Hormone Replacement Therapies: Not Ideal for The treatment of Hormone Imbalances

Hormone Replacement Therapies

The oral contraceptive pill or hormonal IUD is not ideal for the treatment of hormone disruptions. The pill/IUD aims to treat hormone disruption, as well as symptoms resulting from hormone disruption (e.g. skin issues) by shutting off natural hormone production from the ovaries all together. Instead of rebalancing the hormonal disruption, they just shut off everything.

They do this by giving the body synthetic hormones, therefore the body stops producing its own. However, while the hormones released from the pill/IUD try to mimic natural progesterone and estrogen, they are not quite the same. This is why the pill/IUD carry so many side effects because when it comes to hormones, specificity is absolutely vital. Hormones lock onto receptors in the body via a lock and key function. When the key doesn’t fit the lock properly, problems occur.

Shutting off natural hormone production may mask some symptoms of hormonal disruption, but it fails to address the underlying causes. When a female takes the pill/IUD for hormonal issues, although her natural hormone production is completely shut off, the underlying drivers of her hormonal disruption are still manifesting. Therefore, when the female comes off the pill/IUD, her hormonal issues are likely to be the same, if not worse then when she started the pill/IUD.

Long term suppression of hormones while being on the pill/IUD is also a reason why females often don’t get their period for a while when they come off it, or experience infertility, even if they went on the pill/IUD for contraception reasons. It takes a long time for the hormones to self-regulate again and for the body to ovulate by itself again.

Ovulation is vital to health because this is how females produce hormones like progesterone. Suppression of ovulation after the pill/IUD can therefore lead to a number of debilitating symptoms, such as skin issues, due to the lack of hormone production. Even if the female went on the pill/IUD for contraception and had no prior issues beforehand.

Lastly, if you are currently using or planning on using the pill/IUD purely for contraceptive methods or to have the “luxury” of skipping your period, I would strongly urge against his due to the harsh side effects of the pill/IUD on hormones and use other means of contraception like barrier methods (e.g. condoms).

Optimising your hormonal balance and having a regular, symptom free, monthly period is a hallmark feature of good health for a female, which is why it is important that you get it right, if it is not like this.

Call Oak Health today or book an appointment online to find out how evidence based, practical and sustainable diet and lifestyle changes, as well as herbal and nutritional supplementation can be used to bring your hormones back into balance. Please consider Oak Health as an option if you have come off the pill, are considering going on the pill or still on it! A lot can be done, even while on the pill. You may also want to consider the 6 week hormone rebalancing program.