The Curse in Contraceptives….
How your method of contraception could sabotage your weight loss plans? Most methods of contraception are packed with artificial hormones which can mess up you natural balance some resulting in serious weight gaining. I personally have been strict in this region I prefer using none hormonal contraception.
Artificial Hormones = Resident Enemy
Most methods contain artificial hormones that could sabotage any weight loss program you may try. You will experience a sudden weight gain sometimes known as baby fat. Joining the gym can help but, depending on commitments sometimes, it is hard to get the time to go to the gym when you have a newly born baby. I am a strong believer in allowing the body to heal before jumping into heavy training. Baby weight/fat can be stubborn to lose when you have a hidden enemy working against your progress. You may have used the same contraception method before pregnancy and it worked fine, but after childbirth, if you use the same one and there is a cause of concern, bare in mind that your body goes through a rollercoaster of change. Don’t be afraid to switch it up.
When your mood is low your body processes things differently your metabolism slows down. This is another sign and symptom that comes with artificial hormones. For other women, this translates into a post-natal depression after you have just had a baby. Is it not shocking that contraception is not picked up as a cause of post-trauma. Beware of the guest of convenience that you invited into your body while trying to avoid another bump. I have once experienced serious mood swings when I tried the oral contraceptives after my first pregnancy, at that time I had no knowledge of the artificial hormones until the mood swings started.
Other side effects
The bad experience I had with the pill was the emotional roller coaster and some people have skin breakouts and other physical side effects but I had emotional breakdowns when you are emotionally down sometimes it increases your appetite. I was always down and a proper witch, I did not want to be touched. I just could not be in the mood for intimacy, whenever I would try to be intimate, my vagina would be the great Sahara. It didn’t make sense at first. I just figured “there goes my sex life” because they used to warn me that a baby will take away your sex life in many ways than one. Until someone suggested the contraception issue to me, that was when I had the lightbulb moment. I stopped the pill instantaneously and sorted other means of contraception, this time trying to get less artificial hormones or better yet none at all. In a couple of weeks, I was feeling like myself again.
There is hope
After explaining my ordeal with the pill to my doctor, and he confirmed that these are common side effects but some people choose to live with them. I knew I couldn’t so I asked about “non-hormonal” choices available since I had become “educated through the course of oral contraception”. I thought I was asking for the impossible but there actually is non-hormonal methods of contraception. The one I opted for was the copper coil IUD. It was the best decision I ever made with regards to contraception, it has its weaknesses at first such as cramping and a heavier flow but once it had settled I had found myself a best friend. I was never moody or felt robbed of my energy. You can still enjoy motherhood when you decide to get on top of things.
It’s always worth getting a second opinion from a health adviser… not every method is good or bad for everyone but if you suspect any of the above. You can explore the topic with your health adviser… because knowing is freedom.
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