I am probably the biggest protester of the pill there is. I had managed to completely get rid of my endo for 3 years and then silly me decides that I want to have some protection so I decided to go back on the pill. It was fine for the first year. Then the little symptoms started to appear. Mood swings came first, to the point that my partner thought they were so bad he asked his best mate whether it was normal for girls to act this way on the pill– really embarrassing for a new relationship! Then came the pain after running, then pain during sex and well you know the rest. Unfortunately, I lived in denial about it for 2 years before realizing or perhaps even understanding what I had really done to myself. I didn’t know ANYTHING about the pill. How it worked, what it did to my body. All I knew was that it worked on different hormones to regulate my period and prevent me from having a baby. Unfortunately, it didn’t just affect my funny moods. I believe it brought back my Endo.
So, I thought I better explain it to you in simple terms, so you know more about it, what it really does and how it really works and then you can make a more informed decision about whether you really want to be taking it.
The pill is probably the most common treatment used for Endometriosis. Let’s delve into how it works first and then why it is often used for Endo.
So, the pill is made up of synthetic estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are generally taken for 3 weeks and then stopped for a week. The bleeding you experience is not an actual period but is simply “withdrawal bleeding”. There are different types of pills. The most common one used for Endometriosis is often called the “mini pill”.
The pill does the following:
- Prevents ovulation
- Alters the lining of the womb
- Makes the mucus in the cervix hostile to sperm
Many women (including me) have experienced heaps of symptoms which is often related to the progesterone in the pill. These include all the usual fun ones, like nausea, vomiting, headaches, migraines, changes in sex drive, depression, breast tenderness etc.
For many of us who have Endometriosis when we first go on the pill, your gyni might recommend taking it continuously so you have no bleeding at all. This must have a scary effect on the body!
Thing is, I was on this treatment for 5 years. It was fine. I still had Endo pain every now and again. I still got pain during sex but naturally I didn’t have period pain. It was okay, apart from all the side effects I got from the pill. My problem came when I went off the pill. My body went into complete disarray! I got incredibly emotional, incredibly sore and it was really hard to stay away from it to find my natural path in healing.
So, I guess it really depends on what you feel is the best way to heal your body. Controlling your hormones with synthetic materials which never actually cure your Endometriosis? Or getting into the real reason you have Endometriosis and getting to the root cause?
I know many of you might wonder how you prevent falling pregnant if you are not on the pill. There is an easy way to know when you are ovulating.
You are much better off simply avoiding these few days or using other forms of protection for them.
So, ladies I hope that helps you make a better decision about whether you should go on the contraceptive pill. It is ultimately not natural to pump your body with synthetic materials. Guess who has to clean that up too? Yip, the good ol’ liver!