Mood changes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to hormonal birth control, say functional medicine docs.
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We’ve been told that cramps and out-of-control emotions are part of being a woman. It’s just not true, says Alisa Vitti.
When I was growing up in India, spices were not just a part of every meal, they were the main medicines my family used for everyday healing. My mother cooked with brilliant yellow turmeric powder daily, but she’d also sprinkle it on a cut when I hurt myself. Or put it on my forehead when I had a fever. If I was nauseated, my mother gave me ginger to make me feel better. If I couldn’t sleep, she gave me coriander in warm milk. On sweltering summer days, she made our family a refreshing drink out of kokum, an Indian spice that would cool us off as instantly as if we were all standing under a waterfall. It seemed like almost every spice in our giant spice cabinet was a food and a medicine.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 40–50 million Americans. Like so many, I have suffered from acneic skin for as long as I can remember. I tried everything, including chemically laden prescription medications, only to leave my skin red, dry and irritated. This past year, I finally decided to take the natural approach and get to the bottom of it. I made an appointment with Dr. Lipman, as I wanted to get off birth control without experiencing a resurgence of acne, and I also wanted to find out what else may be at the bottom of my skin condition.