I recently received a blog comment from Dora, a woman who was able to successfully prevent acne after coming off the birth control pill. I loved hearing her story so much that I asked her to answer some questions for me about exactly how she managed to do it. My hope is that this story will inspire those of you that are worried about coming off the pill.
Hopefully Dora’s story will empower you with the tools and knowledge to know that you can safely and happily come off the pill.
F: How long were you on the contraceptive pill for? And why did you decide to come off it?
D: I went on the pill when I was around 17-18 years old and I’m about to turn 36 next month, so thats 18 or 19 years!!!!
I had been wanting to come off the pill for quite a few years. When I was 28 I was studying to become a remedial massage therapist at a natural therapies college and it was during my physiology classes that we learnt how bad the pill is for your body. That completely put me off (especially knowing that each month it tricks my body into thinking its pregnant!) and I had enough knowledge and sense to know that taking a drug everyday for years cannot be good for you. I set a date and just came off it with no preparation and not having any idea of what it would do to my skin. I can’t remember how soon it happened but I pretty much broke out with terrible acne, even worse than before and was shocked since by then I was 29, in my mind I was thinking surely I should have outgrown that phase of my life. Is it possible to be pushing 30 and still have the skin of a teenager??? I started using proactive on my skin and had no results, all it did was make my skin incredibly dry and feel horrible. Out of fear I went back on the pill for another 6 years.
There were a few factors that inevitably influenced me to come off the pill for good:
- I knew I was only on it for fear of my skin breaking out and that at some stage I had to come off it, I could not stay on the pill forever! What if I wanted to have a baby?? Would I be plagued with this fear?
- I had started to have really bad migraines. I had always suffered from migraines but in the last few years they were getting worse! I was getting them every month on the first day of my period and they would last for 3 days. They were so debilitating that I could not even work. Out of desperation I finally went to the doctor who prescribed me a very specific migraine medication which helped immensely, but I’m the kind of person who hates taking medication and I knew that this was only a band aid quick fix for the time being and that I had to get to the bottom of this. I did my own research and came to the conclusion that they were hormonal and went to see a naturopath who specialises in womens issues (she came highly recommended to me by a client of mine who also suffered from migraines). It was with her assistance that I discovered that my liver was basically overloaded and unable to function properly. It was a combination of taking the pill for years and that coupled with my period (since the livers function is also to process hormones) since it was unable to do that (I was having extreme highs of estrogen and then huge crashes), hence a migraine would occur. This was all made worse by the fact that I was on diane 35, which is a high estrogen pill.
F: Why did you decide to work with natural therapies when you finally went off the pill for good
D: I have always been a firm believer and advocate of natural therapies. To me it just makes sense – if you can heal/help your body naturally, why wouldn’t you? I loath taking medications of any sort and since my poor little liver was struggling to work properly, there was no way that I wanted to take any more medicines and I wanted to get off the migraine tablets as soon as possible. All medications are harmful to our liver and have undesirable side effects. I work with natural therapists, I’m a remedial massage therapist myself, and next year will be studying to become a nutritionist. I believe whole heartedly in the area and because of my spiritual beliefs also know that mother nature provides us with everything that we need. I just had to find the right people and resources to help me get off the pill and achieve clear skin.
F: What did you do when you went off the pill to prevent acne?
D: So a few things:
- I found High on Health!!!
- I worked really closely with a naturopath and kinesiologist
So I discovered the High on Health website by searching the Internet and trying to find any information that would help me. I purchased the “acne gold” webinar and did everything it told me to do! One of the things that Fran mentioned, and that I had heard before, is that the liver holds onto to anger and other emotions and that I needed deal with my ‘stuff’. When I first started to get acne in my teens there was not doubt that I had a lot of repressed anger and childhood issues, but as an adult I had alot of awareness and had been seeing a bodymind psychotherapist (who was a godsent!) and she helped me to deal with these things in a healthy and safe way. So I knew that I could tick that off my list of things to do.
Next I went to see my naturopath about taking estroblock and all the detoxes mentioned in the webinar. She looked over all the information and ingredients and gave them her approval. Just prior to this she also got me to make some small changes to my diet. I always ate well but now I ate even better! I reduced my meat in take to once a week, increased my oily fish consumption (salmon and sardines) to three times a week, started adding linseed to my muesli in the morning and increased my intake of beans/legumes to three times a week. I always drank loads of water (two litres a day) decreased my coffee consumption to twice a week, started drinking loads of herbal teas, especially dandylion and green teas and stopped drinking alcohol.
I purchased estoblock, my naturopath had already got me taking premular (also known as vitex agnus-castus) by flordis herbal medicines for a few months. I jumped on the Dr Hulda Clarkes website and purchased the parasite cleanse herbs (you can buy them already mixed in the perfect measurements called tri-plex, just google it), and the kidney cleanse herbs (again all mixed in perfect quantities called fluid-plex), then I went to my kinesiologist and he tested me for the best time to take the herbs and estroblock plus the quantities. This is soooooo important people, since everyones body is different plus you need to make sure that if your taking any other supplements that you get tested to see what you can and cant take together to ensure optimum uptake and results for your body. I trust my kinesiologist 100% and to me its a fool proof way of knowing what to take and when and if your body needs it since kinesiology works on the theory that your body knows what it needs and this I believe in whole heartedly.
So this is exactly what I did to come off the pill
- I had been taking premular for 4 months before coming off the pill to help balance my hormones. one in the morning as soon a I woke up.
- After being muscle tested by my kinesiologist I started taking one estroblock three weeks before coming off the pill at night before going to bed.
- Again after being tested by my kinesiologist one week before coming off the pill I increased my estroblock to two tablets a day
- One week before coming off the pill I started the parasite cleanse, when I completed that I started the kidney cleanse and when I finished that I did the liver cleanse, roughly three weeks after coming off the pill.
F: What sort of detox did you do?
D: I did the Dr Hulda Clarke parasite cleanse, kidney cleanse and liver detox.
F: How long has it been now since coming off the pill?
D: It has been roughly 3-4 months and I have had NO issues with my skin. I am absolutely ecstatic! My period returned back to normal straight away and I have a perfect 28 day cycle NATUALLY! I’m due for my third real period on Monday (my period even comes on the same day each month naturally which is awesome!).
I’ve only had one proper pimple in this time. I can sometimes feel some under the skin on my chin every now and again but they never come up and they never break the skin. I’ve had a few tiny little ones on my back but you can barely seen them, its just that I can feel them which is how I know they’re there. Last month was the first month in ages that I didn’t have a migraine with my period (AWESOME) so fingers crossed this period will be the same. I have also just repeated the liver detox last weekend. In a months time I will return to my kinesiologist to see when I can come off the EstoBlock and perhaps even the Vitex. My gut tells me to drop down to one estroblock tablet in three months and then after another three months to come off it altogether, but I will get tested just to make sure.