Long-Term Health Implications of The Pill

More and more, female patients ask me about the long-term impact of The Pill on the gut bacteria within their body. Beyond that, what does it mean when these women decide they want to become pregnant?

The science is still unclear, and we don’t have all the answers yet, but you can still act proactively about your health.

  • cheryl peterson

    to day is all we know. yesterday is over, and tomorrow hasn’t happened yet. so…

    • Sandra

      So keep endangering your body by taking the dreaded pill? We do already know that it increases your chances of breast cancer. And we do know that many birth control pills are actually abortifacients. So…. are you pro-Abortion? If you take the pill, then more than likely you are possibly aborting some of the lives that have started in your body.

  • cheryl peterson

    dr perlmutter, I wish all neurologists could be like you!

    • David Perlmutter

      It is my hope that we are the start of a movement!

  • M Lebow, PhD

    While you do make a good point about waiting until the biome building itself back up, the highest likelihood of getting pregnant is in the first three months after getting off the pill. So some women may not want to pass up that window of increased fertility. While the woman is still on the pill and even during pregnancy, she can take steps to tend to her biome as every woman who has every wanted to get rid of GBS knows. There is a long history of garlic use and also coconut oils and many other recommendations for oral consumption or womanly consumption of these agents. There is also much evidence for the connection from these places to the gut. I’d be happy to elaborate as a neuroscientist who had GBS in a pregnancy (maybe offline though…) biome improvement with a deadline…

  • Irina

    Dr.Perlmutter, your books changed my life! Hope they can soon change the world! Thank you for sharing your invaluable knowledge with us. Irina

    • David Perlmutter

      Very nice of you to say, thanks Irina.

  • Rebecca Cody

    I wish researchers would distinguish between healthy carbs (natural, non-starchy veggies and fruits) and unhealthy ones (refined flours and sugars and, for some people, starchy veggies). However, millions of people in Asia have thrived over thousands of years on diets consisting largely of white rice. I don’t think we yet have the full story on how starches like rice affect our health.

    • M Lebow, PhD

      No we dont, but we are on our way. The point is the gut bacteria. Everyone has different gut bacteria and different epigenetics. Your glucose may spike higher with rice than with bread, but someone of a different genetic background and different environmental factors may spike higher with other grains and not rice. The gut bacteria are help us digest food and can promote insulin sensitivity. What we dont know is enough about all the possible strains that do this. Only 10s have been researched and manipulated in studies. I encourage you to look at an interesting research project trying to tease out individual differences in gut bacteria and their effect on insulin levels.

      • Rebecca Cody

        Dr Lebow, I looked at your website. Your study is most interesting and promising. Thank you for doing this work. It seems that the recent surge in research of the microbiome is coming just in time for a world that has been and continues to be saturated with antibiotics,

        We see so much erratic and antisocial behavior every day on TV, in newspapers, even walking down city streets. Now it always triggers in my mind questions about the gut bacteria of those people who create havoc, kill people wantonly, or even just behave very strangely.

        So many of our young people seem lost somewhere on the autism spectrum and cannot independently fit into life as we have known it historically. Perhaps solutions lie in areas most people have yet to hear of – by replenishing the gut bacteria and changing the diet, thus normalizing behaviors, abilities, and many health factors.

        • Hi there just a clarification. Its not my study, but they have very promising work!

  • Stephen

    Good morning Dr. Perlmutter. Have enjoyed your PBS specials and your books are a wealth of great knowledge. Have started taking Dr. Formulated probiotics, along with L-Gutamine and have one question. Is it more optimal to take a probiotic in the morning to start the day or late evening as the day ends? With or without food? Thanks.

  • Dr.esmail

    Since I have absorbed both of your books and reading other publications
    and being involved in orthomolucular medicine,I still have to fundamental question to ask firstly consuming animal protein greater portion of it is broken down to Ammoniak which is regarded as a biggest autotoxin which again has to detoxified by the liver and the kidneys
    not always possible after the of 60years leading to severe metabolic dysfunction , like to hear your comment and finally how would you operate in case of fulminant COPD.
    Thank you and all the best .

  • Suzanne Kinney

    Are there similar risks to the Mirena IUD?

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