As much as I tried to fight and prevent it, the day came where the “dread shed” phase of post pill recovery decides to kick in in force.
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All the articles on diet and nutrition, health, wellbeing, stress and endless green smoothies were not enough to fight this mother of all evils and there is absolutely nothing I can do except wait it out…
I have taken a lesson from it and this time round, I understand it…. this time round I am trying to nurture it and allow it to run its course safe in the knowledge that once I get through this, it should recover and bounce back to its previous health. (I hope!)
Without further ado, here is the lesson I have taken from it:
The first time my hair decided it didn’t want to be on my head anymore I freaked out – I put it down to extreme stress (which was prevalent at the time) but I had no idea that it commenced 3 months after a brief break from my pill. I had no idea that a pill could cause such trauma, I mean I’d been on it for years, it was always the thing that regulated me and kept my skin clear… it was wonderful…
I think this was the first sign that my body gave me to tell me something was wrong and I needed to take better care of myself – I didn’t listen.
This time, 3 months post stopping yasmin, I am seeing the same pattern – At first I had my hair extensions taken out and the amount of hair that came off my was just frightening, I know its expected as it should be what you would normally lose each day that stays in the extensions, but this was on another level…. I think it was the tension that decided to kick-start the shed ten fold…. my hair was a mess!
Proceeding this very quickly, over the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve suddenly started to find hairs on my clothes and quite a large amount of shed in the shower, or when I comb through it during the day – I look like I’m malting in force and I’m desperately trying to cling onto it …. I can’t imagine what it will look like if it thins out further, but this time round, I THINK, it’s not AS bad as the first time….
After checking my blood work with the doctor for EVERYTHING and getting the all clear, I can safely take the lesson that the shed is due to my body simply doing what it needs to do to regulate itself and it’s not a permanent bump in the road.
I have learned that when you are on the pill, your body is flooded with synthetic estrogens, meaning there is no need to produce progesterone, which will in turn keep the balance.
I have also learned that when you stop the pill, your body comes out of “hibernation” and is forced to start producing and regulating hormones – but the endocrine system is foggy because its spent so much time asleep – I suppose it’s a bit like the brain fog experienced when you try to function after a slightly longer than expected nap. Its crabby with you, its cranky at itself because its being forced to work overdrive to regain that balance….
Not only this but the pill limits your body’s ability to absorb the vital nutrients we need from food, especially the B vitamins and magnesium we need to keep us functioning optimally… the way I interpret this is that our “reserve tank” of nutrients is already depleted, and is desperately trying to replenish that tank so that it can to its work and balance us out, but this is on top of already having to balance out the cranky hormones on an empty tank of reserves – bit of a catch 22.
This can result in :
Mood swings (CHECK!!!)
Hair loss (CHECK)
I suppose depending on how quickly your body can regulate itself will depend on how quickly these symptoms ease off… I’m sure there are also many other symptoms associated with this as well, but these have been the main 3 for me.
With the above in mind, I think its important for anyone considering coming off the pill, to start to change their diets and look after themselves optimally in advance of their last packet…
My humble advice would be to try to give yourself a foundation for an easier transition out of “hibernation” by massively increasing your good fats, cutting out refined sugars and carbs and eating more veggies than you know what to do with! I would also recommend you take a good vitamin supplement to replenish your reserve tank and continue to do this for the proceeding months as you transition – if your hormones are as sensitive as mine seem to be then believe me you will be grateful for it. You can have a look at my medicine cabinet here:
In addition to this, have a look at replacing all of the chemical laden products that might be lurking in your toiletry bag, with some kinder, less preserved products – this will help keep your endocrine system clear, as nasty things like parabens and SLS are all known disruptors (and you don’t need anymore disruption believe me)
I can’t imagine how much more bi-polar I might have been had I not gone into nutritional overdrive before hand 🙂
Lastly, the best advice I can give is stick with it girls…. it’s hard, and its up and its down, but its worth it in the long run – so I keep reminding myself of this everyday when I see half of my hair in the bath or I feel like I want to commit murder… (I’m not always cranky though I promise 🙂 )
I’d honestly love to hear your stories on this issue as its such an important and overlooked subject – has this happened to you?
Love and Light ❤ xx