Natural Treatment for Breakthrough Bleeding and Period Problems
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One of the first medical writing jobs that I was hired to do for a client involved writing about bioidentical hormones. This was about 15 years ago and at the time, I leaned more toward the use of synthetic hormones as something that was “totally okay”. I worked for this bioidentical hormone doctor for over a year researching scientific material every working day of the year to produce good sales-oriented articles for him that would help him rank high in the Google search results. But I still remember the day when I found the research about women’s hormones that changed my life and the direction that I would take with my writing career.
On this day I found something that has since been almost totally hidden from view. It was called the Women’s Health Initiative, which was a long-term study showing definitively that synthetic hormones hurt women and often kill them. The study was concocted by Big Pharma to demonstrate how much healthier women were when they were given synthetic hormones, but so many women in the study died of problems like heart attacks and breast cancer during the initial years of the study that Big Pharma actually had to end the whole project. Today, the Women’s Health Initiative has cleaned up its story and it’s nearly impossible to find the truth about what happened unless you know where to look. But I’ll never forget what I found that day. It made me totally change direction in terms of the types of clients I was willing to accept.
I don’t regret the fact that I spent a number of years working for big companies that sold shady drugs or medical devices because it was through that experience that I learned not to trust my doctors blindly. Women are specifically targeted by Big Pharma, which also seriously impacts children. A lack of healthy birth control methods affects the health of more than 50% of the population. In this article, we focus on some of the most common side effects and the realities of many mainstream birth control methods.
Birth Control Pill Alternatives
When my daughter turned 15, I went to Planned Parenthood and got her fitted for a diaphragm. Even at that time, it was hard to find a place that would fit a woman for a diaphragm and I didn’t want for diaphragms to completely go extinct before I had a chance to get one for Lydian.
As far as I can tell, vaginal diaphragms are still available at some locations and it’s possible that doctors could special order a diaphragm or a vaginal cap for women who want to use a hormone-free birth control method that won’t negative affect their health. Just be aware that you don’t need to use the chemical spermicide (the inevitably contains hormone disruptors) in order for the diaphragm or a vaginal cap to work as a method of birth control. Spermicidal jellies often contain toxic ingredients that can lead to generally poor health, vaginal Candida infections, vaginal bacterial infections, or even an increased risk of getting a Sexually Transmitted Infection / Sexually Transmitted Disease (STI / STD).
Bad Side Effects Caused by Birth Control
One of the unfortunate things that doctors and Big Pharma-sponsored web sites usually fail to mention is the fact that reproductive hormones affect your whole body. For example, estrogen levels directly affect bile production which means that, if you start administering synthetic estrogens or progestins that change your natural estrogen levels, some weird things might start happening in your digestive system. Of course, other undesirable side effects include infertility, low libido, or ongoing periods that never end, but the bad side effects will depend on the type of birth control that you’re using. Intrauterine Devices (IUDs), for example, can “wander” and leave the uterus to go and cause problems in other areas of the body. A medical device like this can do serious damage to your body. And wandering IUDs are extremely common. They happen in at least 3 out of every 1000 women who use this form of birth control.
What is Breakthrough Bleeding?
Breakthrough bleeding is bleeding that occurs either between menstrual periods or during pregnancy. Breakthrough bleeding is one of the most common reasons why women ask to discontinue a given birth control method.
Breakthrough Bleeding and Birth Control
A lot of women discontinue birth control due to breakthrough bleeding. In this article, we discuss various forms of contraception that are regularly prescribed by doctors and the likelihood that women will experience breakthrough bleeding as a result of use.
Contraception that involves hormonal control of a woman’s menstrual cycle can lead to two undesirable effects:
- Complete suppression of the woman’s menstrual cycle
- Breakthrough bleeding as a result of contraception
A number of conventional birth control methods involve the administration of synthetic hormones. Despite the fact that doctors and a lot of propaganda (put out there by Big Pharma) online says that synthetic hormones are safe, studies like the Women’s Health Initiative have said decidedly otherwise.
Women are disproportionately affected by synthetic hormones because doctors prescribe these unsafe hormones on a regular basis for a wide variety of women’s reproductive health issues. Of course, birth control is also prescribed to prevent pregnancy, but women might also get a prescription for synthetic hormones for menopause, period problems (heavy periods, painful cramping, irregular periods, or bleeding between periods).
Below are birth control / contraceptive options that involve the administration of synthetic hormones:
- Birth control pills
- Birth control implants
- Hormonal IUDs
- Birth control injections
- The vaginal ring
- The birth control skin patch
Are IUDs safe?
As a woman, if your doctor recommends any kind of medical device to you, including an IUD, you need to watch the documentary called The Bleeding Edge on Netflix before you undergo the treatment. Or you can read more here about medical devices like that ParaGuard IUD that are still on the market are seriously hurting women’s health and ruining their lives. The medical device industry is a booming business that is not well-regulated, despite claims by doctors. IUDs and other medical devices are known to “wander” or move out of their intended location, causing other problems in the body. It has been scientifically well-proven and it is well known that IUDs regularly are found in the intestines or in other remote areas of the body far from the uterus. You can imagine what kind of damage a wandering IUD could do inside the body and women need to know that once these IUDs are placed inside the body, they may not be so easily removed later, when a woman wants to conceive or just switch to a new form of contraception..
IUDs wander when they perforate the uterus upon insertion by a doctor. All doctors who insert IUDs perforate the uterus at one time or another. The odds that your doctor will perforate your uterus with an IUD during insertion is about 3 out of 1000.
IUDs may become “free-floating” in the body and such that they are hard for doctors to find. Sometimes x-rays indicate that the IUD is located inside the uterus even when it isn’t. In order to remove the IUD from the abdominal cavity, surgery must be performed. This costs something and it usually isn’t covered by insurance.
Copper IUDS like the ParaGuard IUD are particularly prone to causing the development of adhesions, or scar tissue that interferes with the normal functioning of the organs. Adhesions can make it nearly impossible for doctors to remove an IUD even if it is wreaking havoc on the intestines or on other abdominal organs like the bladder or rectum.
Breakthrough Bleeding and IUD Use
The levonorgestrel-releasing IUD can cause a complete or partial suppression of a woman’s menstrual cycle. This may seem like a desirable thing unless you realize that menstrual periods are like a monthly detox for the entire body. We talk a bit more about the idea of menstruation as detoxification here.
IUDs, by the way, cause the most common incidence of breakthrough bleeding.
Are birth control pills safe?
Birth control pills can cause a variety of unwanted side effects. This is pretty common knowledge. When I was in college, I took birth control pills for 6 months and I gained 15 pounds while I was on them. I absolutely couldn’t lose that weight (even as a marathon runner) until I quit taking the pill. But there are a variety of other undesirable side effects caused by birth control pills that are often downplayed by doctors who get a commission off prescribing these drugs to their female patients.
Below are other undesirable side effects that women need to consider before using this type of birth control:
- The whole point of birth control pills is to prevent pregnancy. For women in their sexual prime, vaginal dryness can be a big bummer.
- Vaginal dryness is a common occurrence among women on the pill because estrogen and testosterone levels play a role in lubricating the vagina. The pill significantly lowers estrogen and testosterone levels, which can lower your libido as well as your sexual pleasure.
- Many women report that birth control pills that contain drospirenone are the most likely to cause loss of libido as well as reduced lubrication and diminished sexual pleasure. Any type of birth control pill, however, can cause vaginal dryness.
- Note that many commercial vaginal lubrication products that you might use to cover up vaginal dryness include toxic ingredients. In other words, if you use vaginal lubricants, you may set off a downward spiral of health problems that are caused by heavy exposure to toxic ingredients including:
- Parabens – Parabens affect reproductive hormone levels in both men and women. They’re estrogenic, which means that they masquerade as estrogens in the body. They can cause cancer, high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels, thyroid problems, and immune system issues. The risk of allergies, obesity, and infertility are all increased when women use sexual lubricants that contain toxic ingredients like parabens. According to breastcancer.org, paraben exposure has been linked to the development of cancer.
- Cyclomethicone – Cyclomethicone is a hormone disruptor, a reproductive toxicant, a developmental toxicant, and an environmental toxin. In other words it can be toxic to the reproductive system in humans and it functions as a toxin that can cause developmental problems in children. Note that cyclomethicone builds up in the body so even if you use it once, it may stay in your body for quite some time.
Other names for Cyclomethicone include:
- Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4)
- Cyclotrisiloxane (D3)
- Cyclopentasiloxane (D5)
- Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane Cyclomethicone 5
- Cyclopentasiloxane (D5)
- Cyclopentasiloxane (D6)
- Cyclopentasiloxane (D7)
- Chlorhexidine Gluconate – This substance can cause severe allergic reactions and it is considered “slightly toxic”—not exactly the rating you’d want for an ingredient you’re going to put inside your vagina.
- Sodium Hydroxide – Sodium hydroxide is caustic and it can burn your delicate vaginal tissues.
- Natural, artificial flavors, and organic-compliant flavors and natural food-grade flavors – All of these ingredients can alter the vaginal microbiome which can increase a woman’s susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or to the development of yeast infections / Candida and bacterial vaginosis.
- Fragrance – You should avoid the ingredient listed as “fragrance” in every cosmetics product simply because “fragrances” are unregulated. This means that manufacturers can put anything they want in a mixture that they then label “fragrance”. If you care about your vagina, don’t use a vaginal lubrication product that contains “fragrance(s)”.
- Nonoxynol-9 – Nonoxynol-9 is a spermicide that can harm the vagina. Scientific studies indicate that nonoxynol-9 disrupts the vaginal microbiome and increases the risk of developing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs / STIs). Also, it is easily absorbed by the mucus membranes in the vagina. Choose a safe vaginal lubrication product that doesn’t contain nonoxynol-9. A safe alternative to nonoxynol-9 is unrefined, organic coconut oil. Add 1-2 teaspoon sof 100% pure gum spirits of turpentine / pine needle essential oil to your jar of coconut oil as a natural way to improve blood flow to the vagina and clitoris while also improving the thickness and health of the vaginal tissues. Read more about the medicinal use of 100% pure gum spirits of turpentine for sexual dysfunction and natural sexual libido enhancement here.
- Dimethicone – Also known as polydimethylsiloxane, dimethicone is an environmental toxin that is classified as “expected to be toxic and harmful”. Administration of dimethicone as a vaginal lubricant can lead to itching, burning, and stinging as well as life-endangering allergic reactions.
- Phenoxyethanol – Phenoxyethanol really got some attention when the FDA issued a warning about its inclusion in a cream product that was developed for nursing mothers. The FDA said that phenoxyethanol can cause the central nervous system / brain to shut down which causes vomiting and contact dermatitis. It can cause reproductive system damage when it is administered as a vaginal lubricant.
- Petrolatum / Vaseline – This is a go-to vaginal lubrication for women who don’t realize that petroleum products like Vaseline will weaken condoms and also invite the growth of harmful bacteria in the vagina. Also, Vaseline is full of cancer-causing substances because it’s a synthetic, inorganic product that’s highly toxic to humans. Again, coconut oil is better for you and 100% pure gum spirits of turpentine can even improve vaginal tissue health to help the body produce its own natural lubrication. This coconut oil + turpentine / pine needle essential oil treatment is effective for both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women as a natural cure for vaginal dryness that even improves the symptoms over time with regular use.
- Glycerin – This ingredient may seem harmless, but actually, it can cause tissue damage inside the vagina (ouch). More importantly, it can increase your risk of catching a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and also increase your risk of developing a Candida infection or a vaginal bacterial infection. It wreaks havoc by disrupting the microflora in the vagina.
- Propylene Glycol – This is a common ingredient, but it causes eye, respiratory tract, and skin irritation which means that it can be particularly irritating to the delicate mucus membranes in the vagina.
Breakthrough Bleeding / Spotting and the Pill
- Oral contraceptives that contain only progestin can cause a partial or total suppression of a woman’s normal menstrual cycle but any formulation of birth control pill can also cause breakthrough bleeding at unexpected (or expected) times between periods. Oral contraceptives work by suppressing the normal ovarian cycle. Birth control pills produce an artificial cycle using synthetic hormones. On day 21 or day 22, the hormones in the birth control pills are removed which is supposed to cause women to experience “withdrawal bleeding” or rather, a light menstrual period. Often though, women experience breakthrough bleeding at the wrong time of the month when they’re on the pill, which is inconvenient, to say the least, especially since women are paying to have healthier, more comfortable periods, not inconvenient menstrual problems as a result of synthetic hormones.
Breakthrough bleeding with birth control pill use is less likely than with other forms of birth control like the IUD, but it depends on what mixture of synthetic hormones are present in the prescription. Birth control pills vary quite a bit in terms of what they contain and the levels of synthetic estrogens and progestins. Oral contraceptives that have the highest levels of progestin and estrogen tend to produce the fewest breakthrough bleeding days in women, but unfortunately, these pills are also the most dangerous for women in terms of their long-term health. The long-term health consequences of taking birth control pills is seriously downplayed by Big Pharma because women’s hormone products can be sold to 50% of the population (the female gender). As such, they represent huge profits that Big Pharma wants to protect.
The ratio of two male hormones / androgens also play a role in breakthrough bleeding with the pill.
Is the Subdermal Patch Safe as a Form of Birth Control?
Side Effects of the subdermal birth control patch include:
- Breast tenderness
- Changes in your menstrual period (early periods, later periods, or no periods at all)
- Breakthrough bleeding / spotting between periods
- Skin reactions (itching, drying, swelling, pain, or a rash where the patch goes)
Anyone who is considering the subdermal patch / birth control implant should know that some women experience long-term spotting, or chronic bleeding as a result of getting the patch. Periods sometimes get longer and much heavier instead of getting lighter. It’s hard to say whether you’ll be one of the women who experiences positive period changes as a result of receiving the birth control implant, or if you’ll experience negative side effects like heavier periods and chronic bleeding. So think critically about whether you’re willing to deal with the risks especially given that there are natural cures for period problems like Lugol’s iodine. In this article, we talk about Lugol’s iodine as a natural cure for PCOS and endometriosis, but this nutrient also cures most other reproductive organ problems in women.
Breakthrough Bleeding and the Subdermal Patch
The subdermal birth control patch can cause total or partial suppression of a woman’s menstrual cycle. This isn’t a positive thing in that the period is a form of monthly detoxification. If you no longer get a monthly period, your body won’t do its normal monthly detox. Read more about a normal menstrual cycle vs. a menstrual cycle that’s been hijacked by synthetic hormones here.
Are Birth Control Implants Safe?
Breakthrough bleeding, or spotting between periods is the most common side effect of the birth control implant. Indeed, a birth control implant can cause chronic spotting that continues in an ongoing, unremitting way. Periods can get longer and heavier. Of course, some women have shorter or lighter periods and still others stop getting their periods at all, but you never know if you’ll be one of the women with shorter, lighter periods or longer, heavier, unremitting ones. So keep this in mind if you have no prior experience with a birth control implant.
The birth control implant requires commitment because the effects of the synthetic hormones in the implant are long-lasting. Other uncomfortable side effects that some women experience include:
- Breast tenderness or even pain
- Ovarian cysts
- Weight gain
- Pain or bruising where the implant is inserted
We have also worked with clients who developed severe clinical depression after receiving a birth control implant though this isn’t one of the side effects listed above.
Breakthrough Bleeding Due to Birth Control Implant
Breakthrough bleeding is common with the birth control implant. Obviously, this is an inconvenient side effect, but ovarian cysts, painful breasts, and chronic headaches or nausea should also be considered before you go ahead with this form of contraception.
Birth Control Implant Weight Gain
Anytime a woman uses synthetic hormones, there’s a good chance she’ll gain weight although weight loss is sometimes possible too. You should be able to lose the weight after you get the birth control implant removed. Lugol’s iodine, once again, is a natural weight loss tool for women. Often, women who begin taking Lugol’s iodine and continue with supplementation at 50 mg daily are able to lose weight without dieting or exercise. Read more about how to use Lugol’s as a natural weight loss nutrient here.
Breakthrough Bleeding and Injectable Steroids
Injectable steroids can cause total or partial suppression of a woman’s normal menstrual cycle. Steroid injections should generally be avoided by women. Steroid injections can be addictive and they disrupt women’s hormones. Again, Lugol’s iodine is the go-to cure for breakthrough bleeding. The uterus requires iodine and this nutrient has been systematically removed from the food supply along with vitamin K2, a supporting nutrient that ensures that iodine can be properly absorbed.
Natural Birth Control Options
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