Coming Off The Pill
You're having symptoms that could be related to the pill (headaches, mood changes, loss of libido), you are starting to think about pregnancy, or maybe you just have a sense that the pill is not right for your body. No matter the reason, coming off the pill (or other hormonal birth control) is a big decision. Whilst it often feels like the right thing to do, considering changing your method of birth control brings up a whole host of questions:
Will my cycle be regular? When will I get my period back? Will I put on weight? Will I get post-pill acne? What about contraception?
The pill works by switching off estradiol and progesterone which are responsible for ovulation, and replacing these with synthetic hormones. This means that when you stop taking the pill, your body needs to re-learn how to produce these hormones. Sometimes this process happens easily, and other times it needs a little bit of help.
Supporting your body through the transition off hormonal birth control with targeted diet, supplement, and lifestyle changes will help to make this change as simple as possible. Tamika works with you to identify potential drivers of period problems before you started the pill, and addresses these before you stop taking it. This allows your body to have the smoothest possible transition to natural hormone production and all of the benefits that regular ovulation brings. These drivers vary greatly depending on how your periods were before you took hormonal birth control.
Ready to ditch the pill? Book an appointment now.
So, what now?
You've worked through how to best prepare your body before stopping hormonal birth control and support the hormonal changes once you do, but what about contraception post-pill? Tamika is a trained Fertility Awareness Method Teacher and can help you learn how to prevent pregnancy effectively and naturally, without the use of synthetic hormones and devices. Learn more about the Fertility Awareness Method here.
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About Nourished Natural Health
My name is Tamika and I run Nourished Natural Health, a natural health clinic with expertise in fertility, hormonal balance and digestion. I hold a Bachelor degree in Nutritional Medicine as well as a Bachelor of Teaching, which I use in combination to foster growth and learning. I work with clients in a partnership which empowers you to take control of your own health. I practice holistic healthcare which means I take an in depth look at all aspects of your life, not just what you put in your mouth. Your environment, stress, exercise, sleep, personal life and medical history can have just as big an influence on your health as your diet.
Read more about my story here.
How many appointments will it take for me to come off the pill?
The length of time it will take for your body to get back to normal post-pill depends on what your cycles were like before you started taking the pill. If you had regular cycles with no major issues, you will be able to come off the pill straight away, before your first appointment. You will likely only need 1 or 2 appointments to address potential nutrient deficiencies created by the pill and to check how your cycles are post-pill. If you suffered from irregular, painful or otherwise abnormal cycles before the pill, you will most likely still suffer from these issues once you stop taking it. If you are in this boat, we will work together for around 2 sessions to being to treat these issues before you stop the pill. This will minimise issues once you stop taking it. You may then need around 2 sessions post-pill to make sure everything is getting back to normal.
What qualifications do you have?
I hold a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine), Bachelor of Education and am a Trained Fertility Awareness Educator.
How much does an appointment cost?
Please see pricing breakdowns here.
Can I get a health fund rebate?
Certain Australian private health funds offer rebates for nutrition consults, at varying levels of cover. Please see Health Fund Rebates to determine if you fund may offer you a rebate.