PCOS & Birth Control

Was birth control the first thing the doctor offered you after being diagnosed with PCOS? Most women with PCOS are told to take birth control and there are a lot of unanswered questions about the impact this has on the body!

On this episode of A Cyster & Her Mister, we talk about birth control and if it’s a good option after being diagnosed with PCOS. We go over the side effects associated with the pill and the symptoms of post-pill syndrome & what you can do about it!

As always, we read a personal Win of the Week from a cyster who has been managing her PCOS like a boss! Feel free to submit your messages on Instagram for a podcast shout out!

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Full Episode transcript:

Welcome to a sister on her, mr. A podcast where we show you the real behind the scenes of how we balance the PCRs lifestyle in our marriage, gluten and dairy free. I’m telling your fellow sister and registered dietician And I’m C doc husband, engineer, MPC, S personal trainer. We’re going to make PSUs a little less overwhelming and a lot more fun.

Can we get this podcast on the road? What are you doing? Sipping on tea. Can I have a little bit of tea? I’ve been waiting. First of all, you are the one that made us this. What kind of It’s actually Rose, but tea. It’s, You’re the one that made draws, but, and then when I drink it,

you know, tarnish my Curry. Can’t see. But see, Doug is wearing some pretty sick shoes that don’t show up, but I did wait 10 minutes for him to tie his shoes and wear this little thing, but they don’t show up on the YouTube. Okay. Let me just pop it up real quick. Okay. It’s fine. I’m not trying to show off my shoes.

I’m just saying, that’s why I’m frustrated that you’re drinking tea and we haven’t started this podcast yet. Is it my fault that they sold me these shoes without the gosh darn leases. Oh, they did. Is that what took you so long in the other room? Put into the shoes when I bought them. So when I wear now, I was like,

we’re going to wear them for the first time basically. And you know, I like to dress well for the podcast. It’s all about how you are on the outside is how you do on the inside, right? Is that what they say? No. No. What is it dress for the job and you’ll get it. Is that what it’s like when you dress for it,

you feel better. So you perform better. You know, like my whole, my whole philosophy is like, never like dress, not good. Or like, to your best of your abilities. Like, I’m not saying we’re a suit when you go out on the town. But what I mean is like, you know, try it, like, just try it.

And like, when you do you feel so much better and then you do better. That is my opinion. Part of self care, self-love it reflects on how you look, how you act with people, how you’re talking to people and speaking of self care, I’m just going to tie this in what it will say. Let me see what else before I go on my self care tangent In a see,

like when I go to work, I like to dress like, you know, nice because I feel like I’m going to do better. I feel like I do better because of that. Like, you know, just wearing that extra accessory or something, or even like, you know, that, you know, like a nicer button down, you just feel better,

but that’s just me. Can you really agree? You know, what makes me feel better is when I’m eating the way I want to, and I don’t feel rushed and I have like a good hour to have my lunch, to like, make my salad if I’m working home. Or like, if I pack something and go somewhere, that is like my form of self care.

Sure. I mean, I’m just going to tie that in all of these women are taking the course and doing exactly what I want them to do. That’s right. But the course is over now Over we finished launching it. Yeah. A lot of people enroll. I think it was about 250 people enrolled in the course and yeah. You know, we’re so happy to have them all in the course and whoever enrolled,

they have access forever. So it’s not like, not that it’s shut down that, take it over and over again, four weeks or you have access to it as reference for what? For whenever you need it in the future, even after you’re done. So I can’t wait to hear all of the wonderful testimonials. Last time I launched a course last year,

um, it was called three steps to PCs, weight loss, that course afterwards, Oh my God, the testimonials I was getting, I was like waking up to all these DMS, all of these wonderful messages. I can’t wait for the same thing to happen after this course launch. It’ll take a few months. I know, like this is like a four week meal plan and workout course.

So like, it’s gonna take some, like if it’s gonna take four weeks until we get to see how people feel about it, and then we’re going to share with everybody else just to like, you know, show the community that there is a way to like, get rid of the stigma around, you know, just if you eat right. And like change up your lifestyle and just work out,

right? Yeah. Like, or yeah, these can really improve your health and you don’t have to resort to like what we’re about to talk about today. Birth control and other, you know, prescription things like Metformin and Yeah. Oftentimes birth control is just given as a solution for all these PCs symptoms. And even if the person doesn’t want to go on birth control,

that has no interest in it. There are 16 years old, you know, maybe like, I didn’t, I didn’t care for it for like any other purpose other than regulating my period. Um, but then you’re just handed it as if it’s the only solution. And it’s crazy to me. There’s other things you can do and try to understand your hormones before jumping on it.

It’s the same story that I, that I hear from so many, like so many ladies and like who are deeming and commenting on the posts. They always say that they go to the doctor and the doctor just hands them, either birth control as their first option. Or they tell them, Oh, just lose some weight. I’m like, I personally,

hadn’t obviously don’t have this experience, but like, I keep on, I have PCs, but I keep on reading it and it stuck in my brain. Like I that’s all I can like, remember, like whenever I think of someone being diagnosed as like for sure, the doctor just told him here’s birth control and just, Yeah, it blows my mind also.

I mean, it, you know, it starts with irregular periods, you know, when you’re diagnosed with PCs, usually it starts with that sometimes like ruptured ovarian cyst. But it’s crazy because if you have like lighter periods, then it makes your, then it means that you have low estrogen. Like if you have shorter periods and then if you have like blood clot,

I mean, clotted, blood, menstrual blood, then that means you have higher estrogen. And like, these are vital signs like of your health. Like your, your period basically reflects your hormones, your hormone health. Are you having a lot of pain? I mean, it reflects something. And instead of understanding that, they’re just like, Oh my gosh,

here’s the pill. Totally. I’ve heard that like when, when a woman has her period and like, they can actually see how their body is like during that time. Yeah. It’s like a report card of the month. Yeah. I mean, yeah. I mean, like, for example, in this podcast, we’re going to talk about how to get off the pill and how it affects your weight,

how it affects your mood and like what it does. So basically it shuts your entire reproductive system down and your body stops talking to your ovaries and your ovaries stop oblating That’s cause it’s tricking your body into thinking it’s pregnant. Yeah. I mean, not into thinking it’s pregnant, but into not oscillating so that you don’t get pregnant. So you’re just thought for it because It’s preventative.

Yeah, exactly. It’s preventing your body from dropping the egg. So there’s a lot of evidence about birth control causing like nutrient depletion and mood issues and blood clots, cancer, stroke, heart attacks, and everything like that. We mentioned on the last episode, how it causes adrenal or it can cause adrenal fatigue and a lot of the symptoms are associated with birth control and mood issues because of all the hormonal imbalances.

Yeah. Yeah. Further drives inflammation, insulin resistance, energy and more fatigue. And so even with weight, like several studies say it’s a result of water of intention, which is true. Like if you get off the pill and you lose a bunch of weight, I mean, it’s like, it was just water weight, but then sometimes it’s not water weight because it lowers your Testo tossed your own testosterone by 50%.

And then that lowers your muscle mass and your, you know, your muscle mass is what helps you burn. Yeah. Yeah. It’s very vital to your metabolism. And it’s just like to overall health. Yeah. It messes with your metabolism. Yes. Yeah. And you need muscle, like not just to like look tone or like just to like have muscles,

like look lucky at muscles, but muscle protects your bones. It protects your joints muscles important when you get up from like, obviously from the chair, but also like, as you’re walking and you’re trying to do like workouts, like you need that sort of floor muscles, pelvic. And like, as you get older, it’s even more important because one of the reasons that people start to age or like start to like age,

uh, at a faster rate is because they lose, um, strength in their legs. So then they’re not able to stand up. And then, because they’re not able to stand up, then now they’re not walking now. It’s like this whole like, um, avalanche, because it starts with just losing strength and then it ends up, you’re not doing enough calories and now you’re having health issues.

And it’s just like, so it’s very important that you maintain your muscle mass, especially in your legs. That’s like the number one area that everybody should focus on is your lower body strength as you get older. Yeah. I mean, sometimes you know, the birth control, it helps with acne because it lowers your testosterone. But then at the same time,

it’s messing with your muscle mass and that’s affecting your weight. And then it’s also like causing water attention and not to mention estrogen dominance. So it’s synthetic estrogen in the pill, but it can cause like 10 times more of a potency than natural estrogen in your body. It can lead to like 10 times more potency. And the more estrogen you have, the more estrogen dominant you are,

the more you weight gain weight in your hips and your thighs and it slows your metabolism. And then it becomes harder to lose weight because of that excess estrogen. But you’re getting that synthetic estrogen. And we’ll also talk about how your liver detoxes, estrogen and because of birth control it slowly, you know, once you get off of the pill, your liver is kind of like slow,

you know, because of the pill and its effects on your liver and then liver supplements. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. And there’s like, what is the one I love, um, Gaya live daily liver. G a I N G E G E I a E I R I anyways, there’s a guy that was Gale Gaya again. I mean,

everyone, I know, Oh, you take them. Well, I take it. No, I take it like maybe two or three times a week. Just like, I’m like, huh, maybe Everyone I know is taking it because I forced it. But it really does help with like how you feel. Like, I mean, like, I’ll be honest without being too crude,

but like, it just makes you feel better when you go number two the next day, It’s just healthier. And that’s part of understanding if your hormones are detoxing. Well it’s, if you can go to the bathroom every day. My gosh, I remember I had a doctor who said going to the bathroom every two or three days is fine. I mean,

did I say doctor? It was a teacher, it was a professor at school. I was like, how was that fine? That means your liver is not, do you talk, you can take magnesium citrate, you can take liver supplements something to keep it pushing. Anyways, I kind of used to be me like 10 years ago. Yeah, yeah.

Before I knew anything about my health and like what I needed to do. Yeah. No, it’s much more often anyway. Yeah. And then, so not to sidetrack on liver health, but I want to keep talking about birth control and its impact when you’re taking it. Okay. On your mood as well. And basically because of the nutrient depletion,

it causes. So for example, like vitamin B six is something that’s depleted when you take birth control. And this mess is because it’s depleted, it messes with tryptofan in your brain. And these are both necessary to make serotonin, which is your happy neuro transmitter that puts you in like a good mood, right? Yeah. So it stops like panic and anxiety.

So this chain reaction that B6 has in your body can cause you to have anxiety. And you know, a multivitamin can actually really help with this like very case studies that showed like a methylated B vitamin can help with this. I a hundred percent agree. And I really fully support multivitamins either way because of the benefits it has. I know you’re like a vitamin I was about to go on,

but I feel like every time you say something, I’m like, by the way, Tell him about your vitamin. Well, I take multivitamins every day. Just take one pill a day. It’s Encapsulations is a company that makes it, but the point is like, the reason why I take it is like, I have a generally healthy diet. So maybe I’m getting a lot of nutrients,

but still like, you’re not going to get everything you need even like, if you’re generally healthy, like, but like, even if you consider most people in the world who like, maybe don’t have, you know, like, uh, as good of a healthy diet, maybe as me, me and you were telling him because you know, we’re gluten dairy free.

So like, and like we don’t eat processed stuff. So like, imagine like people who are like maybe not able to get all the nutrients and they don’t, they’re not taking multivitamins people. Don’t like vegetables. Yeah. And plus a lot of the food today, the nutrients and vitamins and minerals are depleted, the mass production has caused the soil to lose its um,

like nutrients inside of it so that it’s not able to give it to the plants. And then we’re depleted. Yeah, exactly. You’re not eating like super nutritious foods. And then not just that, we’re not absorbing it because of birth control over here. Yeah. And like, it’s really hard to eat a balanced diet. Like even if you’re a healthy,

it’s hard to have a balanced diet where you’re getting a hundred percent of everything you eat. Yeah. Three cups of vegetables a day. Like that’s hard sometimes, you know, especially if you’re busy, it’s not going to consistently be like that. And your multivitamin is super helpful. So I just think it’s a great boost. And I feel like if you take it,

it’s just going to further help you. Yeah, I agree. So B six, you know, it’s found in like B vitamins are found in proteins like meat. Um, but also when you’re having like these mood issues with birth control, women tend to go to their doctor and then their doctor doesn’t either believe them or they put them on a different pill and see how that works and then put a different pill and see how that works.

And like this endless cycle goes on and on. And we can’t rely solely on the research because the research shows that birth control doesn’t affect your mood. There’s some research studies out there that say that, but it’s clear as day two. So many people that it does affect their mood. And there are recent studies that show that teenage girls on hormonal birth control were 80% more likely to develop depression and 25% more likely to be prescribed antidepressants.

That’s crazy. I mean, I don’t want to say like, of course, but like think about it. Like you’re at an age where you’re changing so much and then you’re introducing this foreign thing into your body and your body is like already going through changes. And now this foreign thing is coming in there. It’s like this. And like, I really don’t know how studies sometimes like these,

these early studies that say all birth control is completely healthy. And like now you look at all these anecdotal stories of actual people with real stories. You seem all over the like online and even like TV that there are saying, you know, like I’m suffering from, from like hormonal issues and other things like we have to remember that sometimes, or all studies are,

are made or funded by interests, interest groups. Like, no, there’s no company out there that does a study just for the sake of doing it because they make money from it. There’s no such thing. There’s only like government studies, but those are also funded from the government and they have to fund based on, you know, dairy council. Exactly,

exactly. And a lot of these, you know, and like a lot of studies they’re funded by like special groups, like Coca Cola or like the dairy council or, you know, the tobacco industry or other things. And it doesn’t mean that all studies are like flawed or anything like that because people like companies have to do research to see what their,

what they’re doing is right. But like a lot of times you just have to be careful, you know, if a study is so positive where it’s coming from, you know, did the pharmaceutical industry possibly fund a study, you know, supporting birth control. Yes. But it doesn’t mean they did something wrong. It just, you know, you have to kind of just be aware where the information’s coming from.

Sorry. If that was a long tangent. Yeah. Convince me that Burke can, you can not convince me that birth control doesn’t affect your mood. I don’t care what the heck study was out there. It’s wrong because I took it once and I was bedridden with depression for 24 hours. I took it. I took it for a few days Really.

And then right away you felt like this complete sudden A couple of days, I felt like a sudden horrible craze came over me and like I was bedridden and it took me a while to like get back together and people stay on it because they’re like, Oh, I’ll get used to it. I’ll get used to it. And they just drag through their days,

depressed, not realizing that it’s the pill. And even their doctors saying, no, it’s not the pill. It’s not the pill sometimes. And you know, I’m here to tell you, it could be it like that. I’m not saying for everyone that that’s the reason why you’re depressed, but it could completely be affecting your mood. And you want to take control of your fertility.

Not because you not, you don’t wait until you want to get pregnant to care because that’s not the point. The point is to make sure that your progesterone is high enough. So you’re oblating. And because you’re, oblating, you know, naturally your skin is glowing and you’re not bloated and your mood is stable. And like all of the things that you’re doing are catering to keeping these toxins out of your body and detoxing with the vegetables,

cruciferous vegetables, taking multivitamins and things to keep your hormones stable. And so that you don’t have these mood issues. And, um, you know, anything that is affected hormonally by your diet and lifestyle and environment, you just want to really invest. And that’s probably why you’re listening to this podcast because you care about your hormones and your health. And there’s so much out there that you can do other than masking issues with birth control.

That’s right. I was great. I loved that. No, I don’t. That’s not tangent. That is, that is gospel God. So I think we’re going to move on to the post birth control, right? Yeah. So if you don’t want to be on the pill yeah. It’s your choice. We’re not telling you to get off of it.

If you don’t want to be on the pill. I do recommend listening to any, if you want to learn more about the pill, listening to a book listening, I stayed because I listened to it on audible, but it’s called, um, beyond the pill by dr. Jolene Brighton. And she is seriously the pill PCO S birth control expert. I mean just birth control,

expert, PCOS, endometriosis, all the things she talks about in her book. And I think it’s just excellent. And um, so basically that’s where you should go to learn more about birth control. But if you want to get off the pill, there are some things that you should consider while you’re getting off the pill and transitioning, because you may find that like for the next four or six months,

you’re going to have a lot of symptoms and like mood issues or perhaps, um, weight issues or acne and this and that. And so let’s talk about some of the things you can do. If you decide to get off the pill. Like my sister is just getting off the pill. Yeah. She’s telling me she’s having a little trouble. You mentioned that earlier.

I mean, we talked about it in an episode, but telling sister right now is going off of birth control. How was she doing? It’s been like two weeks Doing good. She is, um, she said she was getting a little bit of acne and she’s doing the four week meal prep and workout course. So we’ll see you if like her weight changes.

Um, you know, it depends like, cause she just got off the pill. Yeah. It may take some time. Yeah. Like four to six months. And then yeah. So I think sometimes it affects her mood too, but she’s taking Obasi at all. And she said that once she takes it, because it’s vitamin B, it just changes her mood in like five minutes.

And she’s back to normal. I mean, can you imagine she’s probably so depleted. Cause she wasn’t, she was on birth control for 10, for 14 years. Oh my God. That’s so long. That’s like half her life. You should call her and make sure she’s on a multivitamin while we’re at it. That’s right. I mean, you got to,

she has to listen to this episode right here He is. Hi, Eileen, Darlene, shout out to you. Shout out. So listen, Eileen here is some of the things you need to do. Yeah. So symptoms can be like lasts around four to six months. So be like aware, you know, I’ll be prepared. Like don’t, don’t feel like you’re losing your mind.

It’s just Self-monitor yourself. Just, you know, how do I feel? Yeah. And unfortunately, yeah, yeah. And unfortunately there’s a lot of like symptoms that you might, your, officer’s not gonna like, like you might lose your period or like you’re going to get some like extra acne, some acne or like somebody, some hair loss, but there’s lots you can do.

Don’t panic. Yeah, of course. There’s always things you can do. And like, you don’t have to like, just jump back on it because you’re scared. So one of the things is like we said, taking a multivitamin and um, you know, getting all those B vitamins in so that your neuro-transmitters, your serotonin is really like working properly and your mood isn’t as affected.

So, Oh, Vasa tol is one way or taking a multivitamin or if you’re trying to get pregnant soon, definitely take a prenatal vitamin because birth control does deplete fully as well, and that’s necessary for babies production. So that’s one way. And then you also want to heal your gut in the process. So Arlene is doing that right now by going gluten and dairy free.

And my mom is making bone broth us And like all this, I like things like with probiotics are really helpful because it’s just going to help your gut health overall become very balanced. And we mentioned on the last episode, your gut health is linked to your mental health. Oh yeah. And they found like a neurotransmitter receptors in the, in the stomach.

And it’s really important that now, like we nourished that with probiotics and that will help with depression and mood problems. Yeah. It’ll help. And just going gluten and dairy free will help too, because, um, we mentioned in previous podcast episodes that gluten causes leaky gut and it makes that, you know, the junctions of your stomach that like hold the lining of your stomach together,

loosen up and like proteins escape and basically your body attacks and, and causes like an auto immune response to it. So if you’re sensitive to gluten and you cut it out, you’ll see that you’re less bloated and your stomach is really healing and you’re starting to feel better. So consider cutting that out and um, some great supplements. If you want to continue healing,

your gut are L-glutamine. Yeah. And acetol Glucosomine and of course, bone broths and some really good bone broth or make it boil some bones. Have you done that? Yeah. I bought like cow bones and boiled callsigh bones. We biked vegetables. It was actually good. And I kept adding water to it. And like for hours and hours, it just concentrated.

Okay. I mean, if it tastes good, But honestly just buy it. You guys it’s too much work That will deliver detox. We mentioned. Yeah. Delete the lever, the lever. What’s it called? Liver detox. Detox pill. Daily liver cleanse. Yes. Yeah. So that’s another thing you want to do after you get off the pill.

So replenish nutrients, heal your gut and give some love to your liver. Cause it’s really, it’s processing your estrogen and it’s removing it from your body. It’s detoxing it from your body and birth control is really hard on your liver. So when you’re not able to detox that estrogen, you get estrogen dominance and that contributes, like we said earlier to weight gain.

Yep. You know what I’m going to take. I’m going to take two of them tonight. After this podcast, Everyone go to the bathroom every day. Okay. Try your best. And if you can’t take magnesium citrate or the Gaya Gaya. Yeah. I guess just like a, like a liver. It’s not a liver cleanse like a liver supplement just to,

you know, help your liver function better. So just if, if you don’t want to take Gaia, just find something similar to it. Cause there’s a bunch of ones on Amazon. A naturopathic doctor had recommended it to me and we’re actually going to have on the podcast. That’s right. We’re going to have a doctor come in guys. I know we’re going to go to our office to record the podcast episode with her.

And she seriously changed my life. She told me to go gluten and dairy free. She gave me the liver cleanse. I changed because of her. I’m so excited to have her on. Right. Yeah. And that’s going to be in February. So either in the, it’s either going to be the first or second episode in February. So just keep an eye out for that.

Yeah. And uh, other other things we’re gonna talk about post birth control Coordination and how that affects your metabolism. It’s like, Oh, go ahead. Yeah. Like research shows that hormonal birth control is inflammatory. It causes your C reactive protein to increase, Which we already know that when you have peace, you was you’re 80% more likely or sorry,

96%. More likely to have a higher C reactive protein. Yeah. Talk to on that on a previous episode, how do I remember? 96%? Cause I am a genius. I forget. I am a mechanical engineer working in the nuclear industry. Okay. Anyway, higher C reactive protein, as you were saying. Yeah. Inflammation leads to your metabolism slowing down.

So I’ve explained this before and I love to explain it because this is why it’s so hard for us to lose weight. Because when you have PCOS, you have all this inflamed cells, inflammation, your body, your cells are not reacting to insulin. They’re not accepting the sugar. That insulin is giving yourselves to burn for energy. And instead it’s storing as fat.

So like what we eat breaks down into sugar. Our souls are supposed to burn it up. And instead it’s storing as fat because we’re insulin resistant when our cells are inflamed. And then that ultimately leads to weight gain. So once again, like everything you do should be constantly where everything I do at least constantly revolves around how am I going to reduce inflammation?

Because that is the bottom line with PCO as with any type of hormone, health, tumeric supplements, Omega three supplements, gluten and dairy free. Like anything that’s going to keep my inflammation low is going to ultimately heal PCO. And you want to do it in a way where it’s not a hassle, right? Like you don’t want to like get all of these things and be like,

Oh, let me take this. And it really becomes like a normal part of your process. Exactly. Adding here to your life. I’ve done this myself. Like with my morning smoothie, like I have like a couple of powders that I have, you know, in the drawer you overdo it. No, no, no. But I’ve come up with a system now,

hold on that, hold on. Now I’ve changed it up. You don’t know about the recent, uh, things that happened in my morning life. First of all, I’ve been sleeping. Um, I’ve been, you know, like doing just two things at a time. I change them up every day. You know what I’m talking about? Like,

you know, um, what are they like?, there’s macho for me that I take that you don’t take that one because it has caffeine in it. I guess you don’t really take any of those because you like to Shrimp powders and stuff. Like yeah. Sometimes I do. I just have to be in the mood because they kind of taste that.

Yeah. But it’s already in my protein powder. So I don’t feel the need, like my protein powder philosophy. Shout out all of the adaptogens are in there. That’s true. Yeah. So I have a system now I’m using like two powders at a time and then I just switched them up every other day. So I get some stuff. She used to drink mud for breakfast.

Okay. I’m telling you, you would put like 10 different powders. I don’t know how you swallowed it. I enjoy it. He loved it. I did. I did. So I think you need to just continue with When I was in school, we did, when I was in, um, when I was in grad school, studying nutrition,

we did this little test where you put this like strip in your mouth, on your tongue to see how, um, you can kinda, you can bear the taste of bitter. And I did have that. You gave me when we were dating, I must’ve had it. It was like, I was like, no spiritual. Do you remember? You were totally unaffected by the bitterness of the paper,

whereas I could not even like for more than one second, keep it in my mouth. We did a test in school to see how many seconds you could keep it in your mouth. And some people were like, I don’t miss anything. And some people were like, Oh my God. So your taste buds are totally, um, what reflect, like whether or not you’re going to like or dislike something.

It’s all. Yeah. I mean some people, yeah, but some people have more tastebuds and others. So some are more sensitive, more sensitive. Yeah. I don’t have as much as you, so yeah. So you’re drinking mud smoothies. Maybe my bloodline just had to survive, you know? So we had to get used to eating bitter like 300 years ago.

You know, my ancestors were just like trying to go through the forest, hunting other animals. I don’t know. We always had came from a different village. So, um, your metabolism. So just to give a brief rundown of the things that you need to think about when you’re getting off of birth control, it’s taking your multivitamins, your OB,

Facetalk making sure you’re getting your B vitamins in. Cause you’re, you’ve been depleted while you’re on the pill and then healing your gut, you know, by going gluten and dairy free and um, taking the right supplements. Maybe I’ll glutamine. Yeah. And some things you don’t want to like eat a lot of, or just try to like completely take out every diet.

If you can is sugar. Um, one day you’re not going to want it here is alcohol. Yes. Cause it’s going to really cause your liver to go a little bit out of whack. What’s going to make it work a lot harder and it’s already working hard. So maybe with your quitting, um, birth control, just try to like get off of alcohol for what,

for a minute, you know? And, or like For like three months, I suggest you, if you’re really trying to heal your hormones and reverse all of this, I say three months, just give them What if they had like one drink a week? Like if they were out on Saturday night, they had one drink. Is that okay? It’ll be fine.

But like, it just depends how seriously you want to take this for the next three weeks. It’s like, if it was me and I was in that situation, I really like buckled down just for those three months and get everything together and then start living like a more balanced lifestyle with like some alcohol here and there. And like, you know, sometimes you’re going to have some sugar,

whatever. It’s fine. Yeah. We just try to cut those out. And I like keep it to a very, very minimum. Yeah. And another thing you want to really avoid is inflammatory fats. So these are like a lot, a lot of things are like processed oils, right? Like canola oil, corn oil, cotton seed, peanut.

What is peanut? Peanut oil. Peanut oil. Peanut oil. Yeah. Yeah. Um, and then there’s like some type of Omega. These are some things Seed oil is really going to cause some inflammation. Cause these are like six Omega six fats that are, um, they are going to drive your hormones and like your immune system just wild. So try to cut those out too.

Yeah. And of course, hormone disrupting foods and dairy. Yeah. Try cutting them out at least for a month and see how you feel if it helps continue. And then one day maybe if you add it back in and you see that it’s not affecting you as terribly as before then you, maybe you can handle a little bit, but for a while,

while you’re detoxing, after you get off the pill, you know, I suggest like avoiding these foods and also really putting some intention behind, um, repairing your inflammation in your body and helping your liver and going to the bathroom every day and then replenishing nutrients and healing. Your gut lining. Yes. Ma’am so there’s alternative. Okay. There is an alternative,

the Daisy fertility tracker, if you don’t want to take birth control for like contraception. Yeah. I mean, well actually some people use it. It’s meant to be used to when people want to get pregnant, they want to try it. This is the track to see if you are ovulating. Yeah. It’s been his based on your temperature. Oh,

I see. I see. Okay. So, but you can also use it to just understand your body and see like how your cycle is. Cause it based on, you know, first you have like a few a month or something where it just understands your body, your take your temperature every morning and it understands your body and then it starts giving you more accurate results to tell you when your period’s going to start,

when you’re one to be more protective, like when you’re sexually active and stuff. And um, it’s actually 99.4% accurate About the fertility window. Yeah. That’s great. Here’s the thing. When you have PCO S and your periods are irregular and you’re not taking all the assets all, everything’s like not under control quite yet. Then the, these types of like Daisy fertility,

trackers that check your temperature are not going to be super accurate for you because you know, everything’s not balanced yet. So just give it some time, get it all together and then you can count on. Yeah. And like the real thing is like, it’s getting to know yourself and all the, all these things is just patience. Take your time.

Don’t feel like you’re on this like crunch time. Or like time’s running out, just take your time and you know, Yeah. Be patient with yourself or else you might give up. Like, it’s, it’s hard enough to do all of these things to like help your hormones. There’s so many things that we listed in this podcast. You have to be patient and just start with one,

one supplement, one breakfast, one, you know, one smoothie at a time, just like it doesn’t mean tomorrow, wake up and everything you do has to be perfectly aligned with your hormones. Just give it some time and take it easy. That is right. And if you guys ever have questions about any of this stuff, feel free to DMS or comment or messages.

Yes. But yeah, We love your comments. We love your messages. Totally. We live on, Speaking of, we got another win of the week of the week. That’s right. And I’ll tell her her name. Her name is Kelly, Elise Taiwan. And she read the, uh, her comments or messages Messaged us. She said for three weeks,

um, she’s been okay, I’ll just read it like this three weeks. I’ve been gluten and dairy free. I’ve come on my period and lost seven pounds. I have more energy. My skin feels amazing. I feel less bloated. And I can’t wait to see what 2020 is going to bring me. And then two weeks later she messaged me She’s I went to my doctor yesterday.

She is amazed by the amount of weight I’ve lost. I’m a stone down and that’s 14 pounds. She is 14 pounds down a month in a week. Okay. Five weeks. That’s part of surprising a doctor. I know, I love that. Good for her. I’m so happy for you, Kelly. And hope you continue to manage your piece,

us lose weight. As you know, as you mentioned, as you want and just, you know, keep on feeling so great. Yeah. Less bloated and all these wonderful things. We’re so happy for you and all the sisters out there striving to get to your goals. We’re here for you. We’re here to produce all the content to keep encouraging you,

to never end that quest of figuring out what is going on with your body and what you need to take care of it. That is true. We’re here. That’s right. So this is episode nine. We’re going out episode 10. We’re going to do a live Q and a all you sisters. That’s right. A live Q and a We’ll announce when it’s going to what we’re going to do it so everyone can hop on and ask us their question.

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