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7 Things to Know Before You Pop “The Pill”

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7 Things to Know Before You Pop “The Pill”

Before you take “The Pill” as a form of contraception, it is important to know several things:

1.  Smoking and The Pill don’t mix.  Women who smoke tobacco and use oral contraceptives have a five-times greater risk of dying from a heart attack than oral contraceptive users who don’t smoke.  The risk of death linked to circulatory disease is greatly increased in women over the age of 35 who smoke and use oral contraceptives.  Avoiding or quitting smoking while using oral contraceptives is recommended.

2. Oral contraceptives can cause folic acid depletion.  In women with cervical dysplasia taking oral contraceptives, research showed high doses of folic acid improved cervical health; however women should consult and be supervised by a physician before doing so. Cervical dysplasia has been linked with cancer.

3.  The Pill may increase iron levels.  Because menstrual blood loss is reduced while using oral contraceptives, iron stores may increase, lessening the need for iron in premenopausal women.  Iron levels should be monitored by a physician in women taking oral contraceptives and before taking iron-containing supplements since excess iron has been linked to heart disease.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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2:01PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Interesting facts, I will have to implement some things after reading this.

12:14AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012


8:30PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Good to know information.... sure wish some of it was available way back when.

8:26PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

thankyou. excellent reasons to be eating more fruits and vegetables and taking ginko biloba or using grapeseed oil in cooking.

8:24PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Thank you for info.

8:23PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Thank you for info.

8:23PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Thank you for info.

5:52AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Thanks for this very valuable information, Michelle. I wish my doctor had been so knowledgeable!

5:22PM PDT on May 7, 2012

Thanks for the info.

6:53PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Thank you for sharing.
Hugs, Tia

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