Reviewed by Dr Eki Wari and Physician Lim Sock Ling on June 19, 2022
How To Best Support Womb Health For The Young Adult Woman Taking Birth Control
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Birth control is helpful for preventing unwanted pregnancies and controlling menstrual symptoms, but it doesn't come without its risk of side effects and potential dangers. Learn more about how to support womb health while taking birth control here.
However, many women are concerned that taking birth control now may affect their fertility later in life. There is also concern that it may increase the risk of certain cancers.
Our physician sets the record straight in this guide on birth control, cancer, and fertility. They also provide tips for supporting womb health while taking birth control so you can best support your reproductive health.
What Is Birth Control?
Birth control, or contraception, refers to any device, method, or medicine that prevents pregnancy.
There are many different types, including:
- Oral contraceptive pill (COCP)
- Vaginal rings
- Intrauterine devices
- Hormonal implants
- Barrier methods, such as condoms, diaphragms, sponges, and cervical cap
Is Birth Control Safe?
According to the Centers for Disease Center Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 90% of teens used birth control the last time they had sex.
While this helps keep the number of teen births down in the United States, some parents and young adults are concerned that birth control may not be safe.
We asked registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Physician
Physician Lim stated there is also a rare but dangerous
“Additionally, long-term use of oral contraceptives containing estrogen may
Does Birth Control Affect Fertility?
Despite the potential side effects listed above, Physician Lim stated that birth control should not affect your fertility later on in life.
According to Physician Lim, “
“People often have the misconception that birth control
One study found that people who used injectable contraceptives had the longest delay in the return of their normal fertility. This was followed by patch contraceptive users, then oral contraceptives and vaginal rings, and finally users of hormonal and copper IUDs and implants.
Tips For Using TCM To Support Womb Health
If you’re a young woman taking birth control and you’re concerned about your health or fertility later in life, then talk to your doctor or a registered TCM physician.
TCM can support womb health by helping you find balance within the body.
According to Physician Lim, “Birth control affects the normal actions of
Herbal Remedies That Support Womb Health
TCM emphasizes nourishing the Liver and Kidney, as well as regulating
ShuDi Huang: Improves Blood supply to reproductive tissue
- Dang Gui: Enhances Blood supply to reproductive tissue and organs; improves Ovarian function
- Tu Si Zi: May improve the quality of ovary cells
- Sang Shen Zi: Acts as an antioxidant and improves the quality of ovary cells; contains anti-aging properties
- Ba Ji Tian: Stimulates the Pituitary Gland to improve ovulation
- Goji berries: Increases DNA synthesis in reproductive tissue; acts as an antioxidant
Many TCM physicians recommend
In addition to regulating
Yu Lin Zhu: Invigorates the Kidney and Qi; warms and nourishes Chongand Renmeridians
- You Gui Pills: Helps to warm the Kidney and womb; Regulates
- Yang Jing Zhong Yu soup: Nourishes the Kidney and Blood
Qi Liver Stagnation
Shao Fu Zhu Yu soup may help remove Blood Stasis and regulate menstruation to promote fertility.
Phlegm and Dampness
For the accumulation of Phlegm and Dampness, Physician Lim recommends Cang Fu Dao Tan pills. This helps to dry dampness and remove Phlegm, promote circulation and regulate menstruation.
According to one study, Cang Fu Dao Tan soup could significantly improve pregnancy rate, ovulation rate, and estradiol level.
Final Thoughts On Birth Control
If you have concerns about taking birth control, be sure to talk to your doctor. Many times, the benefits outweigh the risks. This may be true if you have an underlying medical condition that causes heavy periods.
Always consult with a registered TCM physician before taking any herbal medication. A TCM physician will recommend specific treatment only after a proper examination. Never stop taking birth control before consulting with your doctor first.
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- CDC. 2015. Few teens use the most effective types of birth control.
- National Cancer Institute. 2018. Oral Contraceptives and Cancer Risk.
- Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine. 1981. Hypertension and oral contraceptives.
- BMJ. 2020. Pregravid contraceptive use and fecundability: prospective cohort study.
- Medicine. 2016. Chinese Herbal Products for Female Infertility in Taiwan
- Acupuncture Times. 2022. The Chinese herbal formula Cang Fu Dao Tan Tang is effective for PCOS.
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