Hi! Welcome to my site! My name is Rebecca and I am a Fertility Educator practitioner and Health Coach – which basically means I do a lot in women’s health. My own struggle with acne and hormonal irregularities is what led me to this area of work. When I first decided to come off the birth control pill over 5 years ago there wasn’t really anyone to help or tell me what to do/expect. All my Ob/Gyn could tell me was that things were probably just going to go back to the way they were before I began taking the pill.
Not the answer I wanted to hear. But her answer validated what so many women are starting to discover on their own – the “pill” is not a cure. It simply masks the underlying condition like a band-aid. And when you come off of it for whatever your reason may be – to start a family, you are tired of the way it makes you feel, or maybe you read an article about all the negative consequences it has on your health – you have an even greater problem to fix than you did prior.
My acne was out of control a few months post-pill and my cycles were all over the place. I had no idea what to do. I had been down the dermatology path in high school with no cure and was over it. So I did the only thing I knew to do. I prayed. And that led me to researching the connection between diet and hormone/skin health for a good chunk of my time right around and after I graduated college.
I spent countless hours doing google searches and watching YouTube videos on how people naturally cleared their skin and changed my whole diet – something that needed to be done because it was pretty poor prior. As healthy as I was eating though, it was also a very unhealthy, dark time in my life. Due to my type-A perfectionist personality, everything was centered around avoiding foods that might break me out and lot’s of guilt and anxiety when I wasn’t perfect with my diet. And eventually, when food alone wasn’t enough I turned to supplements – a big scary industry you can easily get lost in.
Glad to say I finally made it to the other side of all this. Because what I didn’t know then, that I do now, is that when you come off of the pill it takes time, lots and lots of time for things to get back on track and it can be more difficult to clear “post-pill” acne than “pre-pill” acne. And if you are dealing with post-pill acne there are certain vitamins and minerals you will probably need to supplement with that can be very helpful along with dietary and lifestyle changes.
So one of my goals for this site is to be a resource for all women whether you are coming off the pill, thinking about coming off the pill, or maybe you never even took the pill but are experiencing acne, PMS, or other hormonal/cycle irregularities. I want to share what I have spent the last 5 years studying and how you can find acceptance and balance in your health. So stay on the look out as there is more to come.