BONUS 248: Optimizing Fertility Post-Birth Control

February 28, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Kara Ferreira, founder of Quit the Pill.

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Kara and Heather discuss how to support your reproductive system and optimize cycle health after long-term hormonal birth control use:

INTRODUCTION

  • 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?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to women who are frustrated about trying to get pregnant after quitting the pill?

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