COMING OFF HORMONAL CONTRACEPTIVES TO CONCEIVE

what to consider

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How long it will take your body and fertility to regulate once you've decided to discontinue HC's will depend on a number of factors like: 

 

↠ If you had a pre-existing condition before you went on HC's (maybe it was the reason you got the prescription)

↠ How long have you've been on 'em

↠ What kind have you've been taking

 

With these in mind, it often takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years (give or take) for your fertility to be in a strong enough position to conceive. 

 

Regardless of where you're at on the spectrum we know that, to some extent, HC's have been: 

 

↠ Disrupting your gut microbiome

↠ Depleting your nutrient stores

↠ Shrinking your ovaries

↠ Burdening your liver

 

Regardless of how much of a buffer you're able to give yourself, your post HC + preconception season should involve:

 

↠ Feeding your gut health

↠ Replenishing nutrient stores

↠ Encouraging your natural hormone production

↠ Loving on your liver

Here are some simple foods and practices to get you started:

FEEDING YOUR GUT HEALTH

1. Probiotics

⋒ Sauerkraut

⋒ Kimchi

⋒ Yoghurt

2. Sooth your gut lining 

⋒  Broth

⋒  Aloe vera juice

⋒  Castor oil packs

3. Tend to your digestive fire

⋒  Avoid iced drinks

⋒  Avoid raw vegetables + other foods

⋒  Avoid cold meals or foods straight out of the fridge

REPLENISHING NUTRIENT STORES

Here are some big ones to note with some foods to help replenish:

1. Folate

⋒ Lentils

⋒ Garbanzo beans

⋒ Asparagus

⋒ Spinach

2. Vitamin B6

⋒ Salmon

⋒ Turkey

⋒ Avocado

3. Trace minerals: zinc, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, coenzyme Q10

⋒ Grass-fed and pasture-raised organic animal products

⋒ Bone broth

⋒ Liver 

⋒ A wide variety of vegetables

ENCOURAGE NATURAL HORMONE PRODUCTION

⋒ Seed cycling

⋒ Dry brushing

⋒ Sleep hygiene 

⋒ Stress management

LOVE ON YOUR LIVER

⋒ Cruciferous vegetables

⋒ Reduce refined sugar and alcohol

⋒ Reduce your exposure to xenoestrogens: the best way to do this is cycle out toxic cleaning products, nonstick cookware, and BPA products