Lie #1 : Birth control can “fix your period problems” (heavy, painful, irregular etc)
The truth is, birth control does NOT fix anything. In fact, the whole point of birth control is to turn off your body’s natural ability to cycle (typically this is done through shutting off ovulation altogether) so that you will not get pregnant. In return, hormonal birth control provides you with a dose of synthetic hormones which have many other impacts on the body. Did you know? It takes about 12 years for your ovaries to regulate their communication with the brain to regulate your cycles. If you are taking hormonal birth control, this connection is interrupted and can lead to period problems down the road.This is also something I see often in young women. The moment they get their period it is often heavy, painful and may come with other not so amazing symptoms such as acne. Instead of supporting their body and giving them time to regulate, they are immediately put on hormonal birth control (usually until they want to get pregnant)
Lie #2: Your periods will regulate while you take hormonal birth control
Did you know? The “period” you experience while taking birth control is not a period at all. In fact I refer to “periods” on the pill as a pill bleed or a withdrawal bleed. Why? Because when you are taking birth control the only reason why you bleed at the end of your pack (or during the sugar pills) is because your body is withdrawing from the dose of hormones it has been given. Many women will even lose their “period” altogether when they are on a hormonal IUD and this is typically the result of being given consistent doses of hormones without a specific “withdrawal”.