Hormonal balance is
key to well functioning systems of the human body. One of the missions
Naturalmom.com is to educate women about the potential health risks to
themselves and their families of altering their hormones. We aim to
teach women and men natural methods of birth control using cervical
mucus and basal body temperature. The first section of this page will
highlight a few of the reasons we believe that people should avoid
synthetic hormones. The second section of this page will highlight the
very effective method of birth control that we advocate.
woman take invasive hormonal forms of birth control. When we see a
woman who is on birth control pills and gaining weight, not bleeding
monthly, and has recurring yeast infections, we show concern. The
health histories that come through the consultations that we do at
Optimal Health Network often reveal the same profile: A history of
diets high in carbohydrates, antibiotics and hormonal based birth
control drugs. Every day we are being bombarded and pulled by
advertising, convenience, and our high paced lifestyles to put
synthetic substances into our bodies. These substance may cause many of
our health problems today. Health problems that may not show up until
years later. Time and time again, we have found that when we help
people to take these substances out of their day to day lives, their
health and vitality improves.
use of such hormonal solutions to birth control, in our opinion, poses
far too great a health risk. By taking such hormonal based drugs, women
increase their risk of stroke, breast cancer, uterine cancer, immune
system problems, hormonal problems, nausea, fluid retention and fibroid
enlargement. There are studies that show that candidiasis or yeast
problems are doubled among birth control pill users. Birth control
pills appear to create a folic acid deficiency as well as pyridoxine
deficiency (Vitamin B6). A deficiency in B6 is associated with
depression. If the hormonal therapy stops your bleeding (as many do on
Depo-Provera) you decrease your body's avenues for removing toxins.
(Many health thinkers believe that women have a longer life span than
men because they remove toxins once a month through menstruation.)
control pills are not our only source of synthetic hormones. A woman's
hormonal system is so sensitive it can be damaged by the hormones in
dairy products. Dairy products have been linked to infertility,
endometriosis, menstrual cramps, heavy menstrual flow, tender breasts,
ovarian tumors and cysts, and vaginal infections. Common pesticides,
plastics, herbicides and industrial pollutants contain man-made
estrogen. Commercial beef, chicken, and pork are pumped full of
hormones in order
to increase profits. These man-made estrogens, or
“xenoestrogens,” and can increase both men
and women’s estrogen levels hundreds of times. Fifty years
ago, the average sperm count was 113 million per ml. Today that value
has decreased to 65 million.
birth control pills can range in price from $2,000-$4,000 for a 10 year
supply. It is not profitable for either doctors or pharmaceutical
companies to teach you about natural methods of birth control. Besides
the initial investment of learning how to interpret monthly bodily
changes, the cost of a basal thermometer, and a book or two, there is
little cost to a couple using natural birth control.
you know that a woman is only fertile a few days a month. Most people
don't. When you realize this, you can see how easy it can be to use
natural birth control and not use synthetic hormones. The method we
teach is called "natural" because it is based on recognizing the
natural changes in a woman's fertility cycle. These changes show up in
the cervical fluid and the basal body temperature.
fluid is produced by special cells inside the cervix and changes
character during the monthly cycle. There are about 100 gland like
crypts producing cervical fluid. In the beginning and the end of the
cycle when the hormone estrogen is low, the fluid is scant, sticky and
opaque. In the middle of the cycle when the hormone estrogen is higher,
the cervical fluid changes to slippery and egg white. During this
estrogen peak, you may even be able to take the cervical fluid between
your fingers and stretch it into an unbroken shimmering thread. This
day of "spinnbarkeit" fluid tends to be the most fertile day.
basal body temperature is the temperature of your body at complete
rest. You take your temperature each morning at the same time before
you have even moved. You use a special thermometer called a Basal
Thermometer. It is different from a regular thermometer because it
records just the degrees of 95-100 and has a mark for each 1/10th of a
degree. By taking and recording your daily basal body temperature, you
will create charts that show you exactly when you ovulate. Between
menstruation and ovulation, you will have relatively low temperatures.
Due to an increase in progesterone during ovulation, you temperatures
will rise about 6/10th of one degree. This rise can happen in a day or
it can stair-step up over a period of several days.
of us at Naturalmom.com have found educating ourselves on these two
natural changes in our bodies is a fun, inexpensive, empowering and
effective method of birth control. We would love to assist you in
learning these methods.
more information contact:
Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin at (608) 242-0200. OrE-mailto
schedule an appointment online, by phone or in person.
Herbal and Natural
information contained in these pages have been extracted from many
sources including scientific study, folk wisdom and traditional uses.
They are providied for educational purposes only. We do not intend to
prescribe, treat, or diognose any illness. Consult your Natural Health