Birth control pills can be used for much more than contraception, they can be utilized to control menstrual cramps, regulate periods and balance hormones.  The same system for taking a birth control pill as a contraceptive is used when taking the pill for hormone balance.

The typical hormone imbalance is caused by a deficiency or surplus of the hormones estrogen or progesterone.  These hormones can become unbalanced through a variety of reasons including:

  • poor diet
  • lack of exercise
  • pregnancy
  • menopause
  • smoking
  • stress
  • adrenal fatigue

Symptoms of hormone imbalance

The most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance are:

  • acne
  • fatigue
  • weight gain
  • hair loss
  • irregular menstrual cycles
  • excess body hair
  • low libido
  • depression

These symptoms should not go unchecked as they could be symptoms of much more serious medical problems affecting the thyroid or reproductive organs.

Birth control pills are made up of the female hormone estrogen and a synthetic form of the female hormone progesterone called progestin. Their main purpose is to inhibit pregnancy by keeping a woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs but can be used to regulate hormones.

The first step to using birth control pills to balance hormones is to see a health care provider. They will perform a battery of tests to diagnose the problem. Once a diagnosis has been made and birth control is recommended the patient can begin to work with their provider to find the right pill. Most women use a combination pill with estrogen and progestin.

Birth control pills can help balance hormones

There are several benefits to using birth control pills to balance hormones. Many women report that symptoms such as heavy periods, acne, low libido and increased body hair subside within a few days. Birth control pills also provide protection against osteoporosis, anemia, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.

The same pill regimen should be followed for hormone therapy as pregnancy prevention. Most pills come in a 28 or 21 day pack and have convenient packaging that marks the days you should take them. It’s best to take the pill at the same time every day to establish the habit.

CBD and cannabis compounds to balance hormones

Full-spectrum CBD may help balance hormones. This is likely because the endocrine (hormone) system is linked to the endocannabinoid system, and CBD can influence cortisol, melatonin, and other hormones that are critical to how we feel. Women who are interested in using CBD to balance their hormone levels should talk with a doctor or medical practitioner that is knowledgeable about medicinal cannabis. This is important because women are more sensitive to chemical compounds in cannabis than men. For example, THC will have a greater effect (and less will be needed) during times of the month when estrogen levels are high.

CBD helps balance hormones by stimulating the endocannabinoid system. When the endocannabinoid system is activated, it helps your hormones balance themselves.

The endocrine system contains the pituitary gland, thyroid and parathyroid glands, pancreas, adrenal glands, and ovaries or testes. Each one of these glands and organs create important hormones (chemical compounds) that communicate with organs and tissues regulating hunger, sleep, energy, mood, heart rate, growth, weight gain, and other vital body functions.

Questions to ask your doctor

  1. How long will I need to take birth control pills to balance my hormone levels?
  2. What are emergency symptoms that I need to visit an Urgent Care center?
  3. Will the birth control pills negatively interact with other meds?
  4. Is CBD an option?
  5. Are birth control pills the only option?
  6. How will I know that they are working?
  7. Will the birth control pills cause depression or anxiety?
  8. Will I gain extra weight?

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