With all the reasons to celebrate “the pill” (goodbye acne, painful periods, PMS, and pregnancy) it’s easy to skip over the downsides. But it turns out, taking oral contraceptives can wreck havoc on your health, messing with your mood, energy levels, sex drive, and digestion.
“As a gynecologist practicing functional medicine, I’ve seen many women over the years suffering from side effects from these pills,” says Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD, the three-time New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and her newest book, Younger. “Oral contraceptives might just be the biggest iatrogenic hormone problem for women.” (Meaning, hormone problems that are caused by a medical treatment.)
Here, your guide to the little-talked-about downsides of birth control pills and how you can counter them.
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