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Is Birth Control Making Me Feel Bloated? | All You Need To Know

Is Birth Control Making Me Feel Bloated? | All You Need To Know

Your pants feel tight, you’re gassy, and you’ve fully contorted into the Hunchback of Bloate Dame: it’s here, it’s the PMS bloat, right?

Although multiple factors contribute to bloating, birth control is a major cause of bloating and gas. So how do you stop birth control bloating? No information is too much information when it comes to your health. We tell all below.

Why is my birth control making me bloat?

#1: Hormones.

Birth control bloating is similar to period bloating. You bloat during your period due to hormone fluctuations leading to increased water retention. Since the pill contains synthetic hormones to manage your menstrual cycle, the introduction of birth control hormones to your system causes significant fluctuations in your sex hormones. Like your period, this leads to water retention. Hormone levels usually stabilize after three months and the birth control bloating and gas should disappear by then too.

Rising levels of hormones also affect your gastrointestinal tract. The fluctuation of estrogen and progesterone causes your GI tract to empty at a slower pace. Consequently, women often feel both bloated and constipated when first starting birth control. The irregular levels of hormones also introduce more gas-producing bacteria into the gut, thus making us feel gassy and bloated.

Optimizing detox pathways in your body can help with speeding up your GI emptying. NAC does just that, while also acting to increase antioxidant activity in your body. Sometimes you might need a little extra push to get your gut moving. In those cases, magnesium is your friend.

#2: Depression.

Depression is a side effect of birth control that can also cause bloating. We may experience depression while taking birth control because estrogen affects serotonin production, a feel-good neurotransmitter. With over 90% of serotonin production occurring in the gut, depression can severely affect the makeup of gut bacteria. On the flip side, an improperly functioning but can affect the amount of serotonin being produced, which can also result in low mood. This, along with antidepressants, can result in bloating.

Knowing the gut-brain connection, it is so important to make sure you have a good gut flora by introducing selected friendly probiotics.

Are there any other causes?

#3: Gender.

Birth control bloating is similar to period bloating. You bloat during your period due to hormone fluctuations leading to increased water retention. Since the pill contains synthetic hormones to manage your menstrual cycle, the introduction of birth control hormones to your system causes significant fluctuations in your sex hormones. Like your period, this leads to water retention. Hormone levels usually stabilize after three months and the birth control bloating and gas should disappear by then too.

#4: Food Intolerance.

Certain foods cannot be properly absorbed by the small intestine and may end up in the colon. Bacteria in the colon can cause fermentation, leading to bloating. Lactose and Gluten intolerances are common causes of food bloat.

Should I be worried?

Sometimes bloating can be a side effect of more than just your birth control:

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

The change in hormones from birth control can disrupt the bacteria in your stomach, potentially triggering digestive issues such as IBS, leaky gut, and even Crohn's disease. Studies show that oral contraceptive users are five times more likely to develop IBD. If you’re experiencing bloating along with abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, or constipation, contact your doctor immediately.

Ovarian cysts.

Ovarian cysts can put pressure on your bladder and bowel, leading to digestive distress and persistent bloating. If you’re suffering from long-term bloat, speak to your OB/GYN as soon as possible.

How do I stop bloating from birth control pills?

Drink more water.

Eight glasses a day. The whole nine yards. Although it sounds counter-intuitive, drinking water reduces bloating by flushing out sodium, a top offender of water retention.

Get exercise.

Drink water and then hit the gym. Putting your body in motion helps remove excess water from your system and strengthens gut health.

Take a probiotic.

Birth control can cause bad bacteria to build up in the gut. Probiotics like the probiotic complex in our Top Up Tonic, replaces bad bacteria by filling your gut with friendly microbes instead. In addition to taking the Top Up Tonic, fermented foods like kefir, yogurt and kimchi also improve gut happiness.

Take Top Up Tonic.

Our Top Up Tonic is the perfect supplement for women on hormonal birth control. It replenishes nutrients your birth control strips away. Our customers have said our Top Up Tonic have helped them reduce bloat, elevate mood and increase their energy. If you don't believe us, try it out yourself ;) Bloating might make you feel imbalanced, but now you know it doesn’t have to stay that way. Realign your body’s hormones by topping up nutrient deficiencies with just a single daily dose of the Top Up Tonic. Let us help you be bold, not bloated.

ESSENTIAL TAKEAWAYS

Although multiple factors contribute to bloating, birth control is a major cause of bloating and gas.

Since the pill contains synthetic hormones to manage your menstrual cycle, the introduction of birth control hormones to your system causes significant fluctuations in your sex hormones. Like your period, this leads to water retention.

Our Top Up Tonic is the perfect supplement for women on hormonal birth control. It replenishes nutrients your birth control strips away.

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