Hormonal Birth Control May Cause Inflammation

We’ve all been warned that taking HBC can cause risk of blood clots & CVD – but have we ever been told WHY?

All HBC carries a risk of blood clots & CVD. We’re told that each new generation of the pill is lower dose & safer. Similar to how cigarette companies advertise how ‘low tar’ cigarettes are safer…yikes!

The actual risk of developing a blood clot is small, but it’s something to consider when choosing your birth control method because your body does not live in a vacuum – if one system is affected, there are likely other systems affected as well.

Check out these ‘minor’ side effects of birth control listed:


-loss of sex drive,

-hair loss,

-weight gain.

These so-called minor side effects are so common that they are the rule rather than the exception…

But let’s get back to the WHY behind the blood clot & CVD risk of HBC:

There was a study that looked at oxidative stress determined in 87 pre-menopausal healthy women (24 with & 63 without HBC) using a blood assay for reactive oxygen metabolites.

The subjects with HBC received a dose consisting of ethinyl estradiol & norethisterone (found in HBC pills).

Subjects with HBC showed significantly higher oxidative stress than those without. This shows that the use of HBC may increase oxidative stress levels, independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors, in pre-menopausal women. Scary!

So maybe you are on HBC right now & that’s fine – totally your choice! But let’s see how we can reduce your inflammation while taking the pill

Lifestyle Habits to Reduce Oxidative Stress:

-Sleep (set laptop, TV & phone curfew; read in bed; dim lights)
-Quality foods (organic; gluten, soy, & dairy free; no vegetable oils)
-Stress Management (get outside, meditate, journal, foster healthy relationships)
-Exercise (10k steps, resistance train, some cardio)

Supplements to Reduce Oxidative Stress:

-Vitamins E & C
-Green Tea (EGCG)
-Omega-3 FAs
-Glutathione (Liposomal & S-acetyl-glutathione)
-Sulfur foods, Alpha Lipoic Acid, N-acetyl cysteine (for liver phase I detoxification)
-Cruciferous vegetables, Broccoli extract, DIM, I3C, Sulphoraphane (to address estrogen metabolites)

Resources: Int J Prev Med. 2012 Dec;3(12):893-6. Oral contraceptive therapy increases oxidative stress in premenopausal women. Chen JT, Kotani K