226: Science-Backed Reasons to Ditch the Pill (& What to Do Instead) With Dr. Jolene Brighten   Dr. Jolene Brighten is back on the podcast today and she’s here to talk about a huge topic that affects so many women. If you don’t know her from previous podcasts, she is a Functional Medicine Naturopathic Medical
Dr. Jolene Brighten is back on the podcast today and she’s here to talk about a huge topic that affects so many women. If you don’t know her from previous podcasts, she is a Functional Medicine Naturopathic Medical Doctor and the Founder of Rubus Health, which is a women’s medicine clinic that specializes in hormones. She’s also a dear friend and one of the smartest women I know.
Jolene’s been talking for years about a problem women all over the globe are facing, although they may not know that to call it. To shed light on this issue she’s written a book called Ditch the Pill, a 30-day plan to support women on hormonal birth control, help them transition off, and eliminate symptoms of post-birth control syndrome.
I have several posts on the site about this issue and alternatives to hormonal contraceptives, and I know from the response that this topic isn’t always easy but it’s an important conversation that needs to be had more in the health space. Take a listen and let me know what you think!
Episode Highlights With Dr. Jolene Brighten
- the shocking percentage of women taking the pill for a reason other than birth control
- what is going on physiologically when a woman takes hormonal birth control
- the affects of the pill a doctor may not warn about
- surprising ingredients hiding in IUDs (hint: BPA!)
- the way the pill can contribute to leaky gut
- an important reason to think twice about hormonal birth control if there is a family history of autoimmunity
- the strong correlation between birth control and depression
- a way that birth control depletes B6 and tryptophan
- the link between the pill and depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and other symptoms
- why birth control is inflammatory by nature
- the medication cascade caused by birth control
- a shocking realization that the birth control pill was the first medication that could be given to someone who didn’t actually have a disease
- the sad reason that libido may not return even after stopping the pill
Resources We Mention
Books by Dr. Brighten
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