You thought it would be easy to fall pregnant after you stopped taking the pill. Don’t people fall pregnant accidentally while taking the pill? Or they forget to take the pill just once and suddenly they’re pregnant? It should be easy to have a baby after months of no contraceptive use, right?
You went to your GP to find out why it’s taking so long for you to conceive. Your blood test results came back normal, and your GP couldn’t find anything wrong with you. It just takes time, they said.
So you’ve been left with no answers. You’re feeling stressed out. You’ve already been trying for MONTHS, and your GP said you’ll just have to keep trying and waiting – how long will it take? What if you never fall pregnant – what if you need to do IVF?
I’ve had a number of clients in this exact same situation. Long term use of hormonal contraceptives (the pill, injection, implant, Mirena) can seriously mess with your hormones even after you’ve stopped all contraception. The lingering effects of hormone imbalance can affect ovulation, regular menstrual cycles, and your ability to conceive & carry a baby to full term. Often these clients report irregular periods and aren’t sure if they’re ovulating.
My first step of treatment is to assess what’s going on with their hormones. This can be through menstrual symptom tracking or hormone testing, including oestrogens, androgens, progesterone, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, prolactin, and thyroid hormones. Once we know what’s happening specifically with your hormone levels, your treatment is tailored for your specific hormone imbalances.
Something I see often with women who has a long history of contraceptive use is raised androgen levels. This may present with symptoms like irregular periods, acne and excessive bodily hair. One way we can lower androgen levels is with spearmint tea.
Another common hormonal issue I see is oestrogen dominance. This is often due to poor liver clearance of excess oestrogens, so by using liver-supporting herbs we can balance your oestrogen levels. My favourite herbs to support the liver are milk thistle, schisandra and dandelion root.
The road to conceiving after coming off hormonal contraceptives doesn’t have to be a long road. Imagine instead of trying to conceive unsuccessfully each month, you could be making positive steps to improving your fertility. Let’s make that road to conceiving shorter!
Your next step is to join my FREE 7-day Preconception Challenge starting 7th January 2018. You’ll find out the exact steps you need to take to improve your chances of conceiving a baby naturally. Register for the Preconception Challenge below!
Information in this article is general in nature and does not replace individualised advice from your healthcare provider. It’s best to seek advice before taking any new herbs to ensure no contraindications with your health or medications. Appointments are available here for personalised treatments.