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Getting Off Birth Control Pills? Now What?

First off, I want to tell you that I have received and overwhelming response from all you readers in regards to my birth control pill post (if you haven’t read it go HERE). It is amazing how many of you out there are searching for explanations and answers. I commend you all for sharing your story with us, and for having the guts to come out and express what your experience has been like. I have received on average 10 emails weekly from women all over the world, inquiring about what to do when getting off birth control pills, so I think it is time for me to share with all of you the advice I have been sharing with them.

Now, to make this very clear, this advice is based on MY personal experience, and my experience working with others. I am not a doctor specializing in the endocrine system, and I am not saying that this is a full proof plan. This is simply what I found has worked best. Secondly, getting off the birth control pill is a choice, and it was my personal choice. I am not here to tell you what is right for you and your body.

If you have read my previous post about the Birth Control Pill, then you may have been waiting for this follow up for quite a long time. And the reason it has taken be so long to write it is because frankly it has taken me awhile to figure what in the world to do, because this most certainly has been a journey. Coming off the pill puts your body into a swing where you can experience a host of symptoms, some of which seem as though you are going backwards, but a ton that solidify that you are in fact making process. But I can say that after 3 years of being off the pill, I have never felt better. Yay!!

If you are suffering from PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and have been utilizing Birth Control as as form of management, please read my post, How to Treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Naturally after reading this article. It will provide you with a guide on how to relieve symptoms.

Birth Control Pills health side effects

Birth Control Pills health side effects

How to get off birth control pills naturally without side effects including depression, acne, weight gain, anxiety, hair loss, pcos symptoms, period loss…

In a nut shell, here is are the negative, yet TEMPORARY things I experienced:

  • Rapid weight gain, and then weight loss
  • Acne, especially on the upper back
  • Dry skin

And here are the positive things I experienced:

  • Full hair regrowth – I literally have 50% more hair then before
  • A return of a sex drive
  • Clearance of foggy brain
  • Sound sleep – goodbye insomnia
  • Regular periods – only after the absence of for a few months
  • NO PMS – especially cramps *this was a tough one to figure out
  • HAPPY mood ๐Ÿ™‚
health effects of yaz birth control

health effects of yaz birth control


The reason I am giving you this list is because so many women will get off the pill, experience some negative side effects, get scared, and go back on. You have to realize, that after years of natural hormone production sedation, your body has to re-learn how to make and balance your hormones. This is not an easy task, and it does take time for your body to adjust. Therefore, MANAGE your expectations. EXPECT that things are not going to be perfect, and IT IS going to take TIME. I cannot tell you how long it is going to take, because every body is different, and the duration of your time on the pill is different. But I can tell you, that you CAN normalize your hormones, you can make them yourself, but you have to plan, be diligent and invest in the process. This does not happen over night, but the benefits are so great it is worth the challenge.

Now, I am going to give you a run-down of the strategy that I took to balance my hormones. Each person may have to adjust this program to her body type, weight, and hormone issues. Therefore, use this as a guide, but do realize that in some cases, this may not be the end-all be-all for you. You may have to get your hormones tested (I like the salivary hormone test), and you may have to work with an alternative practitioner. People who are dealing with more complicated cases such as PCOS, endometriosis, etc. may find that this program helps greatly, but may need extra assistance. Finally, if you have or are dealing with any diseases, conditions or cancers, make sure to check with your practitioner before taking any supplements.


coming off birth control pills

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The Foundation:

Diet – diet is going to be really important in getting the hormones back on track because you need to provide the body with the necessary tools, or nutrients, to make hormones. Secondly, you cannot consume foods that are going to interfere with hormone production and balance. Diet is essential, and you cannot expect changes without a change in diet. Check out my Hormone Balancing Food & Herb Diet for more details.

Xenoestrogens – these guys are a big player in getting your hormones back into balance. Xenoestrogens are estrogen mimickers that act as or imitate estrogen in the body. They can either be synthetic or natural chemical compounds and they interrupt your normal hormone balance. It is necessary to eliminate these guys from your diet because they will BLOCK your natural production. Not good.

Main culprits of xenoestrogen exposure:

  • Conventional meat: red meat, chicken, pork, turkey
  • Conventional dairy: cheese, milk, butter, ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese
  • Conventional produce
  • Soy
  • Beer and conventional wine
  • Plastics: water bottles, Tupperware
  • Conventional personal care products
  • Aluminum canned goods: Look for BPA-free


soy and birth control

soy and birth control


Saturated Fats – saturated fat is what the body uses to actually make hormones by the liver. Consuming healthy saturated fats daily is going to be very important for getting your hormones back on track. I always suggest consuming coconut oil or butter, because it is also very stimulating to the thyroid, a key player in hormone balance. 1-2 tbs daily of coconut oil/butter is a great way to begin.


hormone balance after birth control use

hormone balance after birth control use


Bioflavonoids – these guys are going to act as little building blocks for hormone production. My favorite way to get these in the body is through the use of pollens. Bee pollen and flower pollen. My personal favorite product for flower pollens is Ultra Pollen by Premier Research Labs -Taking 6 daily is a great start.

Another option is to make a homemade honey, bee pollen tonic. Both honey and bee pollen are rich in bioflavonoids and nutrients that are essential to normalizing hormones. This tonic can also help restore normal periods, when there is a loss of a period, or if the period is absent once coming off of birth control (amenorrhea). Secondly, this honey and pollen tonic is also an excellent LIVER tonic. The liver performs hormone synthesis, and without proper liver function, your hormones cannot balance. Therefore, this honey and pollen mixture has a two-fold benefit. You can try using both the Ultra Pollen with the honey mixture for a stronger effect, or you can take one or the other. The honey mixture is a great one to start with to see if it is therapeutic enough. It is also the cheaper option too.

* To make the honey pollen mixture: get a large glass jar and mix 2/3 RAW, unheated honey and 1/3 raw bee pollen. Both must be truly raw, otherwise, the benefits are not going to be there. Take 2 tbs daily. **Start with 1/2 tsp and work you way up because this can cause detoxification of the liver. Secondly, if you are allergic to pollens, do not take.

get period back after birth control use

get period back after birth control use


Vitamin Replacement

If you had read my first post on birth control pills, then you probably remember me mentioning that birth control pills cause a vitamin B6 deficiency. B6 deficiency leads to poor gallbladder function. As a result, you may experience symptoms such as poor sleep, inability to digest fatty foods, gas, nausea when eating, bumps on the back of your arms, dry skin and overall toxicity since the gallbladder’s job is to be an exit route, via the bile, for toxins coming from the liver. Therefore it is imperative that you supplement with an activated form of B6 and a complex of B vitamins. I personally use P5P 50 B6 supplement by Pure Encapsulationsย daily as a source of B6. I also like to pair it with a general B vitamin product called Max B ND by Premier Research Labs, so that my B vitamins stay in balance. In some cases, depending on how long you have been on the pill, you may need to take B6 indefinitely.

* Note, not all B6 and B vitamins are created equally, and this specific product is what I have found to work the best. Do not be surprised if you do not get results from other products

Xenoestrogen Detoxification

One of the key things that needs to be done in order to balance hormones after coming off birth control is to detoxify xenoestrogens from the body. Xenoestrogens are a large reason why the hormones come out of balance once coming off of birth control pills. Therefore, a key component to getting hormones back on track (restoring normal periods and fertility, stimulating hair growth, preventing acne and mood swings, restoring libido) we will be detoxifying and converting xenoestrogens from both the birth control pill and from other exposures.

My favorite way to clear xenoestrogens is with a compound called DIM, or diindolymethane. DIM is a phytonutrient (plant nutrient) that is found in cruciferous vegetables. Research studies have found that it is incredibly effective in clearing the xenoestrogens from the body, helping to rebalance hormones. I personally like using the supplement DIM Detox by Pure Encapsulations. This product not only contains the compound DIM, which promotes healthy estrogen conversion in the body, but it also contains other ingredients that support liver detox and xenoestrogen conversion. It contains milk thistle and sulphorane (excellent liver detoxifying agents), alpha lipoic acid, n-acetyl-l-cysteine, taurine, glycine and methionine which are needed to fuel the detoxification pathways at the liver. Finally, it contains calcium-d-glucarate which research has also found effective in detox, and to regulate estrogen metabolism (supporting hormone balance). I personally used 2 capsules daily.

detox after birth control use

detox after birth control use


Symptom Specific

The birth control pill influences the body in such a way that you most likely have experienced some sort of side effect. Therefore, the following are a few supplements that I used to offset those side effects and to support the normalization of my hormones.

Loss of Period – Not getting your period after coming off birth control is not a surprising side effect. Your ovaries have been suppressed for years, and it sometimes takes time for them to start working again. Most women find that their period returns in 1-2 cycles. If your period does not return within a couple months or so, I would recommend starting with the Bioflavonoid recommendations above. Either the UltraPollen or the honey/pollen mixture is an easy and gentle way to start. I would also pair this with DIM Detox to help detoxify from the pill and support the liver. If after a month or two the period still does not return, there are a couple options. One, make sure to rule out Pill-induced PCOS.

Pill-induced PCOS occurs when ovulation does not return after coming off the pill, AND you meet all the criteria for PCOS (elevated androgens, acne, facial hair growth, insulin resistance etc.). Head on over to my post about PCOS to learn more.

Most of you will not fall under the Pill-induced PCOS category unless you exhibited symptoms before going on the pill. If you have tried bioflavoniods and the DIM without success for a few months, I would recommend using the herb called Vitex (chaste tree or chasteberry). Vitex promotes ovulation by preventing your pituitary gland from making too much prolactin. Prolactin inhibits ovulation, so less prolactin equals easier ovulation. Take vitex first thing in the morning with breakfast. Take for 25 days, and stop for 3-5 days before beginning again. Do not take for longer than 6 months. If it is the right formula it will work in that time frame and then will no longer be needed.

*Be cautious with vitex if you have PCOS. Vitex can elevate LH and androgens.


Hair Loss – Hair loss and hair thinning is an unfortunate side effect of taking the pill and coming off of the pill. For me personally, I was affected by this big time. While there are countless supplements out there claiming that they stimulate hair regrowth, like biotin, minerals and B vitamins, the ONLY thing that I found to work was Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs. I swear by this supplement and take 4-6 daily without fail. It is superior to the other basic hair and nails supplements because it is not just a vitamin/mineral product. It works by tackling the root cause of the issue, which is hormone balance and jing depletion. It’s blend of Chinese tonic herbs work to restore the jing of the body (the life force) which is essential to hormone production, hair and nail growth, fertility, energy and libido. I think you will be surprised at just how effective this product is, especially for restoring hair growth, and making the nails strong (excellent if you have peeling nails).


Energy, Mood and PMS Elimination – these took me awhile to figure out, as I had terrible period cramps before going on the pill. I mean, the kind of cramps you will happily kill yourself if the option was available. The first thing that helps relieve pain with menstrual cramps is castor oil packs. Apply these directly over the uterus when symptoms arise. But the true blessing, the supplement combination that cleared (yes cleared and got rid of completely) my cramps was two Chinese herbal products – Eternal Jing and Adaptogen Energizer by Dragon Herbs. A LIFE SAFER. I take 2-4 Eternal Jing and 6 Adaptogen Energizer daily. Another final thing to add onto this treatment plan is to make sure you are eating enough protein, protein rich in B12 and zinc. I have seen so many women suffer from cramps and PMS in partly due to an underlying B12 and zinc deficiency stemming from anemia, and blood deficiency. So make sure to eat your protein, even if that means adding a small portion of grass-fed, organic buffalo or lamb into the diet a few times a week.

A final note about this treatment plan is to make sure you are eating enough protein, protein rich in B12 and zinc. I have seen so many women suffer from cramps and PMS in partly due to an underlying B12 and zinc deficiency stemming from anemia, and blood deficiency. So make sure to eat your protein, even if that means adding a small portion of grass-fed, organic buffalo or lamb into the diet a few times a week.

For the complete protocol for period cramps, head over to my post “Ways to Get Rid of Period Cramps that Work.”

*Note: Tonic herbs like Eternal Jing, Adaptogen Energizer and Hair and Nails have a cumulative effect. This means that they can take up to 2- 3 months to show results since they work on the root issues of the body. Therefore, do not stop taking them if you do not see results right away. This does not mean that they are not working. This is the same with all tonic herbs. The good news is that they work on the body as a whole, mentally, spiritually and physically, so there is a good chance you will notice a benefit beyond just hormone balance.ย 

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or any other mood disorder, try Macaharmony. In addition to the hormone balancing diet, and a regular exercise and stress reduction routine, Macaharmony is a good place to begin, along with the DIM Detox. Maca is an adaptogen that helps the body regulate hormones. It also has been shown to improve mood, sleep, energy and well-being. The Maca harmony supplement is a concentrated form of maca and therefore is more therapeutic that a powdered form of maca (which I do not recommend). If you do not see any results using the maca, there are a few natural anti-stress formulas to try. Each body is different, so you might have to try them to see which works best with your system. I would suggest Rhodiola Rosea by Gaia, New Mood by Onnit, and Tao in a Bottle by Dragon Herbs.


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Acne – The issue of acne is a huge one, especially for all of us that went on birth control pills in the first place to clear the skin. The thing about acne is that it is greatly influenced by hormones, especially high testosterone. A tell-tale sign that your acne is caused by high testosterone is back acne, and acne around your mouth and chin, and chest (but it is not limited to this). The other factor is your digestion and digestive health. It is imperative that you are having at least one bowel movement a day, that you are digesting your food without bloating, gas, pain, or discomfort, and that you are eating a CLEAN diet. You cannot eat white flour (gluten), white sugar, processed foods and foods loaded with xenoestrogens (especially dairy) and expect to have great skin. Period. Check out my Hormone Balancing Food & Herb Diet for more details about what to eat and not eat.

Another thing to mention is antibiotics. If you are taking oral antibiotics to clear your acne, you are shooting yourself in the foot. Antibiotics kill not only bad bacteria, but good bacteria too. This good bacteria lives in your gut and is a key player in food digestion, immunity, and digestive health overall. If you are taking antibiotics, you are killing this good bacteria and harming your digestive health and immunity, which will be an underlying factor in your acne, especially cystic acne. So if you are taking antibiotics, I would advise coming off of them and taking a probiotic supplement to restore the good bacteria in your gut. Not all probiotics are strong enough to really restore the healthy bacteria, which is why I only use Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic. Well worth the price. You will also want to eat probiotic rich foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, organic tempeh and kefir daily.

Now back to high testosterone and acne. This is common when you are dealing with PCOS, but can occur even if you are not diagnosed with PCOS. If you have issues with high testosterone (can be verified by getting your hormone levels tested), it is imperative to keep your intake of sugar and carbohydrates low. This will help to keep your insulin levels balanced. If you need extra help with balancing blood sugar, I would suggest taking GlucoFunction by Pure Encapsulations. To lower testosterone, try taking Saw Palmetto by Pure Encapsulations. Although this is commonly taken for the prostate, saw palmetto has been shown in research to lower testosterone and therefore can be taken by women.

Finally, the best supplement I have found for clearing up skin, especially that which is hormone related is the product called Femmenessence Macaharmony. Even if you have signs of high testosterone, this product can help clear it if your case is not severe. It is a concentrated form of the adaptogenic root Maca. Maca is a root that supports the balance and regulation of a womanโ€™s own hormone production. It also helps to keep the body balanced by strengthening the immune system, the adrenal glands and fighting off stress. This particular product is far more potent that raw maca powder and has been found in human clinical trials to demonstrate statistically significant improvements in hormone balance. This product does not introduce any hormones into the body, only supports the bodyโ€™s own balance of hormones. It is very effective for clearing up acne and the best part is it also improves sleep, energy, athletic performance and the overall sense of well-being. This is an excellent product to start with along with the DIM detox and B vitamins to get back on track.

Alas, we get to skin care. Switching to non-toxic, chemical-free skin care products is going to be a key part of clearing up the skin. So many skin care products on the market contain harmful chemicals that are known hormone disruptors. These chemicals, just like the chemicals found in plastics, or hormones found in conventionally raised meat and dairy, interrupt normal hormone balance. Therefore, every time you wash your face with them, and moisturizer your skin with them, you are exposing yourself to these chemicals. These chemicals are playing a role in your hormone imbalance, leading ultimately to acne, in addition to delayed or absent periods, bloating, low energy and libido. My suggestion to you is to switch to all natural, chemical-free skin care brands. In this case, why not start with the facial cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. One of my favorite brands is Eminence. They have three products that are excellent for clearing up acne: Eucalyptus Cleansing Concentrate (face wash/cleanser), Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum (toner/serum), and Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer.

A cleanse for clear skin: if you have restored your period and no longer exhibit any other symptoms other than acne, it might benefit you to follow my Cleanse for Clear Skin Program. Head on over for more details.


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Weight Gain – let me start by saying that weight gain does NOT happen to everyone, so do not freak out. With that being said, if you are planning on coming off of birth control before a big event, say a wedding, then I would advise waiting since weight gain is a possibility. The first thing to mention is not to freak yourself out. I see so many women get so stressed about the “possibility” of gaining weight after coming off of the pill that they actually manifest it due to their high levels of stress and mental anxiety. So the lesson is, do not do this. Secondly, if you do gain weight, rest assured this is NOT permanent. Once again, do not become so hopeless and stressed that you are perpetuating the weight gain (and probably acne and hair loss too).

Weight gain is only the body trying to find its balance again after coming off of the pill. First and foremost, follow my suggestions of taking the DIM Detox, and the Femmenessence Macaharmony. These will be your baseline. The other most important aspect of keeping your weight at a good level is the diet. You CANNOT avoid this. Follow my Hormone Balancing Food and Herb Diet. The second part of the plan is exercise. No matter how much we want to avoid it, we have to exercise to keep the metabolism running and to prevent weight gain. High intensity, bursts of cardio are best for this.

Now if you want to take weight loss a step further, I would suggest a supplement packet called PureLean Pure Pack by Pure Encapsulations. This is a combination of nutrients that support healthy blood sugar balance (glucose metabolism), fat burning, lean muscle mass, helps suppress cravings and appetite, lowers anxiety and stress, aids in athletic performance, and lowers inflammation, thus promoting weight loss. The best news is that it is a great round of nutrients that can be taken long term as a daily multivitamin as well. In addition, adding a high-quality protein powder (whey is the most supportive for weight loss) will be a good addition too. Try my daily low-sugar cleansing green smoothie with PureLean Vanilla Protein (sweetened with stevia).


hair loss coming off birth control

Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs


PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) –ย  The most common way to address PCOS from a Western Medical perspective is by prescribing birth control pills. If you have a desire to come off of birth control pills but have been diagnosed with PCOS, then please read my article, PCOS: How to Treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Naturally for guidance. I too have been diagnosed with PCOS but no longer exhibit its symptoms even after coming off of birth control. It can be done.

Final Word

These supplements are not just for normalizing hormones but are also amazing for the body in many other ways. The eternal jing, hair and nails, and adaptogen energizer are adaptogens. Adaptogens help the body to overcome stress and physical weakness, and they also build the strength of the body. This is essential for staying fertile, having normal periods, a good mood, no anxiety, and for maintaining a healthy weight. For me personally, I have decided to stay on them because I have never felt so great. As for the DIM detox, this is great as a preventative of infertility, hormone imbalance, menopause symptoms, and hormone-related cancers such as breast cancer, since our xenoestrogen exposure is inevitable. As for the foundation of bioflavonoids and coconut oil, these are overall essential to good health.

Keeping your hormones balanced, and the liver open are two keys elements for true anti-aging, so just keep that in mind when you start down this path. As for finding out the dosages that are right for you, I suggest contacting the companies directly.

If you find that you are seeming to do everything right, and you are still having trouble with hormone balance, then you may have to look into liver/gallbladder cleansing. A congested liver/gallbladder is often an underlying cause of stubborn hormone imbalance, and it may take deep cleansing to get back online. Check my Liver Gallbladder Cleansing post for more details.

The Rundown: coming off in a nutshell

If you are just coming off birth control and are not experiencing any side effects yet, but want to get started on a program to help rebalance the body here are my top recommendations. Take DIM Detox, this activated form of B6, and Macaharmony. Follow the hormone balancing diet recommended above and steer clear of all xenoestrogens. If you do not get your period back within two months, use the raw honey and bee pollen tonic. Be kind with yourself. You have not allowed your body to function on its own for quite awhile so give it time to heal and relearn how to do things properly. No matter where you are in your life, there is never a better time to heal the body than now. The longer you wait, the harder it will be. Take the time to heal the imbalances that the birth control was hiding. While they might seem like problems now, don’t allow them to develop into more severe ones in the future. We all have the ability to get our health back, and we all deserve that change. Stick with it, don’t allow the present challenges prevent you from acheiving the long-term, permanent gains.

Feel free to share with us your experiences and any other therapies that you have tried to help with getting off birth control pills and good luck!!



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  • Reply Epicurean Vegan March 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you so much for this information! I went off the pill just over a year ago, which wasn’t easy after being on it 24/7 for several years to help control my endometriosis. It can still be a challenge, but I don’t miss the side effects of the pill. A great book to read is The Way of the Happy Woman:
    It’s a great guide to living without birth control. In addition to a vegan diet, I’ve found that yoga and acupuncture are a huge help. Thanks again for the info!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren March 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      I will definitely check that out! I have not read that before ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply lauren November 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        hi Lauren,
        Dim detox i was considering taking on your website. my sister told me her dr. told her to take herbs, is the dim detox enough or should i get the herbs as well?

        • lauren
          Reply lauren November 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

          Hi Lauren, it depends. The DIM is great for converting the estrogens from the BC, but if you have been on it for longer than a year, I would highly suggest the Gallbladder ND as well to replace loss B6. If you are having symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, low sex drive, then you will want to add in additional herbs such as the eternal jing and adaptogen energizer.

    • Reply Pamela August 21, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Lauren

      I went off the pill about a month and a half ago and am experiencing hair loss…A lot! i just went to the doctor because I didn’t know what it was and its not normal…it’s like overall thinning…i get stressed from the hair loss and I don’t want to loose more. I am thinking it might be related to the birth control pill ….is it because your body is trying to detox???
      Also – my scalp is a bit itchy

      Also – what are the supplements you recommend? Thank you for this article…..

      • lauren
        Reply lauren August 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm

        Hi Pamela. I would 100% try Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs. This is a very effective product that is vital for hair regrowth. I would also start taking a B vitamin supplement as well. You can also eliminate all sugar because the itchy scalp could be due to sugar consumption.

        • Reply K November 30, 2016 at 9:10 am

          Hi Lauren, thanks for the great article. Just wondering how long it took for you to see recovery with your pill-induced hair loss? You state that you now have 50% more hair…was this something that took you 3 years to regain? Thanks!

          • Lauren The Holy Kale
            Lauren The Holy Kale December 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm

            For me personally I saw a reduction in hair loss within the first 2 months. For new hair growth it started in about 3 months. From there is continued in a slower rate until most all back within 9 months. Hope that helps!

    • Reply Kristle B October 29, 2013 at 2:30 am

      I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I went in for surgery last Sept to have a golf ball sized cyst removed from my right ovary. The surgeon removed A LOT of endometriosis and told me that I had very little options to deal with it: go on the birth control pill 24/7 to stop menstrating or get a hysterectomy, well that was and still isnt an option since I want babies.
      I am 30 years old and have been on and off the pill since I was 16. Before descovering I had a cyst on my ovary I was off the pill from the age of 27-29 trying to cleanse my system of it, but was devastated to hear I had to stay on it for the rest of my life 24/7 or until I decided to have children to prevent the endometriosis from coming back. I HATE taking pills or anything that doesn’t stem from natural/organic products. I eat organic foods and take a lot of herbal organic supplements but since being told I had to take the pill 24/7 Ive struggled to loose some weight, Im constantly tired and have been spotting/bleeding for over a year. Three months ago I went to the gyno and complained and they put me on a stronger birth control pill, I was taking Alesse and then they put me on Marvelone. For the first couple months I felt great and zero spotting but in the last going on 4 weeks Im back to spotting and feeling gross again. I had another gyno appt today and they recommended I try a pill that was successful in Europe; Visanne….but this is only supposed to be for short term use until you want to get pregnant and to curb the pelvic pains and bleeding and is NOT a birth control. Im feeling super frustrated and just thinking I need to get the heck off the pill 100% and hopefully get back to feeling healthy. You indicated that you have endometriosis….how have you handled things since going off the pill? Have your pains come back? Are your periods tolerable? I’ve been researching options all day and I know what I want to do, but its nice to chat with other people that are in the same boat as I am.
      I do want to have children in the future (next couple years) but want to be as healthy as possible before trying to conceive ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply Lela Martinez December 5, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        Did you ever get a response on this?
        I’ve been on birth control for years from the recommendation of my gynecologist to keep the endometriosis at bay.
        I stopped my birth control last month and am doing the FAM method.
        I am worried about the endometriosis. I still may want children in the future, but no longer want to pollute my body with birth control.
        Any advice is appreciated!

        • lauren
          Reply lauren December 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

          Hi Lela, what is the response you are looking for? Sorry, if you asked previously, sorry I cannot see it anymore.

    • Reply Jamila January 27, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Hi Lauren,
      I just stopped taking the pill after 25 years(!) and this is one of the best resources I’ve found for information on what to expect. I’ve been poking around the comment sections of lots of blogs because that’s where I seem to find the best information on how actual women experience this change. I thought it would be interesting to start a survey to gather more anecdotal responses:
      I ultimately hope that we can get better information by talking to each other about what’s happening with our bodies. Thank you again for an amazing blog and such a well-written and important post.

      • Lauren The Holy Kale
        Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 27, 2017 at 8:33 pm

        You are so very welcome! There is a wide range of side effects from being on the pill (depression, anxiety, acne, weight gain, insomnia, low libido, disconnection with partners, blood clots, painful periods, PMS, hair loss, etc.) all of which can be found in the comments and the post itself. As for coming off, there is also a wide range of experiences. Some (lucky) women have a really easy transition with no complications, and others experience weight gain, skin changes etc. It all depends. The good news is that by taking control of your health and the transition (using the diet, supplements, exercise etc) you can help get your body back on track and support its transition. I do hope that you can find the perfect path for your journey. Thank you and best of luck!

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  • Reply Lizzy March 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    HI Lauren!

    Thank you again for all of your incredible information. You have truly been a life saver and an inspiration to me. I have a question regarding maca powder. What are your thoughts about taking it or taking Macafem? And also, how long did you take the DIM Detox for? Or are you still taking it?

    Thank you again for this post and all of your help!!


  • Reply Suleman March 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I believe every one should come here and read this because thousands of people are taking pills and they don’t have any kind of clue what the side effects will be once again thank you for all the information

  • Reply L March 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Thank you for your article. What would your suggestion be on anxiety, extreme fatigue and insomnia? Been off the pill 1y and 11mons although I’m better now then a year ago I still am not 100 percent better or myself. Easily over whelmed, barely functioning and depressed….the worst part is the anxiety..OY! I’m taking whole food pre natal vitamin, I’m also trying to conceive, so far 4 months have passed and nothing =\

    • lauren
      Reply lauren March 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      I would definitely suggest taking the Gallbladder ND. The gallbladder lies on the deep sleep meridian and is a HUGE factor in insomnia. I would also use the Eternal Jing and Adaptogen Energizer. These are excellent for improving energy and balancing the hormones which will be necessary to get pregnant. As for the anxiety, a lot of times this has a link to adrenal/kidney fatigue, both of which can be improved by the eternal jing and adaptogen energizer. *Remember to always consult with a doctor.

    • Reply Missy October 4, 2013 at 3:46 am

      The pill depletes you of many essential nutrients like B- vitamins, Magnesium, Zinc, and Selenium. For anxiety, stress, and fatigue I like (1/2 – 1 tsp/day in a shot of water in the morning) For insomnia (aside from balancing blood sugar) and also for stress I am loving (up to 6 pills/day)

  • Reply Chloe March 17, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Hi Lauren,

    thank you for sharing. I am glad I found your post at the right. I am in a dilemma that a guy I am seeing asked me to go on the pill and he doesn’t like to wear rubber.

    do you know any other alternative apart from taking pills?

    I am passionate about raw and organic food and I am against any chemical tablets that goes into my body if uncessary, I have very strong resistance of going back on the pills again. I feel this relationship either breaks or works depending on my decision of taking the pills or not.

    it sounds terrible..

    hope to hear some feedback from you. thank you

    • lauren
      Reply lauren March 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Hi Chloe. Thanks for writing in. The only other option I have explored is an IUD, but it has its downsides as well. Check out my post on the IUD. The truth is that most men do not like wearing a condom, but in the end you have to protect yourself in a way that YOU feel is best for you. You will have to talk to him about your choice and hopefully that will be something that he respects. If not, then that will be a bridge you will have to cross at that time. I wish there were better options, but hopefully in the future we will have more choices.

      • Reply Angela March 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

        A great option for birth control is the Fertility Awareness Method! There is a book called Taking Charge of your Fertility and it has been a huge help as a natural birth control! It explains so much about our bodies and cycles. And once you have established how to track your time of ovulation, there is a time frame when you are safe against pregnancy. However if this a new guy on your life, protecting yourself from diseases comes first. There is also a product called a Lady Comp that is also great to go along with the fertility book. I thought about an IUD after discontinuing birth control, but I read many scary experiences. I hope this helps! And thank you Lauren for posting this additional birth control pill article! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • lauren
          Reply lauren March 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

          Hi Angela, Thank you so much for sharing with us! A great book to check into. But yes, we need to make sure disease is not on the table, and I am sure this is not as effective as other forms, but its great to have more knowledge and other choices. Thank you again!!

          • Fay March 3, 2014 at 11:33 pm

            Hi Angela and Lauren and Chloe, Just have to say I’m reading that book about FAM now and also just went off the pill a couple weeks ago. Aside from feeling great, I also have been enjoying latex-free condoms. Chloe, not sure if your guy dislikes rubber/latex or just condoms in general… There’s also a female condom that comes in non-latex, so less irritating. FAM is so great because you learn so much about your own cycle and all the amazing things happening. Also it’s just great to know for general health.

          • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
            Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

            Great suggestion Fay!

    • Reply Charles October 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Encourage him to have the snip. It is close to painless, permanent and his partners will never have to worry.

    • Reply Mel November 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Get a diaphragm, maybe? That’s what I’m doing. Then your guy doesn’t have to put on a condom.

      … I’m going off generic Yasmin after 7 years (32 years old)… don’t want kids, just don’t want to mess with my body anymore. I have potassium retention (among other things, weight gain, I think I am hypothyroid but want to balance all this stuff out first). I didn’t want the hormonal IUD, and I didn’t want the copper IUD because it can cause too much copper absorption.

      good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Alyssa May 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      VCF Film. My boyfriend and I started using it since I went off of the pill from being on it many years minus 11 months from having my daughter in 2008. VCF film is a non horomonal birth control film thats placed in the vagina and after 15 minutes turns into a gel. It is a sprrmacide. Birth control has causes me so many problems in my life and I’ve lost a few relationships because of it. I have a horrific hormone problem as well as pmdd. The film is the most comfortable for him and I both because it dissolves with your own body fluids apposed to the sponge or foam. He and I both have a daughter from previous relationships and both sat down talked about it and came that birth control was the best option we were on the edge of loosing our relationship because of my mood swings. Also he and I would like to have a child and so for now we use the film. Consider it. Its called VCF film if your Googling it. I hope this helps

      • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
        Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm

        Hi Alyssa, Thank you for your comment, but I would not recommend the use of VCF. Spermicides can be quite harmful to both the woman and the man using them. The active ingredient, a chemical called Nonoxynol-9, has been shown to disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria in the vaginal tissue and can even increase changes of E. Coli colonization. This ingredient has also shown in studies to cause vaginal and rectal irritation that can heighten the chance of becoming infected with HIV. Regular use of N-9 also seemed to increase the risk of infection with sexually transmitted human papillomaviruses (HPVs), which are the ones that can cause cervical cancer. Another thing is that itโ€™s produced through ethoxylation of alkylphenols. Other ingredients that are manufactured by ethoxylation have an increased risk of being contaminated with toxins like 1,4-dioxane, which is a carcinogen. In fact, the Environmental Working Group specifically lists contamination with 1,4-dioxane as a concern with this ingredient. Studies have found that nonoxynols like N-9 have a mild to medium estrogenic function, which could indicate a potential hormone-disruptive activity. It can also last long enough to potentially disrupt fragile environmental systems.

  • Reply Pam March 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I just read your first article and then this one and they explain A LOT! I tried getting of the pill about 9 years ago after being on it for 15 years. I experienced debilitating depression and after 6 months got back on it. It took another 6 months to feel normal. I researched my experience and couldn’t find anything. Then a year later, after about a year of minor symptoms, I had my gallbladder removed. No stones, just crystalization within the organ preventing the free flow of bile. I wonder if it is related. Plus I am hypothyroid. Related? Plus other symptoms you listed. Hmm.

    You mentioned the use of a supplement for the gallbladder, but would I still need to take it? Plus, later when I talked to my ob/gyn about it, she recommended a taper from the pill. Any comment on that? Please keep the info coming. This is the only information I have seen on the problems of getting off the pill. Thank you.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren March 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Pam! Thank you so much for sharing your story! It is amazing how we are not informed about the potential side effects of birth control before getting on it. As for the gallbladder, surprisingly you still need to take gallbladder nutrients although the gallbladder is no longer there. You will see that the Gallbladder ND will be extremely beneficial to you. In addition, I would consider looking into working towards liver and gallbladder cleanses. Check out my Master Liver/Gallbladder Flush article. As for tapering off the pill, I have not really heard that. I have always been told to just stop after your period. A great product for Hypothyroid is Thyroven by Premier Research Labs. Although often times the thyroid will go hypo if there is low progesterone. Once the progesterone levels are normalized, the thyroid often normalizes as well. Therefore, I would suggest getting a salivary hormone panel done to see where you are.

  • Reply Holly March 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Hi again,

    Thanks so much for this wonderful post. I detailed my transition in a blog:

    which I turned into a book which will be out soon:

    I will drop you an email as I’d love to chat further.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren March 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      How amazing Holly!! So great to see you really getting the word out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Larisa Blakely March 31, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing. You just made my next step much more easier.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      You are so very welcome Larisa

  • Reply Angela Hamilton April 4, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Lauren, thank you so much for writing this article and the article you wrote previously about your experiences coming off the pill. This has been something I have been contemplating for the past year or so and your articles have given me that last final push I needed to dive in and be open to whatever comes next. I hope my transition will be smooth but I do have a couple of major concerns. I notice your detox/journey included taking multiple supplements daily. In the past I have taken multiple vitamin pills each day and haven’t reaped much benefit from them (actually, the omega 3 pills that I took to combat dry eye syndrome was making me nauseated). I noticed that you mention that most people do not find effectiveness from many vitamin supplements, but conversely your belief in the particular supplements you have taken and suggested, so I am not doubting their effectiveness. But the combined cost of each supplement is a little overwhelming, not to mention the idea of taking something manufactured/processed in large quantities, every day, for an unknown amount of time is daunting. I really believe in food as medicine and was hoping to find some information about eating more live-source vitamins targeted towards coming off and detoxing from hormonal birth control. My partner and I have drastically changed the way we eat since last November and have noticed the benefits now for months. We are passionate about eating for optimal health, and are discovering something new, organic, nutritious, and yummy all the time! So, its not that I’m doubting your suggestions about which supplements to use. I would just prefer if there was a way to eat for the same health benefits (and an option that wasn’t quite as expensive) instead of taking so many capsules.

    My second major concern is the theory that the artificial hormones in birth control pills have affected my choice in a partner (due to reversing my preference in pheromones, I am to understand?). I have been with my boyfriend for almost a year now, and have been on birth control pills for about 6 years straight (so I have been on the pill the entire duration of our relationship). I have never felt so strongly about anyone, we have been, and continue to be, so very much in love and we both feel that we are THE one for each other. I do believe he is the one I am going to marry as he is so good to me and so good FOR me and is such an intelligent, honest and respectful man. Not to mention we have a very strong and intense ‘chemistry’ and attraction that goes beyond just the physical. It is quite simply, the best, most loving and caring and healthy relationship I have ever experienced and had the pleasure to be in. So I am not exaggerating when I say that this documented potential side-effect of the pill has me absolutely TERRIFIED, and almost makes me want to forget about going off the pill completely and just give up. If coming off the pill makes it so that I’m not as in love with/attracted to the man I want to be with forever, due to some alteration in chemical pheromone scent-based attractiveness or whatever, then I would be tempted to hop right back on it. Has anyone you know experienced this? It is such a horrible thought! But of course I do not want to revert to being back on the pill (I realise in most aspects, such as acne or mood swings, it gets worse before it gets better, but in terms of endangering/affecting my relationship, I do not know if I am ready for that). I am the kind of person who will stick with something once started. And I do believe that there are so many benefits to coming off it (decreased risk for certain cancers and blood clots and emotional re-stability being but a few). I haven’t felt myself emotionally for the past 6 years. In the same year that I started on the pill, I gained 20 pounds that no amount of exercise seems to affect (I have pretty much accepted that it’s a permanent 20-pound addition), often I feel like I’m on an emotional roller-coaster, I have experienced intense rage like never before, and very moody to the point where I cry for no legitimate reason whatsoever. And I have found that these side-effects have become more intense since I was switched a couple of months ago (without consultation) to a generic brand of my birth control pill, which does have different ingredients (though I was assured it was the exact same pill). The hormonal dosages are the same but most of the inactive additives are different (I have yet to research exactly what povidone K 30 is, but I do not appreciate it being in my pills when my last brand, Aviane, did not have it, and this generic Alysena brand does and I was not asked if I would be open to switching).

    I haven’t started my journey yet technically (just finishing up my period, but once it is finished I will NOT be opening that next blister pack of pills), but it seems like it is quite the ride. Again, thank you for sharing your story. I can see that you have inspired and supported SO many women out there seeking answers.

    Hoping you are well (and thanks for reading!),
    Angela Hamilton

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Good Morning Angela.
      For one, I 100% believe in nutritional supplements and find that they are very necessary in order to rebalance the body, especially in conditions where the body becomes out of balance and is exhibiting conditions such as disease, toxicity and symptoms. With that being said, the majority of supplements on the market are toxic, and ineffective. Therefore, I ONLY promote live-source, whole foods supplements that are manufactured without any added excipients, binders, fillers, or glues and that are made in vegetable capsules. You can read my whole article series on supplements HERE. BUT I am not saying that you can only use supplements and not change your diet. DIET is imperative as well.

      As for your partner, those are just studies and it does not mean that you are not going to be no longer attracted to your partner if you come of birth control. I would not worry so much about this. There are many people who have gone off birth control and it has not effected their relationship. In fact, for the most people it improves their relationship. Women tend to gain back their sex drive once off BC. Good Luck!

      • Reply Katie July 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        I am actually on here reading this because I, too, I am 100% utterly, completely terrified of this happening with my partner. This is absolutely, by far and away, no questions asked, the best relationship I have EVER in and I am so scared that going off BC will ruin it. I have been on the pill for about 5 years, in this relationship for about 7 months, and I’m mortified. I mean, I’m having to excuse myself from work because it’s all I can think about and I can’t keep from crying. I know that it’s just a small-scale study that says it can happen, but there are horror stories all over the internet. And of course, I realize that the MILLIONS of women who went off the pill and had no problem with their relationship don’t go on the internet and talk about it. But I wish they would! I’ve talked to my mother numerous times and she insists that everything will be fine. She was on the pill when she met my Dad and (obviously) isn’t on it anymore and they’ve been married for 23 years! She also pointed out that all of her friends and sisters were on it and none of them had any kind of issue in their relationships.

        I’m just so scared and can’t shake it.

        • lauren
          Reply lauren July 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm

          Hi Katie, what was mentioned is something that can happen, but like all things in the world, you can never make choices based on fear, or what MAY happen. You have to do what is right for you and your body, and it seems as though the anxiety you are dealing with now maybe already influencing your relationship. If it is right for you to come off, then everything will work out. There is no place for fear here, and you will work through everything accordingly as it comes up. And like you already mentioned, there are so many examples of relationships that were not negatively influenced by this decision.

  • Reply nikki April 13, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Why is it that we gain weight? I just went off of it yesterday, meaning yesterday I should have started, and have been trying really hard to find ways to regulate my hormones to not gain weight. Is there a way not to that you would suggest?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Your weight is intimately tied to your hormones. Hence, when they become imbalanced, you can gain weight. Now not everyone does, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Plus, sometimes it comes on for a couple weeks, and then comes right back off. To avoid it, just make sure to keep exercising, eating right and utilizing the supplements to balance the hormones.

      • Reply nikki April 24, 2013 at 3:39 am

        Thanks so much for responding, I really appreciate it!

        • Reply nikki April 27, 2013 at 3:31 am

          One more question, and this goes out to all of you women as well! If we aren’t going on birth control pills, what the best, most effective way you ladies, and Lauren, think is? My mom is so scarred that I’m off the pill and is telling me to investigate other options. What is the best option then if your really not ready for a baby and are married/in a committed relationship?

          • charlotte July 23, 2013 at 12:24 am


            I went of the pill about a month ago.
            I stopped it for about 6 months ago (Jamsin) after 15 yrs on it; Except so acne problems, I was really happy and felt relieved (mood, no more foggy mind).
            Havin a kyst on one of my ovary I cannot put a IUD before I have it taken out, so my ob gyb put me on a only progesterone pill about 2 months ago. I started feeling really bad, stressed and low so I stopped it mid-cycle.
            It has been a month and I gained 6kg while actually having a healthier diet and exercise 3 times a week. I am devastated. I am pretty sure it is my hormones, but I don’t know how to regulate them.
            What herbs/treatment would you recommend, from your experience?

            Thank you so much,

          • lauren
            lauren July 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm

            Hi Charlotte, I would just follow the recommendations in the post, those are what have worked for me and my clients.

  • Reply Sinรฉad April 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm


    I’ll be finished my 6th cycle of BC pills next week and I’m strongly considering stopping altogether due to a few unwanted side effects. However, I started the pill for hormonal acne – manageable on a day to day basis but flared up badly with stress. You mention acne as a temporary side effect – I was wondering if you had skin problems before you started taking it? I know everyone’s different but how long did it take for it to clear up?

    Wonderful article, I’ll be following it religiously!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      This is a hard one because problems that people have before they go on the pill have a tendency to return once you come off. This is because the root of the problem was never solved and the birth control serves to manage the symptoms only. Therefore, it may be that your acne will come back, but it will give you the chance to actually tackle it head on. Diet is going to be imperative for you as well as most likely doing some cleansing. I would suggest finding a alternative practitioner in your area to help you. If you need a reference, you can email me personally at and I will see if I know anyone in your area.

  • Reply Noelani April 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and this information. I just went off the pill about 3 weeks ago, because I have been suffering with hair loss/thinning hair for about 4 1/2 years. I started noticing it when I was 18, about 3-4 months after I started taking birth control, and no one (including doctors) could tell me what was going on and they played down my concerns that it could be related to the pill. After doing some research on my own, I finally became convinced that it was the pill causing my hair problems so now I am on a mission to get myself naturally healthy and do what I can to restore my hair. I have already made some of these important changes in my diet, and I am considering buying the dragon herbs supplement. But I have some questions for you…

    1). By “Conventional,” do you mean meat/dairy/produce that isn’t organic, hormone free, etc.? I’m on the fence about going vegan so I want to incorporate good meat/dairy into my diet. 2). About how long would you recommend taking these supplements (detox, B-6, bee pollen)? — I am a poor graduate student and I know that these good foods and vitamins can get expensive :/ Also, 3) If I feel I need to go to a doctor about hormone problems, what kind of doctor should I try to find?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Hello Noelani! Thank you for writing in. To answer your question, yes conventional meaning not organic, free-range, grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone free. I would suggest finding a local farmers market where you can talk to the farmers about the quality of their meat/chicken/fish/eggs/dairy. If you have a whole foods or organic market close by, that would be the second best option. I would recommend taking the products for about 6 weeks to start. Depending on how you are doing, then you can make a decision from there. If necessary, I would suggest looking for a naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist or chiropractor. If you need a suggestion, email me personally for a reference.
      One more thing – about the hair loss, you may have to take the supplement ongoing for months before you have full hair growth return.

    • Reply Allison July 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Hello Ladies!
      I have had this feeling in me that I really need to get off birth control for the past 6 months or so. I have slowly started my transition into eating cleaner – trying to stick to a paleo diet as much as possible. However, even after I have eliminated grains, breads, dairy and all processed foods, I still haven’t had this surge of energy that everyone claims to have when they start eating healthy, seems like I have less energy! It is very frustrating! Especially when I have a craving for something not so healthy and I think “well eating healthy hasn’t paid off anyways, why not?!” Besides some fat loss, I really haven’t had any great side effects from eating clean. So I started looking into why this could be… Especially because I have become increasingly aware of my thinning hair and how much is falling out.
      So birth control seems like the only logical explanation, as that is the only pill I take besides a multivitamin and biotin. Everyone says it is probably stress – which right now could be because I’m getting ready to start a doctorate program and move out of state. But this has been an ongoing problem, not just the past few months.
      I do have some concerns though… I just started my new pack after my cycle ended, so I have about 3 weeks to go until I can get off it I guess. This means I’ll be just starting grad school. Do you think this will be detrimental to my need to be concentrating on school if I go off the pill then?
      Noelani – have you had any problems as I see you are also a grad student! I just don’t want to lose focus and not perform optimally when I need to be very active and engaged in class and during my fieldwork training.
      Do you suggest that I take the supplements in order to help smooth the transition while I am in grad school Lauren? I’m nervous because I had debilitating cramps before I started the pill (sometimes still do) and I don’t want to have to deal with that… I can’t miss school now! lol
      The hair and nails is something I’ll definitely need to try – I have taken Biotin for over a year now and things have just gotten worse! Now my nails break and crack all the time and they never grow… I use to have to clip them every few days because they grew so fast! Same with my hair!! Now it is just thin and it never seems to grow.

      What do you suggest about going to the chiropractor? Just to get structurally balanced? I have one now, so I was hoping you could give me some pointers on what to tell him in order to help me ease into this new transition I’ll be going through!

      Thank you so much for posting all this information!! I’m excited for the journey of getting off the pill. Hope to hear from you!!

      Also, just so some people are aware. I did learn that when you first get off the pill you are super fertile for a short spurt of time and then when your body figures out what is going on is when people find difficulty trying to become pregnant. So if you are coming off the pill in order to get pregnant, that is what I have been taught from my mentors in biological psychology. Or if not, just make sure you use some other form of protection!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • lauren
        Reply lauren July 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

        Hi Allison, If you decide to get off the pill, you do not have to wait until the end of the pack, you can just come off. I would suggest that you start taking the supplements as soon as you get off the pill to ease the transition and to begin getting back in balance. Another addition to your clean eating would be to eliminate all sugar. That would also include sugars from fruit, starchy vegetables (beets, carrots, sweet potatoes) and natural sugars such as raw honey. Sugar can lead to hormone imbalance due its role in blood sugar and insulin. While this is not easy, and it will not have to be forever, its a good addition that really can make a huge difference. Plus it also may give you relief from cravings. There is no way to be certain about how your journey is going to unfold after coming off, but if you are making the decision, then in the long run you will feel so much better. I would not be worried about your ability to concentrate and be focused, because once the hormones balance, that will fall into place. As for the cramps, this depends on what the underlying issue is, and the supplements and diet change may alleviate them. If not, you can think about seeing a holistic practitioner. Some chiropractors can help with this as well, but I doubt it is a structural issue. Good Luck!

      • Reply Noelani July 27, 2013 at 11:17 pm

        Hi Allison,

        So, I have been off the pill since the end of April and WOW what a difference!

        As I stated in my post, for me the biggest problem was hair thinning/hair loss. I decided to go off the pill in March (but had to wait a month until my pill pack ended) in the hopes that naturally my hair would start growing back. But a week later, after I went off the pill, I had a break-down. It was the end of the semester, I had sooo much work to do, I was super stressed, and my hair was so thin I just started crying and hyper-ventilating all alone in the middle of the night, and I just felt utterly hopeless.

        That’s when I realized I needed to see a specialist — NOT a dermatologist, NOT a gynecologist, an actual hair loss expert. I found that there was a trichology (hair loss expertise) place less than 5 minutes away from my apartment! I saw the specialist and he confirmed to me that my type of birth control is a big culprit in hair loss because it pumps you with androgens (male hormones) AND depletes you of vitamins, especially iron. Now, if you are a woman and you have low iron, your body may produce more testosterone to compensate, then the byproduct of that extra testosterone (DHT) can attack the hair follicles and shrink them. Additionally, if your body is low on iron, it can take it from a non-essential part of the body, like hair and nails, leaving them thinner and more prone to breakage. When I found this out, I was mortified, as you can imagine. But, my trichologist put me on a program (it’s been over 3 months now) of daily topical agents, laser therapy, and all kinds of vitamins, and it is now growing in like 3 times as thick!! It is truly unbelievable!

        I still have a problem with increased facial and body hair, however, so I am still waiting to see if my hormones will get back to normal within the next year, but one thing’s for sure: I am NEVER going on the pill again!

        Now, as for stress, the first thing I did was buy a “Nutribullet,” and I have followed an almost perfect diet since (mostly raw produce and whole grains, organic meat, little to no dairy). The combination of eating healthy, doing low-stress exercise (such as walking, yoga/pilates) AND getting off the pill not only helped with my stress in school but my skin looks amazing, my eyes are brighter, and of course I lost a lot of weight. I fully believe in diet being a major factor in stress management and improving your outlook on life in general. It is hard to discipline yourself at first, but it really is the best thing you can do.

        I hope that helps, Allison! Good luck with your doctoral program!

        • Reply Crys January 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm

          Congratulations on getting your hair back!!!

          Would you mind sharing what topical treatments (Rogaine?) and vitamins you are taking? Also, when did you first start noticing regrowth? Did you have any temporary increased shedding after getting off the pill (the dread shed)? Will you have to do the laser treatments forever?

          I am devastated at the state of my hair… lost 50-60% of it, so I finally got off the pill last week and want to know what to expect. I would truly appreciate any tips, thank you so much!

  • Reply Elizabeth April 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for this post! I contacted you a few months ago about your decision to go off birth control and found your reply very encouraging. After speaking to more women and doing more research I began to feel more confident in quitting and I have finally done it. I have a feeling I will be referencing this information quite a few times (I’ve already been back at least 3 times hahah!) Again, thank you so much for putting this information out there. There are not enough women talking about it in such an open and honest way.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      You are so very welcome!! Good Luck on your journey.

  • Reply Jen V April 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    So HAPPY I found this! I have been on Mircette/ Kariva (a low progestrin & estrogen BC pill) for 13 years and got off the pill in Feb 2013. my skin has been breaking out really bad, two dermatologist later and I am using a $192.00 sulfer face wash to help (it’s not). my weight has also gone up with increase in my yoga practice and eating the same amount of food. I was about to go back on the pill the day I read this post, so THANK YOU! I will be looking into taking these steps to leveling out my unbalanced hormones. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • lauren
      Reply lauren April 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      You are so very welcome!!! Great timing. Yes, what you are going through is normal, it just takes time to get the body back on track. Just stick with it and know that it will eventually even out. Good luck!

      • Reply Jen V April 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Lauren, When making your Honey and Pollen blend, are you using the capsules and breaking them open or is there a loose pollen you can recommend?Thanks!

        • Reply Jen V April 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm

          Also, how long would you say one whose been on the pill for 13 years would need to take the Gallbladder ND & DIM Detox.

          I could see using the Ultra Pollen and Honey daily, as well as the multi and change in diet and exercise a lifetime modification, just not sure about those two supplements.


  • Reply Melanie May 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Lauren
    Thank you for sharing this post! I have been on the pill since age 16 and I’m 34. Only stopped when I was pregnant. I am also a smoker and know i am high risk for several risk factors. I just woke up one day and decided I was not going to refill my script. It has been 4 days now but I never realized how serious it was to get off the pill . This’ post gave me some hope! I am a single mother in nursing school so my budget is pretty tight. What supplements would you recommend to start off with? I could probably only afford 2 of them to start. I am honestly quite scared of this journey but its time and I know it will be better in the long run. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren May 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Melanie! Congratulations on your new adventure!!! I would suggest that you start with the raw honey and bee pollen blend (as long as you do not have allergies), along with the Gallbladder ND product. Those are really great foundational products to start with. If you can find local raw honey and bee pollen, I would go for that, if not, you can always purchase online. In addition, I would make sure to stay away from the xeno estrogens to minimize the impact on your hormone balance (conventional meat, dairy, poultry, soy, plastics, aluminum cans, water bottles, conventional personal care products). Good Luck!

  • Reply Miranda May 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    I can’t tell you how relieved I am to read this! I thought I was going crazy. I got off birth control about a couple months ago and I’ve been rapidly gaining weight, despite hard core working out and eating very little calories. So I got back on my birth control because I just wanted to get “back to normal.” I’m on nuvaring though, not the pill. How can I get off of it and regulate my hormones so that I won’t gain weight? Also, do you know how long in can take to get regulated or does it just depend on the person? Why don’t OBGYNs talk about this with their patients?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren May 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Hi Miranda, Yes it is such a frustrating process but if you believe in it, then I think it is worth the undertaking. I personally used the program I outlined in this post, so you can look at starting that. It is really difficult to give a general time period for the balancing of the hormones, but typically the waves of weight gain only last a few months for most people. Calorie restriction is not always the best way to loose weight, because severe calorie restriction can lead to hormone imbalance – which will further exacerbate your issue. Sticking to whole grains, vegetables, fruits and free range eggs (healthy cholesterol needed for hormone production) is a better idea. You will just have to stick with it unfortunately.

  • Reply Carmen May 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Love your article, I have just finished the Pill and so angry no one told me about some of the side effects sooner.
    I was wondering, since taking the pill I keep getting ill such as colds and infections, could this be due to lack of vitamins?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren May 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Carmen, while it is not a direct side effect of coming off the pill, if your hormones are out of whack, then this can effect your adrenal glands which if exhausted can lead to a more suppressed immune system. Definitely look into including vitamin D, colostrum powder and vitamin C into your supplement regime.

  • Reply Christina May 17, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Hi Lauren! Love this post and so glad I stumbled upon your site. 8 months ago, I chose to take back my womanhood by no longer taking birth control after being on it for 15 years! Lord knows my body is in shock and my goodness an array of symptoms have occured. The first major system was a 30lb weight gain in less than 4 weeks. I’m athletic, eat a very healthy diet so for this to occur was mindboggling. It has taken me 8 months to finally accept that my body is adjusting and will balance out in due time. In the meantime, I have taken the necessary steps by eating a well balanced meal plan, juicing everyday, and taking certain herbal supplements. Thinking of taking the hormonal balance saliva test so that will confirm the hormonal imbalance but not sure how much more confirmation I need after experiencing a lot of systems.

    In any case, thanks for posting and spreading the knowledge. Had I known how bad birth control was for your systems, I would’ve stopped a long time ago…!
    Blessings on a full recovery~


    • lauren
      Reply lauren May 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      I am right there with you ๐Ÿ™‚ The best thing that we can learn from this is to accept our bodies and the process and to have faith that it will all even out in time. We all want everything to happen so quickly, so its a good lesson in patience and a great insight into the inner workings of the body. Thank you for sharing!

      • Reply Erin October 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

        Hi Christina, Lauren,

        First of all Lauren thanks so much for your article – I stumbled upon it when I was googling the topic out of desperation looking for help or insight of some kind.

        Christina, the same exact thing happened to me. I came off the pill in February of this year and it feels like I have totally blown up. I have gained about 30ish pounds and it is mind boggling.

        Lauren, I too was on the pill for a long time – about 10 years – when they abruptly stopped supplying my normal low dose brand to my region. After about 8 months of trying 2 new brands, I finally gave up because my body didn’t feel right. I was very emotional, my hair was thinning and I generally just didn’t feel right. Initially for the first few weeks when I came off I felt better, detoxed, relieved. Then over the next few months, I suddenly gained a lot lf weight, my skin became crazy dry and I now (more recently) am experiencing ‘bachne’ mainly across my shoulders (same as you which is why I am so moved by this article). Initially I made no changes in diet or exercise; but around April I modified my eating and more recently (last 8wks or so) have extremely upped my exercise regimen any am eating totally clean, however the weight won’t budge and I am getting extremely depressed about it. Would focusing on leveling out my hormones and metabolism help in the process? I know it’s not going to happen over night, and I’m not asking it too – I’m just looking for some hope or a little bit of a sign that I’m moving in the right direction – even if I just lost 2 lbs that would be an achievement and encouragement at this stage as usually it doesn’t take this long for me to achieve progress. I’ve never been this heavy so it’s extremely frustrating. Any additional advice?

        Thanks again!

        • lauren
          Reply lauren October 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm

          HI Erin, yes you will have to focus on balancing the hormones in order to get rid of the symptoms. Unfortunately it is a complicated process and no one thing will do it, that is why the supplements are so effective. One other thing you could look into is your blood sugar balance. If you suspect that you are hypoglycemic, it could be that your blood sugar imbalance is influencing your hormones as well. In that case, a diet solely focused on the eliminated of grains and sugar is key. This would include any fruit or natural sugar, or even sugars from root vegetables. Primarily you would be eating TONS of green vegetables, healthy fats, and lean ORGANIC protein (bison, wild salmon, eggs, lamb etc.). Good Luck!

          • Erin October 2, 2013 at 4:55 am

            Thanks so much for your advice and sharing your experience – it really helps to simply know sometimes you’re not alone !! I will give it a try and I am also seeing a natural medicine doctor this week to get my levels tested to get more insight thanks to your inspiration. I’ll keep you posted.

  • Reply Shawn May 30, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Just wanted to share that I just ordered a Lady Comp. It is along the lines of a natural family planning method, but it is 99.3% accurate. It sounds like it will be a great option for me and I hope that others will check it out.

  • Reply B May 31, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Hi,thanks so much for all the helpful info. I live in Aus and I was wondering if you knew of an equivalent of hair and nails by dragon herbs that is available here. I haven’t had much luck with my search and would love a similar product.

  • Reply Kayla June 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Lauren
    I was wondering how long should you take the DIM Detox for? Also what are your thoughts on CoQ10 ?


    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      I personally take one Dim Detox daily because of our constant exposure to xeno estrogens. They are in everything from cosmetics, personal care products to meat, dairy and plastics. Xeno estrogens are known to increase your risk of cancer so I just take it everyday. Therapeutically I would say anywhere between 6 weeks to 3 months would be ideal.

  • Reply Louise June 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you so so much for this amazing read! So helpful.
    I’m in the UK, can you recommend equivalent supliments I can get here? I can’t find gallbladder ND.
    Thank you.x

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Louise, I believe that those supplements are sold in Amsterdam so I imagine that there is a way to get it over to you. If you cannot, look for a live source b6 and gold coin.

  • Reply Ali June 2, 2013 at 3:46 am


    Thank you SO much for this post. I have been on birth control for about a year and a 1/2 now, and since being on it, my world has turned upside down. I was first on Ortho tri-cyclen and am now recently on Generess Fe. I am trying to make the big decision whether to stop. Before getting on the pill, I was known as the girl who was always happy and has a positive outlook on life. I had had pms other than some cramps and strictly decided to get on the pill when i bwcame sexually active.
    Things have changed . On Tri cyclen I was a roller coaster of emotions- happy one second , crying the next, becoming so anxious I drove to urgent care multiple times, the list goes on. I gained nearly 7 pounds and can’t lose it (I’m vegetarian , eat extremely healthy and exercise every day and can’t loose weight now.)IOddly enough, my periods are longer and more painful on the pill. tri cyclen got so bad my boyfriend and family became concerned and I decided to switch.
    I’m on my fourth pill pack of Generess Fe, and even though my periods are still painful and I have a lot of stomach problems, my rollercoaster moods seem better.. But now I am faced with feeling constantly ‘down.’ Since being on bc, I feel like I’m stuck in this fog- and my positive outlook on life is no longer the norm for me. It’s frightening , and to me the only option left is to make the choice to say NO to the pill and stop taking it. ( my doc recommended pills to lift my mood in addition to bc, but I told her the LAST thing I want is another pill in my system .. So she agreed to get off(
    My only concern- part of the reason I want to get off is I’m about to go through big changes in my life. Quitting my job in San Diego to go to Grad school in London for a year- leaving my boyfriend and friends behind. Of course, ill be emotional. I feel like of I get off of it, I could take awhile to adjust and experience problems. However being on it , the side effects of feeling so ‘down’ etc aren’t helping me have the positive attitude about this exciting experience ahead of me that ill need to get through.
    Thoughts?! I feel helpless and birth control has made me feel like I’m no longer in control of my own body. Any advice can help!
    Thank you,

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Ali, as you can see your experience is extremely similar to so many other women and so there is truth to what you are experiencing. If you are deciding to get off the pill I would just make sure that you are doing everything else you can to take charge of your life. Maybe for you that would mean also looking for natural ways to improve your mood and lower your stress/anxiety. That can be anything from the use of supplements like B vitamins, St. Johns Wort and NADH. It could also mean working with a therapist for the time being or even joining a yoga studio. The body is very interconnected and so it is very important to look at the body physically, mentally and spiritually. When you start working on the spiritual and mental, the physical can strengthen, especially during this transition time period. Good Luck!!

  • Reply Lauren June 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you Lauren so much for this informative post! I have been contemplating getting off the pill for a few years now but something in me is telling me that as I am approaching my 16th year on them, enough is enough. I have Crohn’s, so I have a lot of digestive issues, plus in the past I would always flare-up a bit as I drew near to my period. That is why I haven’t allowed myself a period in years (skipped my off week and continued onto next pack), which I know isn’t healthy. I am ready to take on the challenge though. My diet is close to impeccable – I now follow an anti-inflammatory, high raw vegan diet which has helped my Crohn’s pain/inflammation tremendously. Still have lurking issues and do not have the prime digestion I am looking for. Maybe the pill has something to do with it? Either way – I’m going to go for it and would love to know which supplements you recommend for my situation (digestive problems and hormonal balance) Thanks in advance!!!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      You are so very welcome Lauren! I think the more that we can clean up everything the better chance we have to determine the real root of our health issues. Birth control sounds like a good next step for you. Good Luck!

  • Reply Adriana June 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Lauren, Your website is beautifully written, and I thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge! I am a scientist, which has made the path to a more holistic approach to my health quite interesting, as often what I learn on the holistic journey negates what is taught by the more Westernized approaches to medicine. In any case, I am now a full-believer in being able to change your health (even your genes) with diet and lifestyle. Yoga has been a huge eye-opener too!
    Currently, I am debating stopping the pill (which has been a part of my life for 15 years). I’m definitely scared of acne and just the overall mood swings that will occur when stopping, along with hair-loss. I was just diagnosed with Androgenic Alopecia, so I actually fear that stopping the pill will make it much worse, but I also can’t continue taking the pill simply to benefit my hair. Something is telling me to stop, and I have to listen to my body. Initially, I was put on the pill for painful periods and cystic ovaries.
    I’m wondering, should I start your regime before stopping the pill? Will that have any benefit in making the transition easier?
    If you have any other insight, I would be grateful.
    Best wishes, and OM shanti, Adriana

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Hello Adriana, Thank you so much for writing in. Like so many women the thought of stopping the pill is daunting, but I think we all have a really good sense of the right thing to do in our gut. Although our problems may arise back after stopping the pill, I think that this is the real opportunity to take care of the root once and for all. While the BC helps, it only masks, which means that there is still dysfunction in the body. Therefore, if you are up to the challenge, looking to other modes of medicine and therapies can be the answer. You can start on the regime before going off which will definitely help although I would wait to take the DIM detox until after you go off the pill. There is inconclusive evidence to whether that will interact with the efficacy of the BC. I would also start looking for a holistic practitioner in your area including naturopathic doctors. Good Luck!

      • Reply Pol June 22, 2017 at 8:22 am

        Hello Adriana! It’s been a long time since you wrote this , I was wondering how things turned out for you. You see I am also afraid of getting off the pill, although I am sure that’s the right decision for me.I hope after all these years you are truly well both physically and mentally! It would be nice to know an update! I think it would be pretty helpful for the rest of us ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Rebecca June 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you so much for your post. I had a myomectomy in 2011 and was put on the pill shortly after to manage my fibroids. I must say that ever since then, I have had the worse experience. I have been on three different types of pills and have experienced horrible hormone changes. I have made the decision to get off of birth control because I don’t like how it makes my body feel and react. It’s like I don’t know it anymore. I’m glad that I cam accross your site. It had tons of information that I needed to hear. Thank You Again!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Rebecca, Thank you for writing in! It is always nice to hear that people are listening to their intuition and taking charge when they know something is not right. Hopefully you were able to get it all figured out after coming off. As for fibroids, I have heard of success cases in tackling them with alternative therapies and a nutraceutical approach. Hopefully you can find someone in your area to work with. Good Luck!

  • Reply Louise June 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    I was on the pill for 18 years, if only I knew! It’s ruined my life. I had endometriosis so was put on the pill back to back. After nearly a year of back to back I started getting pains in my liver area so my GP sent me for an ultrasound. They found lesions on my liver so referred me for an MRI. This showed more than 25 tumours throughout the left and right lobes of my liver, almost certainly caused by the pill. I’ve since had a laprosocopic liver biopsy and am awaiting results to find out if they are adenomas and if they are benign or malignant.
    I have stopped the pill obviously and have radically changed my diet to anti oestrogen and I have never felt better! I’ve lost nearly a stone as well, just wish I’d have found your advice sooner! I am taking the DIM Detox and I also got Natures Way Super Thisilyn but this quote from webmed has made me doubt if I should take milk thysil? “Since milk thistle may mimic the effects of estrogen, some women should avoid this herb. This includes women who have fibroid tumors or endometriosis. Additionally, women with breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers should not take milk thistle.”
    Any advice if milk thysil is not advised for oestrogen dominance?
    Thanks so much!x

    • Reply Louise June 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Thistle! My phone kept changing it!

      • Reply Louise June 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

        Ooh- one last question (I’ve searched and can’t find the answer) is Rye a phytoestrogen that is good and will go to the alpha eostrogen receptor or a bad one and go to the beta?
        Can’t thank you enough for this website!
        A very grateful Louise.x

  • Reply Kelly June 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Hello, For the diet aspect, you mention no conventional meats, dairy, wine, etc. Does that mean organic versions of these foods are o.k.?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren June 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Kelly, in terms of the exposure to xeno estrogens, organic meat with minimize this risk. As for dairy and wine, wine actually contains natural compounds that increase estrogen, as does beer. Organic dairy is similar to meat, but I still would not recommend eating dairy. It is very difficult to digest and can be a main culprit in an unhealthy weight. Not to mention it can lead to other issues such as acne.

  • Reply Sarah Noelle June 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

    THANK YOU for sharing good information and for helping women with this transition! How do you recommend transitioning off of the pill and onto the supplements you recommended? I would like to start this process soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      You can always start taking the supplements, except the DIM (since it may interact with the efficacy of the BC). Then to just stay on them until you feel as though you have transitioned back. For some people that is 1 month, others it could be a few months, so you just have to listen to your body. Good Luck!

  • Reply Kara June 29, 2013 at 5:40 am


    I am 2 months out from my last day on nuvaring. I have gained 7 pounds and cant get it off. I feel bloated, anxious and tired all the time. No matter what I eat I cant get it off. Also, I have been working out for a week, and I’ve gained another 2-3 pounds. I am also having a hard time getting to sleep and have a terrible time waking up each day (exhausted) – taking melatonin to get to bed. I have to have a cup of coffee to wake up. I also have a lot more desire to eat constantly – trying to refrain / eat more small snacks (veggies/fruit/etc) but nothing seems to help. I am tense all the time and emotionally up and down a lot.

    How long did it take before you noticed a decrease in weight after discontinuing birth control?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Kara, for me personally I was using the supplement regime and changed my diet, so it came back off after 2 months. If you want to help speed up the process, I would eliminate all sugar, including fruit and natural sugars, dairy and carbohydrates (including healthy sources such as quinoa, farro, etc.) and eat only ORGANIC lean proteins (bison, lamb, poultry, fish, eggs), Lots of vegetables, mostly green (but no starchy ones: potatoes, root vegetables), and healthy fats (avocado, olives, raw nuts/seeds, coconut, coconut/olive oil) – similar to the paleo diet. While I completely think grains and fruit are healthy, they increase your insulin and can inhibit the fat burning process and the balance of hormones, especially in those with hormone imbalance. If you stick to this diet you will loose weight much faster.

  • Reply Elizabeth June 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I have been off of birth control for about a year and a half and still feel like I am experiencing hair loss. I do all the right things (take hair and nails, eternal jing, eat a clean, healthy and organic diet, go to accupuncture etc). Most recently I’ve noticed hair loss around my hairline and temples. Did you or any you know or have talked to experience this? If so, did your/their hair come back?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      I would look into insulin resistance, for some who have hair loss that can be an underlying cause that is often undetected. I would try going on a strict diet that focuses only on organic lean meat (bison, buffalo, lamb, poultry, eggs, fish, beef, no pork), lots of vegetables (no starch: potatoes, root veges), and healthy fats (olives, avocado, raw nuts/seeds, coconut, olive oil, coconut oil), and no dairy or sugar (including healthy sugars like raw honey and fruit). This is a low glycemic diet that will help to balance the insulin levels, which could be an underlying cause of the hair loss.

      • Reply Elizabeth July 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

        Thanks for your reply Lauren! I am not sure I am insulin resistant. I looked into the signs and symptoms and don’t really have any. I am a very fit and slim 25 year old. I just had my yearly physical and everything came back normal. :/ Maybe I just have to let my body run it’s course and focus on keeping my stress levels down.

        • Reply JD November 5, 2014 at 10:55 pm

          Being low on iron can cause hair loss. Get a blood test and check your ferritin levels. You should be above 70. I was losing a lot of hair and found out that I was at 23. I’ve been supplementing with Ironsmart (by Lorna Vanderhaeghe) for 2 months now and my hair loss has slowed down. I hope for some regrowth in the next 2-4 months. Also, my body temperature has increased and I can get more air into my lungs. It’s made such a difference for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Diana July 7, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Hi Lauren i started taking birth control pills 3 months ago, in little over a month i started shedding hairs and i thought it was just normal. but as days goes by im shedding hairs i dont normaly do. i did a little research and found out it was the birth control pills. im off the pill for a week now, and my hair is still shedding i even started taking biotin 5000mcg and coconut oil supplement. im 18 and really scared to loose all of my hair. will i see regrowth in my hair? how long does it take to have my hormones levels back? even for taking it only for 3 months did it already made a big damage on my body? i was really happy to find post and you gave me hope! pls reply, thank you!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Diana, this is common with birth control and unfortunately I cannot tell you how long it will take before it grows back or your hormones will normalize since everyone is very different. I would suggest taking Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs, a supplement that has been incredibly effective in stopping hair loss and promoting growth. I would give that a try!

  • Reply Kelly July 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! I had been on ortho-tri cyclen lo when I was younger and when I stopped taking it I had a huge weight gain, but attributed it to many other life factors. I recently went back on nuvaring and experienced frequent debilitating migraines so I decided to take it out. The migraines have stopped (or are at least a lot less frequent), but again I am experiencing a rapid weight gain that I can’t seem to stop. I’ve searched the internet for solutions and haven’t been able to find much. I really appreciate you figuring it out and sharing your success so that the rest of us have some hope!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      You are so very welcome Kelly!

  • Reply Becky July 10, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Hi Lauren! Please Help!

    I also noticed quite a bit of weight gain after getting off the pill. Not only that but my butt and hips immediately got cellulite. That is something I’ve never had before and it seems to get worse and worse. Seems like there is no end in site, don’t know if i should cave and just restart birth control?

    Does it take a few cycles to get back to normal? It seems anytime I ask a doctor about this their only statement is “Most people gain weight when getting on”. I’m not sure what is a normal amount of time to wait– I feel terrible.

    Thanks for your help!!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Becky, the issue is that if you get back on it will only be a short term solution, therefore, I always recommend just working on rebalancing your hormones. For each person it is different. Some people it only takes a month or so to get back to normal, and for others multiple months. If you are taking supplements to support the hormones and eliminating the foods that act as xeno estrogens then you are on the right tract. I would also be very strict about your intake of sugars (all forms), carbohydrates and alcohol. Dairy is another big one that can interrupt with hormone balance. This is all normal, and I would just keep moving forward. You can also add in dry brushing and infrared saunas to keep the lymph moving to help with cellulite.

  • Reply Jennifer July 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Well, your site has encouraged me to finally attempt to get off the pill. I was only using it to regulate my hormones and to keep my face clear but I just can’t do it anymore;)
    I have ordered the supplements you suggested and I was just wondering if I should start taking them before I get off (I’m planning on getting off at the end of this pack I’m on) or wait until I’m actually off them? Also, when do you take all of these supplements? In the morning? With food? or in the evening?

    Thank you for being so open and being so helpful by having this site. You are blessing females everywhere and I really appreciate you doing all of this work and then sharing it with us so that I don’t have to:)


    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Morning Jennifer, Congrats!!! I would suggest getting on them right when you get off the pill, especially if that is within the next month. All the supplements can be taken while on the pill other than the DIM detox, they are not sure what the interactions are there. These supplements can actually be taken with or without meals and at any time of the day so I would suggest planning on taking them when it is easiest for you to remember. Good Luck!!!!

  • Reply Kelly July 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I have been on birthcontorl since I was 16, I am 33 now. I found having a low dose birth control without two types of hormones much better. I have been on migesteron(sp) for a year. I have made the decision to stop birth control. It seems the GYN like to put me on anti depressents to manage my moodiness. I have been on and off of them for years finding no real benefits. I have an extremely hard time loosing weight and lots and lots of fluid retention. Nothing noticable by others just by me. I can feel it. In fact the only time I feel good is the couple of days before and after my period. Not to mention I have horrible clots during. My muscle tone has become very low and I have suffered from CFS for many years. I attribute it to having MONO…However, the more and more I become familiar with my body and can predect how I am going to feel when i wake up. Any recommendations for women who have been on BC since they were young teenagers?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Kelly, I would suggest following the protocol I have lined out. While everyone is a bit different, it is the best place to begin and then modify from there as you go along. Good Luck!

  • Reply Gina July 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Hi! Thanks for your articles! They make so much sense to me… I just stopped taking the pill after about 15 years on them! I am recently gluten and lactose free due to celiac so I’ve been eating all the foods you recommend ๐Ÿ™‚ However, I have been feeling quite terrible, specifically in the morning. I’ve take a pregnancy test and ruled that out (although my hubby wishes it was the opposite haha). I have terrible aches and pains and a stiff neck and feel almost like I have the flu! It’s been like this for about 2 weeks now ๐Ÿ™ I usually workout every morning and have not been going because I have been feeling so terrible, which makes me feel even more terrible!!! I don’t want to take too many supplements, so what do you think would be best from your list above for me to invest in? Thank you!!!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      HI Gina, it sounds like something else is going on that may not be hormone related. I would suggest visiting with a practitioner to rule out any type of infection, viral or bacterial, because it sounds more like an infection. Once you get that taken care of then you can start looking to supplements to balance the hormones.

  • Reply Jamie W July 17, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Thank you for your blog…it helped me to make the decision to get off the pill. I stopped taking it about 3 weeks ago. So far, I’ve experienced a good amount of cramping and some stomach pain. I’m guessing it’s from all the changes going on. On a good note, it seems like I am sleeping more soundly and not waking up as easily to sound which I am REALLY happy about and hope it lasts! My question for you, and I know everyone is different, but you said you first rapidly gained weight, and then lost…about how long after stopping the pill did you notice that you started to lose the weight that you gained after stopping? I feel like I am bloating and gaining since getting off but I’m trying not to get discouraged since you said it happened to you but then leveled off. Like I said, I know every body is different, but I’m just curious as to how long the weight gain lasted for you until it started coming back off. Thanks so much!!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Jamie! Congrats on the big move!! As long as you are following a good diet and eliminating foods that interrupt hormone balance (conventional meat/dairy/produce and soy), and taking supplements as well as working out, I think about 2 months would be a good general marker for weight loss. Eliminating all dairy, sugar (even from fruit) and all refined carbs is a good way to start getting the weight off. Good Luck!

  • Reply Cari July 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you for your blog, it has been very helpful in providing the support I needed to get off of birth control pills. I have purchased the supplements you mention above. I really want to make my transition as smooth and “painless” as possible. I already take a multi vitamin, fish oils, evening primrose, magnesium zinc calcium and biotin. Should I stop taking any of these before I start taking the supplements you listed above? I just want to make sure none of my supplements mess with the new supplements or the cleansing process. Thanks!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Cari, you can continue to take your supplements, although I would switch from Fish oil to a plant-based essential fatty acid. Most often fish oils are rancid and contain heavy metals, both of which are not going to improve your health. I would suggest looking at Pure Encapsulations, they have some good options.

  • Reply Noรฉmi July 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Hi Lauren,

    Just wanted to thank you for this very informative article. You were the one who inspired me to get rid of the pill I’d taken for almost 5 years. I am still struggling with the aftereffects, but your posts on the matter helped me tremendously! Once I reach a point where I feel my body is in balance again, I plan on sharing my journey on my blog like you did, hoping I can encourage more women to reconsider birth control options. The Holy Kale is a unique source of information all women should be aware of.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren July 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Fabulous! I am so happy you are making progress and I look forward to hearing more about it!

  • Reply Syn Kat July 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    It must have been fate that I discovered your article last night. I had been on and off diane-35, a high dose hormone pill I used for acne, horrible periods and mild hirsutism for years. I’d always try weaning off when side effects like depression, spider veins, decreased libido, yeast infections, shedding hair and leg numbness got too much to bare. But as soon as my face went haywire I went scrambling back to old faithful.

    For the last year and a half I have had horrible digestive issues and calcium deficiency (oh my poor cracky knees and I am only 27!). I never thought the pills could cause vitamin deficiency, and had attributed my new calcium needs to recent years of intensified exercise regimes. I knew late in the game that birth control pills could harm gut flora but I thought that was easily fixable with a clean diet and probiotics while on it–wrong! I recently went through one month of a new low dose bcp called femiane and that month was pure and utter digestive hell. I am supposed to start again Sunday but have decided finally after reading your two articles that birth control pills just aren’t for me. I had no idea they could contribute to my calcium issues or other vitamin issues. I am now prepared to just say sayoonara and deal with the realistic expectation that my body will need some time to readjust. It won’t be easy, especially since I have high testosterone, but the side effects (not to mention the inflamed lymph node under my arm pit that appears on pill) are just so not worth what they offer.

  • Reply Huda July 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I love this page, you have definitely made it easier for women to cope up with hormonal imbalance. I’m 25 years old and have recently noticed chin pimples which I never ever had before, also my facial hair keeps growing, especially the chin area, it got even worse after threading and left ingrown hair.
    I am currently going to see a OBGYN, in fact I also called one up and she suggested Diance-35 (bcp) for 6 months only. I’m also about to get laser done on my chin to remove the hair.
    My reports showed a high testosterone level, however I don’t have PCOS.
    I am religious about exercise and I’m not overweight, also I am careful about whatever I eat (and try to reduce foods that boost testosterone levels).
    Would you suggest that I go on bcp for a few months as the doctor suggested to normalize hormone levels? Does hormonal imbalance ever actually go away? It is only recently that I noticed all this. ๐Ÿ™
    I’m super worried and am hoping for the best.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Hello Huda, the problem is that BCPs are not the solution to your problem but merely a band-aid. Once you go back off of them, they problems will return. Therefore, I would suggest finding a holistic practitioner in your area such as a naturopathic doctor to start investigating your hormones. I would also look at using ORGANIC paleo-type diet as a therapeutic way to balance blood sugars which also can play a role in hormone imbalance. This would include only lean organic meats (bison, buffalo, lamb), organic eggs, and wild fish, in addition to whole healthy fats (coconut, avocado, raw nuts/seeds,olives), tons of green vegetables and no sugar, even from fruits and natural sugars, or carbohydrates (grains, gluten). It is always going to be best to get to the root of your issue, especially in these cases if you want full resolution.

  • Reply Garam August 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Lauren !

    I’ve been having the weight issue for about a year now after coming off Yasmin last summer. Before coming off of it last year, I have gone off of it for about 4 months and experienced bad acne. So i went back on it until last summer when i decided to permanently get it out of my life. Since then, I’ve been gaining weight around the stomach area. Everytime i eat even a little bit my stomach gets really bloated and big, and sometimes its always like that and its so embarrassing cause my stomach will always be sticking out.

    I’ve never been the one to complain about my weight, I’ve always been 5’5″ around 115 in , now i weigh 125 or sometimes more.. even though that sounds normal, when looking at myself i always feel down when i see my stomach so protruding :/ Also is very frustrating because i used to have very very fast metabolism – used to eat whatever i want and still be skinny , my friends tell me my metabolism is getting slower cause im getting older but im only 22!!!! and it started after getting off Yasmin, so im pretty sure it has to do with it.

    After being off the pill i didn’t get my period for 4 months and finally went to the gyno and got a shot to get me to have my period and since then ive been getting it regularly. Sorry this is such a long message of me just complaining! I been eating WAY better than my previous ways and doing cardio whenever i can.. also tried taking the Maca powder, but didn’t see any improvement … I’m just hoping that after trying your method I’ll be able to get back to my normal self. When did you start seeing improvements? Did it take you 3 years of trying all these supplements to see effects? It has already been a year for me and I keep hoping that my body will adjust to it and its still not happening and its very discouraging !

    Thank you for your post , I’m definitely going to try these supplements !


    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Hello Garam, once taking the supplements it took me about 3 months. In addition, I actually moved to a very strict paleo diet, eliminating all sugars and carbohydrates. This included fruits, natural sugars, starchy vegetables, alcohol and grains. I focused on lean ORGANIC meat (bison, buffalo, lamb), wild fish and free range eggs, superfood green smoothies, tons of vegetables and healthy fats (coconut, avocado, raw nuts/seeds, olives etc.). While this diet was not permanent, it helps to balance blood sugar which is often a underlying factor in hormone imbalance. This diet helped me to get back on track, and then I have been able to move back to a vegan diet. You may want to look into that as well.

  • Reply Sarah August 7, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Dear Lauren,
    Thank you do much for his site and the information yo’ve provided for us. I went off my bcp 5 months ago and I’m finally feeling less anxiety and my migraines have disappeared. My energy returned and I lost 5 lbs I didn’t know I had.So far my periods are regular and no breakouts. Here lies my problem however… Two months ago I began to shed hair at an alarming rate. Up to 100 strands per day. Showering has become a stressful thing now! I don’t blow dry or use hot irons. I never ever have colored. How long do you think this will last? I’m on biotin and eat organic. We raise our own chickens(free range) and I eat meat sparingly. I run 3 miles 5 days a week. I’m going to try your supplements too. My doctor says to go back on ortho tri cyclen! That’s what has caused my misery in the first place! How long do hormones take to level out? I was on bcp for 5 years.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Sarah – Please check out Hair and Nails by Dragon herbs. I cannot explain how much this supplement has been a lifesaver. I have had so many great successes with this supplement, its definitely worth trying. I have noticed that once on it the hair can stop falling out within a week or so. Give that a try and let me know.

  • Reply Alyssa August 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Lauren! I sent you an email about my story with birth control. Your articles really gave me hope. I have been anxious and I’ve been thinking it was just me and I’d have to live with it but I’m looking to stop my birth control in hopes that my anxiety will calm down. I left you a more detailed email and hope to hear back from you soon! Thanks again!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you Alyssa!!

  • Reply Stephanie R August 9, 2013 at 1:19 am


    I am new to birth control pills as I started taking them mid-June of this year but made the decision to stop taking them two days ago. At first I felt fine, like nothing had changed and it made me happy but soon enough I had bouts with really frustrating anxiety that I had only ever dealt with once in my life. It was several years ago & purely circumstantial because I was going through a tough family time.
    For a while I thought that this newfound, terrible anxiety was also circumstantial (there were events that occurred that would have been normal to be nervous about i.e. college orientation, but def not to the degree that I experienced it) even if I was aware that this was not normal for me. Just at the beginning of this week I was fed up that my anxiousness would come and go without real cause and decided it was most likely the Ortho Cyclen BC especially because I learned it can worsen the moods of people with a history of anxiety/depression like me.
    I’m so happy to know that there are plenty of other women who went through similar experiences, I was so afraid that I’d lost control of myself and couldn’t find ways to be fully happy again. I also didn’t want to stay on BC to see if the anxiety would just “go away on it’s own” in a couple months because I have college coming up (first time freshman!!) And I want to be 100% for when that starts.
    My questions are, from a scientific standpoint how long will it take my body to get completely rid of the birth control in my system, where can I get those supplements you’ve been using and are they costly?

    I’m going to try to be patient and easy on myself (spiritually) through my new journey and hope to get “back to normal” soon!! (PS I’m leaning to wards the iud copper for next birth control method- more synthetic hormones for me!!)

    Also, thank you so much for making this post and for being there for us ladies. :’)
    & Much love and luck to everyone else!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Stephanie – unfortunately I cannot give you a time period for when your hormones will normalize. Every woman is different, ranging from a couple weeks to 6 months. Plus, if you utilize the herbs and focus on a clean diet, it can expedite your results. You can use the links to the supplements to purchase them. For most women some of their symptoms go away within a couple weeks though, so that is positive. I would also read my post about the IUD before moving in that direction. Good Luck!

  • Reply Michelle August 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    You cannot begin to understand how much your blog helped my outlook! I was on BC for
    14 years, and just came off it around a month and a half ago, not by choice, but because I was waiting for an appointment with my GYN to get a refill. I initially went on it because of horrible periods and cramps (I would be doubled over in pain every month crying from the pain) and my doctor suggested I go on it because there is a long history of issues in my family. I have been going through terrible mood swings, cramps, stomach pains and depressio/anxiety since coming off, and was ready to go back on until
    I read your blog. You have given me hope that thr symptoms will subside with the help of changes on my part, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for that! I may have issues finding the specific supplements that you recommended, but I will do my best ๐Ÿ™‚

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      You are so welcome Michelle!!! I know it is not easy and we all want to take the easy way out, but there is a reason for everything and if I can do it so can you! It does get better, especially if you apply the tools I discussed. Good Luck!

  • Reply Louise August 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Hi Lauren,
    Where do we stand with corn baised foods such as organic polenta? Good or bad?x

  • Reply Tina August 15, 2013 at 5:51 am


    I went to the doctor about 5-6 weeks ago to get a refill for Yasmin and my doctor said that he did not want any of his patients on it, so he prescribed me Marvelon. I was on BC for about 8 years prior. When switching to the Marvelon I got sudden anxiety, panic attacks and extremely irrational thoughts. I had a friend suggest it was due to me switching my birth control. I stopped taking it immediately. So now it has been about 4 weeks since I have been off all birth control. I do have to say it has been quite difficult for me. First 2 weeks having extreme anxiety and panicky. I have this dissociative feeling, like very dreamlike. It has gotten a bit better, however, there is still a pretty constant worry feeling that things are wrong, or “something” is going to happen. I am really hoping that this is temporary, because it is easy for my mind to tell myself that this is only the beginning… it will not get better. I am going to a naturopath, who has given me Relora (I think it is called) and I doing massage therapy and will be getting acupuncture and hydrotherapy in the future.

    I am really glad to hear that other people have similar issues, makes me feel less nuts! There are still hopeless feelings, but I am looking forward to getting through this!

    I would like to hear any survival stories through anxiety/panic issues if you could point me in the right direction. There are lots of things about the beginnings of these issues (like what I have written), but not many about long term being off of the pill and how things transition into getting better.

    Thanks for making this place accessible to all… helps to hear other stories, which is why I posted mine and intend to update.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Hello Tina,
      Thank you for writing in and sharing your story. Yes, most people have not written back in to share their progress, but for me personally I was able to clear my symptoms after about 6 months. Hopefully people can start sharing their success stories as well!

  • Reply Sarah August 16, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Hi Lauren

    I just went off birth control about a month ago. I am a very anxious person to begin with and have just started experiencing heart palpitations at night. I have previously had my heart checked out and the doctor said I was extremely healthy so I am wondering if it could be related to coming off birth control after about 12 years. I also feel like I am able to cry at a drop of a hat. Will this get better or will I forever feel these symptoms?

    Thank you


    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Sarah, I would suggest taking a magnesium supplement along with B vitamins. I personally would use Magnesium Glycinate, and then Max B ND by Premier Research Labs. Sometimes heart palpitations can be from magnesium deficiency which is common in those who have taken birth control. B vitamins are also key for stabilizing the mood. Good Luck!

  • Reply Caterina August 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Hello! I am very grateful for finding your blog. I feel like I am going crazy with these symptoms and no one, including my doctor, is taking it seriously. In the last 2 months I have gained 2.5-3 kilos for no apparent reason. It is especially around my waistline/stomach. I feel bloated, I have really bad gas. I am starting to lose hair and the skin on my hands are extremely dry. My mood is all over the place.
    I am 25 and freaking out about this weight gain and generally feeling crap. By all means I am not overweight.. but if it keeps creeping up what am I supposed to do!!
    My periods have also been non existent. I decided to come off of the pill 2 months ago after being on it for 8 years. I already eat quite clean- organic chicken/turkey, free range eggs, no soy, lots of veggies, nuts, coconuts, no red meat, no sugar (as in fructose) and have only recently introduced small amount of fruit to my diet (blueberries, raspberries and strawberries).
    Will this weight gain stop and shift? Should I start using your recommended vitamin supplements? I am feeling miserable. All this for the silly pill and I was on the lowest dose too ๐Ÿ™
    Many thanks!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Hi Caterina, I would get on the supplements to start getting the hormones back in balance. I would also try eliminating all sugar, including fruit sugars for now. In addition, no dairy. The supplements and diet will be key to getting back on track but what you are experiencing is normal. Good Luck!

  • Reply Courtney August 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Lauren!

    I found this blog on Google after searching for “coming off birth control pill.” This really sparked my interest because of your clean eating diet, which I just started about 35 days ago and have lost almost 7 lbs in the past month. It has also helped my body feel much better in general. I do not eat any gluten or bread, minimal dairy, no coffee, nothing processed or artificial. I have been eating lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, quinoa, and oats. Complex carbs and lean proteins. After reading your posts, I’m going to start taking bee pollen and unfiltered raw honey every day, along with a complex B vitamin. I still want to get the live source B6 vitamin you have been talking about.

    I was on the pill for about 5-6 years. I loved one of the pills I took a few years back (Microgestin Fe), until it started causing me to have lots of breakthrough bleeding, breast pain, and cramps. It also caused me to be very bloated. My doctor had me try Kariva for a little while, until that caused breakthrough bleeding as well. Then finally for the past year I had been on Apri, which wasn’t much better. I had anxiety, horrible mood swings towards the end of the active pills, digestive problems, and acne. It was guaranteed I would be crying about something towards the end of the pack, and even my fiance noticed! He could always guess my period was on the way because of my awful mood swings. I’m pretty sure it caused weight gain and water retention. I have also had “frozen shoulder,” where my right shoulder and bicep have been inflamed. Sometimes it is very painful and other times it just goes away. I’m wondering if the pill caused this as well? My fiance thinks I could have an under-active thyroid problem too.

    So finally I just gave up and quit taking the pill. Luckily I still have been losing weight and have not gained any from quitting the pill. I’m going to start charting my cycles now using the fertility awareness method and an iPhone app called Kindara. The only problem I have so far is getting my hormones back to normal. One thing I notice is my basal body temp. is pretty high for me not ovulating (I just had a period too). Do you know how long it could take for my temperatures to get back to normal? My BBT when I first wake up is usually 98.1, and it should be below 98 and in the 97s before ovulation.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Hi! The digestive issues, mood swings and acne are all related and will balance out once the hormones get back online. I would use the supplements to help you get there. Frozen shoulder could be from a lack of magnesium which can be a side effect of BC so I would try supplementing with magnesium glycinate, in addition to the Gallbladder ND I suggested. Making sure you are getting B6, which is in the Gallbladder ND, will also be important here. I am not sure about the basal body temp, but I am sure that once the cycle normalizes and the hormones balance that will change as well.

  • Reply Breanna Duncan August 26, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I loved your post on this topic as I have decided to go off birth control as well and I found your blog posts every helpful. As I start this journey, which off the things that you mentioned above would you say are “must haves” going through this process, at least in the very beginning?? I would love to follow the regimen exactly, but financially speaking I definitely cannot get them all at once.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      I would definitely start with the DIM and the gallbladder ND. After a couple months, you can then move to the other supplements if your body is still not in balance.

  • Reply Amanda August 28, 2013 at 3:14 am

    I went off BC in Oct’12 and gained about 15lbs in 3 months, had no period, severe mood swings, was very depressed, my hair and skin was oily and I had horrible acne on my neck and face. I saw my doctor and she just told me to go back on the pill, which is what I ended up doing in Feb’13 and have been on it ever since. I do not like the feeling of having my hormones and body controlled by this little pill. I have horrible cellulite on the front of my thighs and stomach, which wasn’t there before I stopped taking it. I am very uncomfortable with my weight gain and everything that has happened to my body, I am working out and trying to eat good and nothing seems to be working. I really would like to stop taking these pills but am afraid all of those symptoms will return. I recently started a new career and don’t want to have mood swings and be depressed, which is really detouring me from stopping my birth control. I know I will have to someday go through these changes when I finally decide to stop, but I would like to do it now and get my body back on track rather than continue this. I am not sure what to do… Do you think if I try these supplements while discontinuing my pills will help? I would hate to go through this transition at work and have everyone think I am a wreck. lol. Any advice would be much appreciated, Thank You ๐Ÿ™‚

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Hi Amanda, I am sorry to say that there really is no way to be certain but to just be determined. Every person is different. Some it takes a month, others a few months. I know that by taking the supplements, exercising and eating the right diet greatly reduces the time, so it is up to you to use an integrated approach. Unlike BC, it does not offer a quick fix, since we have to undo what was done. Either way, if it is right for you and you want to see it through, go for it!

  • Reply Rachel August 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    This post is so helpful. I stopped my pills a couple of days ago. I’ve been having symptoms of very mild gallbladder attacks for a couple of year (they haven’t removed my gallbladder yet, and they thought I had a stone lodged in my bile duct last year). I’m interested in taking the Gallbladder ND to help with those problems, and too keep everything balanced as I come off of the pill.

    Do I need to take a b-complex along with it, or is that all included in the Gallbladder ND?



    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Rachel, I would suggest taking the Gallbladder ND without the Max B. But I would also suggest a product called Gallbladder Complex (see link). Since you are having attacks, it is recommended to use both products, especially if they are looking to take the gallbladder out. I would also suggest starting on enemas, then working towards coffee enemas to cleanse the gallbladder. You can learn more here:

      Finally, after 2 months of taking the product, I would look into starting a liver/gallbladder cleansing protocol. You can learn more here. It is really important that you cleanse the gallbladder so that you do not face surgery.

      Good Luck!

  • Reply Michelle August 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    I have stumbled across this from researching hair loss, I’ve been glued to this and your previous,
    I actually came off the pill due to my doctor telling me it was not good for me as I was 37, and should’ve come off earlier and also being a smoker, I quit smoking last October which was a good move.
    I first started the pill when I was 17, I have 3 children and those were the only times I was off pill when having my children ,
    Since coming off in January my hair has gone so thin and my temples have receded,
    Also my skin tingles and itches on my scalp and body, and have so much dry skin in my ears, also my face, when I rub my fingers over feels so rough and dry, and no matter how much creams I apply its still there, but only by feel, to look at my skin looks fine,
    Nothing has changed for this to happen apart from coming off pill ,
    I’m definitely looking into what you have recommended getting for a detox,
    I hope this is the cause and I’m at my wits end now , my hair and skin are so important to me,
    Thank you so much for writing about your experience, it’s been truly inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good luck to all of you.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren August 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Michelle, ya, definitely give it a try – especially the Hair and Nails product as well as the Gallbladder ND. Dry skin, itching scalp etc. can often be from gallbladder issues, which is common with long-term BC use. The gallbladder is in charge of digesting fats, and if it is not doing its job properly, the body is fat deficient, which leads to the dry skin etc. Good Luck!

    • Reply BHB September 12, 2013 at 6:58 am


      I might be repeating the obvious, but sometimes the simple things make real difference. I have been suffering from dry skin for years and when on BC it got even worse. Recently I started to really focus on minimal intake of 2l of water daily and I am beginning to see the difference. I am not saying it is going to resolve your problem, but it could help as it did in my case.


  • Reply Michelle August 31, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks Lauren for your reply,
    I’m taking B complex vitamins and biotin (just started yesterday)
    Do you think I can still take the hair and nails and also the gallbladder with them ,
    Can’t wait to get them , and see results (hopefully)
    Thanks Lauren,
    So glad I found your post.

  • Reply Rachael September 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I’m happy to have found this blog! I’ve been taking the pill (Microgynon 30) without a break any longer than a week for nearly 20 years now. As I’m approaching 40 I know I need to stop, so I have 4 pills left and after that I’ll be starting the process. I tried to stop it cold turkey style a while back, but not surprising I felt so terrible I went back on it. I think if you’ve been taking something for 20 years it’s unwise to just stop, the body will go into total shock and the side effects will be HUGE. Look at the difficulty people have from stopping only after taking it for a few years. So I’ve done a lot of research and I’m going to wean myself off them slowly over 9 months. 3/4 of a pill for the first 3, 1/2 a pill for the next 3 and so on. This will give my body time to adjust to the change. I am 100% certain that if I just stop after such a long time of taking it the consequences will be dire. Has anyone had any experience of the weaning process? Once this is underway I’ll write an update…

  • Reply Kelly C September 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I love this post and can see it has been so popular!

    I came off my pill over a year ago and had the Mirena Coil put in (I had a laparoscopy to treat minor endometriosis – 3rd time in 8 years). I developed severe depression, anxiety, panic attacks, hot sweats, fatigue, emotional instability, crying fits and no periods while coil was in.

    I hit rock bottom in Jan 2013 and after suspecting the Mirena for a long time my doctor finally agreed to take it out. I had a terrible ‘crash’ afterwards.

    That was 7-8 months ago now and I have been trying so hard to feel ‘normal’ again. My periods are irregular (late one month, early the next, heavy one month, light the next) I get panic attacks around ovulation and when estrogen levels are supposidly high. I feel at my best a week after ovulation, this episode of feeling normal only lasts about 7-10 days. The worst time of the month for me is after my period and up to ovulation, during this time I feel out of control, panicky for no reason, very high anxiety which leads to feeling depressed, I feel very disconnected from the world and fatigued.

    I have had a blood test on day 21 of my cycle which showed my hormones as being ‘within range’ but something is definitely wrong. I am starting a teaching course in a few days and I am moving house soon, which I was so excited about a week ago, but now that i have finished my period I am so scared of everything and worried I am not going to be able to cope – which is completely irrational, I have done a degree already, I have moved house loads, I just want to feel excited!

    I am going to start taking DIM tomorrow, I take evening primrose oil and milk thistle also.

    Is there anything you can suggest? I have thrown so much money at acupuncture, counselling (doctors told me to) and eating very very healthily (no red meat, organic veg, lots of green veg, rice, no unhealthy foods, no dairy).

    I don’t understand why it is taking so long, I just want to feel like me again, I have never had anxiety in my life and I have never been depressed. I have also met the most amazing guy and we are ready to commit to each other properly, but my emotional ups and downs make our relationship so difficult because I feel so unwell all the time!

    The doctors solution was to put my on Diazepam in order for me to take an SSRI in order to suppress the panic attacks when I start taking the pill again. I really don’t want to do this!

    Any advice would be great ๐Ÿ™‚

    • lauren
      Reply lauren September 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Unfortunately these things take time, but in the meantime I would 100% get on the Gallbladder ND by Premier Research Labs that I suggested, this should help with the anxiety, energy and depression since it will replace the B6. If after a bottle this does not work well enough, I would then try Max B ND by the same company (for some people they need the full complex of B vitamins). I personally take 1 tsp daily. In addition, I would start taking the wild bee pollen and raw honey blend daily as well that I mention in the bioflavonoid section. You could start slow at 1 tsp daily, and try to work up to 2 tbs. Good Luck!

      • Reply Emily September 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        Hi Lauren,

        I’m considering getting the Dragon hair and nail product but the website says taking it will expose a person to lead. Is this true? The other websites where I have found the product do not list lead as a concern.

        I’m also curious what you would recommend as minimal supplements for someone stopping the pill (I’m thinking about stopping when my pack ends in a couple of weeks, after being on it for 10 years). I’m asking because the Galbladder ND is pricey but I could afford the Dragon hair and nail, B vitamins, and the dietary suggestions.

        If I am concerned about acne flaring up when stopping, would you recommend I visit a local naturopathic doctor? The reason I first started taking the pill was to clear up acne, but I wonder if I have outgrown it by now.

        Thank you for your post! It has been very enlightening!


        • lauren
          Reply lauren September 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

          Lead is naturally occurring in every food. Lead is in your salad, in your grains, in everything. California passed a new law that all food supplements must have a warning for this, even if the lead amounts are no higher than what you would get in your food. Dragon Herbs continue to do assays of their product, and it is safe to take. They are very diligent about this process. As for supplements, I would go with the Hair and Nails, Max B ND, and do the honey/pollen mixture. As for the acne, I would suggest getting on a hormone balancing diet which would look very similar to a Ketogenic diet, but it HAS to be ALL ORGANIC. Majority of the diet is green vegetables, healthy fats (avocado, raw nuts/seeds, olives, coconut), and organic protein sources (buffalo, bison, lamb, beef, eggs and fish). It is imperative that the meat is all organic, because otherwise you are exposing yourself to hormones. Finally, it requires the elimination of sugar, including sugars from root vegetables and fruit. By sticking to this diet, it helps balance the blood sugar and therefore the hormones. This can be very effective for acne.

          • Emily September 24, 2013 at 4:14 am

            Thank you!

  • Reply BHB September 12, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I just came across your article and I really liked it. There is one thing I wanted to ask you however. You are not mentioning the role or importance of physical exercise. How does that contribute to the overall hormonal balance?

    Thanks, BHB

    • lauren
      Reply lauren September 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Exercise is imperative to all functions in the body because it is what moves the lymph, strengthens your heart, your bones, your muscles while it also promotes detoxification. Furthermore, fat cells actually have been shown to produce hormones, hormones that interrupt your normal balance and can lead to a host of health issues. Therefore, in order to have perfect hormone balance, you must be of a healthy fat, without excess toxic fat.

  • Reply Alissa September 13, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Thank you so much for this information. I was on ortho tri cycle for 7 years and just came off two months ago. This is my second attempt to stop the pill. I have gained 10 pounds in a month with no change in my diet or exercise. I also have terrible bloating in my abdomen that just won’t go away. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this all goes away soon and my body will regulate itself. I think more health care providers need to explain birth control cessation symptoms with their patients so we know we are not alone.

  • Reply Dawn September 17, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I got off the pill back in October 2012, and I did not start breaking out until February 2013. (I was on the pill for about 10 years)

    As time progressed it became increasingly bad!! Around early March I started loosing weight. I have lost abOut 25 pounds so far, and I must say it did not help my acne at all! Another negative side effect is I started losing a lot of hair. That started in late July 2013. I’m currently on minocycline, and taking primrose oil pills. My total supplement and medicine intake is3900mg of primrose oil and 75mg of minocycline, 50mg of zinc, and an iron pill, prenatal pills with fish oil.

    Am I taking too much? I just started the large amounts of PO 1 week ago, and it seems to be helping quickly.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren September 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Dawn, I do not think you are on too much (you should see what I take!), and if it is working for you, then go with it. I would just be mindful of the source of iron you are taking, it should be live-source, as iron in a synthetic form can be potentially harmful to the body. I would also have the goal of working off the minocycline as well. Good Luck!

  • Reply zahra September 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Hi lauren
    Thank you for all the amazing information. Its sooooooo great to know I’m not on my own. I’ve been on the pill for 5 years and stopped two weeks ago. I feel like my body is being pulled apart. I keep getting hot flushes and feel exhausted all the for my hair its falling out in clumps. I want to take the hair and nail supplements you recommend but heard they have a lead warning .is that true. Are they safe to take. What’s your opinion

    • lauren
      Reply lauren September 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Lead is naturally occurring in every food. Lead is in your salad, in your grains, in everything. California passed a new law that all food supplements must have a warning for this, even if the lead amounts are no higher than what you would get in your food. It is safe.

  • Reply trenton carr September 21, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Ok my gitlrlfriend has recently gotten off birth control and we have been trying to start a family we have been trying for a month and her test comes back negative all the time idk if were doing something wrong or what but i would like to know if there is something i can do

    • lauren
      Reply lauren September 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I would suggest that she start taking the Eternal Jing and the Adaptogen Energizer. It will also be important for her to eliminate any foods that contain xeno estrogens. Finally, royal jelly (a bee product), has been extremely helpful in aiding in pregnancy, for both men and women.

  • Reply Morgan September 22, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Lauren, I read both of your posts on Birth Control, and I wanted to say thank you. I have been debating with the decision on whether or not to get off of birth control for quite some time now, but it was really when I switched over to a vegan lifestyle about 4 weeks ago that totally changed my outlook on everything, especially the foods and chemicals I have been ingesting. I have been on Yaz since I was 18 and I had my gallbladder removed back in May 2012, and I thought it was because of my diet alone. Reading your post has really brought a lot of things to light for me, and it makes so much more sense. I finished my last pill yesterday night, and I am only on placebos now, which I won’t be finishing. So with that said, thanks for helping me with my decision. I appreciate your shared knowledge. Please keep the informative posts coming!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you Morgan! I am sorry to hear how it has affected you, but hopefully the experience has changed your view on how to care for your body ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Theresa September 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I have found this website extremely helpful. I went off a high androgen birth control in
    Feb and went thru a major hair shed. I took the advice of my ob/gym to try a hair friendly birth control – orthotricyclene. This birth control was a nightmare…my hair shed again because of the flucuations in hormones in that birth control. I quit the pill for good in June and am shedding hair like crazy. I ordered the dragon herbs hair and nail vitamin and the Gallbladder B-6. My question is do I continue to take my complex B vitamin or is that already in the gallbladder B-6 vitamin?


    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      I would continue taking both for the time being because often the deficiency is so great you will need both. Secondly, most always we are deficient in the entire spectrum of B vitamins, and if you only take one form of the Bs, you could cause further deficiency in the others.

  • Reply cbetsyw September 24, 2013 at 12:44 am

    HI Lauren,

    Thank you for all of this valuable info! I am planning to get off of the pill in the near future (have been on it consistently for 12 years). Can I start your regiment now while still on the pill and do you think it will have a preemptive effect on side effects?


    • Reply cbetsyw September 24, 2013 at 12:59 am

      HI Lauren,

      Also, for the bee pollen mixture, I noticed that the bee pollen is available in capsules. Do you have a ratio of capsules to tablespoons as a reference?


      • lauren
        Reply lauren October 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

        The bee pollen in capsules is actually a different product, it is flower pollen. This can also be helpful, but I have not has as many successes. If necessary though (if you cannot eat the pollen or honey), then the Ultra Pollen capsules can be a substitute. It would be about 6 capsules.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      While you are still on the pill, I would only suggest supplementing with the B vitamins and Gallbladder ND. You could start incorporating the honey/pollen mix as well, but it wouldn’t be necessary until you get off the pill.

  • Reply Daisy September 25, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I got off birth control 2 months ago and I still have no period. Should I be concerned? Should I go back on my birth control?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Daisy, that is very common once getting off the pill. For me personally, I think it took about 4-6 mo to get my period. I would suggest using the supplements I recommended, especially the honey and pollen, to get you back on track.

  • Reply Tara Erickson September 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Do you just take a spoonful of the coconut oil? I’ve found it slightly hard to do … Wondering if you took it any other way

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Tara, I actually put it in a morning smoothie, but you can use it in grain dishes, on toast, or anything you would use olive oil or butter for.

  • Reply Theresa September 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I have started to try and balance my hormones after coming off the pill. I would like to do the honey/pollen detox. My question is do I have to do both or just one of them? If I choose the pollen, do I just take the capsule by premier research?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      It is best used in combination as I have written out. 1/3 honey, then add 1/3 pollen, then add 1/3 honey. You mix it up and then take it from there. I have had the most success with it this way and I cannot say I have utilized them separately for this specific issue.

      • Reply Theresa October 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

        Thanks for the reply.

        Do you know of any dragon herb vitamins that increase estrogen levels? I am suffering from a major hair shed after coming off a high androgen birth control and just recently was diagnosed with PCOS. I am taking what you have recommended and am following a low glycemic diet.

        • Reply Theresa October 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm

          Have you ever heard of macafam as a supplement?

  • Reply Ileana October 3, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Hi Lauren, I had a question. I stopped taking birth control about 8 months ago, but while I was taking it I only took it for 2 months or less. I stopped because I gained probably 15 lbs and I was hoping I’d lose it. Even worse, I GAINED more so I went from 115-118lbs to over 140 lbs. I have NOT lost any of this weight and honestly I’m so depressed. I want to go to tbe doctor, but I don’t have insurance yet. I just wanted some aid or assurance if this is normal or not. Thanks in advance.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Hmmm well the question would be what is the rest of your hormones like? Are you exhibiting other signs of hormone imbalance such as fatigue, hair loss, trouble focusing, irregular period? If yes, then I would start with the DIM Detox, Adaptogen Energizer and Eternal Jing to help you get in balance. I would also be very careful about the diet, making sure to avoid all xeno estrogens. In addition, if you do have issues with blood sugar, that could be interfering with your hormone balance as well so you would have to address that as well. Often eliminating all sugar (including fruit and root vegetables) and grains helps in addition to taking chromium and magnesium supplements.

  • Reply Katie October 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I recently got off birth control about 5-6 weeks ago and I was told by my doctor that both my estrogen and progesterone levels were low. My doctor also told me that I needed to gain weight in order to help balance the hormones (im a little under 100 pounds now). I was wondering if you had any recommendations on foods or supplements I could take that would help balance my hormones and allow me to gain some weight?



    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Katie, I would suggest using the program I laid out in this post, and I would make sure to increase your intake of healthy fats such as avocado, grass-fed butter (organic only), coconut oil, coconut butter, olives, hemp and chia seeds, raw nuts/seeds and cold-pressed olive oil. In particular the healthy saturated fats (coconut, grass-fed butter) provides the cholesterol needed by the body to make hormones. Good Luck!

  • Reply Cathy October 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    This was amazing to read!!
    I had issues with my hair falling out and a rash on my scalp that the Derm could NOT figure out after many pills and creams and sprays and shampooโ€™sโ€ฆmy hair was still irritated and falling out, I used to have HUGE hair, slightly curly and just everywhere, and although I always wanted thinner hairโ€ฆ.my hair was now so thin that I was almost look bald, I had to get a haircut and try and hide it. Finally I put two and two together and went off Birth Control, it hasnโ€™t even been a full week and my head is already clearing up and the rash is clearing up. I had only been on the Pill for almost two years, and it Generess FE. I do not plan on ever getting birth control again and I cannot wait until my body reverts to โ€œnormalโ€ once this chemical gets out of me! I went and bought some of those dragon Herbโ€™s for hair regrowth, thank you thank you for posting this! Makes me feel less crazy ๏Š

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Hi Cathy, That is so great to hear! Congratulations on your progress ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lisa October 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Lauren!

    Thank you for all this great information. I have not been able to find any other information which actually discusses solutions to the negative side effects instead of just the side effects.

    I am considering ordering all these supplements today because I decided to come off the pill and have been off it for a few days now and want to make sure I am taking the correct steps. However, I don’t have a huge income and many of these supplements are expensive. Are there a few supplements that you would definitely recommend that will do the job or are they all necessary. If taking all of them is really the best then I will do that, but I wanted to check.


    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 27, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Lisa, it all depends on your symptoms or what you have been going through. The basics are the Gallbladder ND and DIM Detox. You can see how you do on those, and then if necessary, add the other ones.

  • Reply Danica October 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I would like to thank you for posting about your experience coming off the birth control pill. I have recently been thinking of doing this myself as I have been experiencing numerous negative side effects and feel getting clean of the pill is the first step in the right direction. Your post has helped me a lot, thank you!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      You are so welcome!!

  • Reply Cathy October 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I just bought all the supplements in this post since I just came off birth control pills after being on them for 10 years. This is my third month without the pill and the first real month I started seeing all the negative side effects of the pills, MAJOR PMS, acne, back pains, etc etc. I want to do the cleanses in your blog, would it be okay if I took the supplements in this post and do the cleanse at the same time? Or would it be better if I did the cleanses first and then start taking the supplements?


    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Cathy, what cleanse are you talking about?

  • Reply Melissa October 24, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your suggestions. I cannot find the Ultra Pollen in anything beside capsules (on amazon). I read in the other comments that these capsules are not the same as the bee pollen. Can you please provide a link to the non-capsule bee forumla you are talking about?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Melissa, you can find the Ultra Pollen here. Good Luck!

      • Reply Melissa October 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        That is the same link you provided above, but it is for the 180 capsule bottle of FLOWER pollen. I thought you said to look for the powder formula of BEE ONLY pollen?

        If this link is in fact the pollen you recommend going with, do I break open the capsule to put into the raw honey? How many capsules do I break open?

  • Reply Amber October 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Hello Lauren,

    Thank you for sharing your story. I was on the pill for about 15 yrs and experienced debilitating migraines whenever I was on the placebos monthly. This past June , I decided to switch to the progesterone only pill to see if it would help with my migraines. It did help but I stopped getting a period and did not like that so I decided to stop that and have been OC free since August. The problem is, I’m still not menstruating. No spotting or anything, and I’m not pregnant. I don’t know what I should this normal?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Hi Amber, it can take awhile to get your period back. I would suggest taking the supplements to help balance your hormones which will help bring your period back. Good Luck!

  • Reply Laura October 28, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Hey Lauren! Thank you SO much for writing this. It’s so encouraging to hear people who have also shared the struggle of getting off BC pills. I have a question or two for you!

    1) I went off bc all together the first week of April about 6 months ago. I’ve been working hard to balance my hormones by eating a clean vegan diet (no refined sugar, eating raw nut butters as Good fats, etc), taking probiotics, femmenessence maca supplements, pH supplements to help my liver detox, and also magnesium oxide to help my digestive system stay in good working order!

    SO, I’m doing wonderful except…I haven’t had a cycle yet. Not one!
    Slowly I’ve felt my energy increase (to incredible levels without caffeine or any help), clear headed thinking, increased libido (finally!), my skin isn’t even that bad (mainly 1 or 2 on my forehead now & then) I just feel like the only puzzle piece missing is my cycle!

    I went to the endocrinologist & got my hormone levels checked last month & everything is perfect! My T4 was even above average a little.

    My Obgyn said that if you don’t have a cycle often enough you are at risk for cervical cancer.

    My question is, is it normal to go this long without a cycle?! I do experience cramping from time to time and get excited but nothing ever happens. I’m not stressed out or anything that would cause it to be absent.

    The only thing that showed up funny on my blood work was that my liver enzymes were a little high, which is strange because I feel fine & have no history of liver disease.

    Please let me know if you have any suggestions! I’m kinda at my wits end :/


    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Laura, you definitely will want to get your period back, and what I would suggest is the honey/pollen mix. That for a lot of women has been really effective, and hopefully it will be for you as well. If that doesn’t work, try the eternal jing. Maca is good, but for most people is not strong enough in cases like these. Good Luck!

  • Reply Molly October 30, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Do you take the Adapton and Eternal Jing every day or just when you are experiencing PMS symptoms? I have horrible cramps but I can definitely not afford to go through two bottles of those pills each month. Any advice?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Molly, I was taking both for cramps, and it took a month to 6 weeks to have full relief. Since then I do not have to rely on them as they helped to balance my hormones. Therefore, I would give it a try short-term, and if it works, then tamper off and see how you do.

      • Reply Molly November 11, 2013 at 3:53 am

        Thanks! Did you take them every day for 6 weeks or just on the days around your period?

  • Reply MIchele Burklund November 4, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Excellent article Lauren! great job touching on all areas… I love the brands of supplements that you recommend also.


  • Reply Samantha Victoria November 9, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Did your cellulite improve using your methods when getting off birth control?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Yes, to a degree, not all gone, but 75% better!

  • Reply Luckystar November 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Loving this website.

    So informative.

    I came off the pill 2 months ago and I’ve notice a big increase in my body odor.

    I am very hygienic and shower daily and use an anti perspirant.

    Even straight after I’ve showered I’ll be sitting down and i will start to smell a strong odor.

    I don’t notice any excessive sweating just the smell.

    Does this have something to do with my ostregeon and hormone level?

    Thank you

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      It is possible. While bad odor has to do with the bacteria on the skin reacting to the sweat, it can be the result of detoxification. This can happen from coming off the pill, as the body tries to balance itself out.

  • Reply erica November 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Hi, I need your help! I recently got on the pill Crystelle to help w/heavy menstruation and have been on this about 2 1/2 weeks now noticing side affects of stomach problems like bloating,burping,rumbling noises,and pain on my left side of my stomach also brain fog and some nausea. In addition, I noticed an increase of strong body odor like skunk twice alrdy and also sweet body odor at times. I’m taking probiotics and b12,I am stressing over this, I don’t know what to eat anymore and having trouble sleeping over this.I need your help desperately.

    Thank you

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Erica, I would suggest taking the Gallbladder ND – this will help with the digestive issues and sleep. As for the brain fog, that typically subsides after coming off the pill, so if you feel its best for you, then that might be what you should do. Oftentimes the eternal jing can help as well.

  • Reply Holly November 24, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for the information here. I have only been on the pill starting this month. I have decided to go off it after only one cycle (which ends in a week). Believe it or not, I went on it for hair loss as it is supposed to be a so-called hair friendly pill. I got extremely scared after a year of severe thinning from a horrendously bad emotional year. That is why I did it. Now that I am thinking a little more clearly, I want to go off it. Does anyone have any thoughts on the degree of hair loss I might have being on it for only one cycle? Would my side effects be limited from being on it such a short time? I am scared to go off it because additional hair loss will devastate me, but I have become scared to stay on it too. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Holly, everyone is different, but it is not out of the realm of possibilities for it to take affect so quickly. Many women experience something similar to you. Therefore, I would listen to your body. I would say that its much better to get off now than later, if that is what you think is best for you. It will prevent you from really having to deal with imbalance hormones.

  • Reply tiffany November 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Great article. Decided I wanted to try and conceive, so after 13 years on the pill, stopped. Just finished my second cycle and my goodness. My first cycle was no biggie, minor cramping during my cycle but that was it. A couple days before the second cycle, burning sensation, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, and fatigue. Now that my cycle has ended, the symptoms have eased some. I went in and did a urine test, which all came back negative. I never dreamed coming off the pill would have such an adverse reaction. I have been taking a prenatal vitamin but wonder if I should add something else.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Tiffany, I would look to the other supplements, especially if you are trying to get pregnant. They should really help your body prepare for pregnancy, plus they should make you feel better as well.

  • Reply Tiane November 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I hope that you’re not tired of talking about this because I am a little late to the party it seems. I went off birth control in April of this year after having been on it for about a year. I had been on and off twice before that. The symptoms hit me like a ton of bricks. I got that gnarly flu at the beginning of the year and thought that that was the culprit. I experienced a marked increase in anxiety symptoms as well as OCD symptoms. I still struggle with brain fog and fatigue. I’ve also had a pretty steep drop in my appetite. I have to force myself to eat a lot of days. Strangely, I seem to have developed a slew of food intolerance issues that weren’t there before. Generally, I feel best when I eat just veggies. Wheat seems to be giving me chest pains. I also have a very low tolerance for alcohol these days. On top of all this, my sex drive is just about non-existent and I haven’t gotten a period since early September. Just a couple of days ago, I went in for a full hormone panel blood test. I expect the results in a week or so and I’m very anxious to see what turns up there. Regarding what you said about hormones taking up to 2 years to regulate, do you have any studies that I can read about that? I’m very curious because a lot of places say that things should be back to normal in 7 months or so, but I have seen 2 years as well. I’m very nervous about supplements. I take vitamin d-3 because I am very deficient in that (I live in an area with an inversion). Otherwise, I am very fearful of supplements because I have heard that they can cause a build up of heavy metals in the system. Do you have any strictly diet-based advice for getting back to health? Sorry that this is so lengthy and frenetic, but that’s been the nature of my struggle with these symptoms.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren November 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Tiane, my comment on 2 years is a personal observation I have made through my own journey and working with others as well. As for the fear of supplements, Chinese herbs can have heavy metals, but everything I recommend on this site are completely SAFE and free of toxins/heavy metals. You can follow a diet of no sugar, and no carbs including fruit and root vegetables. It would be a blend of paleo and the ketogenic diet, but only eating organic meat, wild fish, eggs, tons of green vegetables, herbs and heavy fats. This can help balance the hormones. But with that being said, for the majority of people supplements are needed since the diet is just not therapeutic enough. Good Luck!

  • Reply Christine November 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Lauren! Thanks so much for sharing your story! I got off the pill a little over 2 months ago after almost 20 years on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo. (I only took 1 break in the middle to get pregnant and gave birth to my little man 10 years ago.) With bad PMS in my 20’s – the pill helped me get “control” of PMS. Now in my mid-40’s and taking really good care of my health compared to my 20’s, I felt a little off and my intuition told me years of being on the pill was taking its toll somehow. I live naturally in so many ways except using the pill. I’ve always wanted to stop the pill but feared the PMS. However, I did a lot of research this past year and realized how bad the synthetic hormones are for my body, especially heading towards peri-menopause within the next 5 years. So, I decided to take the leap and go off the pill and try to balance hormones naturally. I’ve already had 2 regular cycles starting between D29 and D32 – it feels liberating to have a REAL cycle, not fake ones on the pill. My sex drive dramatically jumps mid cycle – yay! The badโ€ฆ I’ve gained 5 lbs with no change to lifestyle, I get moody and stressed ALOT, I am very “dry” during the first week of my cycle (likely low estrogen), and I have really bad PMS the last week of my cycle (likely low progesterone). I will never go back on synthetic birth control and am committed to do whatever it takes to balance my hormones naturally. My quest continues, and I love to hear how other women are doing on this same journey to rebalance hormones after birth control pills!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren December 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you Christine for joining the conversation! It is so important for us all to share our stories. Good Luck on your change!

  • Reply jillian December 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Hi Lauren!

    I just stumbled across your site while trying to find some answers about going off birth control and i am SO GLAD i found this post. Everything makes so much sense now- I’ve only been on birth control for about 6 months but I have been feeling side effects including the burping you described from b6 deficiency. I was wondering if the side effects of going off birth control are (moodiness etc) are as severe when I haven’t been on birth control for years and years? I also was wondering if you talked with a doctor before you went off your birth control? I don’t have insurance at the moment (though I will soon) and am planning on going off the pill next week when my pack is done. I’ve heard you’re supposed to consult a medical professional before going off but I don’t have a set physican as I haven’t had insurance for a while. Is it completely necessary to talk to a doctor? Advice?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren December 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Jillian, unless you have a diagnosed condition to why you were on the BC in the first place, I would not think that you need to see a physician beforehand. Most women I know just go off. If you do have a condition that you were on it for, then I would recommend seeing a doctor beforehand. As for coming off, most people have relief from their symptoms, but some of them may drag on for a bit. I would recommend getting on the Gallbladder ND for the B6 deficiency. That should help with the burping. Good Luck!

  • Reply kate December 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Lauren – thanks so much for posting this. I have decided to quit birth control this week. The biggest reason is that I have gained 10 lbs in 6 months without doing anything differently except starting Vestura ( a generic of Yaz/Gianni). I have been the same weight to the lb for the past 10-15 years even after having 2 children. Anyway – I’m done with the pill as of yesterday. My question is – do you know if I can take these supplements while nursing? My son is 2 and still hanging on (at bed time only) so I’m not sure if I’m really producing milk – It’s more of a comfort thing but thought I’d check anyway. Even on the pill I deal with hormonal acne and night sweats. Do you think the DIM will help with this? THANK YOU!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren December 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Kate, The supplements would be okay to take while breastfeeding, they actually should help with the quality of the breast milk, but I would wait on the DIM Detox. I do not know for sure about its effects on the milk, so just to be safe, I would wait. On the other hand, you can always call Pure Encapsulation directly to ask them. They would be able to direct you. Good Luck kate!

  • Reply Kini December 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Lauren! Thank you for the post! I’ve been on BC pills for almost 15yrs….started on Orthodox-TriCyclen with no known side effects, then about 10yrs ago was switched to Ortho-TriCyclen Lo also with no known side effects…last year I had a myomectomy and wanted to get completely off the pills but was instructed not to…I continued usage and noticed a change in hair texture. I have long medium thick spirally curly hair…when I would straighten it, I only needed a comb because it was much straighter and thinner. 3mos ago my gyno switched me back to Ortho-TriCyclen (because Lo didn’t come in generic and insurance didn’t save much on brand prescriptions and I had been complaining of the coat of $118mo…now this was going to cost $18)…By the 3rd month my hair was thinning greatly! Worst decision ever! An area on both sides are so thin it’s see thru and visible to the scalp, my nape is bone straight. I stopped taking them the last 2wks if the pack. I had my labs done and I’m not deficient in any vitamins, hormone levels were normal etc. I did notice my hair by the nape became wavy during those 2wksa me now can see a curl or two. I was put back on Ortho-Lo, but I want to get completely off and want my beautiful curly hair back! Do you think stopping and taking the dragon herbs will help? (I’m 37yrs old, been a vegetarian/borderline vegan my entire life, don’t drink or smoke, I’m active/exercise 6-7 days a week, and take great care of myself. I’m in a panic because I would do a lot of hIr modeling and now with the shape of my hair I’m freaked out.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren December 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Hi! I am so sorry to hear that! I would definitely give it a try. Start with as many as 6 a day, 2 per meal. Try it for about 6 weeks and see how it helps. I am crossing my fingers for you!

  • Reply Tori December 12, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I just have to say – THANK YOU for this. I, like many others, have been considering this for some time. When I first brought it up with my doctor last year, they immediately shot it down and said it was unsafe and unnecessary. I beg to differ, and with confidence after reading your articles.

    My boyfriend and I recently took charge of revamping our health. He is an advocate and supportive of my transition off of birth control. Your two articles have given me that last stab of confidence to dive into this transition, and I look forward to the changes to come. I will certainly be referencing this article frequently throughout my journey, and also look forward to sharing my experiences with everyone else who is considering the same endeavor.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you,

    • lauren
      Reply lauren December 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Morning Tori, I am so happy to hear this! Yes, there is a large community of us that are looking for alternatives. Fortunately there are options, and we are more than in control of this decision. Good Luck!

  • Reply zanna howard December 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    My boyfriend/fiancรฉ and I decided to start a family. Ive been on birth control for about a year and a half. I finally stopped last month around the same time. And I haven’t had my period. Is this normal? Am I pregnant (we had unprotected sex), I need answers.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren December 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Zanna, of course there is the possibility of being pregnant, so I would definitely suggest going to your doctor to be tested. Otherwise, it is not abnormal to miss periods after coming off the pill as the body normalizes itself. I would suggest using the honey/pollen suggestion to support the body in balancing hormones.

  • Reply Adriana Z-F December 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Lauren, I have been off of the pill now for about 6 months. I am seeing a TCM doc and am on herbs to help my body transition (I also had an autoimmune thyroid flare prior to getting off BC). I have recently considered taking the DIM detox while on the herbs and acupuncture because I am still having issues with acne and hair loss. First, would it be OK to take DIM detox while on chinese herbs given that I would take the DIM at least an hour after drinking my herbs? Two, I noticed that the DIM contains soy. Isn’t that counterintuitive to this protocol? Thanks, as always, for your help!

  • Reply Camelia January 2, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Hey Lauren,

    First of all, thank you so much for this article :)! I’ve been on the pill for 8 years now and I wish I could just go back and not take it at all. I’ve been thinking for a year now to give it up. My liver is starting to act up, the veins on my legs are popping and I’m only 26. I am very scared of getting off the pill, since I was diagnosed with depression at 15 and have weird mood swings even with the pill. I did a rough depression treatment prescribed by my psychiatrist of Rivotril, Sertralin (Zoloft) and Depakin about two years ago and started feeling better since this summer. My biggest fear is my depression acting out, my hair that has been thining lately and also some weight gain that has happened in the last two months. So I’m just scared that by giving up the pill, these sympoms might worsen. I pray that they don’t! I live in Romania and don’t have acces to the vitamins that you recomended unfortunately,but will try to find something similar here. I can tell you though that every time I go to the farmacy lately, the farmacist gives me this shocked face when I tell them I’ve been taking this pill non stop for 8 years. It gets me thinking. I’m supposed to start the new batch of pills right now, and thinking of going to sleep and just seeing how I feel tomorrow about it. I really don’t want to take it anymore but might have a big move in my life in a month or so, in a new country and it adds a lot of extra stress. Your article has given me hope, knowing that I’m not alone in this struggle. I really hope to feel even more powerfull tomorrow and just give it up. Thank you for doing this, it means a lot to us!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Camelia, Thank you so much for writing in. Fortunately depression is very responsive to alternative methods including light therapy, acupuncture, B vitamins, St. Johns Wort and even NADH. I would consider finding an alternative practitioner in your area that you could work with to help you ease through the transition. Possibly a Naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist or chiropractor would be a good start. Good Luck!!

  • Reply Chloe January 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Hi, how do you know the herbal supplement you recommended – Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs – is safe and without negative side effects? I tried to do some web researching and I couldn’t find any information on the safety of he shou wu or any of the other ingredients.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Chloe, I have worked with Dragon Herbs for many years but all people have different needs and have different health concerns. Therefore I would suggest talking to a representative at Dragon Herbs as well as your doctor about your concerns prior to starting.

  • Reply Corrie January 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Lauren, is the bee pollen safe to take if you have allergies to flower/plant pollen? I am not allergic to bees. If it is not, can you recommend other alternatives to take? I have ordered the Dragon Herbs for my hair, DIM detox and Gallbladder ND as well, and was wondering about adding the honey/bee pollen mixture. I have been off BC for about 7 months so hoping this helps with getting me back to feeling normal ๐Ÿ™‚

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Corrie, I would definitely NOT take the bee pollen if you are allergic to pollen. I would try the Adaptogen Energizer and Eternal Jing instead. I typically recommend for people to start with 3 AE, and 1 EJ. Hopefully this will get you on your way ๐Ÿ™‚ They are two of my favorite products.

  • Reply Britt January 5, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences Lauren! Eager to try your method. Quick question – I’m currently taking saccharomyces boulardii as a probiotic supplement which has really helped my digestive issues. Is it fine to continue this with your recommended supplementation?

    Also, is there a supplements substitute for the pollen for those who may be allergic?


    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Britt – yes, it is fine to take the probiotic while on the BC plan. As for a bee pollen substitute, I would try the Adaptogen Energizer and Eternal Jing instead. I typically recommend for people to start with 3 AE, and 1 EJ. I hope that helps!

  • Reply Ann January 9, 2014 at 1:54 am

    I have been on birth control for over 10 years and I feel ugly when I get off birth control. I just think I look healthier and prettier on birth control. It could just be my mood changing as I get off them but even in pictures I look a lot worse. Does anyone else experience this? Or know why this would be? , I’m assuming less estrogen and progesterone may contribute to these feelings.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Absolutely – I have felt the same way before. I actually believe that it has a lot to do with low testosterone levels because testosterone is the hormone that gives you confidence, and drive. I would suggest getting on my recommendations and getting your hormone levels checked after a few months to see where you are at. With that being said, just knowing that it is due to the birth control and not your own “craziness” is helpful in staying more mentally stable.

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  • Reply Abbie January 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Lauren , reading your article has felt like a comfort blanket. I am in a similar position. I had been on the pill for 9 years I came off in march . I suffered awful side effects most if which I just thought we’re part of normal life. My biggest problem which I’m still trying o overcome is I experienced melasma on my upper lip towards the end . I came off the pill straight away. It still hasn’t gone . Do you have any help and advice for this? I’m trying to do everything to balance my hormones . Its very embarasing as you can imagine any help grealty appreciated.Abbie xx

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Abbie – that is due to high estrogen. I would start on the supplements and then get your hormones checked after a couple months to see where you are at. As for the melasma, I would make an appointment with a dermatologist to see what your options are for non-tonic whitening creams. While that is not the ideal, it will be the most effective if you need to see a change asap while you work on balancing your hormones internally. Good luck Abbie! PS – stay out of the SUN! That alone can help with the discoloration a great deal.

  • Reply Kasey January 14, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I’m not sure where to start exactly. So, here goes…I’ve been on Depo for about 12 years now and have been considering getting off of it for a while now. I’m 27 and not with my boyfriend as of recently due a good bit to my mood swings from the horrid medicine. However, I read about the horrible side effects, and it scares me a little. But as I read the symptoms of coming off of it, it hit me all of a sudden that I’ve been experiencing these symptoms already over the past few months and had no clue why. Then I thought about that ALSO, in the past few months I started taking more vitamins and supplements like Milk Thistle among many others. Do you think it’s possible that the “detox” vitamins I’ve been introducing have actually been getting rid of the Depo so I’m ALREADY experiencing the withdrawals? I’d love your feedback on this. I’ve also been dealing with candida for almost two years now when I never had it before that. On top of all of the other reasons to stop taking a BC, I’m hoping this gets better as well? I’ve tried everything…garlic, coconut oil, pau d’arco, caprylic acid. I just can’t seem to kick it completely. Figured I just need to get rid of the shot and keep sticking to natural remedies and a better diet. Planning to see a holistic doctor ASAP! Any info or insight you could give into this, especially, the first part of my post, would be greatly appreciated! Praying for strength through this. I know it will be worth it in the end. Just a little anxious about it.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Kasey – your intuition is right to start working with a holistic doctor. With so many factors on the plate, such as Candida, and hormone imbalance it is difficult to say what is contributing to what. What is clear is that you need to start cleaning up the body. I do not think that the milk thistle is leading to your symptoms, it is more plausible that it is your hormones. Detox symptoms from milk thistle is not common, and detox symptoms are more short term and are more often fatigue and headaches. Working with someone directly will be your best bet. Good luck!

  • Reply Katie January 18, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Hi Lauren,
    I was on the depo provera shot for 9 months and decided not to get any more injections (I was due for one mid december) due to hair loss I believe this shot was causing. Since I have missed my last dose I have noticed a rapid increase in my hair shedding. I have begun taking the DIM detox as well as the dragon hair and nails vitamins. I noticed that you mentioned you took two capsules of the DIM detox and 4-6 capsules of the dragon hair and nail vitamins daily. Is it more effective to take these vitamins all together at the same time? Or is it better to take some in the morning and some at night?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Katie – it is best to take the DIM Detox with food. You can take the Hair and Nails with the DIM or on its own. Whatever is easier, as compliance is the key here. Good Luck !!

  • Reply Elizabeth January 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Lauren, I was just wondering how long you took the dragon hair and nails for before you noticed a change, I’m starting it once my order arrives ๐Ÿ™‚ also, you know anything about aloe gel and resveritrol for acne?


    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Personally I noticed in a week. My hair stopped shedding as much, but depending on your state of health it could be longer, up to a month or so. You can play with the dose as well depending on how you are doing. Resveratrol would not be my first, or second choice for that matter, for acne. Aloe can work, but I would try a more therapeutic aloe since its main mode for action is healing the gut. If the gut is compromised and if you are not digesting your food, acne is an end result since it is a reflection of clearing toxins from the gut. Check out my intestinal cleanse as a basis for clearing acne by targeting the gut.

      • Reply Elizabeth January 28, 2014 at 1:51 am

        Thanks Lauren! I think I’ll try the salt cleanse, it sounds a bit easier. I’m apprehensive about cleanses that might require constant bathroom trips because I work on my feet in my hospital..

  • Reply Barbora January 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Lauren! I would like your advice about my current situation. One year ago i stopped birth control pills and afterwards i had terrible shedding hair i guess telogen effluvium so i panicked and i jumped back on the same bcp which i was taking for about 7 months, i had lot of new regrow in hair but the hair denstity was not the same as before, but when i stopped taking the bcp once again i do have lot of shedding again. So i currently take bcp which i was taking at first and never had problem going off and on. I am young and i dont want to be bald. Why iam shedding so much when i stop bcp? Is this hormonal imbalance? I am really scared to get off bcp again. Please advice thank you very much Barbora

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale January 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Hello! Yes, shedding is related to your hormone levels. I would suggest getting on Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs, while on the pill. You can then transition off and see how you do. Typically the product can take anywhere between a week to a couple months to take effect. Once off the pill, I would also suggest working with a ND. You can get your hormone levels tested to see exactly where you are at bc if you testosterone is high, that is a main issue leading to hair loss. Good Luck!

  • Reply Adriana January 28, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Lauren, I’ve started on the DIM detox, while also being treated by a TCM doc with Chinese herbs and acupuncture. I’m wondering … the DIM that you recommend, which I’m taking, has soy in it. Isn’t that counterproductive to this protocol? Sorry for asking this again. I posted a while back and never got a response, but I’m very curious as to your answer. I know that there are other brands of DIM on the market, so I’m wondering if I should switch to one without soy, especially since I have a history of autoimmune thyroiditis. Thanks for your help!

  • Reply Kristi January 31, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I have been off the pill for 3 months now and couldn’t be happier! Originally I knew I wanted to get off of it because I kept hearing info from friends and tv, etc about bad things that had happened to people because of taking the pill. I was nervous to get off of it because I had once before with terrible side effects – cystic acne, very mean and depressed mood swings and very heavy periods with bad cramping. So, I started searching the internet for some sort of guidance and that’s when I found Lauren’s article!

    I ordered the DIM Detox, Adaptogen Energizer and Hair and Nails supplements and got started. The most important thing I’ve found, especially for my skin, is eating as much fresh food as possible – lots of veggies and some fruits and plenty of filtered water. I also add apple cider vinegar to my water 2-3 times per day which I’ve found helps digestion and my therefore my skin.

    When I quit the pill before I was not paying attention to my diet and I know that’s why I had such bad symptoms. As long as I avoid processed foods (including beer) and take these supplements I have incredible energy and am so happy! Also, my skin is more clear now than when I was taking the pill. Thank you, Lauren, for all you do!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Fantastic!! This made my day! I am so happy to hear you are doing well, and thank you for sharing with us. Next on my list is a hormone balancing diet. Should be great!

  • Reply Anna February 2, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Hi ladies,
    I have been off the pill for months now and still have not gotten my period. I just found this blog and am going to get these supplements. Recently mynsymptoms have been getting worse I’m always fatigued and my skin has gotten worse. This article is a life saver and I hope these products helps. Also in regards to diet does anyone know of a good site that can give me a diet plan of what I should be eating ?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Anna. Congratulations! In regards to your diet, I would stick to a low-glycemic, plant-centric diet. I would focus on gluten-free grains (buckwheat, rice, quinoa), tons of green vegetables, other vegetables, low-sugar fruit, healthy fats (coconut, olive, sesame oils, olives), raw nuts/seeds, fermented foods, and if you eat meat, only ORGANIC, grass-fed, free range meat, and wild fish. No conventional meat, no dairy, and no soy. Occasional organic tempeh and miso is okay. This diet is pretty much paleo, but you can modify it depending on your needs of animal protein. The goal is to eliminate inflammatory foods, and those that lead to blood sugar imbalance and therefore hormone imbalance. This has given me inspiration for a new post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sophia February 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Lauren!
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and wisdom. Im 25 and i have been on the pill for 6 years on and off. My mom has been trying to get me off of it because she too shared with me all the negative things that birth control can do that no one tells you about. I would consult with my doctor and he would assure me that everything I hear is false and encouraged me to stay on it. With that being said the last couple months of taking it I really started to think about health and what exactly I’m putting in my body. I’m also in a serious committed relationship and I noticed my sex drive became almost non existent, I’m tired all the time and I get so emotional before my periods which I know to a degree is normal for woman but I feel like since I’ve been on the pill it’s gotten progressively worse. Anyways needless to say I came across your post one day and it was exactly what I needed to take that extra step and free myself from the pill. I’ve been off of it for two weeks now!!! I honestly feel free and that I’m on my way to just being my natural healthy self! So thank you! I’ve noticed I have been having a lot of breast tenderness, been pretty tired and keep having cramps but like you said it’s normal and I’m so excited to get myself back on track ๐Ÿ™‚ I purchased all your supplements on amazon and I was just wondering what’s your daily routine? It’s a lot of supplements do you take them all at once? Also I got the ultra pollen capsuls and the raw honey how would I mix those together?
    Thanks again!
    Look forward to hearing from you!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Sophia! Congratulations on your big change! It can be scary but if you know what you are doing is the right thing, you can harness enough courage to move forward. As for the supplements, you can separate them out throughout the day. I would suggest taking them with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The raw honey is to be mixed with the bee pollen. Ultrapollen is to be taken as a capsule, with food. I hope that makes it more clear ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply Sophia February 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        Thank you for getting back to me! That is helpful! I started taking them this week. Is there anyway you can give me an example of your day taking the supplements along with your diet? I just kinda need a guideline so I know I’m taking them correctly? Also you say wine and beer is bad is there an alternative drink that would be better on occasional nights I go out for a drink with friends? Is a glass of red wine ok?
        Thank you

  • Reply Crys February 7, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Lauren! Can you take the honey-pollen mixture in tea or added to food (say gluten free oats or frozen banana ice cream)? Or would the heat/cold destroy the healing properties of the honey?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      You can add it to tea, or warm beverages, I would just make sure it is not boiling. As for ice cream… never really thought about that, but I don’t see why not!

  • Reply Sarah February 9, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Hi Lauren,

    What are some good birth control options? Would you recommend the mini pill?


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Sarah, I suggest condoms (no spermicide), along with family planning. It is not what most men want to hear, but it does not involve hormones.

  • Reply Elizabeth February 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Hi there,

    I appreciate your article. I got off the pill in December 2013 (so not quite 3 months) after being on it for 10 years. I am 24 years old and I started taking the pill at 14 years to control acne and regulate my periods. I started experiencing symptoms immediately after I stopped taking the pill. I have not yet had a period, I am extremely emotional and irritable (everything makes me cry), I have absolutely NO sex drive which is really disturbing me (and my partner)…my acne has also flared up again on my back and face, I feel bloated and have gained a bit of weight…I just feel out of wack in general. But most concerning to me is the lack of sex drive – articles that I’ve read have said that there should be an increase in sex drive after stopping the pill – when I was on the pill I actually found it to benefit my sex drive and I would notice a drop in my sex drive only during the days that I was taking the placebos.

    Before I started taking the pill I had very irregular periods I would only ovulate once every 4-6 months – which is one of the reasons I went on the pill.

    Could it be that I actually have a hormone deficiency and the hormones in the pills were actually helping my body?? I have an appointment with a doctor but it not for another month (I could not get one sooner) and I am becoming more and more distressed about the symptoms I am feeling.


    • Reply Elizabeth February 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      I also should add that I have had really, really sore nipples and breast tenderness – so bad that I could hardly shower.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, based on how long you were on the pill, it most likely will take you longer to get back on track. I think the Eternal Jing and Adaptogen Energizer products will be a great way for you to get your sex drive back. I would start on those and after 3 mo, check back in. If you are still having the same issues, then get your hormone levels tested to see what is going on exactly. Good Luck!

  • Reply Ashley February 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I am so glad I found this site! I have been on birth control pills for 15 years now and I really want to get off of them. I am so tired of taking something that is so unnatural. My husband and I will have to use another form of birth control but we will work through that. I originally went on the pill because I had dysmenorrhea. I could not function when I had my period and the fear of that returning has been what has kept me on the pill for so long. Do you have any advice in case that comes back? Also, do you suggest I visit my OBGYN before going off?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Ashley, I would meet with your gyno just to keep them on the same page, and then I would start on the supplement regime right away. There is a possibility that your symptoms will come back, because the pill masks them, but there are other ways to handle it that does not involve BC. Therefore, I would get off the pill, take the supplements for up to 3 mo and allow your system to rebalance. After that time period, if you are getting your symptoms again, get your blood work done. Find an ND and work with them to normalize your hormones with alternative methods. The supplements may be all that is needed, so you will have to wait to see how your body responds.

  • Reply Jessica February 17, 2014 at 11:40 pm


    I’m not sure I have the guts to go off the pill just yet (I have been on it for almost 3 years) But I am 29 and thin have gained cellulite only. It cleared up my acne and cramps but I am very afraid of all the health concerns especially Breast Cancer. My question is can I take these supplements you recommend (gallbladder ND, Dim Detox and ultra Pollon) To help support my body even while i’m still Birth control?

    I am also on Spironolactone

    Help, Scared and indecisive

  • Reply Jessica February 17, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Also, Will the Cellulite possibly go away? I work out three times a week and am very lean but its still there!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Jessica, you can take all but the DIM. They are not sure at this point how the DIM interacts with BC in terms of preventing pregnancy. Cellulite does come on from BC, and the supplements MAY help. It is worth a try, but to be honest, I do not have much experience with seeing the loss of cellulite while still on BC. Let me know though!

  • Reply Kristin February 18, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Hi Lauren~ I am at a desperate point right now and came across your article. I was on the Pill for almost 10 years and decided to go off of it for health reasons in October. Since that time I have gained weight rapidly, despite no real change in exercise and diet. I have put on over 15lbs. I am beyond disheartened and feeling extremely low. I really do not want to go back on the Pill, but feel that if I keep going at this rate I will lose my sanity. None of my clothes fit and I am getting more depressed every week. I have upped my fitness regimen and concentrated on my diet yet continue to gain weight. I see that you said you experienced rapid weight gain and then weight loss. Can you explain the timing of that? How long were you gaining, and at what point did you begin to lose? I feel so helpless and it is really interfering with my ability to live my life and be happy.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Kristin, You should know that the change in hormones affects your mood as well. Therefore, you are feeling depressed and low, not only because of the weight gain, but the actually physiology of your hormones. I would recommend getting on the supplements I recommend to help balance the body, to not only support your weight loss but also your neurotransmitters, and therefore mood. Because you were on the pill for so long it is most likely going to take more than just diet and exercise to get you back on track. Right now your hormones are not finding balance and that is a main driver of your weight gain, not the diet and exercise. If you focus on hormone balance, then the weight loss will follow, and the mood will improve. Do not feel crazy, this is your body trying to find its rhythm again. I would give you a time frame but everyone is different. Once on the right supplement plan weight loss could start happening within a few weeks. Hopefully this helps!

      • Reply Lynn March 1, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        I started birth control pills when I was about 16, due to having extremely irregular periods and cramping. I am now 42 and have decided to go off due to having chronic headaches and intense migraines by whole adult life. No matter what treatment, medication, etc I try, the headaches continue. Do you recommend I start the Gallbladder ND, the DIM detox and the eternal jing and adaptogen energizer all at one time?? If so, how long do you recommend taking these supplements? In addition, you listed examples of xenoestrogens as chicken, dairy and produce. This is most of what I eat. Do you have a guideline as to what healthy alternatives would be or can these foods be eaten if I take the DIM detox? Thank you for your article, I have been researching and your information has proven to be the most helpful to me.

        • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

          Hi Lynn, yes you start them all at the same time. I would also make sure to take a B Complex and Magnesium. That should help with the headaches. As for the food, you can have chicken as long as it is organic. Hormones given to conventionally-raised chicken, turkey, and cows are the source of xeno estrogens, not the meat itself. Pesticides on produce is the source of xeno estrogens so shop organic and from farmers markets. Finally, dairy is the same as the meat – organic is okay although most people do best without dairy in their diet, so I would try to limit your dairy consumption. Switch to coconut and nut milk dairy products instead. Good Luck!

  • Reply Deepthi February 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Hi Lauren

    Wish I had come across your blog few months back! when I was 22 when I was diagnosed with PCOS and my doc put me on BCP .. was on it for close to 7 years and last year I quit since then my breakouts and hairfall is like crazy …trying to over come through diet and lifestyle change …Can you please suggest another brand for Gallbladder ND since amazon doesn’t ship to where I stay. So would you suggest DIM and Gallbladder ND for me?

    Thanks !

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      I would try getting a B6 supplement in replacement of the gallbladder, and for the PCOS, you may need other support. The Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs will help with the hair loss. Have you gotten your hormone levels tested? I would start there. If your testosterone is high, you will need to get on a supplement to lower it because high testosterone causes hair loss and acne. Saw Palmetto is helpful for lowering testosterone. But get your levels tested first.

  • Reply Kini February 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Lauren!

    I’m on my first month of being off of the pill. I had labs taken to test hormone and vitamin levels and everything came back in the good range except my estrogen was slightly low. I ordered and received my Dragon Herbs Hair & Nails vitamins and will start them ASAP. With my labs coming back good should I still order and take the DIM Detox & Gallbladder? I am also going to do the intestinal cleanse (as well as make my husband do it lol).

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Kini, I would definitely still use both products. The Gallbladder is related to B6 levels and the function of your gallbladder (on a therapeutic level), and so this would not come up in your blood work. As for the DIM, it works to convert the bad estrogens, and unless you got a test to measure 4 and 16 hydroxyestrone, you would not have this information. Therefore, I would still suggest using DIM. Thanks Kini!

      • Reply Kini February 25, 2014 at 4:08 pm

        Thanks! I didn’t have them test that specifically that I know of, I only requested hormone levels, vitamin B, D, iron. But I will order the DIM. I received the hair & nails order and after taking my first two pills (started at night) I woke up in the middle of the night so sick I thought I was going to throw up. I now have been taking 1 a day for a week with no side effects. Next week I’ll go to two and slowly increase to allow my body to get used to it.
        Thank you

        • Reply Kini March 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

          Hi Lauren! I have ordered the Gallbladder, DIM Detox and the Hair & Nails supplements for getting off of the pill after being on them almost 14yrs…I am an active, ‘healthy’ vegetarian but had a myomectomy for 3 large fibroid tumors almost 2yrs ago. Unfortunately 8mos after surgery I was told I had several marble sized fibroid tumors… After being off the pill for now 2mos, I feel they have grown, significantly enough to where I can feel them. Do you recommend doing the Easy Intestinal Cleanse first and while taking the Gallbladder, DIM Detox and the Hair & Nails supplements? Also have you heard of Ann Whigmore’s 3-day wheatgrass detox (wheatgrass, chlorella tablets, green juice)..if so, do you think I should try that while waiting on the supplements to arrive? And/or do you recommend anything in order to rid/shrink fibroid tumors?

          Thank you!

          • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
            Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

            Hi Kini, you can do the intestinal cleanse while taking the supplements. They will work well together. As for the 3-day wheatgrass detox, I would wait until you do the intestinal cleanse. That way anything you are moving from the cells (esp. heavy metals) will be able to pass through the body safely. As for the tumors, there is some research that suggests that folic acid deficiency leads to fibroids. Try adding a B complex into the diet along with a specific folic acid as well. Good Luck!

  • Reply Kini February 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Sorry, I forgot to add. That I’ve been a vegetarian (borderline vegan becauE I’ll eat cheese every now and then), eat clean, drink green juice/smoothies (with a shot of wheatgrass 3-4 days a week), I rarely drink anything besides alkaline water, organic cranberry juice/apple juice, green or ginger tea).

  • Reply Rachel February 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Why oh why did it take me so long to look up this information?? I have gone off BC several times in the last 12 years, But I’ve been on it far more than off. Each time I went off BC it was because I was tired of putting it in my body. But after being off the pill for only a few weeks, all the symptoms came flooding back. So I decided I couldn’t handle them and went back on BC. As of today, I have been off BC for nearly a month, and yes, the symptoms are back, of course. But I am determined to push through and get past them. The biggest issue I’m dealing with right now is weight gain. None of my pants fit and all of my tops are tight. I recall reading that you also experienced weight gain, but then eventually weight loss. In your experience, how long did you deal with weight gain before your body switched to weight loss? I know everyone is different but I am really struggling for some sort of light at the end of this tunnel here.

    Thanks for posting this. Just wish I would’ve seen this/ read about it years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Rachel, yes this is very common because as your hormones seek to find balance, your weight often fluctuates with it. I personally gained a lot of weight for a couple months and then bounced back. There is hope not far ahead! Just keep up with a supplement regime, exercise and a proper diet.

  • Reply Leah Thompson February 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for this information. It is very helpful as I was starting to get frustrated with the weight gain, anxiety, mood swings etc. that happened after I came off of NuvaRing. I will start to use the things you have mentioned in this article including the diet to help regulate my hormones. But I was wondering if you had the name of the bee pollen you suggested? The link you provided in the post takes you to amazon and is for the flower pollen capsules not the bee pollen. I would really like to get the bee pollen so I can do the bee pollen/honey mix. Thanks!

  • Reply Kelsey Wokasch March 6, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you SO much for this post. I stumbled across it the other day and I’m incredibly glad I did. It’s very motivational – much different than most of the other bcp posts on the internet which are mostly depressing. I’m planning on going off the pill at the end of this month and I really want to avoid the horrible side effects I had last time I quit (MAJOR hair loss and acne). I’m already starting to lose hair now so I’m very worried that it’s just going to get worse when I stop taking birth control. I’m planning on getting all of the supplements you list in this post, but I’ve also read a lot of your other blogs about cleansing and how important it is. The thing is, I’m a college student and can’t afford to buy all the cleansing supplements along with these. Do you think that by not doing any cleanses I’m going to hurt my chances of gaining hormonal balance? I do try to eat fairly healthy now, although that’s a very relative term. Thank you again for this website, it is AMAZING.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Kelsey, start with the hormone balancing supplements and work really hard on keeping your diet clean – no soy, no inorganic meat/dairy, sticking to fresh fruits/vegetables, raw nuts/seeds, wild fish, organic meat (if you choose), and fermented foods. After a few months, check back in to see where you are at. At that time, it could be a good time to do a cleanse.

  • Reply Tammy March 7, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I came off the pills 2 months ago after more then eight years of taking them. My main issue is my skin is dry and Itch really bad. Is there something I could do for that.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Hi Tammy – that would be related to the gallbladder. The gallbladder is in charge of digesting fats. Fats are what compose the skin structure, and therefore keep our skin moist and soft. Try the Gallbladder ND. 2 tsp daily. I would also use coconut oil as a lotion at bedtime. Let me know how that works out.

  • Reply Erica March 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Lauren!

    Thanks for all the advice, such a huge help to use as a guide through this process! I started my DIM and Pollen pills last week and already feel great. I started the Gallbladder ND (1 tsp) today and I’m feeling a little wacky (upper tummy mostly) and wondering how long it took your body to adjust to this formula!


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Erica – that is great to hear! Did you take the GB ND straight or did you drink it over a period of time. If you took it straight in water, try putting it in a large bottle of water and sipping on it over the course of a few hours. That should help. Feel free to add juice concentrate or a squeeze of lemon to help with the taste.

  • Reply Ashley March 8, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Lauren, such great information! One concern though, I am about to order the DIM DETOX but have noticed that it does contain soy which makes me wonder if I should take I because of what you mentioned about how soy is a xenoestrogen?


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Ashley, it contains the fatty part of the soybean, which is not the part that causes an estrogenic response in the body. It is good ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jessica March 9, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Hi Lauren! I’ve been off the pill now for six months, hooray! My main issue was acne after getting off it, but since cutting dairy(I still have butter though), taking activated charcoal and probiotics for a few months, it’s finally under control again. Phew. I’m also into my second bottle of dragon hair and nails, it’s hard for me to say with certainty if I’ve noticed a difference in my hair loss yet, at this point I don’t know what normal is, but I will continue to use it. I started dry brushing with hopes it will improve my cellulite, any tips you have regarding that would be helpful too. I’m slim, eat pretty clean, it’s just one of those things. Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚ oh, coconut oil pulling totally worked in whitening my teeth, my boyfriend who thought I was ridiculous for swishing 15 mins every morning is now doing it too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Great to hear Jessica. Typically any herb takes about 3 months to start kicking in so I would suggest sticking too it. As for the cellulite, I would suggest amping up your muscle building exercise, TONS and TONS of squats. Also leaning towards a pale diet (organic only), no dairy, is helpful in reducing cellulite. Sticking to healthy fats, organic meat/wild fish, and tons and tons of vegetables. Cut back on sugar, including fruit.

  • Reply Erica March 16, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Hi Lauren!

    Do you have a Raw Bee Pollen that you suggest to mix with the Raw Honey? Everything you’ve suggested has been SPOT ON! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Reply Jaime March 18, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Hi Lauren, I’d like to start off by thanking you for all your hard work in researching; posting everything on your website…I’ve become addicted! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been contemplating going off of birth control for a couple years now. I will be 28 and I’d like to regulate my hormones to get ready to have a baby in a couple years. I’m mainly concerned with how it will affect my acne, which is the reason I went on birth control about 10yrs ago. I tried going off of it when I was 20, but my acne was out of control and I went back on it after about a year. I have noticed significant hair loss as well, which could be a combination of stress (also battling alopecia), genetics, and being on birth control for so long. I ended my last pack of birth control and I started taking all of the supplements you recommend in your post; I started a bowel cleanse (Dr. Schulze… If you have a chance, will you check out his website and tell me if you approve of his supplements? I also was wondering if you mix the ultra pollen capsules with the wee bee honey for the mixture you eat every day or if it’s a different pollen? I am trying to make a healthy lifestyle change, I’m just a bit overwhelmed with everything I’m taking…then I see more that you recommend and I want to try everything…I just need a good place to start!! Thank you for your time!!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Hi Jaime – congratulations on your new life! This is a great idea especially since you will be looking to prepare your body for pregnancy. The pollen that you mix with the honey is bee pollen granules. You can find them at your local health food store in the refrigerated section. Can you send me a direct link to the products you are using? That site is just a homepage and I couldnt find it. As for feeling overwhelmed, any new changes do that. Just take everything one step at a time. Doing an intestinal cleanse is key for targeting the acne. Although, you may want to look at using digestive enzymes and HCL if you are still getting acne after the cleanse. Just remember that acne is either tied to the gut or hormones. Hormonal acne is more often around the chin. This can often be due to high testosterone levels. Keep your diet clean – free of dairy, gluten, unfermented soy and sugar. Check in with me to let me know how you are doing a a couple months in. It takes time for the body to balance, so even if the acne comes back right away, stick with the program.

      • Reply Jaime March 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm

        Hey Lauren the website is actually NO ‘THE’…sorry about that! It’s been two weeks since I went off of birth control and a week since starting the cleanse. I’m getting a little nervous about my breakouts, which are mainly on my forehead right now; I almost started another pack of birth control but I know I just need to keep trying to eat a clean diet and try not to stress about it! Thank you again for your website; it has truly been a GODSEND!

      • Reply Jaime March 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm

        Hi Lauren I was just wondering if all of the supplements you recommend are safe to use while pregnant/trying to become pregnant. Also, do you have recommendations for a Pre-Natal Vitamin and a supplement for chronic headaches/Migraines.

  • Reply Pixie March 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    So glad I found this website! Such great advice and articles. Thank you Lauren ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      You are welcome!!

  • Reply April March 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Just wanted to say a quick thank you for an excellent blog on this important issue. It has REALLY helped me! I am not quite there yet, but I have seen improvements since following your advice regarding supplements. I am going to be sharing my story on my own blog, and as long as you don’t mind will link to this important article. Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you so much April. I am so glad to hear that it has helped you and I hope that you can help others to with your story ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Pixie March 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Hi April, what’s the address of your blog? xx

  • Reply Pixie March 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Hi. I’ve had a breakout of spots on my collarbone does anyone know which organ this represents? I’ve seen the face mapping but wasn’t sure if there was the same mapping of the body (I couldn’t find one in my brief google search ๐Ÿ™‚ ) xx

  • Reply Gina March 24, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I just wanted to say this article was one of the big reasons that I decided to go off the pill. I was on the fence for a long time. I’m 29 and have been on it since I was 16! Recently (in the last year) I had to change pills because I moved to a new area and the pharmacy told me that Chryselle was “the same” as Lo Ogesterel, which they didn’t carry but I had taken up until then. I had side effects for the first time ever so I know that these two pills are not the same. Crying over nothing, horrible depression, thin hair, waking up in the middle of the night, racing heart, and anxiety. I also started to question everything in my life, particularly my relationship. I did some research and found other women with these symptoms. For some reason, I never thought these things could be from a little pill, but I was naive because for so long I was symptom-free. I’ve been off the pill for 2 weeks and already my hair seems stronger and fuller, the anxiety and depression are gone, and I am sleeping through the night. I also haven’t yet had any problems with my heart (thank God). Symptoms are person-specific, so I haven’t had acne, weight gain, or cramping, but I will say that I did pass what I think is a decidual cast. It was completely painless, so I’m not concerned, but it was the first time for me so I was a little freaked out at first. I don’t know if it’s related to my going off the pill, but it happened a few days ago and I know I am not pregnant. Anyway, just wanted to share in case anyone is reading the comments. Good luck!

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  • Reply Lynn March 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I cannot tell you how happy I am to read this article! After being on birth control for 8 years, then having a baby yeas while on the pill! And going back on the pill – I recently chose to go off… Give my body a break. Well I have been so confused as to have I gained 16 lbs in 4 months but it makes sense after reading this! I went off the pill in October 2013 and now that I think of it that is when my weight gain started! Now on he upside, my skin has been clear, my mood more balanced, sleep more regular but energy has swung … I’m a little depressed and working really hard to lose the weight even thinking I should go BACK on he pill but I know I am better off of it! Thank you for this article!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks Lynn! So glad to hear about your success!

  • Reply Belle March 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you for this post. I want to quit my BC pill (after three years), but my main concern is losing hair. I will look for the hair and nail vitamin that you recommend.

    My main reason for wanting to quit the pill is not only the side effects (mood swings, weight gain, and irregular periods), but I dislike being “controlled” by a gynecologist. I don’t want to rely on them for prescriptions. I prefer over-the-counter methods because my husband and I are free to get them whenever we want.

  • Reply Ronelle April 4, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Hi Lauren
    Thank you for sharing this.
    I am curious. I am 32 anf I went off birth control about 6 months ago and have been experiencing serious breakouts on my chin/ jaw line. I’ve been reading good things about DIM clearing up adult acne so i purchased my first bottle 2 days ago and very excited to start seeing results. However, I now keep coming across articles that mention DIM being the cause of hairloss. As any woman can imagine, that is the last thing one wants to hear, especially since going off bith controll has already caused major hair loss for myself and I’m sure for others as well. What is your take on this?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      I have never seen valid evidence about DIM causing hair loss… Diindolylmethane helps to convert bad estrogen in the body. So I would not be worried. Acne on the chin can also be from high testosterone, so you may want to get your hormone levels tested in a couple months to see where you are. If it is high, oftentimes saw palmetto helps.

  • Reply Renee Laws April 5, 2014 at 1:04 am

    I have found your post very helpful, thanks so much for investing in this. I am coming off the pill after being on it for nearly 20 years. I have been off the pill for almost 2 months. I had one period (weird) but then missed my last one and so I am late by 4 weeks now. I have had a pregnancy test and am not pregnant. I want to do your suggested regime so I have ordered the Gallbladder ND, the DIM detox, I will do the bee pollen/honey mix, and I have some coconut butter but I also ordered the EFA liquid. My question is that since I am doing the Gallbladder ND for the B6, do I need to get a B complex as well? If so, which one do you recommend? And would you say I need the Premier DHA as well? The reason I am interested in the essential oils is that I am hoping it will help with stiffness in my joints which may or may not be related to the pill. Thanks for taking time to answer my questions I really appreciate it! Any other tips would be great : )

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Hi Renee, the gallbladder ND should be enough without having to get the B complex. DHA is always a great addition to the diet since it is difficult to get from food in therapeutic amounts. If this doesnt help you to get your period back, try the raw honey and bee pollen mixture I suggested. Good Luck!

  • Reply Stormy April 7, 2014 at 9:50 am


    I was wondering if you had any alternatives to the Gallbladder ND and the DIM detox? I tried to find them on sites that ship to Australia but could not. Unfortunately I don’t return till North America until beginning of June so I cannot get those specific products until then. Also, is there a supplement that it is possible to take besides bee pollen and honey?

    Thank you!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      A replacement for Gallbladder ND would be something with B6 and Gold Coin. A replacement for DIM would be something with milk thistle and diindolylmethane. Flower pollen would be what would replace the honey and bee pollen.

  • Reply Camelia April 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Hey Lauren, I posted back in January that I was going off the pill for the first time in 8 years and a half.
    Was very scared at first of my body’s reaction, afraid that my depression might come
    back. Well, let me tell you and the amazing women here, that it’s been absolutely great!! I am actually happier than before, feeling healthier, much more positive! I do have small pimples on my back, and a little bit ony chest, but that’s nothing compared to how good I feel! Haven’t been taking any suplements, steered clear from junk food, food that is precooked in supermarkets or “pour hot water over and eat”. I am eating as healthy as possible(i do have my occasional french fries/m&m/chocolate cravings and that’s ok), did not gain weight, no menstrual cramps, and I used to have horrible ones before starting the pill and some bad ones on the pill, so I was terrified of what was to come! But it all turned out great! Your body is smart, you have to trust it and help as much as possible with clean food and a little bit of excerise ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck on your journeys girls! And thank you Lauren for the help ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Holly April 11, 2014 at 1:54 am

    I’ve also been on birth control since I was about 16 for heavy menstrual cycles and bleeding (I had pelvic pain, nausea and vomiting, leg and back pain… the works!). Last year, almost 9 years later, I had a laparoscopy done where my doctor found endometriosis and switched me to a new pill. Luckily enough for me I had been on the same b/c pill prior to this for almost 6 years with no mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, etc. The pill they put me on was only 1 month before my wedding (horrible, horrible timing considering I spotted and cramped for over a month), and in the past year I’ve had more side effects of this pill than I even realized until a few weeks ago. I’ve gained 10 pounds and I’ve attempted to talk to other women about it, wondering what in the world I’ve changed with my lifestyle, but I consistently get the “you look great it’s just aging” response. Well, we eat a mostly clean diet and I work out at least 4 times a week (and I have colitis so… it’s always been pretty darn near impossible for me to gain weight let alone over 10 pounds in 9 months). I’ve also lost at least half of my hair and didn’t even realize this until I saw a picture of myself from 2 years ago and couldn’t pinpoint what made me look so…. different from now. My hair was so much thicker and fuller! But, like I said that b/c pill randomly stopped working, which led to the laparoscopy, which led to a new pill. My doctor said the pill can prevent the endometriosis from growing back, since they scraped much of it out, or at least inhibit the growth. But after doing a ton of research about this pill in the last few days and then stumbling across this blog I know now my weight gain, hair loss, moodiness, other side effects… have all been from my pill. I really want to just go off but we’re not ready to get pregnant yet. Do I have other options? Is there something else I can do for the endometriosis and painful, horrible periods I had prior to the pill? It sounded like you may have had endometriosis so I’m hoping you can help!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Holly, I have seen people recover from endometriosis naturally, without the use of BC. I would suggest that you find a naturopathic doctor to work with you directly though because it takes a lot to manage hormones and to balance them. It is also important to raise the pH of the body, and to maintain alkaline. If you email me directly I can see if I have a recommendation in your area.

  • Reply chris April 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I’ve skimmed through a few of your posts. I am wondering what method you are using now? I got off the pill years ago when my last boyfriend had a vasectomy. I really didn’t have any major issues and just wanted to be as natural as possible. originally, I went on the pill because I had fairly severe cramps so I was worried they would come back. I was able to deal with what I had but I think my periods did end up getting heavier than they ever were. I ended up getting anemic and it is assumed that my bleeding is the cause. I am now dating someone else and I don’t ever want kids so I was set up to get the essure procedure last year. the doctor talked me out of it saying that with my anemia I should be on hormones, which is exactly what I didn’t want. I had to go on them to get the procedure and had gotten the shot. this was awful and caused terrible problems. that doctor and the next one I saw both highly pushed the mirena iud. I eventually gave in and got it in November. they all say the hormones are localized but in reality, this doesn’t make sense. if it’s in the body, it’s throughout the body. I had cramping almost consistently the first month and then off and on. my moods declined. I ended up having it taken out four months after getting it. I’m still not sure what to do about birth control. but I’m so happy to be hormone free.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Chris, thank you for sharing your story. I hope you find a way that works best for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Nilu April 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Hi Lauren. Thank you for your website and for encouraging words! I was on birth control pills for only 5 months and it’s been over a year now since I stopped taking them. The side effects are not as bas as they were at the beginning but I am continuing to lose hair. I have had dairy free diet for 9 months and eat very little sugar (mostly from fruits or honey). I have also been taking liver supplements, including milk thistle. I have lost about 10 pounds which is not good for me as it puts me in underweight category. What would you recommend for my diet so I can gain the lost pounds back? Thanks in advance for your time and any advice you can provide.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      I would suggest increasing the fats in your diet. This would mean healthy fats such as avocado, raw nuts/seeds, olives, olive oil, coconut butter and meat. I would eat healthy fats at every meal and at snacks. You could also include a little protein shake as a snack in between meals. I would also make sure that you are eliminating (having proper bowel movements) daily and that your digestion is working well. If you feel like you are not digesting your food well, there is a good chance that you are not absorbing the nutrients from the food that you are eating, which is leading to weight loss. As for hair loss, try the Hair and Nails supplement I recommend.

  • Reply Ana April 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Thanks very much for all this brilliant and educational information here on your site. I am just about to embark on my ‘pill-free’ life and am both apprehensive and excited! It has helped massively to read about your personal experience as well as those of the other women who have posted. Certainly had made me feel less clueless and prepared for what might happen and how to deal with it!
    As well as wanting to get back to my natural cycle (and generally live more naturally), a key reason I have finally decided to bite the bullet and come off has been the fast developing melasma I am experiencing on my upper cheeks. I have been on Microgynon 30 for around 10 years but over the last 2 years, the melasma has worsened significantly and is becoming a real issue that I am hugely self-conscious about. I know that melasma can be caused due to an excess of estrogen so is it possible that my own estrogen levels have increased naturally and so the two combined have produced this effect? I’d really appreciate any suggestions-I’m really hoping coming off the pill will help although I accept it won’t be a quick fix! Even if it stops the development and I can then work on natural ways to help fade the existing melasma, I’ll be relieved! It’s affecting me massively! Thank you in advance and again for your fab site x

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Hi Ana, it is oftentimes caused by high estrogen levels, but it is magnified by the sun and can worsen with age. I have seen that it gets better when hormone levels balance out and when you stay out of the sun. Another suggestion is a supplement called Pearl Powder by Dragon Herbs. That may help to lighten the skin internally. Good Luck!

  • Reply Cathy May 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Lauren – i was on the pill (Marvelon) for 20 years – although off for at least a few with my 2 children. I came off about 3-4 months ago. I now find myself grappling with swollen ankles/calves, and sore right foot on top (probably due to swelling). Have you heard of others experiencing this in relation to coming off the pill? Thank you, Cathy

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Cathy, I am not that familiar with this side effect, but it sounds like your main issue is with the kidney. The kidney controls fluid balance and the balance of the electrolytes including salt. I would look into doing the kidney cleanse from my book. You will definitely want to work on reducing the swelling as it is an indication of a larger issue. Good Luck!

  • Reply Hannah June 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Lauren

    I’m 19 and have been taking Mercilon (a low dosis estrogen and gestagen pill) for almost 3 years now. I’ve been feeling tired and especially heavy in my legs for months now. It’s becoming difficult to exercise because i’m often tired. I want to go off it, I’ve tried going off it once before and my period came on time the month after as scheduled and also the month after that, but with a bad migraine and therefore i went back on the pill. Do you think since my pill is a low dose pill that i might not experience that many side effects? Perhaps only my usual pms like last time? Or should i expect weight gain and acne like other people have been experiencing. Thank you in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Hannah, migraines and headaches are oftentimes the result of B vitamin deficiency and magnesium deficiency. Both can be depleted from taking BC or effected by hormone imbalance. I would suggest taking the Max B ND product and a Magnesium Glycinate supplement daily. You can start them while you are on the pill. Once you are off, then add in the raw honey and bee pollen mixture. This will support the transition. As for weight gain and acne, everyone is different. I wish I could have a more definitive answer but there just is not. In any event, it is not permanent and you can improve upon it.

  • Reply Amanda June 20, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Hi! I just stopped my birth control mid pack because after five months I couldn’t stand to be on it anymore. When is a good time to start taking the dim detox and how long should I be on it for?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Start right away. The length depends on how long you have been on BC for. I would say 6 months at least for most people. The good news is that this product also detoxes the xeno estrogens that we are in contact with from drinking and eating out of plastics and cans, eating non-organic produce, meat/dairy/soy, and from using non-organic personal care items. Its a product I use continuously for prevention (1/day).

  • Reply Sharla B. June 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Hello, i just recently went off birth control. I was on the nuvaring and have
    been for many years. I have experienced many side effects. Horrible migraines, no sex drive, weight gain, and fatigue.

    I definitely feel better and know this is the right choice to make for my overall health, but I still need a backup BC.I know Mirena is a non-hormonal BC. What are your thoughts on this?

    Thank you:)

  • Reply Racheal June 28, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Hi ladies,
    I have recently discovered your site and WOW! I’m so happy to have a variety of opinions and experiences to read about. I first began reading when I came across this post, and I wanted to share my thoughts. I also have a few questions – open for anyone to respond!

    I am 25 years old and I have been on birth control for 8 years. I know many women begin birth control in their teens for hormonal regulation and perhaps acne problems. I did not have these issues really, but I was becoming sexually active so I made the decision at 17 to go on the pill. I was on Yas for about four years, and the last four years I’ve been on three different dosages and brands. It’s been a nightmare! I never found the perfect fit for me, and while I did enjoy the predicatbility of my periods, I decided last week that I would go off the pill. I decided that I wanted to live more naturally and have a better lifestyle, and this seems like the right choice for me.

    My husband is very understanding, and we are going to use other forms of birth control for a while. We do not want to have children, but we want to wait a while before making a more permanent decision such as a vasectomy. Just in case!

    While I am excited about going off the pill, I have some concerns over certain products, especially if I’m leaning towards a more natural cycle and lifestyle. I have read about one particular product – the VITEX EXTRACT, or Chasteberry. I’m seeing some good things about it. Basically, it is used for irregularities in the period, clearing up acne, and PMS symptoms.
    Here is some info from webmd: Vitex agnus-castus is the fruit of the chaste tree. The fruit and seed are used to make medicine.
    Vitex agnus-castus is sometimes called โ€œthe womenโ€™s herb.โ€ It is used for menstrual cycle irregularities, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a more severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and symptoms of menopause. It is also used for treating โ€œlumpyโ€ (fibrocystic) breasts, female infertility, preventing miscarriage in women with low levels of a hormone called progesterone, controlling bleeding and helping the body force out the placenta after childbirth, and increasing breast milk.
    Vitex agnus-castus is also used for acne, nervousness, dementia, joint conditions, colds, upset stomach, spleen disorders, headaches, migraine, eye pain, body inflammation, and swelling.

    I’m also reading about it being used to become more fertile – largely in part that it regulates your cycle. I suppose I’m concerned that this product, while natural, is still regulating your body in a way similar to hormonal treatment. Maybe I’m looking to much into it, but I was curious to know what you ladies were thinking. Perhaps I should hold off on products like this and give my body a few months and see what happens.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Hello Rachael, I have heard of chasteberry and have had conflicting responses to its effectiveness. If you do give it a try, please follow back up with us and share your experience!

  • Reply webpage July 6, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me.
    Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Anabel July 8, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Hi Lauren,
    Where can I get the raw bee pollen? Also, how does the pollen+honey mixture help with getting your period back?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Almost all health food stores have raw bee pollen or you can see if there is any at your local farmers market. If not, look online. The honey and pollen have unique bioflavonoids that are needed by the body in the normalization of the menstrual cycle and hormone production. It also acts as a tonic for the liver. The liver is in control of conjugating hormones so its vital to ensure the proper function of the liver as well when trying to normalize hormones.

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  • Reply Sarah July 9, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Hi! I’m 23, in great health, and was only on the pill for a year. I’m experiencing massive hairloss since about March, and just started taking the hair and nail pills. When did you notice a decrease in shedding and growth of hair

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Sarah, I would give it a good few months to start seeing a difference. You should also try to manage your stress, which is a HUGE component of hair loss, as well as clean up the diet as well. You have to implement all three things to see results. It will also be helpful to switch to a non-toxic shampoo and conditioner. Also make sure not to damage the hair with blow drying or straightening.

      • Reply Sarah July 21, 2014 at 2:40 am

        Where would I find non toxic shampoo? Whole foods, trader joes, online? Any brands you recommend? Thank you!!

        • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm

          Yep – any of the three. You can get an app called cosmetic database that tells you the toxicity of any shampoo. I personally use Griffin Remedy. Love it!

    • Reply Claire April 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Hi,I’m also in the same situation, I just came off the pill and am experiencing stubborn acne and intense hairloss. I’m not sure taking hair and nail suplements really changes much but I’m going to go test my hormone levels and see if there is an irregularity somewhere. I’d be so curious to know if you find an effecient solution. Thank you Lauren, as this post has been extrelemy useful and reassuring.



      • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
        Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 21, 2015 at 1:13 pm

        Hi Claire- that is not a bad idea. I would though use the Hair and Nails supplement and the Maca supplement. The Hair and Nails product I recommend is unlike any other on the market. It is not a variety of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, but Chinese Tonic Herbs that strengthen the system and address the root cause.

  • Reply Pam August 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Lauren, the DIM detox has been a god send for my post pill acne. I have been so amazed by how much is controls my acne. Question, how long do i need to use this product, or is this hormonal detox something I’ll always be dealing with? I’m still trying to get my hair back to the fullness it had a few years ago, the dragon supplements did curtail shedding, but even four months later it’s not back to what it was not long ago. I guess these things take time.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale August 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Pam, it’s great to hear your progress! Yes, unfortunately they do take time, but you are on the right track. Sometimes hair growth can take up to a year to get back to how it was originally (yes, I know… a hard thing to hear), but it can get there. Remember that your hair is a direct reflection of your hormones and your nutrition over all so don’t forget about diet, and stress levels. As for DIM, usually 4 -6 months is a good marker. I would then take 1 cap a day for prevention (our exposure to xenoestrogens is unavoidable). You can always get your hormones levels checked at the doctor as well. They can check to see where your levels of “bad” estrogens are. Good Luck!

  • Reply Kaitlyn August 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I’ve been taking the Dragon Herbs Hair and Nails for a couple of months now, plus 10,000 mgs of biotin daily, trying to “gear up” to stopping birth control in September. I am ordering the rest of the supplements to start then, but wanted to ask your opinion about continuing with the biotin after starting the other supplements? Will it hurt anything? My hair loss has been pretty steady since I started taking the BCP about 7 years ago (I know now…).

    My diet is organic and clean, I’m gluten free and almost paleo. So, it’s just cleaning up a few things here and there. Any thing else I’m missing?

    Thanks so much, your site has been a godsend. XOXO


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale August 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Hi Kaityln, In terms of preparing for getting off BC and hair loss, you are completely on the right track. And no, it is not a problem if you are taking Biotin as well. It will not hurt. The inclusion of protein is key, which you seem to have covered. If needed, you may need to take the eternal jing as well. But I would wait and see how it goes…. after 6 weeks off, then reassess. Good luck!!!!

      • Reply Kaitlyn August 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm

        Thanks!! How long should the supplements be continued? And are there any that you recommend taking for an indefinite period? Just trying to think of how this will fit into my budget short and long term with the best possible results!

        Thanks again.

  • Reply Ele August 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Lauren – thanks for your series of articles on birth control. I stopped taking the pill exactly a year ago. I went through so many symptoms including the horrible acne and extreme hair loss. Thankfully the hair loss subsided over time; however, I’m still dealing with acne and extremely oily skin and hair. I’ve never had skin problems before birth control, not even as a teenager. Now that it’s been a year since stopping with no signs of relief, I’m getting really scared I permanently messed my body up. I recently got a hormone test done which showed elevated SHBG, DHEAs, AND, TTF, DHT, E1 and depressed levels of P1, cortisol, vitamin D, and iron. The naturopath I’m seeing gave me some supplements to balance things out including saw palmetto (Pros Forte), a DIM complex, and Progon BL (bio identical P1 – is this safe to take? Obviously I’m weary of putting any more hormones in my body now bio identical or not), among additional vitamins I’m lacking. Do you think these recommendations are ok? She was also saying my hormones need to be “retrained” – does that mean I won’t have to take these supplements (especially the Progon) indefinitely? Like I said I’m really really scared I’ll never go back to being me ๐Ÿ™ I find your posts so helpful and i would really appreciate any insight you could give me. Thank you so much!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale October 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Ele, that actually sounds like a great program.. its okay to do a little boost of progesterone from time to time, as long as its not long term. See how it helps and after a few months if its not working for you, you can always switch. BTW the acne and oily skin/hair is a typical symptom from too much testosterone/hormone imbalance… so the good news is that it can get better. Stick in there! Sounds like you are in good hands.

  • Reply Amber September 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Hey Lauren
    I had stopped takin mybirth cntrol a few months ago. It had taken me a while to get my period. I then had one at the end of July. I had taken two pregnancy test both being negative, I have had cramps and back pain like i was about to start. But in August i hadnt had one (period). Im kind of gaining weight & i know im not pregnan. Should i be worried? Whats going on with my boddy?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale September 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Amber, it could be that you are ovulating, but you are not shedding the uterine lining. This is good in one sense that you are going through a cycle, but your hormones may be a bit out of balance since you are not bleeding. I would try the Eternal Jing and Adaptogen Energizer. Those should be helpful in getting you back on track.

  • Reply Jaime September 13, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Are the supplements you recommend safe while trying to conceive and can you continue to take them during pregnancy?

  • Reply Lisa September 17, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you so much for writing about your experience. I recently stopped taking my pills in June and it only took three months for me to start on a regular cycle again which is surprising since I was not regular before the pill. I have luckily not experienced hair loss. I did have some acne in the beginning but it is starting to get better. My main problem is weight gain! I have steadily gained 5 pounds or more per month since stopping my pills. I am currently using a product called femcream that is supposed to help balance hormones (started my period just one week after trying it), I am dieting and exercising more as well. Did you have any issues with weight gain and did the PURE detox help with that?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale October 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      I did experience weight gain but once I started on the DIM, adaptogen energizer and b vitamins things started to even themselves out. I would also try the diet I recommend which can help as well. If after 2 months your still gaining, I would suggest getting a blood test to see where your hormones are at.

  • Reply Ele September 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    If you know you have a deficiency in progesterone, is bioidentical progesterone safe to take for rebalancing hormones? Thanks!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale September 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Ele, it is not ideal, but if you cannot balance them in any other way, then yes, that would be the best option. I would try with natural herbs and diet first, and then if you really cannot raise the progesterone, you can try bioidentical. But with that being said, most women can do it with herbs and diet alone.

  • Reply Gina September 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Do you have any advise for stopping the pill with the least amount of side effects? I have been to womens blogs and forums and they all say that they got hair loss, weight gain, mood swings. etc when stopping the pill. They dont post anything that will help with the side effects. They also dont come back and repost to tell if they lost the weight or the hair loss stopped or hair grew back. I wish they would post and tell their progress. My husband is the only one who knows I am on the pill. My mother doesnt know I am on the pill and I see her every day since we live on the same street. I want to avoid any side effects she would notice like bloating, weight gain or hair loss. I have only been on the pill about a year and my hair is thinning. It feels thinner and I notice more hair coming out in my brush every morning. I am afraid of hair loss and weight gain when I stop the pill. Do you have any advise for any thing that will lessen or let me get the least amount of side effects when stopping the pill?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale September 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      HI Gina, the best thing to do is to start on the hormone balancing diet I have included, as well as to start taking a few of the supplements. I would start with the Gallbladder ND, the Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs and the Honey/Pollen blend. I would also make sure you are exercising regularly, and incorporating practices into your daily life for reducing stress. This is the best way to prepare the body. Once off, add in the DIM. Good Luck!

  • Reply Jenn October 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Ladies there is hope out there. Check out Lara Bridens blog and website. She is naturapathic doctor in australia. It is very informative. You have to read through the comments posted in the blogs to get the information.

    She says in her clinical experience most women loose weight when they stop the pill, some women stay the same weight. Yes some women do gain weight but it is much less common.

    For hair loss she reccommends getting tested for thyroid, pcos, and nutritional deficiencies a month or two before stopping the pill because these can make hair loss worse. She reccommends taking zinc, 150mcg selenium, and 300 mg magnesium glyicanate to help with hair loss.

    Dr axe’s website has some info. the aphrodite forum helps too. Ladies post their side effects and some post what they take to help with them. Some are the same supplements listed in this blog and some are different.

    Also remember there are alot of women who have no problems coming off the pill. some women only have minor problems and some women have major problems. Some who have problems go to their doctors or friends for help. Some read blogs for help and dont post. Some ladies post their side effects. There could be more women out there than you realize who have problems stopping the pill and a bunch of women who dont have problems. Dont be afraid to stop the pill because of side effects. I was afraid when I first started reading the blogs and saw all the posting with side effects.

    I am saving money to get the supplements and to follow the diet the best I can with my grocery stores limited selections. I plan on stopping the pill soon and hope for the best.

  • Reply Lee October 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I really regret taking the pill and wish I had never taken it. I tried yasim about 8 years ago but I only took it for a week so I had no side effects. When I young and naive I knew better then to take it. But now that I am older and wiser I took the pill. I feel like I should have known better.

    In my research no one posted about hair regrowth. I did find some women who posted about their hair never growing back. I also found women who posted about having genetic female pattern baldness being triggered from stopping the pill which is a permanent thinning of the hair and hair loss.

    In your research did anyone who had hair loss from stopping the pill get full hair regrowth or almost full hair regrowth?
    How long does hair regrowth take?

    Is the hair growth supplement something that has to be taken permanently or temporary? Or does it depend on the person?

    I found another blog where the lady recommends using two different hair growth and volume supplements and she takes them permanently.

    Is there another hair growth supplement that can be taken with the Dragon Herbs one?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale October 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Lee – hair regrowth is 100% possible! Do not give up or feel like it is not possible. I had a small bald patch for 13 years that FINALLY grew back. I thought it never would but it did, and I see this happen with clients all the time. Hair is a reflection of whats going on inside… everything from your hormones, to your vitamin/mineral levels, to stress levels so takes a holistic approach to see the hair grow back. That is why I recommend those products and diet in addition to the hair and nails because it takes a combined effort. Every person and body is different, so don’t feel frustrated and don’t compare, just stick with it.

  • Reply kayla October 6, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Hi Lauren,

    First off your article was SO helpful and informative! So much to digest! I’ve been off the pill for about 6 months now after being on it for 4 years. I’ve been experiencing terrible acne all over my face and hair loss since I’ve stopped. It has been slowly getting worst since then and its the only thing I can think of that could be causing all of this. I went through a phase of being vegan a year before, I am now a pescatarian, eating a plant based diet and exercising a few times a week. I just recently bought olive leaf extract, B6 vitamins, and the hair & nail supplements you’ve mentioned above. Are these the most important? Where should I be focusing? I’m a college student so I can’t buy all of these supplements at once and am desperately looking for advice. Please help!


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale October 10, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Kayla, yes this is definitely from the birth control. It is your body’s way of finding an equilibrium. The supplements sound like a great start but I would also incorporate the diet and the honey/pollen blend. The diet is going to be very very important, so stick to it the best that you can. Switching to a non-toxic shampoo/conditioner is another great thing to do in addition to buying a wet brush. It is also a good idea to stop blow drying your hair or using a straightener.

  • Reply tilly October 8, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    3 weeks ago i hopped off the pill and got my period and this week was the week im normally meant to get it or will it be four weeks from when i came off the pill im so confused

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale October 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      That is quite normal… it takes time for the period to be regular, but its great you got it in the first place!

  • Reply Elena October 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm


    I need to get off birth control pills because I have been developing anxiety, depression, fatigue, thinning hair, no sex drive, cellulite, loss of muscle tone, and sugar cravings. I had a hair shed when I first started taking the pill and I am still getting more hair out than normal in my comb every morning. I am also getting more hair breakage. I have been on the pill a year and two months.

    Do all women get weight gain and bloating when they stop the pill? I am concerned because I cant afford to buy new bigger sized clothes if I gain weight when I stop the pill.

    What supplements are the most important when stopping the pill? I am currently living almost pay check to pay check. So I can only afford a few of the cheaper supplements.

    If i eat the regular food instead of organic will it work too? Organic is hard to find in the area I live in and I cant afford the prices for it.


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale October 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Elena, No, not everyone experiences weight gain and hair loss. You have been on the pill for a shorter period of time so you may be ok. Focus on eating tons of vegetables, fruits, whole grains (farro, quinoa, brown rice), raw nuts/seeds, and avocado. I would avoid non-organic red meat, poultry and dairy. If you want to include it, try to find it local to where you are living, and eat it occasionally. Maybe then you could afford to purchase it organic โ€“ especially if you just have a small portion. As for the supplements, I would start with the Gallbladder ND. I would take that for 3 months and see how you are doing. If you are experiencing hair loss, unfortunately the only supplement I have found to be effective is the Hair and Nails. But don’t worry just yet… focus on eating clean, exercising and reducing your stress.

  • Reply Lynette October 20, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Is there anything I can do to avoid weight gain and hair loss when stopping the pill? I am desperate I cant buy new clothes to fit if I gain weight and my old clothes get too small, and I cant afford the supplements and organic food. I dont know what to do. I have limited means and could only afford cheaper supplements and then only a few.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale October 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Lynette, you may luck out and not have any side effects at all, but to prepare, I would eat as healthy as possible. Focus on tons of vegetables, fruits, whole grains (farro, quinoa, brown rice), raw nuts/seeds, and avocado. I would avoid non-organic red meat, poultry and dairy. If you want to include it, try to find it local to where you are living, and eat it occasionally. Maybe then you could afford to purchase it organic – especially if you just have a small portion. I would also try using the honey/pollen combination. This is very affordable, but can be very effective. Try this out and see how you do. If you do start losing hair, you may need to try using the Hair and Nails product. But you never know – you could be a lucky one!

  • Reply kelly November 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    hello, i have recently gotten off the pill after being on it for three years and i have been feeling awful. i went to my doctor for a check up and he said everything was fine but i feel very fatigued. i am also feeling thirsty and hungry all the time, i just don’t have energy for anything, is this normal? please help

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale January 3, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Kelly, yes this can be very normal when your hormones are out of balance. I would suggest using the hormone balancing diet I put together along with the Eternal Jing and Adaptogen Energizer. The B vitamins will also be helpful too in increasing energy. I would also increase your mineral intake to help reduce thirst. May favorite ways are through raw coconut water and green juice. Also take time to sleep as much as you like, but fit in an exercise at least 5 days a week, even if a moderate 30-minute walk. There are many tests that can be run for hormones including blood, saliva and urine. After following this program for a couple months, consider rechecking your hormones. You may want to go to a hormone specialist, I personally like seeing NDs (naturopathic doctor), to look more closely at your issue. Good Luck!

  • Reply Kim January 3, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Hello, I loved reading your article it was very informational and now I know I’m not going crazy. Three months ago I got off my bc pill after being in it for 6mths (was on it almost 3 yrs ago for 5years) and I have gained 10lbs in the first month, which now I cannot get rid of! I’ve had an early and light cycle this month and I’m wondering if you suggest any other supplements besides Dim Detox and the hormone diet to rebalance my hormones. (I’m not lacking energy and not fatigued.)

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale January 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      The DIM is going to help detoxify the xeno estrogens from the pill so that is essential along with the diet. Another great addition is the Maca supplement, Femmenessence. I think that product works really well especially if taken regularly. Good Luck!

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  • Reply Tricia February 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Hello! I have been trying to detox off BC. When I first got on it I was 19 and was on a high estrogen pill which caused me to lose 20lbs which at the time I loved. I stayed on that pill for 11 years and my weight stayed the same. At the age of 30 I decided to get off BC. I gained 10lbs over the next year. At 31 I went back on the pill but chose a different one (lo losetrin) because it was the lowest dose. I proceeded to gain another 10lbs. At the age of 33 (my current age) I decided to stop taking BC for good. I followed your advice and started DIM supplements 3 weeks ago. I have since gained another 3lbs since starting DIM. I just need advice on how to stop this weight gain. It’s really depressing me and I feel like I have no control over my body! I workout 5 days a week, eat coconut oil and mostly protein and very low carb/low to no sugar. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Tricia, there would be no reason why the DIM would cause weight gain directly. At this point, I would get my hormone levels checked by both a detailed blood and urinalysis to see where you are. The best people to work with directly are naturopathic doctors. Be VERY clear that you want all the hormone tests run, not just the conventional numbers. This way you can really see which hormones are off so that targeted nutrition can be applied. In the meantime, I would start using a product called Macaharmony by Femmenessence. This is a highly concentrated maca which helps to balance hormones – raise those that are too low and lower those that are too high. It also helps to balance the mood, which is key during this time for you. I would stay on the DIM, but you may also consider adding a product called Pure Lean by Pure Encapsulations. It is a daily pack of a blend of vitamins, healthy fats, minerals and specific nutrients that help support weight loss. These should help in the meantime, and may even get you where you need to be, but the hormone tests will be able to pinpoint exactly where the hormones are out of whack. Please follow back up with me in a couple months… remember that nutrition is NOT a drug, and does take time to work. You can email me directly at

      • Reply Tricia May 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm

        Hi Lauren,

        Thank you sooo much for getting back to me. This has all been a very emotional experience for me and feeling like I have no control over what my body is doing has definitely put me in a state of major anxiety/depression. I called a few Naturopaths in my area and none of them accept insurance and most of them start at $900+ before they begin treatment of any kind. Right now that is way out of my price range. I just ordered the supplements you recommended and am going to try to stay positive while I give them time to work. I will write back in a few months to let you know how I make out. Summer is pretty much here and none of my clothes fit and the thought of a bathing suit is no fun. Thank you again for these recommendations…the supplements are cheaper then a Naturopath so keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks again!

  • Reply Tricia March 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I left a comment a few weeks back. I have tried all the products you’ve endorsed in this article. I expressed concerns/questions about a few. My comment was never responded to and now I see it was deleted. Wow!! Thanks so much.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Tricia, I don’t believe I ever got this comment or email you are referring to. I am happy to answer your question. Feel free to email me directly at Sorry for the confusion! Sometimes posts are marked as spam.

  • Reply Elizabeth May 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Lauren! Your supplement suggestions worked miracles for my skin! My acne was out of control post pill and dim completely cleared me. I took it twice a day for 10 months, but now suddenly my skin has been breaking out again ๐Ÿ™ admittedly my diet wasnt as clean as normal due to a stressful period that’s now over, but I’m eating well again and continue to take dim and I’m having trouble getting my skin on track. I started to supplement with Biosil and Hyauronic acid recently for my hair, do you think those supplements could be aggravating my skin? I also just started to take berberine hcl because I read it could be helpful for skin. Thanks again and any feedback is appreciated!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale May 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, it is unlikely that the other supplements caused your skin to break out, but I would make sure they are of high quality and do not have allergens like dairy, soy or wheat. I would start taking a supplement called Femmenessence MacaHarmony. I have found this to be one of the most effective ways to clear the skin since it helps to strengthen the body so it can balance hormones, and lower stress, which in turn clears the skin. It is a concentrated form of the adaptogenic root, maca. It also helps to improve libido, sleep and energy… so that’s always a happy bonus. A typical dose is 2 in the am, and 2 before 3 pm. Definitely keep the diet clean, avoiding sugars, white flours (gluten as well), and dairy. Those are the worst offenders.

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  • Reply Maia May 21, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Hi Lauren! Thanks so much for this page. I’m in a bit of a different situation, but this information is still useful to me.

    I’m 29 and have never been on the pill…ever. Words can’t convey how grateful I am for this!! Raised by a crunchy mama and became sexually active late enough that I was already aware that I didn’t want to put hormones in my body.

    However, just last week I had to take Plan B emergency contraception. The effects it has had have been similar to what these ladies have experienced. Extreme fatigue, acne, moodiness…a weird feeling of dissociation, not feeling myself…and this from one pill. ONE PILL!! Why are we encourage to poison ourselves like this at every turn?! I just want to yell “What the hell?!” to the entire pharmaceutical establishment.

    I have given up my moderate red wine consumption for the next month and have continued my 5-year gluten-free diet, as well as committed to becoming more Paleo…cutting out things like hash browns and GF toast. I got some Milk Thistle to help detox and support my liver, and got a very high-quality raw vitamin with folate and B6. After following this regimen for one day, the fatigue is already showing slight signs of lifting.

    Best of luck to all you ladies.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 2, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Awesome Maia – yes, those Plan B pills sure make themselves known! Stick with that regime, and definitely eat LOTS of cruciferous veggies daily. These contain DIM, a compound that helps to convert harmful estrogens in the body.

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  • Reply Maria May 27, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Hi Lauren, I happened upon your website in my extensive research about how to get off the birth control pill with as few side effects as possible. I’m almost 35 now, and have been taking the pill since I was 18. I decided a couple of months ago to get off the pill for the second time – the first time, I experienced such horrible acne after 4 months that I panicked and got back on it, but it took a full year before my skin actually cleared up; I’ll note, however, that the first time, I lost significant weight – a plus for me! I did gain it back when I went back on the pill, though. I decided recently that using the pill was no longer in line with my values, and I saw my naturopathic doctor, who gave me supplements and a plan as I transitioned off the pill this time. 2 months in, I’ve seen a slight increase in acne but not like the last time. However, I have gained weight and cannot seem to take it off, no matter how much I watch my diet, eat healthfully and work out! How long did you gain weight before you started losing weight? Any suggestions for me on what I might do? I’m already eating a superfood-healthy diet, decreasing my stress levels and working out, but this weight doesn’t seem to want to budge and actually is going in the opposite direction. Thanks so much!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Maria, can you email me directly at with the exact supplement plan you are on? I can give you a better idea then.

  • Reply Victoria June 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Hi There,

    I read this article about a year ago and it was exactly what I was looking for. I was living a very healthy lifestyle (vegan, organic, regular exercise) and was about to embark on a 2 week cleanse in Bali. I figured to properly cleanse I should also get my body off the birth control pill (I’ve been on it for almost 10 years). I followed your advice and started adding the appropriate items to my diet to help my body begin to regulate my own hormones again. However within the first month I gained 10lbs, it was horrifying. If that wasn’t bad enough, in the following two months I gained 15 more!! I amped up my exercise and kept a close eye on my diet but the weight wouldn’t budge. I hate to sound so superficial but my self confidence plummeted, my partner of 4 years only recently confessed that it was the only time he questioned our relationship because I was constantly frustrated or upset (try crying hysterically before date night because my jeans were too tight). I did my best to hold out but after 6 months (and a blood test from the doctor that revealed nothing unusual about my hormones) I caved and got back on the pill. Immediately all 25lbs dropped off (within two months).

    I still want to get off the pill but obviously I’m terrified. Is there something I can do now, while I’m still on the pill to prepare my body for going off it and hopefully minimize the impact?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 4, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Victoria, what items did you add to the diet when you went off? Were you taking the supplements I had recommended, or just diet? The supplements are key for detoxifying the xeno estrogens while also supporting the natural production of the hormones. Since you were on the pill for so long, the body has to relearn how to make the hormones themselves. This can take time, and that is where the supplements come in. They give the hormones a jump start, and clear the synthetic ones that you were exposed to from the pill. We all think that the body should just bounce back once coming off the pill, but if you were not allowed to walk for 10 years, would you be able to just start walking right away? No, so just like that, the body needs guidance, the tools and time. The weight gain may be inevitable to some degree, but with the right attitude (this is KEY bc our stress levels are one of the top reasons we gain weight), and dedication you can get back to normal. For now, I would recommend taking the B vitamins, and the Maca supplement. You can also consider taking Pure Lean Pure Pack. This is an array of nutrients geared towards boosting metabolism. Finally, once you are off the pill, you can get your hormones rechecked after 3 months. You must ask for very detailed hormone tests, most likely a salivary, blood and urine, in order to tell where your hormones are. The basic tests that doctors do are not enough. If your MD doesn’t agree or is not on board, find a ND (naturopathic doctor) to work with you. Good Luck!

    • Reply Alicia Brown October 11, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Hi Victoria,

      After a horrendous last 6 months I’ve decided to cave and go back on Yasmin! I just wondered how quickly you noticed a difference? I’ve been on it for about 10 days and seen no improvement yet. I’m so desperate to lose weight! any help would be greatly appreciated xx

  • Reply Ashley June 5, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Would you recommend taking DIM while on birth control? Thank you!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 5, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Ashley, I would not. They don’t have conclusive evidence one way or the other about the interactions of DIM and BC, so to be on the safe side I would say no.

  • Reply marie June 6, 2015 at 5:02 am

    hello, I posted a question on here about a month ago, but i see that it was deleted somehow. I just want to say how helpful your guide is! also I love your website. I did have some questions though. I am 23 and quit the pill 5 months ago, and have only had one very light period since. I have gained about 6 pounds, had really bad mood swings the first 3 months, bad acne around my chin and mouth, and also on my upper back, shoulders and chest, and to top it all off I have been experienceing strange hair growth (thick black here on my lower legs, niple area, armpits and even my nose hairs-weird) where I have always had thin brown hair, plus I am asian so this is really strange for me. I got my hormones tested but everything came back normal, which just can’t be, after research I think I possibly have high levels of testosterone and I know that they can spike and not show up on tests sometimes. so what I am wondering is, even if my tests came back normal would it be safe for me to take the saw palmetto? Also I am an expat living in China right now and have managed to get the DIM, Fremmenessence and pure lean packs you suggested, but cannot ship any liquid, so I was wondering if the complex B supplement by pure incapsulations would be a sufficient substitute? Also I am very frustrated right now, because organic simply does not exist in China and was wondering if you had any suggestions? I buy my produce at the local outdoor markets, but the meat is what I am worried about, should I just avoid it all together? I suppose I can try to switch to fish. any advice would be great.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 8, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Marie, first off, yes. You can get “normal” hormone tests back but still have an issue. It totally depends on how thorough the tests where and how many markers they measured. Most general hormone panels only include a few of the big hormones, not many of the other hormones that do in fact influence mood, weight, periods, hair growth etc. So if you are interested and have access, consider doing more tests. These usually are salivary tests (measured around your period), 24 urinalysis, and blood. Once you get these back I am sure more will be revealed. But based on your symptoms, high testosterone seems likely. The saw palmetto would be fine for you to take. I would try that along with monitoring your diet and sticking with the supplements you mentioned.. that is the right track. And yes, a capsule B from Pure Encapsulations would be a good alternative to the liquid. As for organic, talk to the butcher and markets about the meat. I am not well versed in the practices in China, so I am not sure if hormones, antibiotic use is a problem there… it might not be. The main ones you are concerned about is hormone use in the animals. Wild fish (smaller fish that are not prone to mercury toxicity – you can find this list online), are also great sources of protein along with eggs. Hopefully this is some help to you!

  • Reply Hanna June 11, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Hi there! I’ve been on the pill for a year and a half and am just not comfortable with it. I’ve gone through increased anxiety and decreased sex drive, which is not all that much, but I don’t want it to do any more damage – I just want to be in touch with my body and I think birth control disrupts that goal. Also, I assume it’s easier to go off when you haven’t been on it for that long.
    Today is the third day I haven’t been taking it, and I don’t notice anything. Except that I want to be assured that I’m making the right decision.
    I have several questions. Is there a way to know when the synthetic hormones have flushed out of your system? It would be nice to know so I can be a little less strict with my diet.
    I’m going to Europe for three weeks in August. Do you think this will be a problem? I’m not going to eat any grains or dairy, but I may not have as much control over what I eat. It will have been two months off the pill by the time I go.
    Also, I stopped using my regular BB cream as it has the hormone inhibitors you warned us about. I want to try a brand like Philosophy or Stila – are these okay?
    I had low progesterone before going on the pill. How can I address this while going off?
    Finally, I saw fresh bee pollen granules at a Whole Foods near me. Could I use those in my smoothies to do my body good and help my liver detox?
    Thank you so much for all of this great information!! I will report back how my journey goes.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 11, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Hanna, Congrats on your decision! You have made the right decision for you, and that is what is important. In my opinion, it is always best to trust your intuition and allow your body to be who it is. There is no real way to “know” when you have flushed out the BC, but I would recommend sticking with a clean diet for at least 3 months. Of course if you are traveling, do your best but don’t miss out on a good time either. It’s great news that you are feeling good, some people dont experience any side effects at all, so I hope you fall into this category ๐Ÿ™‚ As for Philosophy and Stila, both brands do use chemicals, but refer to the You can put in products there and it will give you a rating of its cleanliness. The best place to shop is somewhere like Whole Foods. They offer a wide selection of clean skin care products. And for low progesterone, I would suggest taking the Femmenessence MacaHarmony. As long as you are not extremely deficient, this can help to jump start its production. The DIM Detox will also be very helpful because it helps to clear the synthetic hormones, detox the liver, and normalize progesterone and other hormone levels. As for bee pollen, yes, in combination with a raw honey, it can be a nourishing food to add into the diet. Good Luck!! And have a great trip!

      • Reply Hanna June 11, 2015 at 3:58 pm

        Thanks so much!! I will try the bee pollen and maybe even the hair & nails you recommend above. I really hope I fall into that category! It just makes me feel like I’m putting so much at stake here…. I have a great desire for it to go well! If you don’t mind, I have one or two more questions…
        Should I abstain from drinking in Europe for just one night? I’m 19 so being able to drink legally is super exciting, when I’m technically not of age here in the US yet.
        Also, have you heard of weaning off the pills? I’ve been seeing that lately – women cutting their pills to 3/4, 1/2, 1/4 and finally off. What do you think about that?
        And I can always come back and post about my journey on here. Thanks for all you do. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply Kate June 16, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Hi! I have been off the pill for about a week now and I know there are some pretty fun parties coming up this summer. I was wondering – if I got drunk a couple of times (not in excess), would it really affect me that much? Especially if it’s a couple months after being off. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 16, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Kate, I think you should be okay. Follow up to the event and thereafter with the DIM Detox which contains Milk Thistle. This is one of the best ways to cleanse the liver and make sure the alcohol is properly processed without hurting the body (too much ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Eliza June 18, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for the great post. While I’ve never been on the pill for birth control, I was using the NuvaRing for 6 years and decided to switch to the Paraguard IUD 2 months ago after continuing to experience mood swings, weight gain, and bloating. While my mood overall seems more stable, I do get random bouts of anxiety. I continue to feel bloated and have increased acne around my chin and jaw line along with some facial hair growth and weight gain despite regular exercise. I thought going off hormones would help with all of these, but does this still sound like a hormone imbalance? Would you still recommend the supplements in your plan from this article? Thanks so much!


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Eliza, yes it does sound like hormone imbalance, which is most likely a result of coming off the NuvaRing which contains 2 kinds of female hormones, estrogen and progestin. I would personally still follow the program in order to help balance hormones and clear your symptoms such as the acne, anxiety and weight gain. If you have had hair growth before, it is possible that you have PCOS. Have you ever been diagnosed or tested?

      • Reply Eliza June 19, 2015 at 6:54 pm

        Hi Lauren,

        Thanks for the quick reply. I haven’t been diagnosed or tested, but I’ll definitely bring it up with my doctor. Thanks for the extra information!

  • Reply Branae June 22, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Hi Lauren, I just read your article and it has really informed me about all the things that can and have happened to me from being on birth control pills. I first went on the pill when I was 16 to regulate my periods and try and help my acne. It was really bad and still to this day, I have acne on my face. About 2 years ago I went off of birth control because I wanted to start getting my body ready to have babies, as I was told it can take up to a years for the pill to fully leave your system. I didn’t get a period for 6 months and so I went to a walk in clinic because I was worried that there was something wrong and she said no it can take quite a while for your period to come back on its own. So I waited and waited and still nothing after a year and I wasn’t pregnant. I went to my regular doctor and he ran a bunch of blood tests and checked my uterus but it all came back fairly normal. I went in for an ultrasound and discovered all of a sudden I have PCOS. Great, I cried myself to sleep for probably two months. I went into a specialist and she told me to try and lose weight to see if that would help bring my periods back because when I went off the pill I gained about 30 pounds of weight and she thought my body might have been in shock. So after the six months came and went, I had had 1 period. The doctor still thinks I need to lose weight which I do agree I mean I am not at a healthy weight but I’m not obese. I have been workin on my weight and still nothing so she gave me three options, go on fertility pills, or go back on to birth control pills, one that will help my acne apparently but I still have it on my face and one that will only give me a period once every 3 months. I don’t want to be on the pill. I am very certain the pill is what caused this PCOS and all my weight gain. I live in a small community and don’t have a wide variety of options for all of these supplements that you are talking about or the money to spend on all of them. I understand that eating right and exercise are going to help but when you live with a boyfriend that doesn’t like to eat a whole lot of organic or healthy foods it’s pretty hard to eat right. Like I said above I don’t have a bunch of money to be have two different grocery list and have to make two different meals every night. I work two jobs and sometimes don’t even have time to eat or eat anything with some substantial nutrients. I’m just wondering if you have any suggestions for me that maybe doesn’t consist or taking 10 different supplements in a day?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Branae, I definitely understand and feel your pain in all of this. When your hormones are unbalanced it can be difficult on so many levels, especially emotionally. The problem that I am seeing though is your commitment. What level of commitment are you willing to make? Tackling health issues, especially with a diagnosed condition like PCOS is not easy and takes effort. This means being 100% dedicated to turning your health around. If you are willing, it is more than possible ๐Ÿ™‚ But that means eating healthy no matter what… no matter what your boyfriend, friends, or family say or eat. You have to be committed. And the good news is that you have the opportunity to influence those around you and to help them to make positive changes as well. Diet and what you are eating is essential. You have to stick to eating healthy foods, no fried/refined/processed or fast foods. PCOS is a condition that is greatly influenced by diet and blood sugar so in order to tackle this, especially acne, you need to change the diet. I would refer to the hormone balancing diet and my food blog resources. Exercise is also essential. Exercise has been proven to have positive influence on PCOS so my suggestion is to find a form of exercise you enjoy. Running, walking, hiking, dancing, swimming, yoga, team sports… there must be one that you enjoy! Finally, as for supplements, I have found them to be a key player. Luckily you can purchase them online so its okay if they are not available in your local area. My first suggestion is a supplement called Femmenessence MacaHarmony. This is a concentrated form of the adaptogenic root Maca. Maca is a root that supports the balance and regulation of a womanโ€™s own hormone production by stimulating the body systems themselves, not by adding anything additional. I have seen this product be extremely effective in improving mood, acne, sex drive, weight issues and energy. It is also far more effective, due to its high concentration and proprietary formulation, that generic maca powder, so I would definitely try that product. This can help balance the testosterone production and clear up the skin. Next, I would use a product called Pure Lean Pure Pack. It is a multi vitamin that also contains target nutrition that helps with blood sugar balance (key for pcos) and healthy weight loss. Pure Lean is a combination of targeting vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and agents that stimulate weight loss in a healthy manner. It focuses on the hormones that are intertwined with weight to help balance the system. It is also great for reducing cravings as well. Good Luck!!!

  • Reply Lauren June 25, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    I really appreciate your blog post about getting on birth control! I am 1.5 month off the pill after being on for about 12 years. I ordered 2 of the products you suggest in your post, the DIM & Femmenessence Macaharmony. Here’s my question, I currently take probiotics daily and a women’s multivitamin, will adding these two new supplements interfere or double up on what I’m already taking?


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 28, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Lauren. Congrats!! No not at all. They will not have any adverse interaction. Continue taking your multivitamin (although make sure its a high quality!!) and probiotics ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Elise July 20, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Hi Lauren

    A million thanks for such an informative post. I’ve recently gone off the Pill and have had no end of symptoms and reading your suggestions has really eased my mind and confirmed that I have made the right choice.

    I wanted to ask whether you’re able to recommend another high quality DIM supplement? I’m in Australia and Pure Encapsulations seem to be virtually impossible to find or have shipped here due to restrictions.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 31, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Elise, I am not too familiar with the DIM products in Australia, but feel free to email me some options that you have access to and I can give you a little guidance from there. Email me at I am so happy you have found your way… it will make such a difference for you. Quite empowering!

  • Reply Sara D July 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Lauren, I was contemplating going off birth control due to being on it for so many years and because I was so tired of getting unpredictable spotting (I was taking one of the pills where you only get your period every 3 months, except I was also skipping the sugar pills on the advice of my doctor due to period-related migraines, and although I’ve been doing this for a while, the spotting had gotten really bad these past few months and was making me afraid to wear anything white!). Anyway, I’m so glad I found your website because it gave me the courage and reassurance to make the decision to stop my b.c. 3 days ago. I already bought Macaharmony from a local store, and just ordered DIM Detox. My question is, how do you know how long you need to take these supplements for? I have a naturopath but it’s going to be some time before I can get in to see her. I was on the pill for 16 years, so I’m sure I have a lot of detoxing to do. I am mainly worried about debilitating cramps (the reason I first went on the pill) and my hormonal migraines (the reason I went on the 90 day pills). I’m also terrified of gaining weight now that I’ve gone off the pill, but I hope I can combat that with exercise and clean eating! Thanks so much for your wonderful website!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 31, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Hi Sara! Congrats on the big move!!! It is such an empowering place to be and the most positive aspect is that you are finally yourself… no matter what happens you know you are in control and your body is doing what it was designed to do. With that being said, each body is different, each person’s chemistry is different and therefore everyone has a slightly different experience. I wish I could just give a simple answer to all but the truth is I cannot. What I can say is that most people start seeing improvements within 3 months time. The thing to keep in mind is that the more dedicated you are to your health and the more supportive (and LOVING!!!) you are to yourself, the more quickly you will see improvements. The important thing to remember is this change does not happen overnight. This is not like taking a drug. You are allowing your body to REmember how to work like it used to so that can take time. Just like if you went back to school after 16 years, or tried to ski after 16 years, it may take a while to get the hang of it again. So dont give up, dont get too frustrated or depressed if some symptoms arise. Your body is simply finding its way again and it needs your mental dedication and support. The DIM and Maca are an excellent start, but if you are worried about cramps I would also add in the Eternal Jing and Adaptogen Energizer. These two supplements made a HUGE difference for me in terms of cramps. And as always, have a heating pad available and consider using the essential oil Clary Sage over the abdomen if cramps arise. Finally, in terms of migraines, there are two big things you can do. One, take a B vitamin and make sure you are eating plenty of magnesium-rich foods (or take a supplement if you cant eat enough). Many people who suffer from migraines are deficient in the B vitamins, specifically in B2, and the mineral magnesium. The second thing you can do is rule out any food allergies such as gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine and sugar. Oftentimes these are a root trigger for migraines. Reference my Food Eliminate Diet for navigating this. Final note is to stick with exercising, stress-reducing activities like mindful breathing, yoga, walking, meditation, and check in with your ND after 3 months. This should give you a good amount of time to get things in order. Good Luck!

      • Reply Sara D August 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

        Hi Lauren, thanks so much for responding to my post & my questions! My ND already has me on a B vitamin and magnesium, plus a super restricted diet due to Crohn’s and food intolerances, so I’m doing everything I can to combat headaches/migraines. I will look into adding the other supplements you mentioned as well for cramps, and funny enough, I just bought clary sage the other day because I heard it was good for cramps! At this point I’m just kind of curious to see what my first cycle is going to be like after having been on the pill for so many years, but I feel really positive about going off the pill and I’m glad I was able to come to a point on my own where it just felt right to stop. I did a lot of research online and have found your posts on this issue incredibly helpful, especially with all of the detailed supplement recommendations you offer, so thank you!

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 5, 2015 at 4:35 pm

          You are so very welcome!!! You have an excellent attitude which is half the battle! I have no doubt you will get through this well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Mary Lee August 2, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I have been off the pill for about 3 months and I started to take them again a 3 weeks ago and I have gained soo much weight these past 3 months that is is ridiculous! I have never ever weighed this much before and none of my clothes fit me now. I don’t feel comfortable going out anywhere or doing anything due to my body. When I say none of my clothes fit me, I mean literally all I can wear a big jumbo sweats and big tshirts. I have been working out hard core for the past 2 and half months and I thought I would have lost a substantial amount of weight, but I think going off the pill has made me gain all of this weight and I am not able to lose to any of it. Sometimes I just sit and cry because I don’t know what to do and wonder if I ever will be able to be my size again. I have even started eating healthier as well. Please please help me! What can I do to reverse all of this weight that I have gained? I have been working out and doing everything possible but I just keep gaining the weight. I would very much appreciate your help. ๐Ÿ™

    • Reply Mary Lee August 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      I started to take the pills again because I was feeling bloated and I figured the weight gain was due to me stopping the pills. I am getting really scared and worried because I have gained way too much weight.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale August 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Mary Lee… you are NOT alone. This is a common side effect of coming off of the pill. Your body is simply trying to find its rhythm again. It has not been in charge of making its own hormones for so long it takes awhile to get back on track. The key is to follow my guidelines including the DIM Detox, the MacaHarmony and I would also add in the Pure Lean Pack as well. Follow my Hormone Herb Diet as well and you will start to see things turn around. Just have faith that this is your body’s process and it will return to normal. The stress you are feeling is hindering the weight loss so do what you can to reduce the stress surrounding this situation whether that is yoga, therapy, covering the mirrors in your house and/or getting rid of the scale. Be gentle and kind to your body, accept its process and allow it to find its way back. The stress only causes the body to hold onto weight. You should see major improvements within the next couple months. If not, you may consider getting your hormone levels checked using blood and urine tests. Seek out a Naturopathic doctor since they will work with you using natural remedies, not simply birth control. Good Luck Mary Lee!

      • Reply Mary Lee August 5, 2015 at 12:50 am

        Thank you for your reply Lauren!

        Do you think going back on the pills will help normalize my weight or atleast stop the weight gain? How long does it take after starting the pill to notice some changes?

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 5, 2015 at 4:34 pm

          Hi Mary Lee, usually people see changes within 4 months time. Going back on birth control can either increase weight gain, or help with weight loss. People react differently so I cannot say one way or another. At this point it seems as though it would be best to keep moving forward (off the BC) since you have already been making progress, even if it doesn’t seem that way.

  • Reply Elizabeth August 3, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Lauren! I just received my Feminessence Maca that you recommend. My question is, should I continue taking DIM with it (been on that for about a year now) and can I also take Saw Palmetto as well? I haven’t taken Saw Palmetto before, it’s just a supplement I’m considering for my stubborn skin issues. DIM worked very well until recently, Berberine had similar effects too. Just trying what I can ๐Ÿ™‚ I eat low sugar, no dairy, and no processed foods. I’m hopeful that the Maca might help me with my hair, despite being off the pill nearly two years it just hasn’t grown back :/ I also take a good B supplement too. Thanks again for all your guidance!!!!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, you can take all of those supplements together. The Saw Palmetto can be helpful in reducing testosterone in some people, but I believe that the Maca is the most effective in treating acne. It sounds like you are on a really good track so the acne issue shouldn’t take long to clear. Just don’t forget to use non-toxic chemical-free skin care products too!

      • Reply Elizabeth August 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm

        That’s good to know! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot begin to tell you how much you have helped me. Before coming across your blog I felt hopeless in my post pill symptoms! Also, I used dragon hair and nails for a while, just two pills a day, and I absolutely noticed a reduction in shedding. I was actually skeptical about attributing my hair improvement to it because I take a lot of supplements, but every time I stop I shed a ton until I restart. Is there a more affordable option? I love it, but long term that one is a touch expensive.

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm

          Hi Elizabeth, I am so happy that you have seen improvements… it really is so uplifting and motivating!! I feel the same way about the Hair and Nails… you stop it and the hair sheds again, although I will say that after a period of time once the body has balanced and the nutrients have been restored, you should stop seeing this pattern. I would give it a few more months and then try coming off of it again. Or reducing the dosage. This product is also not JUST for hair and nails, it works at the root of the body system boosting health on numerous levels. Perhaps it can replace a different supplement you are taking.

          • Elizabeth August 6, 2015 at 11:49 pm

            I might go with a cheaper probiotic or primrose oil to offset the cost. I suppose it’s worth the money since I can confidently say it was making a difference!

          • Lauren The Holy Kale
            Lauren The Holy Kale August 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

            Absolutely. Although make sure the probiotic is effective. Many of the cheaper ones are ineffective and therefore not worth the money. If you look at the dosage needed for the cheaper ones you may have to take more which ends up equaling the cost of one of the more expensive probiotics.

  • Reply Anneke August 25, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Hi Lauren,

    Your tips are really a life saver, thanks so much!! I am getting of for birthcontrol this week, thanks to your guide I have the courage to give it a try. You mentioned it might be necessary to see an alternative practitioner, and since you went through this yourself, I was wondering what kind of practitioner you would recommend? I live in Europe and am having a hard time finding information/help here so your advice would be a big help!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 1, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      Hi Anneke, I would try it out yourself first and see how you do. Typically I suggest that you wait three months before working with a practitioner since it allows the body to balance out.

  • Reply Christina August 26, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Hi Lauren, what are your thoughts on progestin only birth control?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Christina, Much like the other forms of birth control the progestin only BC can cause side effects such irregular bleeding, dizziness, depression and weight gain. If possible, I would consider more natural methods as to avoid altering your hormones. Hopefully that can provide you some guidance in your decision ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply Christina July 6, 2016 at 9:40 pm

        Hi, what forms of natural birth control would you recommend? I have been contemplating for a long time getting off birth control but not want children so I would like to know more about non hormonal/natural bc methods. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale July 7, 2016 at 6:50 pm

          Hi Christina, I would suggest using condoms, the ones without spermicide. Spermicide contains potentially harmful chemicals that you do not want to expose your body to. In addition, you can track your cycles for level of fertility as well. Best of luck Christina!

  • Reply Lisa September 3, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Hi Lauren, I’ve been on the Femenessence for a month now, and one thing that has been a wonderful surprise is that I experienced NO cramps at all or discomfort when I had my period. I’ve never in my life had such an easy period without birth control. Primrose oil did help, but I still experienced very mild discomfort for the first day, but I was just amazed. I haven’t seen an improvement in my skin yet, but I’m hoping it will improve soon as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 3, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Awesome Lisa!!! That is so great to hear. As long as you are also adhering to the diet recommendations, I would wait it out. Let’s see how you are doing in another month or so. Yay!!!

  • Reply kelli September 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Lauren, I too am suffering after attempting to get off the pill. 32, been on the pill 15 years! It’s been 6 weeks and it feels like an emotional Rollercoaster of death. I am generally very active, I cannot make myself get up to do anything. I’m barely eating because I don’t have the energy to cook. Depression, anxiety, lethargy, no motivation for anything..oh, and acne! I have been doing acupuncture. I’m seriously considering getting back on the pill. Please help me. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 3, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Kelli, I feel you! The first thing to note… this is NORMAL. Do not feel like something is “wrong,” this is simply the journey. Your body needs time to find its way back. You have prevented it from doing what is was designed to do for 15 years, so it is no wonder it is reacting back. Just think about how hard a task, job, or activity would be after not doing it for that long. Have you tried the recommendations in the post?

      • Reply kelli September 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm

        So I just found this article today and am hoping to locate some DIM and the macaharmony. I’m normally really active and eat mostly clean and I just feel like I’m going to sh!t. I wasn’t sure which supplements you were suggesting in the blog for mood and fatigue..

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm

          A good B vitamin supplement like Max B ND along with the MacaHarmony would be my top choices. The DIM will help indirectly if you are coming off of birth control and need to detox a bit.

          • kelli September 21, 2015 at 3:37 pm

            Awesome.. I have been taking those, plus an adrenal support for a few weeks and actually feel pretty good.. fingers crossed for the next cycle!

  • Reply Nancy September 5, 2015 at 12:27 am

    I just found this article. Thank you for writing about your experience! I stopped birth control three weeks ago (I have taken it on and off in the past), and I have had a headache just about every day (it shows up at the end of the day), and I have not had a period yet. This has never happened when I have taken birth control in the past. And there is nothing more stressful about my days or anything like that.

    I am so frustrated! And I am worried that I have not yet had my period. This is the first time this has ever happened coming off birth control. Can that happen? Is this normal? I have been increasing my intake of magnesium-rich foods, and that has helped with the severity of the headaches – they were almost migraine-like at first, now they are more dull aches. I know it’s only been three weeks, and when I read about women who went through this for months, that makes me feel more frustrated! I can’t imagine having to pop a Tylenol every day for months just to be able to sleep through the headache. I am not sure where to start with getting my hormones back on track. I am 37 and have light endometriosis.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Nancy, beyond normal…. it can take months for the periods to return. Just realize that you have drastically changed the chemistry of your body and it will take time for it to regulate. Each person is different on how long that takes, but following my diet guide and the supplements I recommend with help tremendously. The body has forgotten how to make its hormones on its own, so be gentle, be kind and be patient. It needs time to get back to its “normal” self. As for the headaches, I would add in a B vitamin, like the Max B ND. Oftentimes B deficiency plays a role in headaches. Keep up the magnesium, but you also may consider a magnesium supplement as well. I like Magnesium Glycinate. Drink plenty of filtered water (half your weight in ounces a day), and stay away from trigger foods like processed foods, fried foods, fast foods and gluten.

  • Reply Stacy September 10, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for this article. As I decided to go off of the pill after many years, I found very little resources available online and yours was by far the most comprehensive and helpful. I followed your plan, weaned off of YAZ, and ultimately went to a ND to address my hormone imbalances with testing. She suggested many of the remedies you listed above and was impressed when I told her I was already taking the supplements! My hormone levels all came back really low, and for that reason she suggested to stop taking the DIM, as it could be doing more harm than good with my already low estrogen.

    After a month of going completely off the pill I was shocked when I got my period, and again 30 days thereafter! My weight gain has started to taper, but isn’t budging despite my work with a trainer and strict eating plan (sigh). Still going to stick with it but that for sure is the most frustrating part.

    Just wanted to say thanks for your article!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Stacy, so glad to hear that you got a head start on your hormone balance! It is amazing how much the herbs and diet help the body balance out, especially after coming off the pill. As for the weight, sometimes switching to a more ketogenic diet can get those last pounds to come off. If you email me directly we can talk more about it. Email me:

  • Reply Alesha September 17, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you so much for making this post. I just stopped taking my birth control about 5 weeks ago and am starting to feel the effects of stopping it. I was wondering if it is healthy to take that many supplements each day? Is it ok to take that many different supplements or will that cause problems?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Alesha, the supplements that I recommend are all high quality, and free of excipients. While each person’s chemistry is different, the combination of these supplements does not adversely affect one another, making them okay to take at the same time. As with anything, I always advise consulting with your MD before beginning them. The best way to take them is to spread them out throughout the daytime. If you are sensitive to supplements, you can work up to taking them all. If you have any further questions you can always email me at Best of luck!

  • Reply Lilian September 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Your article is very informative and inspiring. I took the pill for about 8 years. I stopped taking the pill more than a year ago. My period has come back but my estrogens are still ridiculously low. I lost 2/3 of my hair in the meantime and this has made me very depressed. I will try to follow some of your suggestions, especially when it comes to diet. Do you think that there is still hope for my hair? If I manage to balance my hormones, could I experience some regrowth?

    Thank you so much. I feel hopeless and sharing my experience/doubts with people who have been through something similar can be of great help.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 20, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Absolutely! I had hair loss for about 7 years and still managed to regrow after all that time. It is very possible. The diet is a great place to start but I would also add the Hair and Nails supplement and the Femmenessence Maca Harmony. I have seen those two products help tremendously in supporting the body system, leading to hair regrowth (and nail growth/strengthening). The good news is that they both help with energy and mood as well (great plus in my book). Try this out for about 6 weeks to 2 months and feel free to check back in. Best of Luck!

      • Reply Lilian September 20, 2015 at 5:51 pm

        Thank you, Lauren, for your reply! I will work hard on this. I am very grateful to you for having had the courage to share your story and offer advice, help, and support to people who are experiencing post-pill side effects. You know how powerful it can be to be told a word of hope! thanks! I will be happy to update you (and people who read this blog) about my progresses.

      • Reply Lilian September 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

        Dear Lauren,

        I wanted to ask you more about the diet. I am a case of low estrogens. Besides the items (like soy food, alcohol, non-organic meat, etc.) you have listed, is there anything else I should avoid or reduce drastically to improve estrogens that is not addressed in your list?

        I am placing all of my hopes in the program you’ve shared with us all. I would be very grateful for any guidance you can provide.
        Thank you so much.

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  • Reply Stacy Cvijanovic October 9, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I am so happy to find this post. I went off of birth control at the beginning of September and I have had a daily dull headache and 2 stiff necks. I read these are both very common side effects of hormone withdraw from coming off birth control. I also read they can last from 3-6 months which almost made me cry. Do you have any suggestions to help alleviate the headaches? I have quit drinking coffee, started drinking some organic healthy cycle tea and ordered macca root online. I will basically try anything at this point.

    Thanks! Stacy

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Stacy, if your only symptom is headaches and stiff necks, then I would suggest the following (this is a bit different than the normal supplement regime)… first off, the Women’s Nutrients by Pure Encapsulation. This is my favorite multi for woman that is extremely therapeutic and targets more than just the basics. It has a blend of B vitamins (B6 and B2 is very important for preventing headaches), magnesium (also key for alleviate headaches and for relaxing muscles that cause stiff necks), and it also has a couple herbs that relax the body and reduce stress. I would then take Petadolex. This is a product that contains butterbar which has shown profound results in cranial vessel support thus eliminating headaches and migraines. Stick to eliminating acidic foods like coffee, animal products, dairy and sugar. It is very important to stay super hydrated (coconut water is great!), and to eat/drink alkalizing foods (contain high levels of important minerals). This would include green veggies (green juice/smoothies), citrus (lemons/limes), apple cider vinegar, sea salt, fruits and whole grains. I would also implement stress reducing techniques like yoga, pranayama, meditation, and exercise. Try this along with your maca and tea for 6 weeks and check back in. Also consider making a journal of any trigger foods or other triggers like not sleeping, certain relationships with people, traffic etc. that might be causing them. Best of luck Stacy!

  • Reply Kate October 12, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    THIS article helped me transition off my BC…thank you for sharing. has been the best 2 month for me.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Great Kate!! I am so happy to hear that ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck to you.

  • Reply Queena October 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I’ve been on the pill since March 2015 and planning to get off the pill by the end of Oct 2015 realizing how unhealthy it is to my body and well being. With that said, in your case and many people in the comments have been on pills for years and years (5+) Will my symptoms be as just severe if I were to stop BC after 6 months of taking it?

    I am also newly vegan right now. Before BC, I had lots of acne but i believe that was due to poor diet and I also rarely had any cramps. My period was normal as well…

    What do you think about my situation here when I get off the pill?

    Would it be different? If so, I’d love to hear what you have to say and suggestions in terms of which MUST HAVE natural supplements to take in order to get my hormone balance back up again.. as I am a student and it is hard to afford anything on a student budget.

    Thank you so much for writing this article. It is a shame as I feel as the health care is evidently scamming and harming human lives.


    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 21, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Queena, if your period was normal and you did not have any symptoms before the pill, AND you do not have any symptoms now, then there is a good chance this should be a relatively easy transition for you. The vegan diet (when done correctly – lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats etc. NO processed “fake” meats and “vegan” foods) is a great place to be. I would suggest using the MacaHarmony in terms of supplements. This form of maca helps balance out the hormones naturally, supporting those that are too low, and those that are too high. It is best in terms of helping to ease off of BC, especially when you are not sure if you are going to have symptoms. It is also helpful in clearing skin, reducing stress and improving body function overall.

  • Reply Nikki October 19, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I was on brith control for about three months and decided to come off t it because I went into a spiraling depression. But that wasn’t the issue. The issue I’m having now is that right now I’m four months off the pill and before when I was just ghetto girl off of it I started to not love my boyfriend anymore and I got waves of anxiety and nervousness. Two months after it went away and now it’s back again.
    I get waves of anxiety and nerves and I don’t love my boyfriend like I used to. I feel like I kiss differently. I feel awkward and I don’t feel much towards hi anymore and it makes me so depressed because there’s no reason why I should feel this way because I’m in love with him.
    Birth control fined everything. How long will it take for my hormones to be back normally again?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 21, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Nikki! Thank you for sharing. I have responded to your email so be sure to check there ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Emma October 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    I was on BC for many many years and finally got off of it in May. I’ve experienced weight gain, acne, and hair loss. I also adopted a vegan diet and it has helped with my energy tremendously. About a month ago I read this article and purchased most of the items you suggested. I am feeling better but believe I have a ways to go. I was wondering how long you suggest being on these supplements.

    Thank you!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Emma, congrats on the big move!! Unfortunately every body is different so I cannot give you a direct answer. If you are eating right (which sounds like you are), following the supplement regime and taking steps to reduce stress, then you are on the right track. I would be patient though. Symptoms can improve over time, and not necessarily in the same time frames. As long as you are seeing some improvements then that means your body is responding and on its way back to balance. For some it takes a couple months, and for some as long as 1 years time (to see ALL symptoms resolve – many symptoms clear up way before that). So just be patient, you are moving in the right direction.

  • Reply Laura November 4, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Hi! I love this article, so thank you!
    I have been a recent suffer of Alopeica Areata…and pretty severe. I am currently doing steroid shots every 4 weeks and switched my diet, to basically what you have promoted. I want to get off birth control, seeing as I’ve been on them for 10 years! The trichologist switched my pills from low-estro to pure progest. I also got on antidepressant/anxiety pills to help with my stress levels, which all doctors believe is probably the main culprit of my hair loss. I on the other hand believe it was just the tipping point. Starting in January, I basically did a crash diet, to 13-1400 calories, working out (heavy lifting) for 1.5 to 2 hours a days on may be 5-6 hours of sleep…on top of stress! The hair loss and first bald spot appeared around May and then several more since. Most of my hair has fallen out since the beginning of September and still losing, but slow growth. I’ve ALWAYS had thick and beautiful hair so, yes, devastated. Anyways, with that said…what is your knowledge of mixing the hair and nail SUPP you suggested and it’s interaction with anti-anxiety/depression meds? Or what is your suggestion for AA?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 10, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Hi Laura, the good news is that there are many ways in which to address the root causes of your issues using natural remedies. The first place to begin is to start balancing your diet (no crash diets) and to start increasing your care for your body (more sleep!! 1 hour of working out). If you do not provide the basic nutrients that your body needs there is no way that it can make hair. In addition, reducing your calories causes a deficiency in key amino acids that your body uses to make serotonin and other neurotransmitters that make you feel CALM, HAPPY and not anxious. So the first place to begin is self-care. Try adding in stress-reducing activities like walking, swimming, dancing, yoga, meditation, essential oil, pranayama etc. Do NOT underestimate the power of your daily routine on your mental state of health. I would check out my hormone balancing diet and make sure you are eating enough proteins like eggs and wild salmon. These are great mood foods. Second, the hair and nails is a great supplement to target the hair, but I would also add in a basic multi vitamin. In your case, if you are struggling with weight management, try Pure Lean Pack. This is a multi that also has specific nutrients that stimulate metabolism and encourage a healthy weight. Finally, my favorite anti-stress remedy is Tao in a Bottle. This helps to calm the nerves, brain and anxiety without causing lethargy. You may also consider Bach Flower remedies which address emotional fears, and stressors. Simply choose the one that best matches your emotional state. I would DEFINITELY consult your doctor about adding in these nutrients and their interactions with the meds. If you are finding that the medications are not working for you, perhaps you can talk to your doctor about coming off of them and using natural remedies instead. Best of luck Laura. You can do this!! Your hair can come back but you have to nurture and nourish yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Alyx November 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    LOVE THIS! This is exactly what I’ve needed! A specific guide to getting my hormones back to normal function. I have been following a vegan diet trying to get my period back (after going off BC over a year ago) and these kind of guidelines are what I’ve been lacking!

    I was wondering what the verdict on hummus was and if it needed to be organic or not? Also, are canned organic legumes ok?

    Ok that’s the annoying questions I am going to leave for now haha!


    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 10, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      I am so glad that you found us! Chickpeas have moderate estrogenic activities so I would not be eating loads of hummus. Perhaps a serving a 3-4 times a week. The good news is that you can find a lot of other dips (like baba ghanoush and guacamole) that can be alternatives. Canned organic beans/legumes are fine, just make sure they state BPA-FREE on the can. Most cans contain a chemical liner called BPA which is known to cause hormone disruption. A great BPA-FREE brand is EDEN Foods.

  • Reply Katherine November 16, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Hi Lauren!

    I just came across your website recently and it’s great! Thank you for sharing your story and what worked so well for your hormones. I have a couple questions you might know the answer to. I’m 35, and got on Ortho Tri-cyclen almost 5 months ago for acne. Although the BC pill cleared my skin, 4 months later, I have started breaking out a little again, but in the last 4 months have had some serious fatigue, low blood sugar, insomnia, brain fog, anxiety, ravenous hunger at times, and hair shedding, and in the last month weight gain. So I’m getting off the pill in the next week and a half. I’m tired of these side effects!!! I also noticed last month during the placebo pill week, I felt I had more energy, almost normal blood sugar, my sleeping improved, and generally was in a much better mood. Yes it is time to come off the pill, and I recognize my body is trying to tell me something.

    Right now, I’m trying to figure out what I should be doing in preperation. I’m already taking lots of vitamins, adrenal herbs, fish oil, eat butter everyday, and am wondering if I should take additional B6?

    Since taking the fish oil, I have had zero PMS and very minor cramps while on the pill, but I had minor cramps before also. Also, my multi-vitamin is an organic food based pre-natal, that has 100mg of cruciferous vegetable seeds in it. Would I still need a DIM product do you think in addition to my Multi-vitamin? What else should I be doing?

    I want to avoid the return of the cystic acne I had this past summer. That was awful, and don’t want a repeat. Thank you for any suggestions you have!


    Katherine in Idaho

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Katherine, Congratulations on the big change! It is great to see that you are already having improvements. Since you have only been on BC for 5 months and are doing a great job of supplementing with vitamins and healthy fats, I would just take the MacaHarmony. This is the best for helping rebalance hormones and clearing up the skin. Keeping a clean diet is always going to be very important as well. Digestion is a key factor in clear skin equal to hormone balance. After coming off the pill I would take DIM Detox for about 3 months to make sure you are clearing the BC and supporting liver detox. This is also going to help clear any toxins in the body system that may be contributing to acne. Feel free to check in after 3 months ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck Katherine!

  • Reply Katie December 9, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story and advice with all of us. During stressful times, it’s so encouraging to read about solutions and your positive attitude is also very helpful. I took birth control pills for over 20 years with very few breaks and was doing fine until I started switching brands. I took Ortho-Tri Cyclen for several years and then switched to Yaz to help with the weight gain. I was then switched to Loestrin at 38 years old and began to loose hair like crazy! It was so frightening and unfortunately, none of the doctors took it very seriously. I was put back on Yaz because it is meant to be “hair-friendly”, but the shedding did not stop. I finally decided to stop taking birth control 2 years ago and consulted with a naturopathic doctor to prepare my body for going off the pill. I had such high hopes that the shedding would stop after a few months of going off the b.c., but sadly that did not happen.

    I am now 44 years old and have been dealing with hair shedding for 4 years. I have lost about 2/3 of my hair and have noticed a change in the texture and appearance of what I still have on my head. My entire life has changed…I feel like I’ve been walking around in a fog of depression ever since this started. I went so far as to postpone my wedding because of how insecure and sad I felt. I’ve tried everything possible to stop the shedding and have spent serious amounts of money on what I hoped would end this nightmare. My NDs have been amazing and have helped with many of the other symptoms I had going off the b.c., but the hair shedding remained a mystery.

    I came across your blog a few months ago and decided to try some of your suggestions. I’ve started taking DIM Detox & Gallbladder-ND and my docs added Adaptogen-R3 & B6 to my protocol to address adrenal problems. I also added 15mg of Zinc because I am vegetarian. I am pleased to note that about 4 days ago, I noticed a decrease in my shedding for the first time in several years. I almost thought I was dreaming. I am still very cautious and haven’t started celebrating yet, because I am terrified that this is just a blip and things will go back to the normal hell I’ve grown accustomed to. At this point, I am grateful for everything that is good in my life and hope my positive energy will keep the good things coming!

    I have a few reasons for writing to you today. First and foremost, thank you again for what you do. You could very easily charge for all this advice, but instead you chose to be helpful out of the goodness of your heart. Second, I hope that by telling my story, I will somehow help someone else and maybe make them feel hopeful and less alone. I know that I’ve scoured the internet looking for hope and ideas and that magic cure that will make it all normal again. Patience is key, although it’s very hard to be patient when you are faced with challenges. My last reason for writing is that I have a question for you. I was thinking of trying your “easy intestinal cleanse” but am worried that any change to my current protocol might set me back and start the shedding up again. In your opinion, is this a possibility? Or am I just being paranoid?

    Thank you for listening and sorry this ended up being such a long post!!! I am sending my best wishes to everyone going through similar struggles and hope we all find the answers we are seeking. xo

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale December 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      What a beautiful message! Thank you so much for sharing, you have NO idea how this message of encouragement is going to help others. You hit the nail on the head… PATIENCE. The body takes TIME to heal and that could means many months to years depending on its level of toxicity and damage. The point is that it is always capable of healing… that is what it was designed to do, so we must be relentless in finding what it needs for its healing.

      As for the hair, this is AMAZING! I too have experienced the same miracle of hair regrowth and know what a blessing it can be. I would wait for a couple months before getting on the cleanse. The reason I say this is because a cleanse pushes toxins out of the body which is a certain level of stress. The hair is extremely sensitive to stress so there is a possibility that it can hinder the hair regrowth process. Now this is a smaller chance, but considering where you are right now, it is best to be conservative. If you are experience intestinal issues, check out my post on natural ways to address digestive issues. Steps like using digestive enzymes and HCL can be very helpful, possible relieving any issues you are having.

      Let me know if that is of help to you, and once again thank you!

  • Reply Abby December 15, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you so much for this article, it’s been an incredibly helpful for getting off the pill after more than a decade! I have two questions. How long do you recommend taking the DIM and Maca? Would you recommend getting off either or both when trying to conceive? I want to be as careful as possible, and have read mixed opinions about this elsewhere, so would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks again, Abby

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale December 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Abby, you are so welcome! I am glad to hear it has helped. I would take both the Maca and the DIM for at least 3 months. Once you conceive I would suggest getting off both. DIM influences the hormones and has detox herbs so we wouldnt want to take those while pregnant. As for maca, it may be fine, but so far there are no conclusive studies that it is 100% safe. Also, you might want to start taking a really good prenatal vitamin as well. I would recommend Prenatal Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations. Best of luck Abby!

  • Reply Jessica December 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    You have a lot of great information! I’m trying to decide what I need to start with. I came off the pill 3 months ago and I have PCOS. My first pregnancy happened 4 years ago after we finally took fertility medicine. I was hoping that I could get pregnant for the second time naturally, without drugs. My issue, which I was diagnosed with at 14, was lack of periods, no ovulation, ovarian cysts. Like most people with this issue I was prescribed birth control. I eat low carb and exercise regularly. Since going off the pill I have NOT been able to lose weight and have slowly gained. While on the pill I lost up to 40lbs, which I was hoping would help my body function better by itself. The supplements you recommend are a little more expensive and I was wondering how long to take each of those and if there are just certain ones that I could start with? I want to get my periods on track (I have only had 1 natural period and I’m 26!), balance my hormones, and lose weight. I feel like I should tackle this issue before worrying about getting pregnant. I currently take Shaklee supplements which include: Multi-Vitamin, D3, B Complex, GLA Complex, occasional Zinc, and I also take Natural Vitality Calm plus Calcium which includes C, D3, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Boron. I know this is a lot and you aren’t a doctor, but what are your suggestions?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale December 23, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Hi Jessica, your intuition is right and I couldnt agree more about putting your focus on balancing the body before trying to get pregnant. If you are not having any issues beyond hormone-related matters, I would consider trying the MacaHarmony, the DIM Detox, and the Pure Lean Pure Pack (this also helps balance blood sugar). Give these a try for 2-3 months and see how you respond. PCOS and coming off of BC makes it a bit more tricky to pinpoint which supplements you need, so you might have to try and see how you do. Then adjust based on how your body responds. Following the Hormone Balancing Diet is also going to be important. Also, take a close look at my post about treating PCOS naturally, because it will have some other pointers that should help as well. Best of luck!

  • Reply Sophie December 21, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I’m so glad I found this. About two years ago I had to switch to a different birth control pill, and ever since then my hair has gradually been thinning. I’m only 21, but I lost about half of my hair already, and what’s left is nothing but a dry tangly mess. Doctors didn’t take me seriously and cared very little; sent me home with a bottle of Regaine that I refused to use. Despite them advising me not to do it, I stopped taking BC about a month ago. I feel like my hair is not shedding quite as quickly anymore, but it’s now greasy 24/7 which makes it even more obvious how little hair I have left. I’m very scared that I did irreversible damage to my hair because I’ve been on the pill for such a long time (5 years in total), and even my hair’s structure is completely changed compared to how it used to be. Do you think there is still hope for me?
    Thank you very much for this guide.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale December 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      There is hope!! The greasy hair is most likely due to high testosterone, which is quite normal after coming off of BC. Give the supplement regime and diet a try for at least 3 months. Make sure to use the Hair and Nails supplement as well as the DIM and MacaHarmony. Check in afterwards ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sophie January 5, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Sorry Lauren, for some reason I’m not able to respond to your comment directly. I hope you don’t mind me writing another one.
    My problem is that I can’t take any of the supplements you have posted right now. I currently live abroad and they won’t let me import any of them. I’ll have to wait for three more months before I can go home and pick them up unfortunately. Anyways, I’ve been doing my best to live healthily and the greasy hair is gone now. Nowadays I just feel incredibly tired all the time. I also wanted to ask you: You said in your blog post that about grew about 50% more hair after you stopped taking BC. Did you ever suffer from actual hair loss? If yes, did you have any particular patterns? Did your hair texture change? Personally I went from curly to arrow straight hair and I have no idea what happened. I’m just wondering because I’ve been diagnosed with androgenetic alopezia since my hair is falling out more towards the front and at the sides, and I’ve been told that there is nothing that can be done about it because it’s “genetic”. Getting off BC is my last hope really. If it’s not the pills I guess I’m screwed for life, haha.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 8, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Sophie, yes hair texture change is very normal. My hair did get more curly after coming off BC. My hair loss was mostly during BC, but some women experience hair loss afterwards. The frontal and side loss of hair is most likely from high testosterone. After you come off BC it might normalize on its own. If not, you can get your hormones tested to see where you are at. There are many natural ways to balance testosterone so don’t fret. This is something that you can improve upon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Michaela January 15, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    THANK YOU for providing such wonderful information! I live with my dad, so the only person that I have around to talk about stuff with is my grandma, and she is no believer in alternative therapies. ? I’ve been changing my diet around in the past month or two in attempt to improve my overall health and find the cause of my hair loss. I am nearly sixteen years old and was prescribed Ortho Novum 7/7/7 three years ago to regulate my periods. I read Sexy By Nature recently, but I thought it fell pretty short as far as woman advice went. I was vegan for nearly six years and have switched to a moreso Weston A. Price way of eating. I am also switching my synthetic thyroid medication over to Armour, so I think that alone will help. I suspect that my family is genetically prone to folic acid and Vitamin B deficiency (MTHFR?) due to basically everyone on my dad’s side being deficient in B Vitamins and family history of Spina Bifida, so I was surprised to learn about those. I will be sure to keep an eye on my folic acid levels.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      I am so glad that you have found us! Yes those sound like great changes! Remember that the thyroid needs protein and iodine to function properly. Making sure that you are eating enough high-quality protein (wild salmon, beans, nuts, organic buffalo/bison, organic eggs, plant-based protein powder) is going to be super important (especially for hair growth) and taking in adequate iodine (rich in seaweed) as well. The thyroid does play a role in hair growth, so it is good that you are working on that. Adding in coconut oil is also a great thyroid food ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are predisposed to having low Bs, you may consider taking a supplement to ensure that you are getting enough. I personally love Max B ND (HIGHLY absorbable form of B vitamins). Best of luck and feel free to check back in.

  • Reply Carlene January 25, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I just ran across your website today and it was an absolute blessing. Thank you for sharing all of this information. I have 4 children and am 44 years old so my child bearing days are behind me. I went on the pill 2 months ago after the symptoms of PMS and perimenopause were getting the best of me. The past 2 months have been the worst 2 months that I can remember since being pregnant. I don’t have to go through the whole laundry list of horrible side effects the birth control pill did to me in just 2 months. Last night after a serious bout of insomnia and my mind racing with irrational thoughts; all completely out of character for me, I realized it was the pill. My doctor reassured me this was normal and that I needed cognitive behavior therapy. I stopped taking the pill for three days now and I have ordered some of the supplements you shared that I feel will suit my needs to begin healing my body and putting me on the more natural path to menopause. I am grateful for encountering your site.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 26, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Carlene, congrats on listening to your body and your intuition! That is always the most powerful way to heal. Another supplement that might be helpful for you is similar to MacaHarmony, but more specifically for your situation. It is called, MacaLife. I think you will really like it! Feel free to check back in after 6 weeks or so. Best of luck!

  • Reply Heidi February 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I just wanted to mention that the supplement you used, Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs, has phyto Estrogens- Dong Quai which may defeat the natural estrogen production that is so important.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale February 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Heidi, thanks for bringing this up. I have not found the phytoestrogens in Hair in Nails to interfere with hormone balance after coming off BC, but if one is particularly sensitive or has had breast cancer, then it is good to be aware of it. So many foods and herbs have some levels of Phytoestrogens such as flax, sesame, oats, barley, lentils, chickpeas, yams, pomegranates and carrots, making it difficult to avoid these foods altogether. Overall I do not worry about these foods other than the foods that have the highest levels such as soy, unless your conditions warrants a more extreme focus on phytoestrogen elimination.

  • Reply Toni March 31, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Lauren! What an informative post!! Thank you!! Quick question… I came off BC in August of 2015 and have gained 22 pounds since… rapidly, with little-to-no change in my lifestyle habits. I’ve been working out harder and eating better to try and shed the pounds so that I can fit in my clothes again. :/ I am thinking of trying a combo of the supplements you’ve suggested above, but we’re also trying to conceive. Are these safe while trying to conceive, or pregnant? I will definitely run them by my doc as well, but was interested in your insight and/or experience — also didn’t want to buy everything if it was a definite no-go.

    My understanding is, if weight loss/re-balancing is my goal, then I should be interested in the following:

    DIM Detox
    Femmenessence Macaharmony
    Pure Encapsulations – PureLean Pure Pack
    Pure Encapsulations – PureLean Whey Vanilla Powder

    Thanks in advance for your help!!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Toni, that is absolutely correct in terms of the supplements to choose. These are going to be safe for you to take while trying to conceive, but once pregnant, you will want to switch from the pure lean pack to a prenatal, and the DIM detox and Macaharmony will have to be stopped. Unfortunately most all supplements other than basic vitamins, minerals and healthy fats are not recommended while pregnant due to the lack of knowledge on their effects. I would also try switching up your work out to HIIT workouts to focus on burning fat, and I would make sure to follow the hormone balancing diet. If this program is not helping you to lose weight within 2 months, email me directly at We can talk about a ketogenic diet that may be the best next step for you. Best of luck!

      • Reply Toni April 4, 2016 at 6:49 pm

        Thanks so much, Lauren!! All my supplements arrived today and I am so excited to get started! I follow a pretty clean / paleo diet, which seems to jive pretty closely with your hormone balancing diet — I’ll just clean up a bit more to follow everything correctly. I will definitely reach out in a few months if I don’t see any changes…

        One more question for you though… with the supplements? Do I use all of them concurrently? Or do I need to start with say, the DIM Detox, use that to completion and then begin the others? Thanks again for all your help and guidance!!


        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm

          Good Morning Toni! Congrats you are on your way! As for the supplements, you start them all at the same time. You can spread them out between the meals to make them easier to take. Best of luck and I look forward to hearing about your progress.

  • Reply Michelle April 13, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    So glad to come across a blogger that responds and a REAL relatable post about getting off the pill. Like some women on here, I’d been on the pill (Ortho Cyclin to be exact) for more than 12 years. For years, I sung its praises. On my final year of being on it, I started noticing some MAJOR changes. My hair went from naturally curly to straight in a matter of months. I also started spotting between periods and slowly got used to having a 2 week period, which had never happened before. Worst of all, I began getting cystic acne. Several doctors and several blood tests later, the only response I heard is: “There’s nothing wrong with you.” No thyroid issues, no diabetes, no ovarian cysts, and the worried look I had on my face when telling the doctors that I’d lost my beautiful curly hair became like a joke to them. The next year, I switched birth control pills about 3 times. I tried Yaz and Yasmin and another I cant remember. Although Yasmin cleared up my acne, I was still getting a 2 week long period. Then I made the huge mistake of trying Yasmin and I had bloating with symptoms of IBS along with the return of my cystic acne.
    I finally decided to detox my body from birth control. My doctor agreed and recommended 6 months off. I, naturally, read every top article of what to expect and prepared myself for their symptoms. I swear I don’t know where those articles got their information because I would KILL for their getting-off-the-pill symptoms of weight loss, great mood, better sex drive, etc. I’ve been off for 3 months and the acne is worse than I could have imagined. I have it all over my face, all down my back and butt, on my chest, and even under my boobs. That’s after 2 types of antibiotics to clear up my acne and too many expensive trips to my dermatologist. I weighed in at 177 today, which means I’ve gained more than 20 pounds in the 3 months I’ve been off. And nope, I don’t have a better sex drive when I’m feeling like a walrus envious of how little acne teenagers have compared to me! All this I could handle graciously if it wasn’t for the TERRIBLE off-the-wall anxiety and depression. I’m about to loose the man of my dreams from all this drama and I’m falling behind in pilot school because, well, you should not be flying a plane if you’re crying and about to have an anxiety attack for no darn reason. For these reasons, I’ve decided to start on birth control again after only a 3 month detox. The only reason I’m hesitating is because my period comes when it’s supposed to and lasts as long as it’s supposed to– no more 2 week periods.
    My questions are:
    What could have caused my problems in the first place? Have you heard of something like this before? (Hair changes, bleeding while on the pill, cystic acne)
    Can I expect to loose the weight once I get back on birth control? How long will it take for my emotions to get back to normal?
    Most importantly: What birth control would you recommend?
    I understand this wouldn’t be official medical advice, but I swear this is the only forum I’ve ever posted on because I finally saw someone tell the terrible truths of getting off the pill. I’m in desperate need of advice from someone who won’t brush off my problems and call me crazy! Thank you for listening and responding to us women!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 30, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      HI Michelle, what you have experienced is NOT abnormal. If you read through this forum you will see that countless other woman have suffered from similar issues. The root problem is most likely a complex web of hormone imbalance, overall body toxicity (congested liver, colon), and vitamin/mineral deficiency. The problem is that the majority of docs are not looking for the parameters by which these symptoms occur. You can technically be “normal” and have no abnormal hormone levels but that just means that you do not have a diagnosable disease or a glaring problem. Most people see symptoms arise even when they are in the “normal” ranges. I know bc that was me. When the body because really out of balance, and the detox organs bc too taxed because of toxins, they cannot work properly. That is when you see issues like the ones you are experiencing. My best suggestion would be to find a Naturopathic Doctor of Functional Med doctor to work with. These symptoms should really be addressed and not covered up with BC, although I completely understand why you have chosen to go back on. The goals would be to work with a ND on cleansing out the body system, using a series of cleanses similar to this Intestinal Cleanse and Kidney Cleanse, and utilizing the right herbs and vitamin/mineral supplements to restore nourishment to the body, and thus balance to the hormonal and neurological systems.

      Just know that you are NOT the only one. This CAN be healed and I would suggest listening to your body and heeding its call to really dig deep into what is REALLY going on inside. You are still young and you still have your health. Use this time to address it before it turns into something else. If you want to send me your location, I can see if I have a recommendation of a practitioner for you.

      I hope this has offered you some help and guidance!

  • Reply Alissa April 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    So my biggest concern is acne. I went off birth control once before when I was 19 and broke out extremely badly that dermatologists themselves were at a loss. After 8 months of trying everything I could and trying not to cave into Acutene (which the doctors were really pushing for) I decided to just go back on the pill. Two years later I noticed my hair thinning and a lack of sex drive so I want to go off of it again with a more solid plan then I had last time (which mainly consistejd of me deciding one day to just throw out my birth control randomly). All the methods for acne seem really great but can add up and to be honest I couldn’t afford it for an extended period of time. How long do you recommend staying on all those vitamins and pills before it’s safe to go off them. On the regular I do take zinc, vitamin d, and a multivitamin and I wouldn’t go off of any of those so I wouldn’t be completely deprived by any means. Also, how soon do you start that regimen after going of the pill? If I remember correctly, after going off I had three glorious months of not one pimple and lots of energy before I experience essentially overnight cystic acne. Also, from your experience of stories you heard, is it possible years later my body will now react differently to going off the pill and may not experience just extreme side effects?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 30, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Alissa, it is hard to say what the root of your acne issue was prior to BC, as acne is a result of many imbalances in the body including not only hormone imbalance but also overall toxicity (chemicals, heavy metals, undigested food) and a poor diet. With that being said, there is a chance your acne situation could be different this time. The MOST important thing is to start with a super duper clean diet… that means no processed/fried foods, no fast foods, no junk foods, and a great elimination of sugar (desserts), alcohol and other acne-causing foods such as dairy, soy and gluten. If you stick to the hormone balancing diet – fresh fruits and vegetables, gluten-free grains, beans, healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, olives, olive oil, coconut etc.), fermented foods, fresh cleansing herbs (parsley, cilantro) and clean protein sources – organic eggs, wild salmon, organic buffalo and lamb, you should have a great baseline. I would start this diet ASAP, as it takes time for the body to adjust and to start using the good nutrition you are eating to clear out present toxins.

      In addition, I would take the DIM Detox, and the MacaHarmony supplements. Those are going to be the most helpful in terms of hormone balance and thus clear skin. Acne on the back, around the chin and mouth is a sign of testosterone imbalance which can happen once coming off BC, and a poor diet so keep that in mind.

      Finally, make sure you are using a non toxic skin care regime as well. Best of luck!

  • Reply Alexandra Keogh April 20, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Hello Lauren,

    I am loving this blog post! How long did it take for your hair to recover from stopping birth control? I stopped the BCP about 2 years ago and my hair is no longer shedding at the rate that it was when I first stopped but I’m not seeing it recover at all.

    Lexie :]

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 30, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Lexie, within the first 6 months or less it stopped falling out. At that time I was following the supplement program recommended here. By balancing the hormones, and taking the Hair and Nails supplement the hair stopped shedding. Over the course of a year + the hair started to grow back. If you are still not seeing results, you will have to figure out what the root issue is… is it hormone imbalance (do you still have other symptoms? irregular periods, bloating, PMS, mood issues, low libido etc.)? Is it from stress (this is a number ONE cause of poor hair growth)? Are you getting enough protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals? Is your body overall exhausted? Are you using toxic shampoo/conditioners? Are you heat styling your hair regularly or dying it too often? These are other things to consider.

      • Reply Alexandra Keogh May 9, 2016 at 10:02 pm

        Hey Lauren,

        I do have other symptoms like hormonal acne that keeps spreading. Before it was just on the chin and now it’s gone to the neck and upper arms. I have been gluten-free and refined sugar free for about 1.5 years now and am not seeing much different in my skin or in my hair. I do feel tired a lot despite sleeping 7-8 hours a night. When I had my hormones tested they couldn’t find anything wrong at all. I’m currently taking MSM, mineral drops, selenium, iron, zinc picolinate, vitamin a, fermented cod liver oil with butter gel, estroblock pro triple strength, evening primrose oil and omega-3 supplements. The shampoo I use is revita from DS laboratories as well as their conditioner and although it has all natural ingredients I’m finding that it dries out my hair. Recently, I have added Jamaican black castor oil to my hair treatments at night. I’m also noticing now that I’m getting cellulite all over my thighs despite eating well and exercising almost daily. This is just getting depressing after watching girls that are stick thin with great skin and hair eat donuts on the daily with no repercussions. I’m at a loss of what to do and starting to consider accutane for my skin.


  • Reply Tanya May 2, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Hello Lauren,
    Thank you for the article, I’ve been going crazy trying to find real information. I went off the pill almost 6 months ago and I’ve definitely experienced many of these symptoms. For me the one that’s been the most troubling has been the loss of my period. If I may ask, did you experience this? Is it common? I’ve only had one period since then and am wondering if this type of supplement therapy would help to restore it faster? Thank you for any insight you might have?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale May 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Tanya… this is quite normal, although you will want to try to get your period back as soon as possible. Considering it has been 6 months, I would consider taking a couple supplements to help restore a flow. I would suggest taking the MacaHarmony, the raw honey + pollen mixture, and Eternal Jing. Give it 2 cycles to see results. Best of luck!

  • Reply Margarita June 13, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Lauren!
    I’ve been on BC for about 5 years and finally decided to get off it. I’ve been off for 3 months and now I see all the side effect. I didn’t think that it was going to turn out that bad. My acne was only that bad in my puberty and I have hair loss that scares me. I also have an itchy scalp that I didn’t even connect with pills and your article gave me more understanding. I’m vegan, although that just my first year and I mostly eat healthy diet. I have not gained any weight, but I’ve been having troubles losing what I’ve wanted, even though I’m exercising quite hard.
    In your article you’ve mentioned a lot of different supplements, could you tell me the routine?
    I’m already taking b-12 supplements, but I guess I should take instead the b complex?
    I’m really confused how should I start and if you could give me an advise that would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Margarita, the article is broken down into sections, making recommendations for the symptoms that a person may be experiencing. Therefore, if you are experiencing acne, use the MacaHarmony. If you are experiencing hair loss, use the Hair and Nails supplement. I would continue with B12, but would expand that to a B vitamin that contains all the B vitamins, especially B6. Finally, the DIM Detox is my favorite way to address the detox of the pill. Therefore, I would use these specific supplements for your case. In addition, I would greatly increase your healthy fat intake. This may help with the itchy scalp. That would include coconut oil, flax oil, hemp oil, avocado and olive oil. I would also make sure you are taking and EPA/DHA supplement since these fats mainly come from fish sources. Hemp and Chia do have EPA, but not DHA. Finally, make sure you are using a natural and hydrating shampoo and conditioner, and avoiding heat treatments like blow drying and flat ironing the hair. Hair masks where you massage into the scalp should help too. If you try this for 2 months and dont see an improvement it could be Candida. Best of luck!

      • Reply Margarita June 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm

        Hello Lauren,
        Oh wow, thank you for such quick response.
        I have another question, is this ok for our body when we combine all those supplements at the same time.
        And, is there special schedule on how to consume them?
        Like I know that maca is better to have in the morning or in early afternoon, I also try to have b vitamins somewhere at lunch, since they can give you some energy too.

        Thank you so much for doing this research and sharing it with the world for everyone. I only wish I would know this information much earlier.

        Best wishes to you,

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm

          Hi Margarita, those specifics about maca and b vitamins are spot on. You will be fine separating the others with meals. And yes, they are find to take together, but as always talk to your MD about it. Each person is different so its important to make sure it works with your chemistry (esp. if you have any known conditions). Best of luck and I look forward to hearing about your progress.

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  • Reply Michelle August 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Lauren, am from Singapore. Am 39 years old. Very happy to read your article. Have been googling about side effects after coming off from bc. Will need your advise. I have been taking Yasmin for around 3-4 years for bc. Recently I made a decision to come off from it as my close friends all discouraged me from taking, saying that side effects will come in a long run. Moreover am not young anymore. After coming off from Yasmin, I did not see any impact until the 3rd month. I started to have a few bumps on my left cheek. My face becomes more oily after I got up from bed. Recently more pimples grow on my lower left cheek; the jawline and some on my right now. I always have clear skin and no breakout even as a teenager. The only thing has changed was me coming off from Yasmin. Am devastated and depressed with my look now. I went to the dermatologist, he agreed that this is caused by stopping of Yasmin as my body is adjusting the hormone level. The cream he gave me was skinoren, Obagi exforderm and clindoxyl. After applying, more pimples surfaced. Nothing seems to work. From your blog, I read that you recommended supplements. Will need your advise on which one I should take. Thanks very much!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Michelle – yes this is quite common when the hormones are out of balance. In my experience, I would recommend Macaharmony. I am not sure that you can get that in Singapore, but perhaps you can find an equivalent. Maca helps to naturally balance hormones and I have seen it be really effective with clearing the skin. I would also recommend the DIM Detox. DIM is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables that helps to clear excess estrogen. This is important when coming off the pill. In addition, it has other compounds like Milk thistle and calcium d glucarate that helps support liver detox. The liver is in charge of detoxing and helping to balance hormones, so making sure it is working properly is important. If you cannot get that product where you are, look for another DIM product, and you may also want to add the milk thistle as well. Finally, following my recommended hormone balancing diet will be very helpful. Best of luck and remember it takes time to balance. You were on it for 3-4 years, and the body cannot bounce back right away. Also, supplements are NOT drugs. They do not work as quickly. Give it about 2 months or so and see how you do.

  • Reply westtoeast September 18, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks for this great post (and overall awesome/helpful site)! I do have one question for you. I have experienced hair loss when I switched from BCP to Skyla, and I am hoping to avoid going back to BCP because I have gastrointestinal issues. I’d love to try a natural method for birth control and I want to try your advice for supplements to increase hair growth– especially the chinese herbs. However, I have read that many of these supplements can increase fertility, and I’m afraid that if I’m using a natural or barrier method along with these supplements that I am putting myself at risk for unintended pregnancy. Specifically, I’m worried about Dong Quai and Maca increasing fertility. What are your thoughts on this? Should a well executed natural method still prevent pregnancy, or are these supplements risky?

    Thanks so much for your response!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 19, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Hi! Thanks for writing in and that’s a great question. Yes, herbs like maca and dong quai can increase your changes of fertility. So does improving your diet, cutting out alcohol and caffeine, exercising and reaching your optimal weight. When the body is healthy, it is far more fertile. But in the same vein, when the body is healthy, your hair growth is strong. It is hard to localize one thing such as just hair growth, because all actions of the body are intimately tied. Therefore, if you are practicing the use of condoms properly, and using family planning methods like FAM to track cervical fluid, Basal Metabolic temp. and therefore ovulation, you should be fine. Hope that helps!

      • Reply westtoeast September 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm

        Thanks Lauren, that makes sense!

  • Reply Jennifer September 21, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Lauren! I’ve been off the pill for about 3 years now, and some of your supplement suggestions were a huge help. That said, I’ve figured out that ultimately for me to keep my skin in check without the pill I can’t have sugar–like, no fruit except berries now and then and maybe super dark chocolate–and also pretty much no processed carbs, so goodbye organic tortillas and bread. From what I’ve discovered about this is that it sounds like I have insulin resistance, which surprised me as I do not have PCOS and I’ve always been slim and have eaten pretty clean for a good six years now. It’s interesting because while supplements like DIM and berberine helped me for a while this has been the only thing that without fail clears my skin and I can immediately see the effects if I eat, say, an orange. It’s so frustrating. My question for you is, will I ever be able to eat fruit like watermelon and kiwi again? No junk is one thing but this is rough. Additionally, because I have to be SO crazy strict I am eating more meat than I would ideally as it’s hard to get full without it and not eating rice/white potatoes/bread/fruit/corn products. I also currently supplement with Magnesium and Zinc and Turmeric. Also, one of my closest friends has exactly the same problem as me, the sugar sensitivity that correlates with her acne. We constantly commiserate on how like 5 grapes will result in cystic acne. We can’t be alone in this, and frankly the only reason I was able to hone it down to those foods is because my friend was on the ketogenic diet for weight loss (i’m not endorsing it by any means) and was astonished by her skin clearing so I tried cutting carbs/sugar and had the same results even though I already didn’t eat junk food ever, or even gluten or dairy! It’s both empowering to know what the problem is and frustrating to know that I can’t have so many ‘healthy’ things I love.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Jennifer – thank you so much for sharing your journey. It is amazing that you found the connection, and yes, I would be just as motivated as you to figure out what the driving factor was so that you can enjoy fruits and healthy carbs again. I think a great place to start would be to get your blood glucose levels (insulin) levels checked with your doctor. That way you can confirm what you suspect is already happening. From there, there are supplements that can help balance out blood sugar levels such as chromium and Gymnema sylvestre. Glucose Support Formula is one such product that contains these ingredients. Furthermore, based on your findings with the test, you can rule out more serious issues or infections (parasite, bacteria or fungal). From there, you could also explore working with an acupuncturist to restore normal energy flow to the pancreas, and to reduce any stress that may be playing a role. Hope that gives you a good start from which to work!

  • Reply Jennifer September 22, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks so much, it does!

  • Reply Jennifer September 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    One more question: when I get the blood test, if I’m eating super low sugar and carb would it still show elevated levels even if insulin resistance is the issue? Should I eat differently for the test? And if it comes back normal…… How would you suggest I proceed? Maybe a naturopath? Thanks so much for your help Lauren!

  • Reply Frances September 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Just wanted to chime in with my experience in case anyone is feeling hopeless. It took me close to a year before my extreme symptoms subsided, which included painful weight gain and massive fluctuations in water retention, causing me to need to keep two sets of clothes in my closet for the same week. I went on the pill partly because of a hormonal imbalance (endometriosis), so that could be why my experience was so extreme. I found that nothing really helped except patience and rest. I’m a marathon runner, eat extremely clean and take the recommended supplements. Long runs seemed to make my symptoms worse (probably because it causes natural short-term dehydration and adrenal fatigue). You can grow and learn through this experience, but you might not be able to control it. Be kind to yourself, keep up with gentle exercise like walking, and rest when you are tired. And don’t go back on the pill, even if you experience short-term relief. You’ll just have to go through whatever you’re experiencing a second time.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 28, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing with us your story and experience. It is truly invaluable to helping those who are struggling with all the symptoms. As you experienced, change takes time but it can happen. We just need to stay determined, kind and faithful – our body can become healthy again and heal. Lots of love!

  • Reply Casey September 30, 2016 at 1:53 am

    hi- Is there a B6 vitamin supplement your recommend in tablet/capsule form? I find the liquid supplements hard to get down due to taste!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 30, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Absolutely. Try Doctors Best B6. This is the 5-HTP (5-hydroxy L-tryptophan) form, which is efficiently utilized by the body. Take on an empty stomach ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Ludovica October 4, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Hi, i found this post very useful.. i do actually havehad almost all of those symptoms. I’m italian and i don’t think i will find the same vitamin replacement brands as well as the other supplements. What do you think i should look for? Thank you so much. Ludovica.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 13, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      The main thing would be to look at the ingredients of the supplements you want to take, and then find that in a brand you can purchase in Italy. For example, DIM Detox would be DIM and Milk Thistle. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Clara October 15, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Hi there..reading these stories definitely helps me understand that I’m not alone in this. I’ve been on and off BC since I was 15. Latest one was Yaz. Could not for the life of me understand how, in 8 months, I’d put on 10 lbs and ended up with broken capillaries all over my face.. I’m no alcoholic, no rosacea Hx, and only 33 years old… I stopped taking it altogether on August 1st, after researching what could possibly help restore normalcy, I found other articles saying to take Femrebalance.. I think it’s an ok product, though someone noted it is high in liver enzymes :\
    Do you recommend this type of HRT supplement, or should I try this DIM you speak of? Since coming off the pill all was great for the first week! Bloat was gone, no acne, better mood… 2 weeks in, I was putting on almost a pound a day (may have also had something to do with trying the water gallon challenge) all in all, in 4 weeks I put on 7 more lbs, acne is there but minimal -but NO energy or sex drive whatsoever, lethargy, I sleep sporadically meaning barely 5 hours a night plus 2+ hours in the day (long naps)…
    What would you recommend I do? Stick with this Femrebalance or try this DIM and possibly the Gallbladder supplement?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 17, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Clara, I am so glad that you found us here! Yes, I think your intuition is on point. I would try the DIM Detox and the Gallbladder ND. This would be a great combination for you. If you have the MacaHarmony, I would stay on that as well. Give this at least 2 months if not 3. The body takes time to rebalance and remember, you were on birth control for more than 15 years! That is a long time, and just with any change, it takes time to adjust. Each body is different so I cannot tell you how long it will take for you, but remember to stick in there and that you are on the right path. For many it gets worse before it gets better. Stay positive. It will get better. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next week, but if you stick with the program, and keep on the hormone balancing diet and exercise, then you will see results. Best of luck Clara… you can do this!

      • Reply Clara November 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm

        I can’t thank you enough for your suggestions! I bought the DIM Detox, Gallbladder ND and the Macaharmony that day. Within 1 day of taking these, my period showed up -within 24 hours!! That Gallbladder stuff is amazing, no more IBS-like hasn’t failed me one single day so far (able to go daily)…. So far, I’ve gone down about 1 1/2 lbs, I’ve started trying some of the protein bars you recommended on your education page, I’ve substituted as much dairy as possible to coconut-based products, 72% or higher (non-alkalized) chocolate only! -and have begun switching out pasta and bread types and will not buy anything soy-based.
        That being said, I have just one more question:
        If right now, I’m on these three supplements and taking a prenatal vitamin (multi vitamin without biotin) -can I add or substitute the vitamin and try the Pure Lean Pack you spoke of?
        1) I’m wondering if I’m potentially overloading my system right now and should wait
        2) I’ve taken a biotin supplement in the past (granted 5000 mcg) -I know!!! I thought the higher the dose the faster the results… Eye-roll.
        Needless to say, I broke out horrendously from it and as a result, I’ve stayed away from adding any kind of biotin as a supplement all together.
        Do you think 1.5 mg of biotin in the Pure Lean Packs would still make me break out even though I’m now taking a gallbladder cleanser and drinking ~ 100 oz of H2O daily??
        What would you recommend? ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm

          Hi Clara,
          That is excellent news! I am so happy to hear that! As for the Pure Lean Pack, if you are not actively trying to get pregnant in the next 2-3 months, you can definitely switch. It does have all the same vitamins and minerals (plus way more to support metabolism), but some are in lesser dosages than might be needed for pregnancy (iron, folate etc.).

          As for the biotin, I think the biotin in the pure lean should be fine. It is not much at all. Let me know how it goes!

  • Reply Kim October 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I have been off bc for a year now, took low-dose pills for a year) and a since then have experienced a weight loss of about 8lbs. Can this be a hormone imbalance? I also notice that my hair is more frail and not growing as lushly as it was before the bc. I have mood swings and often feel “low”, which was never the case before I went on birth control. What would you suggest I take to regain balance? Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Kim October 20, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Oh, and additionally I have developed absolutely horrible and debilitating cramps the first two days of my period – which I never had prior to taking birth control! And thank you so much, love love the post.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 24, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Kim, it does seem like a possibility. I would try taking the MacaHarmony along with a high quality multivitamin that has full spectrum minerals and the B vitamins. In addition, adding essential fatty acids (EPA/DHA – omega 3) will be important. I personally love Women’s Pure Pack. It has all the vitamins and minerals you need along with a essential fatty acid supplement and targeted nutrients for the women’s body. It is one pack of vitamins per day. This combination should help balance the hormones and the body systems. In addition, make sure you are not heat styling your hair often, and switch to natural chemical-free shampoo and conditioner like Avalon Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. Try this for 2 months and see how you improve. Following the hormone balancing diet is also important ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Anonymous October 31, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Hiya, I have been on Yasmin for a few years now. I took a break for around 4/5 months before coming back on it again. I canโ€™t quite remember but, coming from never having a heavy period or any period pains, and I think it was when I was coming off it, I had the most crippling period pains and an incredibly heavy period. Before starting the pill I was very irregular, and at one stage didnโ€™t have my period for 6 months โ€“ but I think this was more a weight issue. I went on yasmin because I had bad skin, and also needed birth control so it seemed like a good idea. I am unsure as to whether my skin has gotten better due to the pill, or due to my having surpassed the teenage acne stage. I can say that I havenโ€™t had many noticeable problems while being on it, but I do get a lot more emotional, last year when I came off it I do remember feeling increasingly happier, but never associated it with the pill, more just that I had become more proactive and I felt better for it. A couple of months stupidly neglected to take a break for a series of 3 pill packets. I was full on hating myself and crying everyday. After that I realised that if in such a short period of time, the pill could affect my hormones so much, then even if itโ€™s not affecting me so dramatically, it still must be altering my moods on a daily basis. I am still on the pill, although making sure I take it as recommended, but have now come to know myself as a very emotional, and easily stressed out person. I do want to try coming off it to find out if I am actually myself, but am concerned about changing weight, bad skin and also am wondering what form of contraception to use. It may be superficial, but I at the moment I am happy with the way I look, and if this changes it could seriously affect my confidence, and as I donโ€™t know whether I am just very emotional anyway, because i have been on the pill throughout my teens, I donโ€™t know whether it is worth it. My boyfriend says I should try it, but if I am reasonably happy with the way things are working at the moment, and the ease of everything, I am wondering whether the change is necessary. I know youโ€™re not a doctor but sometimes thatโ€™s better for help, what would you recommend?

    I left this comment on which directed me here, and after reading both of your articles I have decided to give it a go. I am in the UK and wondering whether you could check out this link and see if this is equally fine to take? Your article is wonderful, and I find the comments section incredibly helpful. I am in my first couple of days of deciding to not continue Yasmin, as I have been feeling overly emotional, and want to find out whether it’s just me or the pill. I am however very worried about changing weight and acne, and all other side affects in coming off the pill, but I can’t be on it forever so may as well give it a go now.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 31, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Hi! thanks for writing in. I completely understand your indecision, but I will say that if you do decide to come off, be firm in your decision to go for it. Right now the BC is masking symptoms that if left unaddressed have the potential to progress. It will never be easier to come off than it is right now. You are young and healthy, and therefore your body has a better chance of restoring itself to health now more than ever. If you do decide to stay on it for a number of more years, it will just get harder as your hormones will be suppressed for a longer period of time. That is why I always encourage women to come off it as early as possible and to dedicate themselves to getting back on track. I cannot say whether or not you will have changes in your weight or skin because each women is different. Some see no changes at all. The do that do see changes, if proactive, can get them under control relatively quickly. In some cases this is in one month, in other a few months. But if you look at the big picture, a few months of not looking your ideal for a lifetime of health and good fertility, I think it is worth it.

      That DIM looks fine. I would take that along with a B vitamin (complex – all the Bs), and a Maca supplement like the MacaHarmony I suggest in the post. I would also focus on following the hormone balancing diet and exercising. These are two KEY ASPECTS that you cannot ignore. Finally, as for contraception, you can use condoms (no spermicides though). I would also recommend looking into the Fertility Awareness Method. This helps you to track your cycles in order to determine when you are fertile and when you are not. Most women are only truly fertile for around 5 days a month. A great book is Taking Charge of your Fertility. Hope this gives your motivation to take control of your health and feel free to check in to let us know how things proceed.

      • Reply Anonymous November 1, 2016 at 9:51 am

        Hi Lauren,
        After thinking about it, I know it’s definitely the right thing to do. Might be a bit inconvenient for a while but I really don’t want anything affecting fertility/ even more serious problems in the future. Thanks for your help, and I’ll be in touch with progress!

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm

          You are so welcome!

  • Reply Alison November 8, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you so much for your research and telling your personal story. I have been on the pill for almost 9 years (originally prescribed for PCOS) and have been trying to come off of it for the past 8 months. Not only have I been on it for 9 years but for the past 7 years I had been taking the pill continuously with no period week. I was also taking a high estrogen pill- Ortho-Cyclen. I initially tried to come off and at the first sign of symptoms mainly acne I went back on it. I am also extremely worried about hair loss coming off the pill. After reading your blog and working with a naturopath I was able to have the courage to stop. It has been 6 weeks since I took my pill and so far there have been ups and downs. I’m definitely dealing with more acne, a little bit of weight gain and some mood issues but I’m feeling a better since of overall wellbeing. Also, I am shocked but my hair seems like it is getting thicker, I know that it can take months for the effects for hair to show, but I am shedding less than half of what I used to on the pill. I’m hoping this will continue! When did you start to notice your hair re-growth?
    Also, I got my own period for the first time in 9 years last week – I never thought I would be excited about getting my period but it tells me I’m on the right path.
    Thank you so much, I’ve been coming back to your story a few times a week for motivation. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 9, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      What an amazing story Alison this is GREAT! All women vary with their responses, and it sounds like you are having a very positive one despite the acne. I would try the MacaHarmony for this. It is my favorite to help clear hormonal acne. In addition, make sure you are keeping your diet clean of white flour, sugar, fried foods, processed and fast foods. In some people, eliminating dairy is also really helpful for clearing up the skin. Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing. I know how amazing it feels to see your hair thicker! It def. can happen right when you come off!

  • Reply Sid November 26, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Hey, Lauren. I’m going to start off by saying that, the only reason I am posting is because there are replies.

    I found this article when googling results from other people who decided to drop BC because of the risks.
    Now, here’s my story. I had a miscarriage in February. After that horrifying experience, I went on BC a month later. My hormones were in shock, I believe.
    I have been on 5 different BC medications since, all with various side effects. (Irregular periods, achne – hormonal imbalance.) The BC I took for 3 months, before the one I am currently taking, was actually recalled! Funny thing is, my doctor had no idea why and I couldn’t find information as to why.
    I also take accutane for severe cystic achne. I love it, but it’s terrible for my liver, causes birth defects, hairloss, etc.. it has worked amazingly, but I have to take blood tests each month and fill out an online waiver saying I take BC in order to refill my perscription. But I seriously love what this has done for my face. I don’t feel the pain of achne. If I do, it’s done in 2 days and heals within a week.

    Personally, I have the shi**iest hair in my family. Like, my sisters have hairs like a goddess. Where as, I wear beanies so I don’t feel a chill on my scalp when the A/C whirs on. Ha!

    Listen, I just want to be the healthiest gal possible. My diet is clean, except I do binge.. but I swear, I eat like a rabbit most of the time. I don’t like bread anyways, either. I work out at the gym 3x a week.. I’ve got a great boyfriend. I take multivitamins, zinc, iron, etc. (But now I’ve realized that I probably should stop taking 4x 10,000mcgs. Of biotin daily after reading this article.)
    Everything is mainly peachy!

    Now, are you Lauren or a bot meant to sells these products?
    Just curious. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale December 2, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Good Morning, to answer your question, no I am not a bot, I am Lauren, the owner of The Holy Kale. I write all my own content and answer to the best of my abilities each and every one of the comments and questions.

      Now my question for you is what do you want? It seems pretty clear that your hormones are way out of balance, and there is a lot of work to do there. Birth control pills only mask underlying root issues, it does not cure them. In addition, accutane is a very powerful medication, that while it might make the acne disappear, this is temporary, not a final fix. As for the hair loss, hair is usually a great measure of the health of the body on the inside. When we are stressed, nutrient deprived, toxic or our hormones are out of balance, the hair growth and texture suffers. Therefore, in order to truly get that thick head of hair that you are looking for, it will take addressing the underlying issues of the health of the body. For most women, this includes working on hormone balance, getting off BC and meds, and optimizing the diet, in addition to lowering stress and switching from conventional hair products (contain harmful chemicals) and heat styling methods. If you feel as though this is something that you want to do, I would suggest following the protocol of this post. In your case, once you come of BC, it would be best to use the DIM Detox, MacaHarmony, and Pure Lean Pure Pack (for foundation vitamins, minerals). In addition, following the hormone balancing diet will also be key. I would use these supplements for 3 months and see where you are. You can then add in Hair and Nails, or use that from the start. Whichever the budget permits. Remember that using natural methods is NOT like drugs. It takes time for the body’s chemistry to change so be patient.

      I hope this answers your question and helps you get started!

  • Reply Carly Scuderi January 19, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    If you don’t want to take the supplements forever, how long do you suggest taking them and how do you recommend stopping to take them, will cold turkey cause issues? I want to take the DIM Detox, Gallbladder ND, and Max B-ND. I was on BC for 10 years and since stopping I have gained a lot of weight and the acne on my chin and back has come out of no where. I didn’t notice hair loss but sleeping has been very inconsistent. Thank you for the article by the way!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 24, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Carly, great question. I would take the supplements for a couple months after your symptoms have subsided. Although I think that most people can benefit from being on a multi vitamin (which would include the B vitamins from the Max B) long term. Therefore, once you are ready to come off the Gallbladder and the Max B, switch to a high quality multi vitamin such as womens pure pack. You will not have any side effects. Although, if you notice your symptoms coming back, that would indicate that you need to go back on. As for the DIM, I would just taper off from 2 caps daily to 1 cap daily, then off. I would do this over a 2 week period. As for the DIM, this is something that you can take daily as well long term. I take 1 a day to help support liver detox and to clear any intake of xenoestrogens that we all are exposed to (plastic Tupperware, plastic water bottles, canned food, non organic dairy, meat, farmed fish, non organic produce). Hope that helps!

  • Reply Cindy January 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm


    I was encouraged by your article and am currently trying some of the supplements.: DIM Detoc, Hair & Nails, Eternal Jing and Adaptions Energizer. I am 54 and my youngest child is about 18 so I have been on BC pills a very long time and I love them! Every time I try to get off I literally have horrible headaches and many other side effects – I give up and go back on. I had no idea you could be addicted to BC pills and I am taking the lowest dose. Anyway, I read your article and am eating better and have been on the pills for about 3 weeks. I plan to get healthier and then try to go off the BC pills again this summer. I am constipated (even watching what I’m eating) and can’t lose weight at all. I am not overweight but would like to lose 5-10 pounds to feel just right. Even eating healthy & light, I am bloated and not dropping weight even like I would just a month ago if I ate & exercised right. Do you think this is temporary or could one of these supplements be causing the problem?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Cindy, congratulations on taking the plunge! That is GREAT to hear and the first step in feeling the way you deserve. In terms of the constipation, it very well could be the intake of fiber. Now that you are eating healthier, I assume you are eating more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. These foods all are higher in fiber. While fiber helps prevent constipation, it also can cause it in the beginning since the body is learning how to process more bulk. It can take time to get accustomed, but in the meantime there are a couple things you can do. First, eliminate ALL DIET foods and drinks. I am not sure if you are eating those, but eliminate. That also goes for all artificial fake sugars (sucralose, splenda etc.). Eliminate any processed foods, diet frozen meals, fast foods, white sugar and white bread (bagels, crackers, cakes, etc). Next, increase your water intake to half your weight in ounces daily. You can learn more details about the amount here. Finally, I would add in a supplement called Triphala. This will help you fully eliminate daily, without the pain or urgency of a laxative. This is one of my favorite herbs and will help further detoxify the body while you are starting this new program. One other thing to consider is either acupuncture of Mayan Abdonminal Massage. These are two other great adjunct therapies that will not only support hormone balance but also proper digestion. Try this for 1 month and then feel free to check back in via email

  • Reply Cindy January 28, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you so much – I have never really done diet foods or drinks and I drink on average 64 ounces of water daily which is right for me. I had added Zinc and I think I might have had too much including the food I was eating so eliminating that has helped. As to the fiber issue I’m only adding a little more than I was already doing – backing off sugar and white flour is harder and I have decreased that substantially. So – I am slowly adding back the supplements and will try the Triphala if I again have problems. I did have a therapeutic massage and that was helpful also. Great site!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 30, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Okay great Cindy! Please keep me updated and keep up the good work!

  • Reply shell February 2, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks so much for all information above I found really beneficial.

    I recently came off the pill and have been experience bad skin. Is there another product you would recommended to use apart form eminence?
    Eminence is not sold in the country I live in and also cant be shipped from any online store.

    I was researching a product called Trilogy would this be a good alternative ?


    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale February 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Shell, Congrats on making the move. That is really exciting! I am not familiar with Trilogy, but put the product in to make sure it is a good chemical-free product. If so, go for it. In addition, I would use the MacaHarmony product. That is amazing for clearing up skin conditions relating to hormone imbalance. Best of luck!

  • Reply Marni February 6, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Hey, I came off the pill in 2014 for 3 months and experienced huge amounts of hair shedding. Not knowing what to do I went back on the pill. Again I went off it 2016 because I just kept getting sick and run down. But again I experienced hair shedding. After another 3 months I just got back on it to stop my hair from coming out. It has stopped almost but again I am sick on it. I want to go off it so bad but I can’t deal with the hair loss. Is there anything I can do to help with shedding reduce quicker if I stop again? I don’t have the time to continually have a really good diet like everything you wrote about. But is there supplements or something I can take to help recover after going off the pill. I did also see an acupuncturist, but didn’t have time to go back, is there anything I can ask him specifically to give me to help stop the hair loss

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale February 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Marni, I would try the Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs along with the MacaHarmony. These should be two products to get you started. If you don’t think that you have a very good diet, it would also be very important to take a high quality multi vitamin like O.N.E Nutrients. The basic nutrients found in healthy foods like the minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, proteins and healthy fats all are needed to produce healthy hair and to balance the hormones that prevent hair loss. I would not underestimate the importance of the diet, and would focus as much as possible on that. In addition, you must give your body time to re-balance. In many cases it takes months to get the body back on track even with the help of supplements and diet. Do not give up so easily. Just like it takes time to make a new habit, so does it take time for the body to heal and find its way back to producing its own hormones. In addition to the products, you should also avoid heat styling your hair (blow drying, curling etc.), dying your hair and the use of conventional shampoo and conditioner. Use a non-toxic, gentle shampoo and conditioner. If after 4 months your hair loss has not subsided even with the use of the supplements and tips above, you might consider getting your hormone levels checked by an ND or MD to ensure that your testosterone is not out of whack.

      • Reply Marni February 9, 2017 at 9:41 am

        Thanks so much for the help! You’ve given me more info then all the doctors I’ve seen! my diet in general is good its just mataining it. The entire time I was off the pill I just wore my hair in a bun, I would’ve stayed off it longer but my hair was so thin I couldn’t loose anymore. However when I’m not so busy I’m going to give it another go and take this all onboard thanks!!!

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale February 9, 2017 at 7:33 pm

          Great to hear!

      • Reply Marni February 9, 2017 at 9:45 am

        Also is it okay to use this supplements while I’m on the pill?

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale February 9, 2017 at 7:34 pm

          Yes, except for DIM Detox. It is not confirmed if DIM will interrupt efficacy so I would wait to take DIM until after you’ve come off.

  • Reply Danielle March 17, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Hi! I’m slowly but surely building up my vitamins/supplementa regimen. I stopped taking birth control a few months ago, and at first, my periods were still coming pretty regularly. Now, not so much (i’ve been PMSing for 2 weeks, but with no menstruation). Do you recommend any products for regularizing menstruation after coming off birth control? I’d also like to start taking B vitamins, but the liquid options you suggest freak me out a little! Do you suggest any pills that’ll get the same job done? Thanks!!!!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Danielle, what supplements are you currently taking? You can always start with the honey pollen blend since that is an easy food-based solution that helps many women get back their period. I would definitely follow the hormone balancing diet, and try to reduce stress. The DIM Detox is a great supplement to add in, along with the Macaharmony. The DIM helps to detoxify and support liver function, and the maca helps to balance out the hormones. As for the B vitamins, there is not really something to replace the Gallbladder ND (this is one of my favorite products though – just add to juice), but you can try this B6 Complex which would also be a good supplement choice. Good luck!

      • Reply Danielle March 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        I’ve been taking Dim, Maca, and 1-2 tbsp of the honey/pollen blend since December. In January, I started taking Dragon Herbs hair & nails, the probiotics you recommend, OmegaGenics EPA-DHA, and Triphala. & last month, I started on the PureLean Pack as my multivitamin. I’ve cut out all conventional dairy and meat, and have been eating (mostly) organic. My acne (although not totally gone) has improved a ton, I know hair growth takes time (not-so-patiently waiting!) and I *am* getting a period every month, so I’m not too worried.
        Your blog has helped me more than I could ever tell you. I feel like I’m finally starting to gain control over my body after 10 years of my symptoms being belittled by my doctors. I guess I’m trying to be as thorough as possible–I’m trying to do everything right. I’ve never really had trouble sleeping, obvious digestion problems (I eat, I go, it’s seemingly healthy), or bumps on the back of my arms, so I’m wondering if you think *everyone* who comes off birth control should take the Gallbladder ND? When I was taking Triphala, I didn’t see much of a difference.

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

          Hi Danielle, congrats on the amazing progress! That is great to hear and I am so happy that you found this useful in getting your life and health back on track. I do not think everyone needs the gallbladder ND, but everyone should take B6 to replenish the deficiency that so often goes hand in hand with BC use. Since you are on the pure lean pack, which has B6, and you do not have any other symptoms you should be fine without out. As for the triphala, that is going to be ideal for those who have digestive issues and those that are related to them (especially constipation).

  • Reply Morgan March 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks so much for your blog post, blog and all these comments/answers! I’ve been on this holistic journey since going to a chiropractor for the first time in July 2016. I’ve been working hard to get my adrenal gland fatigue, liver, and gut issues figured out with my chiro, ND, and nutritionist. I just did breath testing for SIBO and Fructose malabsorption issues. I also went off B.C. in January 2017, I have not had a period yet, I’m sure this is due to the BC transition and my diet (been doing whole30/paleo) and have lost 12 lbs since Jan 1.
    My current daily regimen of supplements are: APex Energetics Clearvite powder in AM, Mag citrate 3/day, Zinc 1/day, Vit D 1/day, Fish Oil 2/day, Apex Energetics Strengthia Probiotic 1/day. I’m open to adding things that will help, taking things out that aren’t necessary. I am type A though and need a “schedule” and I also sometimes get tired of taking pills. I’m taking Vit D because my blood work showed I was deficient. There is a family history of endometrosis/PCOS, I plan to have sex hormones tested in about 4 months. I have some symptoms, mainly have struggled with acne since I was 12ish, currently 27 y/o and still struggling with acne. I’ve transitioned to all natural house-hold products, body products, no plastic and toxic cookware, and slowly adding in essential oils. I’d love your suggestions on where to go from here. My main concerns are the acne, and possible high testo/androgens, and unbalanced sex hormones.

    Thank you!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Morgan, it sounds like you are on a great basic foundation plan for health. I would definitely suggest taking the MacaHarmony to help with the acne and hormone balance. This is one of my favorite ways to clear hormonal acne and to start supporting hormone balance. It also helps with energy, adrenal support and sleep which are pluses. Adding the DIM Detox might also be a good idea, but you might want to cross check with your ND since your clearvite has some detox ingredients and I would want to stay on course with their plan for you.

  • Reply MICHELLE March 23, 2017 at 10:59 am

    This is very helpful. I just got off birth control after using it for about 13 years. Most of these things I’ve heard but, no one has really broken if down the way you have. I was thrilled to see you have ร‰minence products listed in your recommendations for skincare as I am an Aestician that retails this in my store. I was however, very disappointed in your link to the products. The link goes to Amazon which is not considered a certified or trusted retailer for ร‰minence. Because they are not certified retailers you have no idea where these products have come from, if they are expired or not, if they have been stored properly or not and, if they are even true ร‰minence products at all. We have addressed this in our ร‰minence trainings and people have had problems with their clients getting bogus products from eBay and Amazon alike. ร‰minence is working towards getting these products off of these sites but, as it is all online it’s hard to locate and stop them legally. With these products being completely organic they are very time and temperature sensitive. So, if these have not been stored properly or are expired product there is no way to know if they are even as effective as they should be or if they’re rancid all together.
    That being said I loved this article and I would like to request that you put this link in the article instead.
    It takes you directly to the ร‰minence store locator so people can put in their zip code to find legitimate ร‰minence products by certified retailers.
    Again, thank you so much for posting this and I hope you consider this link instead of the link to the Amazon products that are not certified or guaranteed by ร‰minence Organic Skincare. This way people can support their local business and also have the confidence in a product that is guaranteed by the actual company that produces them.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 23, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Michelle, thank you so much for the kind words and the information about the products! I have been buying Eminence both online and in the stores locally, but depending on where I live (and that has been a lot of places!), I do not always have access to the products in store. Unfortunately, the products are not available everywhere and I have readers from all over the world making them only accessible online for some. That is why I keep the links. If people have access to the products in their town, all the better. I completely agree about the quality being guaranteed if purchased through a local retailer, but I have found that the products I purchased through amazon (when necessary) seemed to be of good quality. Of course I cannot be sure, and I would prefer to buy local, but if that is the only choice it seems better than not having the Eminence products at all. They are TOO WONDERFUL to live without! Thank you again for the information as it is such an important point about the products ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply Meagan O'Neill April 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Hey Lauren,

    This article is AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for all this helpful advice. I am 28 years old and have been on birth control since I was 12 because of SUPER heavy periods. The only time I went off was to have my daughter and lets just say I was a hot mess during my pregnancy. I looked like death, hair loss, acne everywhere, fatigued. I went back on immediately after her birth and have been back on it for 8 years now.

    I started coming off my birth control this week. I just feel like it runs my life and I hate it. I live a pretty organic lifestyle and so does my daughter and I just want to teach her how to take care of her mind body and soul in the most holistic and natural way. Just a question… I plan on taking the Femmenescence Maca Harmony and the DIM detox to start. How long do you recommend taking the DIM detox for? The Maca I could see using long term as its health benefits run stronger then just hormones. But is the DIM detox something I’ll have to take for life? Also the Hair and Nails product… if I were to take it for a year or two is it something that my body will adjust too and then when come off ill just have poor hair and nail quality again.

    My concern is that of the birth control… if you start taking all these supplements… can you ever come off of them without just getting the same issues all over again?

    Hope you can help,



    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Meagan, thanks for writing in and what journey you have been on! Congratulations on making the decision to come off, it sounds like it is time ๐Ÿ™‚ The duration of time on the DIM will depend. It works to detoxify bad estrogen in the body, while also greatly supporting liver detox and healing. The liver is the master detox organ and it is also in charge of making hormones… very important! In my opinion staying on DIM detox long term is a great idea. We are constantly exposed to bad estrogen (xenoestrogens) from non-organic dairy and meat products, plastic bottles and Tupperware, pesticides in food, soy, store receipts, canned food (unless it says BPA free) etc. It is everywhere… So the DIM is an insurance policy. This is super important since these xenoestrogens cause hormone imbalance and can lead to cancer. BUT, in terms of using DIM to help detox from the BC, it will depend on how your body responds. Since you have been on it so long I would suggest aiming for 6 months and see how you are after that.

      As for hair and nails, it works by supporting and rebuilding the body. Therefore, it is not a quick fix but a long term one since it works at a root problem. Therefore, if you do decide to come off, you shouldn’t see a return to your old state (unless your body was not fully healed or balanced before coming off). Hope that makes sense. Also, make sure to eat lots of healthy organic protein, follow the hormone balancing diet and implement stress-reducing techniques into your daily routine (yoga, meditation etc.). These are both important parts of getting your body back to health and your hair/nails healthy. Good luck!

  • Reply Destini April 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Lauren, thanks for sharing this great information! I was on the birth control pill for 12 years before I finally had the courage to get off. I found a nutritionist – similar to your case who had shared with me the process of getting off birth control and recommended bitter melon. I’ve been using it successfully for 4 years, now I am just recouping from the damages. But hopeful that I can be normal again!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Great news! It is so wonderful that you had the insight to work with a nutritionist to help with the transition. That is everything in recovering as soon as possible. So happy to know that you are on the track to getting back to normal ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sarah May 30, 2017 at 4:46 pm


    I want to get off the pill as I have been having many of the side effects you mentioned in your post, my doctor suggested getting the copper IUD but i am also worried about side effects.

    What is your alternative to birth control pills and IUD’s?

    Thank you!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale May 31, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Sarah, while not the most popular solution (esp. with the men) condoms (without spermicide) is the best option. You can also use it with family planning methods in order to avoid intercourse during your most fertile days (usually about 5 days a month).

  • Reply Madeline May 31, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I wish someone would say when they finally started losing weight from coming off of birth control. I’ve been gaining for 3.5 months. Taking all supplements listed in this article and many others. No matter how much I exercise, I stay the same weight (If i exercised a ton the day before) or gain a pound working out regularly.

    ANY success stories!?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Madeline, what type of diet are you following? The diet is so crucial to not only hormone balance but also weight loss. It is very important to make sure you are eating the right type of calories, and the right amount. A great way to track this is the app My Fitness Pal.

      If it isn’t the diet, and you are eating the right amount of calories for your goal weight, and exercise level, then I would consider getting your hormone levels tested (blood and urine is best). This way you can see where the imbalance is. It could be your thyroid, which in that case you may need a different approach then the one offered here.

  • Reply Chacha June 7, 2017 at 6:42 am

    This article is amazing! I was looking for a good article to send to a friend that might include all the recommendation I would give from my experience years ago….and it sure seems to be all here! Thank you for such an awesome complete article and amazing sources! I love premier research for my vitamin b and I love dragon herbs only thing missing from this list that I take everyday is a sweet set from raw revelations . If you are not familiar please let me know I would love to share my passion for that Company! I even wrote a blog post on my website ( )for them. Thank you again!! So much gratitude for your site! Super happy I discovered your site ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      So glad to hear! Yes I absolutely love those companies too – high quality and most important, effective. Haven’t heard of that company but I will look into it. Always interested in new techniques to help ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you again for your kind words!

  • Reply pol June 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    So glad I found this article! I’m determined to come off the pill-I take Yasmelinelle which is pretty ‘light’ as a pill. The thing is, my sister’s wedding is in a month from now so I am a bit afraid with all these things I read-I would like to avoid any side effect so that I can enjoy the wedding. On the other hand, I would like to come off the pill SO MUCH, it causes me digestive issues, anxiety, brain fog… What would you recommend? Would you say that a month is a short period of time for any major side effects to show?? Thanks a lot !

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      So glad you found this! I would say start on the MacaHarmony supplement, along with the Gallbladder ND or B6. This will start to prepare your body for coming off and may even help to improve some symptoms. If you didn’t have extreme symptoms pre-BC such as acne, I think you might be okay. But, you might want to take those supplements for the month leading up to the wedding, then come off BC just to be safe. Then once off, add in the DIM Detox supplement. Hope that helps!

  • Reply pol June 17, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you so much for your response! I am already taking some supplements, 1,5 month now: a multivitamin which is full of antioxidants, mainly vitamin A, C and E, zinc etc., magnesium, iron with thiamin, etc. Plus I started taking a b complex and zinc since about 10 days. I trust the companies I chose, so I was doing that in order to prepare myself to go off the pill. But you know, when time comes, you are a bit afraud cause you forget somehow how it is without the pill. Before that I had bad acne at my back, but I trully hope this will not return, at least not at the same same extent and not from month 1. I am really torn apart between continuing one more month on the pill, or just letting it go, but I hope everything will work fine no matter the decision.. How long would you recommend to go on with the supplements? I think I should probably stick with this program for about a year, but what do you say based on your experience? Thanks a lot!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      I would highly recommend using the DIM Detox and the Macaharmony to help balance the hormones when coming off the pill and to help prevent acne breakouts. These are key in the followup to coming off birth control in addition to the diet laid out. The more you can support the body the better the transition. It is great you are on those vitamins as they are a basic foundation but I think you will find the addition of the others will be essential to your progress. I would stay on these supplements for 3 months and then evaluate where you are.

  • Reply Hannah July 8, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Hi Lauren,
    I am 20 years old and began taking the combined pill at the start of October 2016 when I weighed 47 kg. I became incredibly depressed and anxious, and noticed a slight increase in weight (about 3-5 kg). Because of this, I switched to the mini-pill in November, however my weight continued to increase to about 55kg. I stopped taking oral birth control at the start of January 2017, hoping that my weight would decrease. From the start of January to the start of March, I experienced an enormous weight gain of 20kg, taking me up to 75kg. As you can imagine, this brought incredible pain and suffering to a young girl who used to weigh less than 50kg and who is extremely careful with their diet and exercises at least 5 times a week at a high intensity. I also experienced an enormous increase in breast size (from an A cup to a D cup) as well as night sweats and fatigue. Most of the weight gain is around my thighs and stomach. Since March, I have followed your hormone balancing diet and unfortunately, my weight has not budged. For the last 2 months, I have decreased my calorie intake from 1200 to 800-900 a day, and have still not lost any weight, despite heavy exercise and my Fitbit estimating a daily calorie burn of 2200-2500. Thankfully, after stopping birth control my anxiety and depression symptoms have decreased by magnitudes. What would you recommend I do? Should I increase my calories to maintenance to increase my metabolism and then decrease them again or should I try a ketogenic diet? It has been 6 months of hell for me and I’d do anything to get my old self back!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale July 8, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Good Morning Hannah, I am so sorry to hear about your situation. The good news is that it is directly hormone related so that means that you can get it back on track. What supplements have you been taking from the recommendations?

      • Reply Hannah July 9, 2017 at 6:48 am

        Thank you for your speedy reply Lauren! Unfortunately I have not yet brought myself to trying any of your recommendations as I have been seeing a naturopath and endocrinologist and have been trying various things with them. I have been taking a few liver detox supplements from my naturopath and my endocrinologist is happy with my hormonal levels – although they may be normal but not yet optimal as you have suggested. Other than that, I have been taking vitamin D, vitamin B complex, magnesium and probiotics. Is there something from your recommendations that you would think best suits my needs? I have been considering a maca supplement as well.

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale July 9, 2017 at 3:16 pm

          Hi Hannah, well the program I developed here is to help rebalance hormones and get them to their optimal levels. I don’t know what is in your liver detox supplement, but I highly recommend taking the DIM Detox, which has the DIM – a key compound for detoxifying estrogen from BC. In addition, the Macaharmony is very effective and one I always suggest people taking. If you are working with a Naturopath, I would suggest discussing these changes with them. It is always best to stick to one practitioner’s plan since they are built with certain goals in mind and changing/adding things might disrupt that. This plan that I have designed is meant to be the sole plan that one would use, but if your Naturopath would like to incorporate aspects then that could work too.

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale July 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm

          In addition, eating only 900 calories a day is far too little. This can cause the body to hold onto calories not burn them since you are starving the body. The MINIMUM that someone should eat in a day 1200. And yes, a ketogenic diet if followed strictly can be very effective for hormone balance, blood sugar balance and weight loss. But a keto diet should only be a short term solution since it can be hard on the kidneys and acidic to the body.

          • Hannah July 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

            Thank you Lauren, I will talk to my naturopath about incorporating those supplements into my current plan and hopefully we’ll see some better results. You are very right about 900 calories being way too little, I guess I got a little desperate for some change and thought that a decrease in intake was the only way to see this. I am quite worried as it seems as though my body is at a stand still. Despite my weight gain ending about 4 months ago, nothing I have done had been able to decrease it, even by the slightest amount. Is it possible that my high intensity exercising and low intake is negatively affecting my hormones and preventing me from losing weight? (It was found that I have very high cortisol levels – tests for Cushing’s syndrome were negative).
            Do you think that if I were to decrease the stress on my body by increasing my food intake and swapping my workouts for more walks/yoga etc. would help to decrease my weight?

          • Lauren The Holy Kale
            Lauren The Holy Kale July 10, 2017 at 2:32 pm

            There are cases where the body because over stressed and inflammed (marked by high cortisol) which can definitely keep the body from losing weight. Low calories and over exercising can do this. You should talk to your ND about it since they should be able to have a better grasp on it since you are working together. You can listen to this discussion which does talk about a similar topic:
            Working on lowering stress and inflammation in the body would be a good tactic.

  • Reply Bianca July 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Thank you again for your article and for taking the time to reply individually to every women! For my part, I am 22 years old and have been on the BC pill for over 3 years (since 2013). I have also had a radioactive treatment in 2011 to treat my hyperthyroid gland. After this treatment, my thyroid gland doesn’t produce the natural hormones and I take a prescription pill (levo-thyroxine) everyday to supply my body with the thyroid hormones. I have been experiencing important hair loss since going through these changes and my hair has not grown longer in 3 years, since taking the pill. It actually always feels like it’s thinning. ๐Ÿ™ I am considering getting off the BC to try to restore my body/hair health but I wonder how this will interact with the thyroid hormones I take daily. Do I still have to be careful with soy consumption and all products that influence the thyroid hormones (since my thyroid gland doesn’t actually produce those…)? I am really looking for advice and guidance through this! I also feel like I didn’t have all the information I wish I would have known when I went through with the radio-active treatment as well as when I started taking the BC pill. Thank you so much for reading this and I hope to hear from you soon!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale July 24, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Bianca, thank you so much for the kind words and sharing your journey. In your particular case, I would highly suggest finding a naturopahtic doctor to work with. You would be best served by having one-on-one consultations to develop a plan where you can support your transition off BC without compromising your thyroid health. In addition, NDs have the ability to help you restore thyroid health without meds, which seems like your overall goal. Unfortunately, I cannot give you too much advice simply because you need more direct attention and care to your situation. But the good news is that you are more than capable of balancing hormones naturally and coming off bc. You just need to find the right practitioner to help you through that transition. Best of luck!!

  • Reply Maxine July 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Hello Lauren. Thank you so much for your detailed write up – it was so thorough and a relief to find! I am 46 years old and just stopped taking ortho tri cyclen lo after about 25 years of use. I didn’t experience any obvious issues with the pill but my hair started thinning out about a year ago. About 1/3 of my hair has slowly shredded. My OBGYN didn’t encourage me to stop the pill but I decided I had to see if that was why and stopped the pill about 2 months ago! My cycle came back normally after 30 days. For hair, I started dragon herb hair and nails right away but that was all I added. I don’t see a change yet with my hair but I’m tempted to say there is a little less shedding – not positive though. I eat very healthy, exercise daily but…I feel slightly dizzy at times, a little foggy memory slow and tired at times. Because my period came back right away I didn’t think I needed any hormone supplements but maybe now I am questioning if I should. Can you tell me what is best to add to my current regime? I currently take Vitamin D, Probiotic, Omega Fish Oil, Magnesium and Dragon Herb Hair and Nails. I want to feel healthy again but I don’t feel this “rush of health” that some have commented on after stopping the pill 2 months ago. Thank you so much!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale July 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Maxine, the hair regrowth takes time and the first step is a decline in hair loss. So if you are seeing less hair loss, you are on the right track. It may take months for hair to actually regrow. I would follow the hormone balancing diet, stick on the supplements you are taking, and also add in the Gallbladder ND (or B6 supplement) in addition t