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Birth Control Cleanse: Benefits, Side Effects And Alternatives

Here is everything that you need to know about Birth Control Cleanse from its benefits, side effects, composition and alternatives.  

Written by: Charu SharmaPublished at: Sep 19,2021
Updated at: Sep 19,2021

Here is everything that you need to know about Birth Control Cleanse from its benefits, side effects, composition and alternatives with Dr. Sarika Gupta, Women Cancer Specialist, Robotic Gynecology, Apollo Indraprastha Hospital, New Delhi. Birth control cleanse can simply be understood as a substance that claims to remove the synthetic hormones from your body and is said to reset the hormonal balance and the uterine health. These substances are said to remove the synthetic hormones which are released in your body through birth control methods such as contraceptive pills or birth control patches.

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Also Read: Are Birth Control Pills Safe? Beware Of These 8 Side Effects Of Oral Contraceptives

There are many birth control cleanse products available in the market. Most of these products use a herbal supplement chasteberry which is known to ease the symptoms of PMS. These cleanses might also include ingredients like folic acid, iodine, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

What does it consist of?

It is important to know the composition of any product and about the ingredients it consists of before consuming. Although the formula of birth control cleanse might vary from brand to brand, here are some of the common ingredients which are found in most of the birth control cleanse products. 

  • Iodine

A crucial nutrient which is essential for proper thyroid functioning, iodine helps to release hormones into the blood stream so that they can reach the cells. A nutrient known to help in reduction of ovarian cyst, improving the symptoms of PCOS and regularizing the period cycle.

  • Selenium

An element which helps in removal of free radicals, selenium ensures the proper functioning of the thyroid glands and prevents them from aging. Moreover it also helps to  prevent the buildup of scar tissue in the thyroid gland and helps in strengthening the immune system of the body. 

  • Chasteberry

Known to ease the symptoms of PMS, chasteberry is a herbal supplement and a natural source of progesterone which helps in normalising the estrogen to progesterone ratio in your body. This wonder ingredient helps to get your cycles back to normal by balancing your hormones. Apart from all this chasteberry is also known to tone and strengthen the uterus. 

  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to improve the ovarian function by thickening the uterus lining and regulating the menstrual cycle. It also helps to increase the levels of progesterone in the body. 

  • Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps to reduce the oxidative stress and also reduce the symptoms of low estrogen. It promotes the removal and breakdown of excess estrogen in the body by prompting liver function. Apart from this it also helps to regenerate and nourish the liver cells while removing the harmful toxins stored in the body. 

Do you really need a Birth Control Cleanse?

A simple short and sweet answer to this question is no but to know the reason behind it you have to read further. According to Dr. Sarika Gupta, these birth control supplements are not of much use as the human body is an incredible system which is capable of getting rid of toxins and harmful substances on its own. 

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Also Read: Birth Control Patch: How To Use, Limitations And Tips To Follow While Using

One does not need to take a cleansing substance as firstly there is nothing toxic about the birth control and second of all the pill you take does have a contraceptive effect after 48 hours, that means the contraceptives do not remain in your system after that particular time period. To understand this in more detail let us have a look at the time periods for which different contraceptives stay in our system.

  • Pills- A form of oral contraceptive that stays in your body for about 48 hours and gets cleared up automatically after that. 
  • Ring- Vaginal ring is a contraceptive method that protects you from pregnancy till 48 hours of insertion and doesn’t have any effects after that as it gets cleared up from the system after that.
  • UIDs/ Implants- Known as the Long acting reversible contraceptive or LARC comes in the form of implants and hormonal UIDs which gets cleared up from your system immediately after its removal.

Side effects of Birth Control Cleanse

Even the coin has 2 sides and there is always something good in bad and bad in good.  The case is the same with birth control cleanse. Here are some side effects of birth control cleanse and especially chasteberry which is the main ingredient with which these birth control cleanse are prepared.

  • Headache
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Dizziness
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Upset stomach

Alternatives to Birth Control Cleanse

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If you are someone who doesn't want to suffer the side effects of these birth control cleanses and still feel like your body requires a detox after taking contraceptives then here are some safe alternatives you can opt for. Making these lifestyle changes would help you to get a healthy body .

  • Exercise regularly and stay active
  • Follow a healthy and nutrient rich diet 
  • Keep taking follow ups from your doctor

With Inputs from Dr. Sarika Gupta, Women Cancer Specialist, Robotic Gynecology, Apollo Indraprastha Hospital, New Delhi 

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