Today’s bonus episode guest is Kara Ferreira, founder of Quit the Pill.
Kara and Heather discuss how to support your reproductive system and optimize cycle health after long-term hormonal birth control use:
- I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
- Why did you choose a career in women’s health?
- Take us through your career.
LONG-TERM BCP USE
- What are the indicators of a healthy cycle and fertility that every woman should know?
- What does a woman’s period say about her hormones?
- Why is tracking your cycle helpful to fertility and health?
- What is ‘cyclical living’ and how can women use the phases of their cycle to beat burnout and optimize fertility?
- How does hormonal birth control work? What does it do to a woman’s reproductive system?
- Why aren’t conditions like endometriosis and PCOS healed — and often worsened under the surface — by hormonal birth control?
- How does long-term hormonal birth control use affect long-term fertility? Why is this rarely addressed by the conventional medical community?
- How long should a woman wait to try to conceive after quitting the pill, and why?
- What hormones should you get tested post-HBC and at what time intervals?
- What nutrients does the birth control pill deplete? Why is this important for prenatal health, development of the fetus, and even postpartum mental health?
- What can someone do if they’ve been missing their period for several months post-HBC?
- What should every woman know about a healthy cycle in order to advocate for themselves?
- How can listeners find doctors and other clinicians who will support a natural approach before turning to IUI/IVF and other fertility interventions?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
- What words of hope would you offer to women who are frustrated about trying to get pregnant after quitting the pill?