7 easy Steps to detox after quitting the Pill
About 4 weeks ago I posted that I stopped taking synthetic hormones because of the severe side-effects that came along with them. Now I might have to note that I didn’t take synthetic hormones for contraceptive measures but because I have a disease, called endometriosis. If you are new here might as well want to check out previous posts on that topic, like ‘my personal endo story’.
I am personally not a big fan of any form of meds and would rather heal everything naturally but after my second surgery due to severe endometriosis I felt like I was forced to do what almost everyone in this field recommended to, despite the fact that I hadn’t done well with birth control in the past.
So from November to December I took 0,30 milligrams of a sort of synthetic progesterone, called dienogest, and from December to February I even doubled the dose (I also have to note that I free-willingly took this, so nobody is to blame here). But I didn’t do well with it. Only to recap a few points from my post last month :
• I was bleeding black blood November through February straight
• Due to the bleeding I lost a lot of weight
• Due to the bleeding I also felt fatigued 99% of the time
• I was suffering from bad insomnia
• I had heat flashes at night and was sweating a lot throughout the day
• Despite the fact that I felt tired all the time, my heart started racing even from climbing the stairs
• My left arm, fingers, toes and heels sometimes went numb
• I was suffering from bad anxiety attacks that went as far as I thought I literally was dying and thus also was sometimes afraid to fall asleep and never wake up again
• My thyroid and throat were swollen and I had a hard time swallowing food and drinks
• And I just looked very dull, used, had dark circles under my eyes and was unable to go about my daily life, let alone do any exercise
IN OTHER WORDS…
In these 4 short months I managed to mess up my whole endocrine system pretty bad! Now after only 5 weeks after quitting ALL OF THESE SYMPTOMS ARE GONE!!!! In fact, after only a couple of days I could feel my fingers again and the bleeding stopped.
WHAT I DID TO HELP MY BODY DETOX
Now I’m not saying that quitting synthetic hormones is a piece of cake, especially not if you have taken it over a decade. And I did not do my detox on my own, both my gynecologist and my naturopath were informed. I did recover very quickly but the first couple of days were rough; I had really bad migraines and felt extremely dizzy and nauseous as is the world was spinning like a roller coaster. But, as I said, these symptoms subsided really quickly. I also used the following measures to help my body heal:
7 EASY STEPS TO DETOX YOUR BODY AFTER QUITTING SYNTHETIC HORMONES
(1) Sticking to a plant-based, sugar-free, caffeine-free, alcohol free diet
(2) Doing a detox yoga program (AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC SOON)
(3) Getting IV drips and acupuncture done regularly
(4) Sleeping at least 7 hours per night
(5) Meditation twice a day
(6) Spending time outside
(7) Taking select supplement to support my body’s functions (AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC SOON)
Even though the side effects from these synthetic hormones I took are al gone now, I’m still not entirely there yet. As to all good things take time, I also want to give my body the time to heal. Fortunately, though, I was still lucky enough to get on my period this week which is a huge success for me. The last couple of weeks I read so many horror stories of women not getting their period back after quitting birth control and thus eventually developing cysts and all sorts of hormonal imbalances. So I was more than happy that this wasn’t the case for me and that I am not experiencing any pain or drastic body changes after not having had a proper period since September last year*. As always I will keep you posted on my healing journey… If you have anything to add to this article or any questions please comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
So long, enjoy the rest of your Sunday afternoon!
* The bleeding while taking synthetic hormones doesn’t count because it's not an actual menstruation. When you take birth control regularly you don’t ovulate and vice versa don’t menstruate either.