Out of the 100 million women—almost 11 million in the United States alone—who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for non-contraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health consequences. Did you know that women on the pill are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant? That they are at significantly increased risk for autoimmune disease, heart attack, thyroid and adrenal disorders, and even breast and cervical cancer? That the pill can even cause vaginal dryness, unexplained hair loss, flagging libido, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection. As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, that little pill we’re taking to manage our symptoms is only making things worse.
Jolene Brighten, ND, author of the groundbreaking new book BEYOND THE PILL, specializes in treating women’s hormone imbalances caused by the pill and shares her proven 30-day program designed to reverse the myriad of symptoms women experience every day—whether you choose to stay on the pill or not. The first book of its kind to target the birth control pill and the scientifically-proven symptoms associated with taking it, BEYOND THE PILL is an actionable plan for taking control, and will help readers:
• Locate the root cause of their hormonal issues, like estrogen dominance, low testosterone, and low progesterone
• Discover a pain-free, manageable period free of cramps, acne, stress, or PMS without the harmful side effects that come with the pill
• Detox the liver, support the adrenals and thyroid, heal the gut, reverse metabolic mayhem, boost fertility, and enhance mood
• Transition into a nutrition and supplement program, with more than 30 hormone-balancing recipes
Featuring simple diet and lifestyle interventions, BEYOND THE PILL is the first step to reversing the risky side effects of the pill, finally finding hormonal health, and getting your badass self back.
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About the Author
Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, is one of the leading experts in women’s medicine and is a pioneer in her exploration of the far-reaching impact of oral contraceptives and the little known side effects that impact health in a large way. After many years of clinical practice, she has developed a unique protocol to support women in preventing and treating Post-Birth Control Pill Syndrome, as well as lowering the risks that the pill has created.
A trained nutritional biochemist and Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Brighten is the founder and Clinic Director at Rubus Health, an integrative women’s medicine clinic with locations in California and Oregon. Dr. Brighten currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her family. She is a certified yoga instructor, daily meditator, urban homesteader, and a mother to one beautiful boy.
Table of Contents
Part I The Problem with the Pill
1 Real Talk About the Pill 3
2 The Lowdown on Your Hormones 23
3 Post-Birth Control Syndrome 41
4 Take Back Your Period 61
Part II Your Body on the Pill
5 Birth Control Hormone Detox 101 85
6 Gut Check 101
7 Energize Your Thyroid and Adrenals 129
8 Reverse Metabolic Mayhem 153
9 Take Charge of Your Mood Swings, Anxiety, and Depression 175
10 Boost Your Libido and Fertility 193
Part III Take Back Your Body
11 Principles for Getting Started 215
12 The 30-Day Brighten Program 235
13 Alternative Birth Control Methods 273
Appendix 1 Quiz Answers for the Menstrual Cycle Myth Buster 331
Appendix 2 Your Fifth Vital Sign 332