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MTHFR Birth Control Pill

One of the juicy tidbits I learned during my preconception consultation yesterday was that I should never, ever use the birth control pill. Ever.

One of the side effects of hormonal birth control is thromboembolism (blood clots). In fact, women who use the pill are 3 to 6 times more likely to develop blood clots which can lead to heart attack or stroke.

So, if I, someone with MTHFR, were to use the birth control pill I would probably implode.

MTHFR Birth Control Pill: One thing I learned during my preconception consultation is if someone with MTHFR should be on the pill. I was shocked at the answer!

MTHFR Birth Control

Well, thank GOD I only used the birth control pill for a year of my life and then decided it wasn’t for me for many reasons. I didn’t like the way it made me feel, I didn’t like how it lowered my sex drive, and it felt all wrong putting chemicals in my body to manipulate it.

The biggest reason I decided to not take the birth control pill was because one of the ways it works is to make the lining of the uterus inhabitable for a fertilized egg so that if there were a fertilized egg it wouldn’t survive. The birth control pill is abortifacient, and that was the last straw.

However, now I get to add to the list one more reason why the birth control pill isn’t for me.

MTHFR Birth Control Pill: One thing I learned during my preconception consultation is if someone with MTHFR should be on the pill. I was shocked at the answer!

Fertility Awareness Method

I cannot rave enough about the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility and the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). It literally changed my life and opened my eyes to the secrets of my body.

My body became less of a mystery and I was able to know when I would expect my period despite very irregular cycles. Even better, my husband and I have been able to prevent or allow a pregnancy when it was appropriate for us and our family.

I have charted for many years now, and I feel like I know my body so well that my current charting is minimal because I just know what is going on.

MTHFR Birth Control Pill: One thing I learned during my preconception consultation is if someone with MTHFR should be on the pill. I was shocked at the answer!

FAM Is NOT The Rhythm Method

If you ever ask a doctor or midwife their take on the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) that the book teaches, don’t necessarily believe their responses. When following the rules to a T, the method is just as effective as hormonal birth control but without all the side effects.

FAM is NOT the same as The Rhythm Method or what doctors perceive to be Natural Family Planning. From their perspective these methods are all lumped into one category and I can understand why they distrust it so much!

My grandmother used The Rhythm Method and had ten children (not than any one of them wasn’t wanted or loved!) which honestly has given any “natural” methods a bad rapport.

Lindsey Morrow

Wednesday 4th of January 2012

Daisy Escobosa said... Thank you for this post, it was helpful and informative. Just what I was looking for :) December 15, 2011 12:21 PM

Lindsey Morrow

Wednesday 4th of January 2012

Dwija {House Unseen} said... I also happily use FAM learned from Weschler's book. The increased risk of the deadliest form of breast cancer from taking the pill also is a huge red flag for me, among everything else that you said. We were able to avoid pregnancy for 5 years between our 2nd and our third for various financial and emotional reasons, but have also been able to conceive all our children quite easily when we're able because we *know* what's going on with my body. It's absolutely empowering! December 14, 2011 4:05 PM

Lindsey Morrow

Wednesday 4th of January 2012

Anonymous said... I haven't read his works, no. I will have to look it up though. I have been convinced for years that hormonal birth control is not the way to go (for a variety of reasons), but that was the first time I had someone push me so much I felt like I really had to research to support my knowledge/conclusions. ~Colette December 14, 2011 3:29 PM

Lindsey Morrow

Wednesday 4th of January 2012

Lindsey Morrow said... Colette have you read Randy Alcorn's research and conclusions? If you can't find it after googling let me know and il see if I can find it. December 14, 2011 3:13 PM

Lindsey Morrow

Wednesday 4th of January 2012

Anonymous said... Love this post! I was challenged earlier this year on my thoughts regarding the "pill" and decided to do extensive research into the way each type of hormonal birth control works. I decided to go beyond what the pharmaceutical companies say and actually pulled together about 15-20 scientific journal articles on the subject. I still have more research to do, but everything I've found points to hormonal birth control thinning the lining of the uterus, which prevents implantation (if fertilization occurs). Thanks for sharing! ~Colette December 14, 2011 2:56 PM