Stopping Synthetic Hormones

When quitting the Oral contraceptive pill (OCP) supporting your body to remove the excess synthetic estrogens from the body. To help reduce any side effects it is important to do a cleanse or detoxification and rebalance hormones.


The oral contraceptive pill is known to deplete the body of a range of nutrients including:

  • B complex vitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc


  • Increase water intake to at least 6 – 8 glasses of filtered water daily
  • Drink herbal teas such as Dandelion Root, Peppermint, Green Tea, Chamomile and Ginger
  • Foods to increase include whole grains including breads, cereals, rice, pasta; nuts and seeds, dark green leafy vegetables, fruit and vegetables
  • Limit the following foods: refined sugars, salt (Celtic Sea Salt is the best salt to use), tea, soft drinks, butter and polyunsaturated fats, coffee, animal fats, caffeine, processed foods and deep fried foods
  • Make a smoothie by blending ingredients such as apricots, bananas, figs, dates, prunes, berries and slippery elm powder
  • Squeeze half a lemon in a small glass of warm water first thing in the morning before your breakfast. This will cleanse the bowel and stimulate digestion for the day
  • Vegetable juices such as beetroot, celery, ginger, spinach, apple and carrot. One fresh vegetable juice a day will increase liver detoxification and improve digestion
  • Increase the amount of essential fatty acids in your diet (deep sea fish, nuts and seeds, raw olive oil, avocados, flaxseed oil) in your diet. Essential fatty acids are very important for the babies brain and nervous system development


  • Begin an exercise regime if you haven’t already. Exercise is one of the best ways to improve health and vitality, cleanse the body, clear any excess weight and prepare the body energetically and physically for sustaining a pregnancy
  • Consider a liver detoxification. A sluggish liver due to oral contraceptive use may interfere with fertility and increase menstrual problems
  • Avoid alcohol and quit smoking
  • Balance hormones
  • Improve nutritional status


  • The herb Vitex is extremely beneficial to take for at least 6 months to ensure that the hormones are in sync and for healthy functioning of the reproductive organs. Vitex can assist by regulating the menstrual cycle when it is disrupted such as long term oral contraception pill (OCP) use. Recent use of the oral contraceptive pill may contribute to fluctuations in hormone levels and cause the appearance of fertility problems and menstruation irregularities. Vitex assists with hormonal modulation, correcting Luteal hormones (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormones (FSH), estrogen and progesterone, all female sex hormones needed for menstrual cycle regulation, conception and during pregnancy
  • Herbs such as Dandelion, Bupleurum, Shizandra, St Marys Thistle help the liver to gently detox and cleanse the body of excess stored wastes especially after your recent use of analgesics, pharmaceutical medication including the OCP and history of endometriosis. In Chinese Medicine it is believed that the liver influences reproductive health and the functioning and health of the female sex organs
  • Probiotics, fermented foods and green barley help to cleanse the body of impurities and build levels of healthy bacteria in the bowels and immune system
  • Multivitamins to address any vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Evening Primrose oil is also a beneficial womens herb to help regulate cycles and reduce any inflammation which may contribute to dysfunctional cycles