Are we taking oral birth control pills too lightly?
From the desk of Dr. Jacqueline S. Rho, ND…
There has been a significant increase in fibroids, cysts, polyps, and endometriosis. These conditions commonly lead to hysterectomies, infertility, cardiovascular problems, and cancers. All of these conditions are highly correlated with excess “estrogen” within the body. The term is commonly known as “estrogen dominance” and is associated with an increased exposure to exogenous hormones and xenoestrogens (found in plastics and more specifically, BPA (bis-phenol A). Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) should only be taken for a maximum of 2 years. This is not the case. I see many females who have been prescribed these pills for several years, sometimes for more than 20! Should women be on exogenous hormones that inhibit their natural cycle for the rest of their lives? A common practice is to be prescribed OCPs before menopause to “treat” menstrual conditions, such as painful cramps, bloating, and PMS, and then begin hormone replacement therapy when menopause kicks in. OCPs were initially used to prevent pregnancy, hence the name of the medication, but it is common for them to be prescribed off-label for menstrual irregularities…treating just the symptom and not the root cause. If we’re a nation trying to “fight” cancer and reduce cardiovascular disease, why are we perpetuating and/or feeding into the problem? I help my female patients, whether they are beginning their cycles or ending their cycles (e.g. menopause), with treating the root cause of their symptoms and educating them about contraception.
Dr. Jacqueline S. Rho, ND
Dr. Jacqueline S. Rho is a naturopathic doctor, specializing in preventative and family care medicine. She treats her patients as a whole, addressing the root cause of illness, rather than just the symptoms. Dr. Rho has a focus in women’s health, cardiovascular conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, and autoimmune conditions. She treats many other health conditions as she utilizes clinical nutrition, Classical Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and functional medicine in an integrative approach to provide individualized health care. She has helped many with weight loss and detoxification, teaching her patients the lifestyle changes that are needed to improve their health and prevent disease. Book online for any naturopathic service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information. Dr. Rho is providing complementary 20 minute consults for the month of October. Come in and discuss how she can help you today!