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Birth Control and Cervical Fluid

Dear allbodies,

 

I will be 30 years old in 4 months and I have been off the birth control pill for two years now. Before that, I had only been on the pill for one year. I feel like taking the pill was one of the worst decisions I’ve made because of everything that changed in my body, emotions and especially how it affected my sex life. Anyway, I’m off it now but TWO years later I still feel like my body hasn’t gone back to “normal” as it was before. One of the things I’ve noticed is that my cervical fluid at any stage of the cycle decreased significantly. Before the pill it was more comfortable to use daily pads for when the cervical fluid is “sticky” or “creamy” and during the time it is like “egg white” it would string down all the way to the water when I sat down to pee. Now I only use daily pads for when I’m spotting before or after my period, not for cervical fluid, and during the “egg white” consistency days, it is barely there! I can only see it in the toilet paper after I wipe.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

#WhatsUpDownThere

Dear #WhatsUpDownThere

 

This is a very common occurrence in women who have been on the birth control pill. In addition to stopping ovulation, the pill also causes the cervical crypts (where cervical fluid comes from) to atrophy. Ovulation triggers the crypts through estrogen production to make cervical fluid, so if there is no ovulation and lowered estrogen it slows significantly. You should be charting your cycle using an app on your phone, and tracking ovulation by taking your basal body temperature and of course checking your cervical fluid daily. Your basal body temp will tell you if you are ovulating. If you are ovulating, then you should get your hormones tested. I’d test estradiol (your most prevalent estrogen), testosterone, DHEA, progesterone and SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin which binds up estradiol and testosterone and makes it unavailable for use in the body). Too low estrogen and testosterone are often the causes of reduced cervical fluid. Lots of health fats and high quality protein help build sex hormones, and so does seed cycling and supplementing with maca.

Love,

Nicole Jardim

Nicole Jardim (@NicoleMJardim) aka “the period girl”, is a womxn’s health & functional nutrition coach on a mission to help #womxn around the world naturally fix their periods!

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