MEDICATION AND FERTILITY
Did you know that certain medication may affect your cycle?
Medications affect brain chemistry, therefore they also influence the endocrine (hormonal) system, reducing your chances of getting pregnant.
Steroids are usually prescribed for inflammatory diseases (i.e arthritis, asthma inhaler). They can prevent the Pituitary gland (which is the master gland that control all the hormones in the body) to release hormones such as LH/FSH therefore affecting ovulation.
Any medication affecting the Central Nervous System (i.e antidepressant, tranquilliser, epilepsy). This type of medication raises Prolactin levels which prevent ovulation. If you have difficulty to fall asleep, try Figs instead of sleeping pills! Or try “sleeping” natural food supplements such as this one.
Other medication that deplete the body of Vitamins and minerals
Contraceptive pill: In the Western society this remedy can often be offered as a solution to severe teenage acne, painful, heavy or irregular periods, for PMS and endometriosis.
Not many girls/women are aware that the conveniently short and light bleed caused by the Pill is not a real menstrual cycle so it often happens that women take it for very prolonged time and when they come off the pill, the initial problems start over again. Many pills work by suppressing ovulation, so the body may need time to re-learn to ovulate and re-gain the correct hormonal balance.
The pill interferes with the natural homeostasis of the body and therefore influence other body’s processes, like digestion, growth, temperature which are all regulated by hormones. Consequently a woman on the contraceptive pill may experience some changes to other bodily or emotional processes without realising that they may be caused by this drug.
The pill may mask other problems and women may get diagnosed with reproductive conditions such as PCOS only much later in their lives when experiencing problems to conceive. This creates the vicious cycle of addressing the symptoms again, rather than having addressed the real problem with preventative measures and having learnt to listen and tune into their body.