My journey into supporting women to explore their birth control options was sparked by three relatively unremarkable events.
I don’t have a ‘pain is my passion’ story with the contraceptive pill or my menstrual cycle. I went on the pill when I was young, probably around 16 years old. I didn’t stay on it for long, maybe one to two years max. I started to put on a bit of weight, forgot to take it more times than I remembered, and just decided that it wasn’t for me. To be entirely frank, I don’t remember it being a big decision either way. I think I actually thought it was kind of cool – a nice packet of pills that let me control when I was going to bleed.
Fast forward 30 ish years (eek), and a very run of the mill conversation started a chain of actions.
I was in my kitchen having a cuppa with a neighbour. I had just completed my 3-year Naturopathic Nutrition training. She was lamenting that she finds it really difficult to lose weight. Being freshly qualified and wanting to help, I asked her if she had looked into her hormones at all? At this point in my fledgling career, I was thinking of specialising in supporting women during peri-menopause. She told me that she had been on the pill for 30 years and that she takes it continuously. So no ‘period,’ ever! She asked me if I thought this was healthy? Her doctor said that it was totally fine.
I’m slightly embarrassed to say that after 3 years medical training, with a large proportion of it focused on female health, I didn’t know this was a thing! Inside my head, I’m shouting,
However, I didn’t know the ins and outs so I just said, “I don’t know.”
I couldn’t wait to shuffle her out of the house and research it.
Over the coming days, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. How had I managed to get to this age, with my education and not know?
So I begin to read, read, and read and get some answers.
The second event was during a client’s consultation. She was seeking help with her gut health and allergies. As I do all my clients, I asked if she was on any medication, to which she replied, “no, I’m not.”
Then a little later, we were exploring how her periods were, and she said, oh fine,”I’m on the pill.”
Ah, ok, I said, “so you are on medication,” as I turned back the form’s pages to pop that bit of information in.
“Oh, sorry, I hadn’t realised the pill counted as medication,” she replied.
Well, that’s very interesting, I thought…. If it is not considered a medication, then what is it?
That was stored in the ‘must explore more’ bank in my brain!
The final event was following a chat with a very close friend. She is totally into the health and wellbeing of herself and her children. She uses eCover, drinks turmeric lattes, and makes her children put their phones onto Aeroplane mode when they sleep – she gets it!
Her teenage daughter was beginning to show an interest in boys. My friend said she was thinking of taking her to the doctors to ‘put her on the pill’ so she is ready for when she starts having sex. By now I was well educated on the pros and cons of the contraceptive pill.
I was so disappointed. I’m not saying this in any way to judge because I would have probably not even flinched at this suggestion little than a year earlier.
We then moved on to talk about HRT and how she was against it and wanted to try a natural route before considering taking synthetic hormones.
I left with fire in my belly. How had we got here? As they say, knowledge without application is a burden. I knew I needed to take action and help mothers and daughters make informed choices that served their whole wellbeing, now and in the future.
When I’m not geeking out on woman’s hormones, I’m big into feminine wisdom and incorporate some of these magical teachings into my practice.
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