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THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) Vitamin D levels may drop after women stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives with estrogen, researchers report. The vitamin is involved in. But women who had stopped using those birth control methods had average vitamin D levels, the investigators found. “Our findings suggest that contraceptives containing estrogen tend to boost vitamin D levels, and those levels are likely to fall when women cease using contraception,” Harmon said.

Dietary sources of vitamin D include fatty fish and fortified milk. THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) Vitamin D levels may drop after women stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives with estrogen, researchers report.

The vitamin is involved in the immune system and in managing calcium in the blood, which influences bone health. The body produces it when exposed to sunlight. THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Vitamin D levels may drop after women stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives with estrogen, researchers report.

The vitamin is involved in the immune system and in managing calcium in the blood, which influences bone health. The body produces it when exposed to sunlight. Women risk having their vitamin D levels fall when they stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives containing estrogen, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Vitamin D is a hormone involved in the immune system and managing calcium levels in the blood. Washington, DC-Women risk having their vitamin D levels fall when they stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives containing estrogen, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) Vitamin D levels may drop after women stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives with estrogen, researchers report.

The vitamin is involved in the immune system and in managing calcium in the blood, which influences bone health. The body produces it when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D levels may drop when women stop using birth control by The Endocrine Society Women risk having their vitamin D levels fall when they stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives. Women risk having their vitamin D levels fall when they stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives containing estrogen, according to a.

When they stop taking the medication, however, they may want to check their vitamin D levels. Turns out the amount of vitamin D may drop in a woman’s body when she stops using hormonal.

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While some studies report BC risk reduction by vitamin D only in premenopausal, others propose that it only occurs in postmenopausal women.

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An increased incidence of breast cancer as well a worse prognosis have been noted in women who have low levels of vitamin D. Most studies are observational, and it is not known if increasing vitamin D levels will improve outcomes.

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Lower levels of vitamin D have been observed in older women with heart disease, hypertension, and those who develop Alzheimer’s disease compared to women of the same age without the disease.

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This, however, may also limit production of vitamin D and increase the risk of vitamin D deficiency in some women.

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Without adequate levels of vitamin D, a woman’s ovaries will not respond to estrogen even if circulating levels of the hormone are normal.

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Recent evidence has suggested that lower levels of vitamin D (<30 ng/mL of 25-hydroxyvitamin D) are associated with increased all-cause and cardiovascular morbidity.41 In postmenopausal women, increased vitamin D intake reduces the relative risk of developing cancer.

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Recent research has indicated an association between low vitamin D status and increased risk for uterine fibroids.

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supplementation with vitamin D in postmenopausal women has a protective effect; however, because of controversy over estrogen risk, many avoid this treatment.

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In a small trial of 13 women with PCOS and vitamin D deficiency, normal menstrual cycles resumed within 2 months in 7 of the 9 women who had irregular menstrual cycles after vitamin D repletion with calcium therapy.28 Two women even established pregnancies.

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For women, vitamin D deficiency may be associated with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as well as follicular development.

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  • You need to be really careful only using charting and temp for birth control. If there is any teenagers reading this DO NOT USE THIS AS BIRTH CONTROL!!! I got pregnant at the time of the month when I wasn’t supposed to be ovulating with my first.

  • My husband and I struggled with infertility and I researched the crap out of it. We went to a fertility center and didn’t get pregnant but then went to a nutritionist and got pregnant 3 months later. I would totally recommend the book “The Fifth Vital Sign” by Lisa Hendrickson Jack. Super awesome about going off the pill and fertility. Another great book is “How to conceive naturally after 30 and have a healthy pregnancy” by Christa Orecchio

  • If reduced Vitamin D during winter months is associated with flu epidemics why don’t we supplement Vitamin D during winter months instead of hand out a new flu vaccine every year?

  • Yay, good for you guys!!! I wish you both a big, healthy family…..�� You can also use essential oils to regulate hormones and boost fertility. Create a 10mL roller bottle blend with Clary Sage, Geranium, Rose, Neroli, & Ylang Ylang. You would apply the oil to your lower abdomen, inside your forearms, and the top of your spine into brain stem area. I peronally use (Whisper) pre-made blend to act as both my perfume and hormone balancer and it smells absolutely amazing….. It is a blend of Patchouli, Rose, Bergamot, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Vanilla Bean Extract, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Vetiver, Labdanum, Cocoa Bean & Ylang Ylang. You could also use the premade blend, (Clary Calm) blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot, Palmarosa.

    For period cramps and bloating, you can use the either the blends listed up above, Clary Calm blend or Clary Sage. I personally use Clary Sage and within 10 mins the cramps are gone and stay gone for remainder of cycle.

    Best wishes….������

  • So exciting! I used the ovulation predictive test with my 2nd daughter. It worked fantastically. I knew when exactly I got pregnant with my daughter and she will be 17 yrs old in October! We have 3 kids: 25, 16 & 13 and a almost 7 month old grandson! Best of luck!

  • My top tip to get pregnant is make sure you have those swimmers waiting before you ovulate! So get busy a couple of days before! Also, remember that all animal foods naturally have hormones in them that can mess up your hormones, and too much fat in your diet can do the same as well. So whole plant foods for the win! Good luck!

  • The best way to get pregnant is not to think about getting pregnant and just have fun.����once I stopped thinking about it bam pregnant. I’ve heard a lot of people say that too. It makes sense you’re putting stress on yourself when you don’t have to.��

  • Thanks for this amazing video. I got my Vitamin D levels tested recently and they were very deficient. Been taking Vitamin D supplements since, and will get another test done soon

  • Hi i am new here I suffer some depression and choric anxiety plus medical problems my primary doctor just told me I have low vitamin D3 definitely would that be same as Vitamin D or is a difference please let me know Thank you I do take vitamin D3

  • Without Vitamin K2 mk7 it’s not going to work.Vitamin K2 mk7 is our transporter,preventing calcium going to the arteries.We need both vitamins plus magnesium to make it work.
    When making videos about Vitamin D3 PLEASE NEVER FORGET TO MENTION VITAMIN K2 mk7.We don’t want blocked arteries.
    Folks please look into Vitamin K2 mk7.When taking 5000 iu or over from Vitamin D3 you’ll need 200mcg of Vitamin K2 mk7.Which is the highest dosage.

  • Ahhhhhhhh Wow, finally getting to read all of your comments and haven’t even finished them!!! BUT I APPRECIATE all the info and tips you ladies have shared! I may have applied a lot of these tips already hehehehe 😉 THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!! XOXOXO!!!!

  • I have hashimotos, along with lupus and 3 other auto-immune disorders…I gained 100lbs before I figured out it was my immune system attacking my thyroid, it’s been rough staying active everyday to get back to “ideal”. If I do feel good my body aches and/or my joints hurt… it’s been rough but your videos have given me hope and when I get in a depressed rut they help motivate me out of them. Thank you for that! I can’t take birth control because I have a clotting disorder and I’m on a blood thinner, but I like hearing all the cool things you’re learning that help you. Thanks ������

  • I absolutely love this! I just recently stopped taking birth control about a month and a half ago and have been so scared about getting pregnant, BUT I honestly feel so amazing, happier, higher sex drive, so much more energy.

  • I can’t wait to hear the news in due course. I’m looking forward to follow on your journey. Good luck, hope we hear the news soon ��

  • Hi Jen! Love your video. I am also trying and when you said you were 2 weeks late and had a heavy period, you may have had a ‘chemical pregnancy’ ie an early miscarriage. I’m sure u have read but these are v common, most women dont even know they were pregnant. It has happened to me. If you haven’t heard of it I can really recommend a book called ‘it starts with the egg’. It is written by a scientist (rebecca fett I think?!) who had some fertility issues herself and the book is her analysis of so many scientific papers, but written in a really clear and simple way. It is eye opening! I only got it a few weeks ago but will be implementing a lot of the supplement suggestions. You are taking a number of them but honestly it is worth reading. And also the book is for anyone trying, not just ppl with fertility issues. It is just so enlightening about all the changes an egg goes through to be ready for conception! Anyway even if you dont read itall the very best with your journey! Exciting times! Xx

  • I absolutely love your videos!! I could listen to you all day!! Wish I lived in NY and could have you be my Dr. Do you offer online consults for meds also?

  • Got off birth control year and a half and wasn’t pregnant. Im very regular on my period every 28 days did ovulation kit I ovulated every single 14th circle day. Got blood work done I was good got an HSG my tubes are clear no blockage husband got blood work done good he got a semen analysis done and he has low motility. He’s taking fertilityaid. Hoping this will help with the motility ��������

  • If I were you I’d start taking prenatals rite now since you are trying to have a baby and it’s planned out. Also after you DO THE DO lift your legs above your head and sit there for 3-5 min lmao I know it sounds funny but I got pregnant with both of my children by doing that��

  • Highly recommend the Clearblue Fertility Monitor as well with the corresponding test sticks! Super easy and accurate for achieving pregnancy or spacing pregnancies!:)

  • Highly recommended the book Period Repair Manual. It is a great source of period information not only if you are trying to Repair your period ��

  • I just took my last pill yesterday and am hopefully done with it forever!!! Im about to start charting my cycle for natural birth control (not the rhythm method). Up to 99.4% effective.
    I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the book Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten. She goes into detail about how the pill disrupts your system and how to fix it naturally. It could come in handy! Also the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler is incredible. It teaches the sympto-thermal method i will be using for natural birth control but is also just a great resource about how the female body actually works. You’ll learn how to recognize your fertility signs for more successful conception. Definitely check it out! It’s a gem and every woman needs it in her life.
    So excited for you and Nick. I wish you both nothing but the best!! ��

  • Hyperthyroidism and TED (thyroid eye dis-ease) here. ����‍♀️
    I’ve been off birth control pills for a few years now and also use a reusable menstrual cup. My body thanks me.
    Thanks for sharing ��

  • I’m 35, pregnant with my first, used the clear blue ovulation tests as well. We tried for 7 months but I never got a positive ovulation test and never got pregnant, the 8th month was the first time I had a positive ovulation test and I got pregnant!! Good luck in your journey! I’m so happy for you, have been watching you for a very long time. You are such a great person, so happy to see you happy and moving into this new chapter of life!

    Also I did a lot of research on the ovulation tests, I found it was best to take them in the afternoon. I believe when I got my positive it was around 1300.

  • I just got off mine about 6 months ago when I had pulmonary emboli’s (multiples in my lungs) and blood clot, which is all around crazy bc I’m younger and healthy and very active (listen to your body, ladies!) I was on it 10 years. I was also one that loved the pill and wasn’t affected by all the horror stories I have heard. I’m pissed I can’t take it ever again, but thankfully I caught the before it killed me. Estrogen isn’t to be messed around with guys! DO YOUR RESEARCH! 1 in 5 woman will experience what I went through, that is 20% of woman on estorgen BC?!!! I knew the warnings, but it wasn’t going to happen to me. LIES! Whaaaat? Ok enough, but super happy for you to get prego!:) Love everything you stand for! So refreshing

  • I would definitely add a prenatal vitamin and Folic acid to your regimen. Folic acid helps prevent tubal defects. Wishing you the best of luck and sending you all the baby dust!!

  • Soooo exciting that you have reached the stage of starting a family! Been waiting for this for a while and it’s been wonderful to follow you along for the past few years. Tracking your early morning temperature before getting out of bed is very helpful. Wishing you both all the best. Sending prayers your way. ☺️

  • I’ve been following you since 2015 and I’m just so happy for you. Thank you for an informative video. I’ve been off of birth control for 10 years now. My now hubby and I have been using NFP(Natural Family Planning). But try not to get it confused with the rhythm method because it is not a form of NFP. I’ve been working with an NFP specialist who’s been doing this for 30 years and she had to correct me on that. Learn something new everyday. What I really like about NFP is that there are options to choose from based on what works for you. What I also like is that I got and still get to know my body on a deeper level. When I’m ovulating and when things aren’t looking right based on my periods through charting. It is also great for those wanting to achieve pregnancy and/avoid. We’ve been avoiding for years now due to my health issues but I know many others personally, who’ve achieved while using NFP. This is just my experience. I know everyone else’s is different. Again, so happy for you girl!! ����

  • I know this problem… When I was 14 y.o. they told me thaat i have an epilepsy. I think that my life is end. I have depression because i was scared than i have a attack. It was terrible! Now? I love my body! I don’t think that is the disease.

  • Vitex saved me when I got off the pill. So happy for you and can’t wait to eventually see pregnancy videos, I just had a baby boy 2.5 months ago ❤️

  • Birth control pills do raise your chances of breast cancer 20-30%. I just went through mastectomy and reconstruction myself. Please be careful ladies.

  • Thank you so much for making this video! I recently talked with my doctor about going off of BC, but was so afraid of the side effects! This helped so much.

  • This was super helpful! I have been debating going back and forth for the past year about getting off birth control or staying on it. My husband and I are not ready to start a family either so thank you for all the information! Ive already ordered that book and I am so excited to learn more about this! XO, Hannah Jayne

  • Aww �� so happy for you to be a mommy. I have been following you for a long time, feel like Family �� This video was super helpful for me dealing with acne ��. I just had a hysterectomy but I still have my ovaries. I take some vitamins but definitely going to check out these other ones you mentioned. Love ❤️ you girl and I will be praying ���� you guys get pregnant �� soon

  • Have you looked into potentially purchasing a daysy device? Ovulation Tests aren’t always the best way to tell if you actually hit your fertile window. There’s a Facebook group on the daysy/ladycomp with access to the taking charge of your fertility book. I’ve been using daysy for 4 years now and I swear on her

  • I want tomget into it but im so afraid of the hormonal change or body responses that i can get ones i get into birth control. Im very natural, i try to get all the vitamins and nutriens from food. I dont eat fast food and not much process food neither.

  • Thank you for sharing! I’ve been struggling with hormones my whole life. I’ve not been on the pill for over a couple years now, but always get C-R-A-Z-Y around my period and randomly get the blues at any time of any day. You posting this has me looking into the supplements, and I’m ordering! Excited to try something natural! I’ve left too many doctor offices because I do not want to fall into the prescription-hell. (What I call it do not want to offend anyone!) I’m new to your channel. You are very fun and motivating and I do like videos like this too! We are women we all gotta get the “REAL TALK” out/shared!

  • The best way to get pregnant is to Not think about it constantly, my friend didn’t think she could have kids for years and had issues but the minute she stopped thinking about it and excepted she may never have kids, she ended up getting pregnant, and I love being able to give her any advice she needs for motherhood, being a mom is hard but so worth it ������

  • I’m soooo excited for y’all!!! Been following you for forever!!!! Praying you will get some amazing news soon!!! �������������� AHHHH SO EXCITING!!!! ������������

  • Love this, Katie! Thank you so much for sharing. It’s really helpful and encouraging to follow you on this journey. Please continue to make videos like this!

  • have you looked into seed cycling? I don’t know anything about it….I have been using birth control and IUD now…to prevent..but have heard of others doing seed cycling after getting off birth control..excited for you and your next stage in life…

  • Love this, I am 30 and didn’t know all of this either until this year. I am pregnant with my first child and will not be going on birth control again after. They should teach this in schools for young women I believe. I felt silly not knowing my body at all.

  • Love this!! Please do more videos like this! I have hashimoto’s and went off birth control a few months before I found out because I thought it was causing my symptoms, obviously it wasnt but it did make SUCH a big difference. I also totally hear you on feeling subdued!

  • I was on BC pill for about 14 years. I gave myself 3 months off the pill to regulate and started taking a prenatal vitamin a few months before we started trying. The Ovia app was a huge help for me to track my period and fertility times. We got pregnant within two months of trying. My son is now 15 Months. ��


  • Hey Jen can you show us how you take the supplements, do you take all your pills in one shot or do you spread them within hours apart? Would love too see a process of what you take a day and night. Thanks!

  • Aww, I pray for a happy healthy baby, marriage and future. I was on birth control for 14 years before having an ectopic pregnancy. Sucked. Now I can’t get pregnant for 4 years. Just made an appointment at a fertility doctor TODAY!!!!!!

  • This is so exciting! Congrats & my only advice would be to enjoy one another & allow your bodies to do what’s natural. Sex is about enjoying one another & I’ve seen many couples strangle the fun out of it by trying to make a baby; obviously, support the process in your customized way but keep your inner peace.

    Also…I just wanna add that the recommended sleep for newborns is up to 18 hours a day! It tapers off a little bit but small children need way more sleep than adults so getting sleep won’t be a problem. Now, broken sleep is another challenge, but you’ve got this! ���� I loved a book called, “Babywise” & “Bringing Up Bebe.” I didn’t mesh well with ALL of the suggestions in the books but I took the meat & left the bones & am glad I did. They both gave me some awareness that I use in parenting my little ones.

  • I’m so happy you changed your future after being with that other guy for so long and now these things are happening for you ❤️ also, I take a prenatal and I’m on the pill and I think it’s made a difference in how I feel throughout the month and how much I bruise (it contains iron). Pay attention to your cervical mucus for ovulation

  • I’m a certified health education specialist and health educator. I teach sexual health workshops and am currently getting my masters in public health so I have some education on this. Honestly, you did an okay job explaining the hormones but I think there’s still some corrections needed. The hormones don’t REMOVE hormones, they add them. Also, they do not interfere with your nutrient absorption and make people nutrient deficient (though lifestyle changes can). Also, be careful with suggesting that most people are nutrient sufficient. I’m curious what your reference is on that? Also, I highly encourage people to look at supplements with a critical eye. Supplements are NOT regulated by the FDA and can have dangerous side effects. They should not be taken with a “replacement” mentality, but with an “enhancement” mentality. Also, be mindful of the claims stated with these supplements as they are not scientifically supported. I do think you make good points emphasizing diet, exercise, and alcohol moderation. If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to ask me! Congratulations on this new chapter! Best of luck to you and Nick!

  • Jen ���� 18:29 had me DYING… I love you so much!!! Lmao.. your whole life inspires me. You bringing a baby into this life would be so amazing ��

  • I didn’t have a period very often before I went on birth control at 18 so I don’t know if I would have one if I went off birth control.

  • I have cystic acne for 10 years ON birth control pills….I’m dreading the day I get off of them, I’m terrified of the possibility of a cystic acne explosion especially since I’ve done accutane TWICE!

  • I was on BC from 16 to 23. I had the IUD for 4 years, got it taken out in early March and announced to family in May we were expecting!

  • Hi, Jen! If it’s not a secret, could you tell me where in Montana you live, and if you like it there? Bozeman? Missoula? Billings? Is it so much more different from Sacramento?
    We live in SF East Bay and are considering moving to Montana this year. We just came back from Bozeman, and we really loved it.

  • Awww i love your energy and your videos. I just went off birth control and i love being natural and not being an emotional rollercoaster. Besides the fact of not having a period for over 7 years and now having one is something i dont miss but i know is normal for my body. Im so excited for you and i have been watching you for a long time and you will make a great mother.

  • When i got off from my birth control I hear to take prenatal. Me personally I did it and it work I had my mini weirdo now she 6 years young now im planning to have another mini weirdo again. But yea taking prenatal vitamins work

  • This is so important to talk about!! Doctors put girls on the pill all of the time and don’t mention the side effects or how it can affect your life. Great job spreading the word!

  • Definitely keep up on the ovulation tests! You can buy a ton for cheap on amazon!
    & remember your only ovulating when the test is at its darkest ��

  • Jen I just have to say that I love you!! Over the years I’ve followed lots of woman & THET ALL CHANGE!!!
    You have truly stayed yourself & it makes me love you even more!
    Thank you for being YOU & keeping it REAL!!! ��

  • Your story has so many similarities to mine. I started birth control because my cramps were so bad i had to stay home from work or school and would literally cry in pain. My periods were also extremely heavy. However, I knew nothing about birth control, and at this time had no idea what artificial hormones could do to my body. My doctor put me on some sort of generic estradiol pill. Before I started the pill I had lost 60 lbs (210 to 150) through cardio and calorie restricting. Two months after starting the pill I started to notice I was getting puffy. I was also experiencing dizzy spells and panic attacks. I thought it was just a part of the adjustment period. 5 months on the pill, I came back from an school trip and realized that I had gained back 20 lbs in just one month. I was terrified. Nothing had changed in my diet or exercise routine. I immediately quit the pill cold Turkey and ohhh boy was I in for a ride. For the next year and a half of my life I had non stop brain fog, panic attacks, and weight gain. I could no longer function and felt like I was dying. After a year of being told i should take anxiety pills, I finally persuaded my doctor to test my tsh again (my sister has Hashimoto’s) and my tsh had gone from my regular 1.2 to 3.9. I also tested positive for hashimotos antibodies. I am unsure if I was sensitive to birth control because I was already predisposed to thyroid issues or if the birth control triggered an autoimmune disease. I will probably never know, but I am still dealing with the repercussions. My cortisol and progesterone levels are still and mess, but I am getting better and better every month. I am dealing with PMS and mood swings around the start of my period and the luteal phase. I also now have horrible ovulation pain. What has been working for me is taking a supplememt that helps the production of progesterone called Chasteberry or vitex. I am still working on finding the right dose of levothyroxine. Also, a clean diet and weight training have been so important for my mood and to increase my metabolism. Being on thyroid medication has really helped my anxiety. I wish younger women could be better educated on the dangers of artificial hormones so they can make the best decision for their health instead of just “trying out different pills.” In my case, I think i was genetically already an estrogen dominant individual, so taking estradiol threw everything off of balance. I am so thankful I have a doctor that listens to me. However, she says there is not much she can do for me and suggests a holistic medicine practitioner. Sadly, my insurance does not cover that type of care. I wish you the best of luck on your journey off of birth control. Thank you so much for posting about your journey with hypothyroidism, it encourages me to keep trying and to not feel so alone in fighting for a healthier life. <3

  • I experienced abrupt cystic acne a year after discontinuing the pill. Jawline. Never had acne my entire life. 3 years in now and it has finally started to be non existent.

  • I tracked and did ovulation tests for months then the moment I stopped we got pregnant. This second time getting pregnant I tracked nothing and just “tried” when I was just extra into my husband we got pregnant the first try. Listen to your body and when your wanting your man a little extra it’s probably your body saying today is the day �� so excited for you Jen!!!!

  • Clear Blue Ovulation Predictor Kit along with temping helped me get pregnant! The Clearblue strips will help predict when ovulation is about to occur and temping will confirm it actually happened. Joining the Fertility Friend app also gave me great insight from other supporting women. So happy for you and your husband! What an exciting part of life:)

  • Thank you so much for sharing your story!! I’ve really been looking into stopping the pill (after 6 years) because I’ve been hearing about all of these side effects from the pill and they are so similar to symptoms I’ve been having for years now. Crazy!! So sad how many women think it’s the only option and know so little about their bodies including myself! Thank you again!!

  • My mom has issues when traveling to Colorado as well. That CORDYCEPS really works for the higher altitudes? She’s passed out before down there (We are from PA). She’s traveling to CO again this August and I would like more info on that supplement to maybe help her out! Thanks in Advance!❤️

  • For seriously trying to avoid pregnancy you should definitely look into learning a symptothermal method of charting! Temps alone are not completely reliable and you shouldn’t be trusting predictions from an app like Natural cycles or the daysy, to tell you when you’re fertile or not. It’s a good starting point but not great for seriously avoiding getting pregnant. Taking charge of your fertility by Toni weaschler is a good resource. There’s so much more to charting than just taking your temp.

  • I just got off birth control in January 2020 and wow, I feel like this has been one of the most relatable videos yet. The mood swings are unreal and I was at a loss on supplements and where to go. With the pandemic, getting in to see my doctor is hard so I’m going to try these supplements!

    I’ve followed you for YEARS and my emotional ass cried at the end of the video. I’m so happy for you and the path you’re on. You look so genuinely happy and its infectious!

  • Omg when you did the finger f-ing I loled �� I’ve been off birth control for probably 4-5 years now. Not to get pregnant, just to be all natural lol The cramps are definitely the worst. Luckily I’ve had no skin issues. Good luck with your baby quest!

  • I’ve missed you!!!!! ������. I’m soooooooa citeddddd for you!!! Yay!!! You’re going to be a kick ass mom! Please look into a doula nowwww!!!!!

    I had a barn spider friend and I loved her! She died when winter came ��

  • I know people who go to a holistic doc to balance you themselves out through energy testing/muscle testing/ nutrition energy testing. They will actually tell you want your body needs and balance you. You take your supplements and they can tell you if they are good or bad. It could be a fit or maybe it’s not and they can tell you which supplements are for you. Throughout my pregnancy I was seeing mine monthly and she kept me balanced for the best pregnancy too. Best of luck! Love you girl ��

  • Thank you for this video!! I’m so excited for you two!❤️❤️ I’m in the same boat as you, I got off the pill in April and I have been taking it for 11 years.. my husband and I are ready to grow our little family too! Thanks for the tips!! ��

  • Great share! I have borderline hypothyroidism. I tried to cure it naturally too without levothroxine, but I decided it is no big deal to take it if it makes me feel better. And I am so glad I got off the pill 8 years ago after taking it for like 15 years.

  • PS super happy you went off birth control. I’m in my first month still, but this is the first month in a YEAR where I don’t get migraines anymore!!

  • Girl you NEED to read ROAR. It’s next level amazing, you’ll love it! It’s based on how nutrition, training and all that jazz needs to be done for each different of your different phases of your cycle. ��

  • I’ve just been put back on the pill after the coil failed and I needed this video so bad! I feel like I just want to be off BC and feeling ok! Feel so down and anxious lately! Thank you for such a great video!

  • I’ve been on the pill for a year and they’ve switched it up several times and it makes me on edge and so irritable and yeast infections and gained so much weight so fast! Thank u for this video

  • So fertility charting is something I started after having my first miscarriage, and after my second miscarriage my low temps helped to diagnosed my hypothyroidism! I am a huge advocate for charting. ♥️