make a big difference in your return to normal menstrual function.

5. Boost Your Detox Capacity

Having a strong ability to detoxify is crucial for recovering from post birth control syndrome, as one of the primary issues with taking oral contraceptives for a long period of time is hormonal build up. Your body stores hormones like estrogen in your fat cells, and these stored hormones can linger for months or years after you stop taking the Pill. Your liver is responsible for clearing these hormones through the bile, and if you’re not detoxifying well enough, your liver is ineffective at eliminating these excess hormones.

There are many ways to boost detox capacity – too many to get into in this article – but I’ve written another article in which I recommend increasing intake of certain foods that can help boost hormone clearance. Another option is taking a supplement which contains a variety of nutrients and botanicals that support the body’s natural detoxification process. Liver Detoxifier and Regenerator from NOW Foods is a popular choice.

And wouldn’t you know it, your gut flora can even help you detoxify excess hormones. This podcast I’ve linked to is all about the “estrobolome,” the complete set of bacterial genes that code for enzymes capable of metabolizing estrogens within the human intestine. (5) So taking a high quality probiotic and eating fermented foods, especially fermented cruciferous vegetables like sauerkraut, is an important part of recovering from post birth control syndrome.

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What to Do If You Still Haven’t Gotten Your Period Back

These are my best general recommendations for how to regain your period after stopping birth control, and I’ve used these strategies successfully with many young female clients. It’s important to address all these factors, as any one of them can be enough to disrupt menstrual function, which is a sign of suboptimal health.

Of course, sometimes this isn’t enough to get you back on track hormonally, especially if you were taking birth control for many years, or if you started birth control as a method to address hormone issues in the first place. In this case, you may need some additional testing done to identify any issues that may be causing your amenorrhea. PCOS is a very common condition that can significantly disrupt your hormonal function, so you’ll want to discuss this possibility with your endocrinologist.

And of course working with a knowledgable nutritionist can help you identify the missing pieces in your recovery plan to ensure that you’re doing everything possible to get back your hormonal health and menstrual function.

Now you tell me – have you ever struggled with post birth control syndrome and/or amenorrhea? What helped you get your period back? Share your story in the comments below!

Laura Schoenfeld MPH RDAbout Laura: Laura uses her knowledge of traditional and biologically appropriate diets to improve her clients’ health. Growing up with a family that practices Weston A. Price principles of nutrition, she understands the foods and cooking practices that make up a nutrient dense diet.

With her strong educational background in biochemistry, clinical nutrition, and research translation, she blends current scientific evidence with traditional food practices to help her clients determine their ideal diet, without excessive restriction or stress. You can find her at LauraSchoenfeldRD.com, on Facebook, and Twitter.

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  1. Has anyone had any luck in getting their periods back yet? I’m getting more and more anxious… feel like I’m doing everything I can and my body is just working against me. I hope you guys are having some success?

    • I’m right with you rowey! The one thing I feel like I’m never really successful at is reducing stress. I try to be good about it but I’m just really terrible at it….I’m an anxious person by nature. I’m trying to do more things like yoga and deep breaths to try and get my anxiety in line. I know exactly how you feel…the longer it takes the more anxiety and I’m sure that only makes it worse. Sending you good vibes!

  2. Hi Laura,

    I have been off of the Depo Shot for a month now. Was due to get another shot on Oct. 27th but did not go. I suffered from very bad side effects while I was on Depo. So that is why after my 2nd shot I decided not to get my 3rd one. I had headaches everyday, nausea, diarrhea at least 2x a week, dizziness, and weight gain. I gained 15 pounds in the first 3 months of going on Depo. During the 2nd 3 months, I gained another 8 pounds. I felt very uncomfortable. Now since im off the shot, i’ve been trying to lose the weight and get my periods back to normal. But im having no luck. Still having post birth control symptoms. I am currently having bleeding every 2 weeks and the bleeding is light to moderate. Not heavy at all. I just want my cycle to go back to normal. How long until this happens?

  3. Hi there I am so glad I’ve stumbled upon this blog as I’m in the same boat. I stopped taking yasmin pill after 10 years of being on it and havent had a period since (7 months ago) I’m going crazy with worry! Help! xx

  4. Hi there I am so glad I’ve stumbled upon this blog as I’m in the same boat. I stoped taking yasmin pill after 10 years of being on it and havent had a period since (7 months ago) I’m going crazy with worry! Help! xx

  5. Hi,

    I have been diagnosed with PCOS 3 years ago. Just looking at my daughter now sleeping peacefully next to me… I was on a birth control pill before the diagnosis for 11 years. When I gave it up, the symptopms of PCOS started to occur: shorter to non-exisiting periods, hair loss, acne. We have been trying for a baby for nearly a year by the time I went for ovaries scan and discovered I had PCOS. My GP signed me up to a fertility clinic which had a 6 months waiting list. In the meantime she recommended I start taking vitamins for conception for at least 3 months (this is how long one egg matures), reduce the intake of simple sugars and try accupuncture or herbal remedies and she ordered me to have a very regular sex in many different positions. I hate needles so I never gave accupuncture a go but I tried Dong Quai herbal capsules for the period of 4 months plus the pro-conception vitamins which I ate every day. Dong Quai is some chinese fertility herb you only take for the first half of your menstrual cycle. I also stopped eating sweets daily, I stopped using sugar and sweeteners in my tea and coffee but these were all changes I introduced in my diet. After about 2 weeks I was used to the changes and my cravings stopped. I was having sex every second day rather than closer to ovulation (phew!). I think all of it combined, helped my body to regulate itself a bit and I got pregnant 4 months later. I never got to the fertility clinic. I thought I will write it for all those worrying ones about getting pregnant with PCOS. It’s possible. Have hope. Stay positive!

  6. I am so glad to have found this article and know i am not alone! I live in Myanmar and there are not good doctor’s here so i was concerned i needed to go somewhere for a doctor but didn’t really know if it was worth it. I had endoscopic surgery 10 or 11 years ago, then took the lupron shot then birth control to stop my period. The doctor said to not worry about a period and let my ovaries rest until i thought about getting pregnant. That was 10 years ago! Every now and then i would take the sugar pills to make sure i could still get a period. A few months ago I went to get an ultra sound, for bladder issues and the doctor asked why my ovaries were so small. I got worried and decided to stop the birth control. I had one period when i first stopped and then nothing for 3 months now. I have had some cramping and some of the egg yolk stuff so i keep hoping! then i wasn’t sure if i should try to birth control for a month again or not. I think i wont and try the diet (I recently started a vegan diet with mostly raw foods). So i think i will wait a bit longer. I really thought i was alone on this! Thank you everyone for sharing!!

    • Make sure to read his articles about vegetarian and vegan diets. The best time to vegan is definitely not when you’re trying to make a baby. Google Weston Price fertility diet too.

  7. I am worried that I might not be able to have kids in the future. I used to be on the pill. I came off it because i was getting breakthrough bleeding when I shouldn’t and then waited to get a natural period so I could switch pills to one that may work better. I never got a period after the bleed coming off it so I didn’t go back on the pill. It has now been over a year and a half and I have only had one real period (about 7 weeks ago) and nothing since. I have had blood tests and a scan of my ovaries. Everything appears normal according to the doctors. I am not sure what to do next. I hope I can have kids in the future so I want my periods to be normal. It worries me that there may be something wrong with me. Does anyone have any advice or has anyone else gone through the same kind of thing? Any advice will be appreciated. It has really played on my mind as I wonder what is wrong with me…

      • hi guys I’m so glad stumbled upon this site as I’m in the same boat having come off yasmin pill 7 months ago. I’ve had no period since. I’ve had blood tests and they are normal going to have a scan too soon. I’m just so worried I wont be able to have kids. Help xx

    • Hi, i’m in the exact same position as you! I’ve been off the pill for 9 months and haven’t had a period at all since the withdrawal bleed. I’m waiting for a scan on my ovaries to see if I have PCOS but all of my other blood tests have come back normal. I’m also scared about being unable to have kids as i’m in my early 20’s too. How is everything now? x

    • I’m in the same situation, came off the pill a year ago to start a family and I’ve only had one period. I’m really frustrated that none of the doctors I’ve seen in the past 13 years while I was on the pill warned me this could happen, I would have stopped years ago. I feel reassured that it appears fairly normal but it’s still worrying.

  8. Hi, I don’t know if its a good sign or not… I stopped my pills two months before and haven’t got my periods yet. But last week I had kind of egg yolk like discharge for over 4 days. . Does that mean that I am ovulating? Should I expect that I will be getting my periods back? I have been taking Vit B and Magnesium supplements for over a week now.

  9. Hi..I haven’t had my period in a year due to Mirena and then having it removed and being forced to get the Depo shot. (the doctor wouldn’t remove the IUD unless I agreed to the shot and the IUD was giving me a lot of problems) anyway, I spotted for a month and then finally started a normal flow. My question is, how long should it last? It’s been over a week now and still kind of heavy. Thank you!

  10. I was on Implanon for 9 years and had the last one removed 8 months ago. I did take the mini pill for another 2 months. Since then I’ve had very light irregular periods. Which I didn’t have before. I’ve been charting which indicates I’m definately ovulating. This is the first month I have actually had a decent flow again. Hoping things start to go back to normal from here. I don’t ever want to have to go back on the pill again. Have read all about FAM (Fertility Awareness Method). For me that’s the way to go.

  11. Hai Laura,, I have been on BC pill for 4 years and have stopped it last month and yet did not get my periods. Contraception as well as PCOS was the reason to start the pills.. And now me and my husband wanted to have children and I also wanted to know if my PCOS is under control. Hence I stopped taking the pills since end of August. However I did not get my periods and it is not possible that I am pregnant. I used to get periods(slight spotting for 2 days) regularly 24-26th day every month while on pills. Hence I was expecting the same even after stopping the pills. I was really stressed and while I was searching for reasons I came across this article and I must agree that it was a relief learning that I am not alone. This article is well written and I too thought of following your suggestions. However reading all the comments really makes me panic about the condition I am in.
    I already have lots of stress due to my career and do not want to add up to it with health issues too.
    What do you suggest to begin with? I am 5,5ft and weighs 125lb.

  12. Great article! And some suggestions I haven’t heard yet. I had been in BC for a little over ten years. I’ve always been very active, but by no means a marathin runner or anything of that sort. My period started to fade in the 6 months before stopping birth control and it hasn’t come back for about 4 months after stopping. I eat a high vegetable diet but do not eliminate any large food groups. I got a stress fracture in my foot about a month ago and have been off exercise since which my Dr thought would double as a treatment to reduce exercise and increase my BMI to get my cycle back. No luck yet :-(….definitely a frustrating process. Thus far.

    • Have you gotten your prolactin checked yet? This sounds exactly like me. I was on BC for a few years, and towards the end, my period started fading – which is weird because the BC made my periods come like clockwork. I stopped BC, and 2 years later, still no period! Finally I found out that I had a small prolactinoma. I went on medication and got my period back in 2 months! Wish I had checked it sooner!

      • Interesting, no I haven’t! They haven’t done anything yet. Pretty much gave me the “wait it out” so far and told me to come back in a few months. I stopped in May. My Dr. thought that it was common due to my size. I’m not underweight but fall towards the low end of the BMI chart. Here is some interesting info I found on reducing Prolactin naturally as well: http://www.dollyhamshealth.com/content/reduce-high-prolactin-level-naturally-and-get-pregnant

        • Cait, you sound like me (are you me?). I went on BC in 2009 after the doctors found a 7cm cyst on my Fallopian tube. Late 2011-2012 I was getting two periods a month. (TWO!) So I switched BC pills and they went away completely. I was kind of spooked. At this time I was 20, weighed ~120lb (I’m 5’3″), and vegan. Later that year I started CrossFit. Still no period. My gyno said this was “normal.” In 2013, at my lowest weight, I was 108. …. to avoid making this story go on any longer… though I had to wear a estrodiol patch to make it happen, I got my period a month ago! First one since Feb ’12. It can happen! (123lb now & a meat eater, too!)

          • It’s nice to know that other people have a similar experience. I just want it to come back! I have sometimes where I feel like I’m having cramps and then nothing ever comes of it. It’s very frustrating! Just don’t know what other route to take at this point. I would like to avoid going on artificial hormones to remedy a problem from artificial hormones but so far nothing has helped.

            • I have the same sensation…cramps, feel like I should be bleeding but nothing there! I have a son who is coming up three years old now but stopped my pill to try to conceive last year. I waited well over 6 months with no period what so ever after my withdrawal bleed. My doctors ran lots of tests and I have had ultrasound scans on my abdomen and nothing. I had also been fighting an eating disorder although my BMI was still in the healthy category (although the lower side). The cramping pain got worse and worse and more frequent so I decided to give up trying to conceive and went back on the pill. I am now of a healthy weight and decided to try the coil but before I got round to going to the doctors about having one I ran out of my pill (mid July) and have been off it since. Still no period and cramps started again and sitting here typing with the achy, heavy abdomen sensation. Fed up already with it. Not sure how long to leave it before going back to the gp this time either as not sure what they’d actually do! Just to add using protection-not trying to conceive and not pregnant.

              • Sorry should have re read my post before submitting! Add a few more facts:
                When I came off the pill before conceiving with my son my periods came back within a month.
                I decided not to have the coil fitted until I had a ‘natural’ period.

  13. I completely agree with this article. But I wish I would have known all the nutritional information then that I know now. I was only on the pill for about 2 years, but that was enough to mess up my cycle for 9 months later. It took almost a year off the pill to get pregnant. Subsequent pregnancies were easier. I will never go back on it again. Unless it’s medically necessary for a woman’s health, I would never recommend it for just simply birth control.

  14. Great topic, one that I do not see often discussed. I can’t tell you exactly how/why it worked, but ACUPUNCTURE was the ticket for me to start my cycles again. I went about 4 months with no period before seeking acupuncture treatments. It wasn’t more than a day or two after my second treatment that my periods came back, and have been completely normal ever since.

  15. Such a great article! I too suffered from this after being on birth control for 10 years to help ‘regulate my period’ when I really needed hormone balancing, detox, and major stress reduction. This was the worst mistake because it only made things worse and I finally decided to stop for my health. It took me about 3 years to get back to balance through thousands of dollars in holistic nutritionist visits, supplements, bioidentical hormones, cleansing/gut repair, stress reduction, weight gain (15 lbs finally woo-hoo!) and cutting out most aerobic exercise. I have had my period on my own for about 6 months straight now 🙂 Such a journey but I feel so much better and it is still a work in progress!

  16. I am having the opposite problem, I am stopping bc because it is no longer controlling my cycle. My cycle is heavier now than it has ever been before and sometimes I have more than one a month. About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s but after recently seeing a homeopathic dr he is not sure this diagnosis is correct. I am turning 30 in a few months, have a normal bmi around 21 and eat limited gluten, mostly paleo. I have vitamin b, d, and omega 3 deficiencies in addition to high homocysteine levels and signs of insulin resistance. After receiving this news I began running again, 2-3 times a week, 2 or more miles each run. It has only been two weeks since I stopped taking BC but my energy level is low and I am back to falling asleep on the couch uncontrollably… I feel like I have lost all gains made when I started seeing my homeopathic dr back in May.

  17. This is going to sound crazy, but communing with the cycle of the moon, helped provide for me a regular flow with minimal PMS symptoms, and almost no cramping. After using the pill for 13 years, I was irregular, only a few times a year, and usually only light and spotty, with horrible cramping, and lethargy. I didn’t have to do witch dances or anything. I bought a rose quartz, and rubbed it while gazing at the full moon. Carried it in my pocket all the time, and really just made it a point to notice the moon more often. When it was pretty or when it was full I would sit relax and gaze. Now my cycle is very regular, and I get my period every full moon. It’s almost crazy that it worked. Oddly that was not even my intention, but only a side effect of becoming more interested in getting in touch with my femininity through the moon goddess.

  18. Too many young girls and women go on the pill in the first place to “regulate” irregular periods. This is an indication that they ALREADY have an underlying hormonal and metabolic dysfunction (often PCOS with significant insulin resistance) which is not helped but is only masked by the BCP and continues to worsen during the time on the pill. It’s no surprise that they are ammenorheic when they finally come off the pill.

    I would really like to see women address the underlying hormonal dysfunction through the appropriate metabolic interventions FIRST, and then keep an eye on that condition if they use BCP’s.

  19. Agree! Mine took almost a year for regularity again, even with a focus on highly nutrient dense foods. I also like tracking my cycles & monitoring temperatures (using the app Kindara). By the way – love that dress you have on!