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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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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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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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  • 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. ��

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  • 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. ♥️

  • My husband and I charted for prevention and that worked for two years then surprise! ����We were fine with that but b/c my deliveries are dangerous we will be sticking with barrier methods and vasectomy(soon). Natural planning is risky ��

  • I just wanted to say I love your content! I have hypothyroidism, too, and just recently came off of birth control (after nearly 15 years of being on). Growing up, I was very thin, but in my early 20’s, I gained over 30 lbs in a matter of just a few months (saw a doctor, was diagnosed with hypo), and have struggled with my weight ever since. It’s just so nice to hear from someone with the same condition and how you keep it under control.

  • Hi Katie! loved this video. I also have hashimoto’s and I have hard time with hair loss….Could you do a video on how do you cope with hairloss? Thank You Very Much!

  • So I’m wondering, do you take all of these at one time or spread them out throughout the day? Just seems like so much to take at once…

  • Great for you if you feel better without birth control! BUT, what you are doing is tracking your basal temperature, called the Ogino Knauss method. and we have a saying in Italy: we are all children of the Ogino Knauss. It may work for you and other people, but, just like coitus interruptus, is not a 100% safe option, like a condom. I know many women that used to use this in the 50s who had children while using this method. and not because they were trying to get pregnant. this is a good option if you are not trying to get pregnant but wouldn’t mind if you did. So yeah, keep in mind that is not as sure and safe as you may think. But if it works for you and you feel better using this method, GOOD FOR YOU!

  • Love the vlog on this topic and super helpful for me because I’m just on the cusp of hypothyroidism and am curious about the natural thyroid medication. Thank you!

  • I have an IUD, but my periods are pretty normal. I usually have cramps the week before and mood swings. I also have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and am taking Armour Thyroid. Just had my blood work done again today. I love these types of informative, real videos from you, Katie!! Thank you for all you do for us!! ���� Keep bringing us all the knowledge!

  • You’re so funny! Love your videos and your personality ❤️

    I’ve been off birth control for 4 years (!) now (Yeah, forever single here…), and I don’t want to get on them again. I like how my periods are on time, and that I also know when the two hormonal phases are, because they also play an important role when it comes to exercising, and now I know WHY I am feeling more energized a few days on my period and the week after, and how my energy levels and my strength sink the two weeks before my period, so I don’t beat myself up about it as much as I did before.:-)

  • Wowza you been on birth control since 15? That’s a LONG time to be on it. You can also get a book titled Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It’s supposed to be good b

  • I’m 24 and have been on birth control since I was about 15. I’ve been thinking about coming off of it because I’ve noticed extreme changes in my body lately but I’ve been scared to based on stories of the side effects. After watching this I’ve decided I’m going off of it! I’m ready to take my body back!

  • When I stopped my BCP, I started tracking my cycle with an app called Glow! Of course, it won’t be as accurate as the physical ovulation tracker you have, but I really learned a lot about my body with it! You can fill out a daily log about your symptoms, sleep, etc! And it was always spot on when my period would start and when I started ovulating. It would also tell me which days were the highest chances of pregnancy, and extra tips on how to get pregnant!

  • Grateful for a Doctor who is curious about what really helps his patients. I was able to finally go off my antidepressants (Wellbutrin) approx. 12 years ago because of taking Omega 3’s and other supplements that supported my brain, my mental health. I did this with my Psychiatrist who didn’t agree with my added supplements and swore I’d never be able to go off my meds…. but has since told me I’m “one in a million”. Well…. I don’t think I am. I think I got the right additional help tiz all.

  • Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!! You literally answered all my questions and fears on going off of BC. I don’t want kids and I felt like not being on a form of BC was irresponsible and or I would get pregnant and I have been so scared! But I hate the way my body feels and my thyroid levels have been out of wack as well! Nothing as serious but still it’s like wtf. I actually bought the natural cycle thermometer a year ago and I was just so scared to do it but this is such good motivation. And honestly take control of your body! ������

  • Try using an electric or microwavable heating pad the electric heating pad is what I use and it really helps for those major cramps. Especially when you’re trying to sleep

  • Can’t wait for you to be pregnant. Have sexy time every single day of your fertile window. I’m the same age as you and I’m currently 15 weeks with number 3. I’ve never been on birth control so I don’t know anything about that. Good luck! ��

  • Amazing I have followed you for yearssss! Good luck in your baby making journey. I am currently 9 weeks pregnant I got pregnant the first month I started using a prenatal vitamin I have heard so many people say the same! Also took the intensity of my workouts done alittle and didn’t worry too much definitely track your cycles I used the Ovia app so you know roughly when is a good time. So exciting good luck �� xx

  • Dr.Michael Holick has great videos on vitamin D how if you live above Atlanta Georgia from November till March you will not make any vitamin d from the sun,and the best times in the northeast are April till October from 10am till 3 pm is your best times for vitamin D from the sun I down loaded an app called dminder it’s great for tracking your vitamin D and sun times year round

  • Hey girl I went off the pill a year ago. I had TERRRIBBBLLLEEEEEE acne for 9 months. Like cystic terrible. Just ride it out my skin is so much better now.

  • Thank you so much for sharing! I am also in my 30s and have hypothyroidism. But I also have been thinking of getting off birth control but too afraid! Please keep sharing your experiences and resources!!

  • Most Vitamin D is Cholecalciferol (SHEEPS’ WOOL). Here’s a real Organic Food Based one, ​ https://onelove.thegoodinside.com/shop/product/supergreens-d/​

  • Hey Katie, so glad you did this video it’s so important that us ladies feel comfortable talking about all of this. I did have a question though. Is it because of your thyroid that you take so many supplements? I know you’re trying to balance out your body I’m just curious as I don’t take any suppliments at the moment and an unsure if it’s worth while taking any and why/why not? Thanks so much. I’m interested in the benefits if any and if it’s it’s actually worth all the money to buy all these different supplements. Seems like a lot of hard work. I hope it all works out for you. Thanks

  • Katie, although I appreciate you sharing you’re experience, I think you need to put a disclaimer in this video saying to consult with a health care professional BEFORE buying any of the supplements you promote. It’s especially dangerous for younger audiences who may not have the best judgment or education when it comes to health promotion.

  • Disclaimer: This is all anecdotal evidence. This is her experience and should NOT replace the advice of your health care professional. Also for everyone considering taking any of the supplements she recommended, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist first! The Mood pills contain St. John’s Wort, which is a natural health product with activity similar to antidepressants, and has LOTS of serious drug interactions! Just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe!

  • Hi. I took BCP for 15 years. Good for you for getting off of them. I went on them for the same reason, and just stayed on them. When I went off, I had really bad ovarian cysts and heavy bleeding. So it will take a while for your body to adjust. What really helped me was Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs and acupuncture. ��

  • The pill masks so much of what is going on in our bodies. It can be hard when we use it as a crutch for so many years but its so worth truly knowing your true body and how it functions! I have hypo too and went off the pill. Very little side effects. I took DIM, Vitex and Maca:)

  • So excited for you! I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant with baby number 3, all of my babies have been surprise babies, but the weirdest thing is both my current and 2nd pregnancy happened after I had an early period the month before so our fertility count was off, oops, lol…just don’t stress it and I’m hopeful you’ll get to make some pre and postnatal programs to add to your app ��

  • I’ve been off for 5 months now after being on for 13 yrs.. and it’s been so different than what I thought would happen. I thought everything would be great but my acne would be bad. My skin has been 100% fine but the hair loss and depression is so real. I never thought those would happen. Ugh. Sticking it out though!! Thanks for sharing your experience!!

  • I’ve been on birth control for 10 years and heard so much horrible stories from other wpomen..light strokes,…it’s been more than two yers now since i qui with BC..and i can say other than my skin getting terrible i haven’t had any other issues…but i didnt get a vein poping on my left inner thigh..and my leg hurts a lot, i have to wear compression sock to work everyday and it still hurts..so on that part i wish i would never take BC,but it is whag it is.i can’t turn back time i can just make sure im as healthy as i can be no matter the damage. Wishing you all the best on your journey to getting pregnant. I’ve been following you fo a really long time now and i so happy that you found your peace and happiness<333

  • just finished watching this as i am doing my cardio on the elliptical �� I have been off birth control for about 3 years now and it does make a huge difference! I too have hypothyroidism and my levels have been normal ����

  • Maybe this is a premature comment because I haven’t finished watching yet, but the Diva Cup has changed. my. life. It is not only an amazing way to deal with periods, but it also is amazing to be more in touch with what is actually happening. For anyone, but especially those with heavy periods, it is a godsend.

  • Book: Taking charge of your fertility.
    It will add to your knowledge and expand upon that app. Plus tips and tricks for girly stuff

  • Hey Katie! Two question.. first one I know you’ve probably mentioned this already but I’m just really lost with finding ways to incorporate calcium in my diet suggestions please!? And also what kind of coffee do you use? Both regular and decafe!? Please and thank you:) love you ❤️

  • Thought I was the only one who wakes up early (3 or 4am) and takes vitamins/prescriptions and go back to sleep just to get it out of the way! Port and Polish also makes cute and discreet pill cases, I have a pink one and it’s so chic.

  • Menstrual cups changed my periods forever! Some people even have less cramping with them, and they don’t have the chemicals pads and tampons have. Good for you on the benefits you’ve had since going off birth control����

  • It is best to take Vitamin D daily:
    Efficacy of different doses and time intervals of oral vitamin D https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2277446/

  • Love your videos. One thing: When you speak of your supplements etc, please hold it to the camera for at least 5 seconds so that the viewer can see what they are. And if an ingredient is in one of your supplements that’s good for you (like selenium), would you mind telling us why you’re taking it or why it’s good for you? Thank you so much!

  • I didn’t get acne until…I had my kids. My straight hair became curly,and my abs went to heck in a hand basket. My black hair started turning white when my sons hit their teens= drivers license! ��
    But my babies(young men)are now 19&16 years old. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

  • yes love this video…I’m close to 40…but myself as well I didn’t know about ovulation counting and all that until I was about thirty as well…. I don’t remember anything about that in health class about teachers teaching us….I wonder who found that out and what yr…..well maybe a Dr….but our bodies are so interesting. I too am on birth control and I have a thyroid issue…and I’m also learning about supplements to take. my friend came off her meds for being on thyroid pills…so I will see. thank you for sharing:)

  • So crazy that I came across this video. I’ve been on birth co trol for 10 years and i just feel like it’s time for my body to be done with it. I’m really worried about the mood swings so i may look into getting some of these supplements. Overall I think it’s going to be great for my body. I’m looking forward to showing this app to my husband. We are also not ready to get pregnant and it makes him and myself nervous about going off birth control but this app seems legit.

  • I applaud you for doing the best thing for your health! I have been off of birth control for several years now for health and spiritual reasons. I really love knowing exactly what to expect and really knowing my body. You mentioned that your periods were rough since you have been off, but that will regulate! It takes time, but I don’t suffer with cramps anymore and the bleeding days are shorter and much more bearable. God Bless you!

  • I went off of birth control 6 or 7 years ago, and it was one of the best decision I’ve ever made! While on the pill, I had crazy mood swings, always felt nauseous, and never really felt like myself. Once I stopped taking it, my emotions were at a normal level, my stomach improved and I just all-around felt happier! Great, informative video! ��

  • Check out the app Kindara the thermometer automatically syncs with the app.

    Also when I went off bcp I got bad ovarian cysts but then it went away and I was much better. Sex drive and energy definitely go up and you’re not as “crazy” or “moody”. Still have pms and cranky the week before AF but it’s not horrible. Been off bcp for years and no “oops”.

  • Thank you!!! I just recently started thinking of going off my birth control to see if it helps with my depression and anxiety and maybe actually let me lose weight because I haven’t been able to no matter what I do. I have PCOS so my gyno wants me on birth control to help control it but I’m really thinking of getting off birth control and trying a certain medication just to control my PCOS. You posted this at the perfect time. Thank you♥️♥️

  • YES!! I have been wanting to go off the pill for a while but not ready for kids. Thank you for talking about this, please keep us updated!

  • So excited for you! I’ve used that brand of pregnancy test and the ovulation test and I do like them. The ovulation test it helpful, but I would recommend testing twice a day on the days you think you are more fertile. We tried for over a year with this second baby and I’m now 13 weeks pregnant! So best of luck to you!!!

  • Have you considered a non-hormonal birth control? I also have hypothyroidism and felt the same exact way about wanting to get rid of unnecessary hormones from my body so I had my nexplanon implant removed and had the Paraguard copper IUD inserted. Have you considered the copper implant? This might be a good option for you since you want to get rid of the hormones but still don’t want to get pregnant.

  • The title is kinda misleading, you barely touched on the benefits of vitamin D for mental health, but your title suggests that the focus of this video is mental benefits of vitamin D. Thank you for the video.

  • I went off the bcp a month ago for the exact same reasons!!! Would love to keep hearing about your experience as the months go on��

  • When i went off birth control after 7 years I could not stop bleeding for 2 months then I lost my period for 2 years hair loss the whole deal. Now that its back i have cramps but not every time. I also have hypothyroidism. I take I3C time to time it’s like DIM because my body rebounded and I have excess estrogen.
    Like you I felt like i was suppressing everything and numbing myself while on it, and of course I was I would get my period once every 3 months, yeast infections so often then too! I now know when im ovulating too based on inner feelings and energy levels. The temperature thing is something I incorporated a few months ago it’s definitely helpful and accurate ��
    it’s insane thinking how much the pill can affect who you’re even attracted to! Lol crazy
    This was super helpful thank you ��

  • I use a cup for my periods instead of tampons, they have no chemicals and are so much better for you an the environment. Plus after 2 months of using the cup my periods weren’t as bad!

  • Yay for baby hunnybuns!!!!!!! Cant wait and so happy for you����������. Ive been following for a few years now and its so cool to watch your journey

  • Honestly I wish I would have known about this app. Kinda makes me super sad because my husband and I have 4 kids and I don’t want to be pregnant again so we resorted to having my husband getting a vasectomy because I can’t go on birth control. But it’s now so permanent which I don’t like that feeling. Sad!

  • This video gave me the push I needed to quit the pill, I have been on the same birth control as you for years now, and haven’t had a period. I’m so thankful you posted this!����

  • That is so awesome!!! Best of luck on your journey! I’ve been following you for years & I’m so happy you found someone who matches your energy & wants the same as you! ���� can’t wait to see the pregnancy videos! ��

  • My husband I use cycle tracking for preventing pregnancy, and after learning the cues, symptoms, signs, (cervical mucus changes) all that good stuff, we are total pros and it is so freeing, and also like you said it just feels good to be in tune with your body and the natural cycle ❤️

  • Loved this! Such an honest, great video! Sooo happy for you, that it’s working out for you!:-)
    Especially with hormonal and/or thyroid issues, I feel like the test results / clinical numbers aren’t everything. At least that’s how I feel. It’s very motivating to watch videos like yours and actually realize that you’re not alone:-) So thank you so much! <3

  • Thank you so so much for this video! I have been wondering for a few videos if you use and teeth whitening and if so, what do you use? Love ya.

  • Take prenatal vitamins and folic acid and those ovulation kit you have helped me a lot. It took us three months with the kits. But we got our bundle of joy. I can’t wait to see your pregnancy videos

  • I’ve been on birth control pill for 10 years since I was 15. I was originally prescribed for controlling acne. Then I developed endometriosis while on the pill and my gyno says I have to stay on the pill to control the endometriosis. My health has declined significantly in the last 5 years and I’m thinking my birth control is to blame