Ep. 40: Why Estrogen and Birth Control Are Not The Solution (Women’s Hormonal Health Part 1)

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Why estrogen dominance is one of the primary drivers of reproductive issues for women
  • The cost of suppressing hormonal and reproductive symptoms with birth control
  • Whether symptoms like breast soreness, bloating, cramps, heaviness, mood swings, migraines, PCOS, fibroids, and endometriosis can be resolved by correcting underlying dysfunction
  • Why estrogen is not the “female hormone” and is instead better classified as a stress hormone
  • The healthiest form of birth control/contraception

3:13 – the influence of industry in the perception of estrogen and birth control

18:18 – the harmful effects of estrogen and birth control

24:29–the balance between estrogen and progesterone and considering estrogen dominance as a major driver of reproductive issues for women

29:10 – the cost of the conventional medical approach to female hormonal health and reproduction

53:47 – the healthiest alternatives to hormonal birth control/contraception and using menstrual cycles as indicators of health status

Links from this episode

  • Ep. 15: The Failures of Modern Medicine Part 1: Industry Influence and Historical Mishaps (podcast episode)
  • Carla Rothenberg's review of the history of estrogen therapy/medication (1)
  • Estrogen as a stress hormone (1, 2, 3)
  • Hormonal contraceptive (birth control pill) increases the risk of depression and suicide (1, 2)
  • Hormonal contraceptive (birth control pill) affects sexual preference and attraction (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • The United States has the highest first-day infant mortality rate out of all indistrialized countries (1)
  • Hormonal contraceptives (and synthetic progestins specifically) increase cancer risk (1, 2, 3)
  • Hormonal contraceptive (birth control pill) causes the loss of vitamins and minerals, including zinc, selenium, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E (1, 2, 3)
  • Hormonal contraceptive (birth control pill) increases the conversion from tryptophan to serotonin (1)
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