We all know about the most obvious side effects of the birth control pill, like blood clots, breast cancer risk, and depression. But there are a few you probably haven't heard about yet, which may already be affecting you:
1. Counteracting Your Fitness Goals
A study found that women on the pill gain 60% less muscle mass than women who are not taking oral contraceptives. In a 10-week weight training program, half the participants were on the pill and half were not. By the end of the program, women who were not on the pill had gained significantly more muscle mass, had higher levels of muscle-building hormones, and lower levels of muscle-breaking hormones like cortisol.
2. Attracting the Wrong Mate
Guess what? The pill may also be wreaking havoc on your relationships. In an experiment conducted at the University of Bern in Switzerland, women were asked to smell t-shirts worn by anonymous men and then pick the one that appealed to them most. The results showed that they chose the ones with a certain gene set that were very different from their own, making them genetically compatible. When this set of genes is too similar, the risk of miscarriage increases. Women who were on the pill in this study chose the t-shirts with genes that were very similar to their own, suggesting that the pill interferes with a woman's ability to choose her most compatible mate. As one woman from the study pointed out, "A colleague of mine wonders if the Pill may contribute to divorce. Women pick a husband when they're on birth control, then quit to have a baby and realize they've made a mistake."
Of course, the pill can and does work for some women, however if you're using it to put a band-aid over annoying menstrual symptoms, to regulate an irregular cycle, or because you don't know what else to do, it's time to consider other options.
Getting in touch with your natural hormonal balance is key to unblocking many areas of your life that you may not have even considered were related. We are not knocking the pill and the incredible impact it's had on so many women and the women's liberation movement as a whole. As we at FLO have always believed, it's so important to know the facts and have all your options available before making any decision, especially when it affects your body.
If you are on the pill as a band-aid therapy to mask symptoms like irregular cycles, acne, or heavy and painful periods- you should know there is another more effective option. Our 5-step protocol gets to the underlying causes of all of those symptoms, balancing your hormones and avoiding the dangerous side effects of medication. Why not take a break from unnecessary medication and experiment with what being natural can do for your body - and your love life!
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this - the science of your body is on your side!
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