Contraceptives and Uterus
Birth control of any type is not permissible in TICM. If it is not permissible, it is not permissible for your protection and health. One oral pill is enough to cause damage let alone those who have implants of any type whether it is for birth control, heavy periods or other gynaecological issues. If you do have issues, your body is telling you something is not right and you should correct it. Birth control significantly thins the uterine lining, even years after discontinued. Thick uterine lining is essential for healthy periods, implantation and pregnancy.
The endometrium is a lining that coats the Uterus. Each month when the ovaries release an egg, the endometrial lining, also known as the uterine lining, thickens in preparation for an embryo. If the egg does not get fertilised, the lining sheds and exits the body via the vaginal canal. The uterine lining provides nourishment and sustenance for an embryo and is a necessary part of pregnancy. When the lining is thin, usually less than 7mm, the body cannot sustain an embryo and a growing foetus.
Because many women experience significantly easier/lighter periods on birth control, they love being on birth control. But the decrease in Blood flow and overtime affects the ability to conceive. As we age, Blood flow naturally diminishes, so this adds another layer to that. In TICM, we refer to this as Blood deficiency from stagnation.
Birth control can lead to other issues such as cysts, fibroids, masses and cancers which are all from the family. It can also cause autoimmune diseases, etc.
Before you decide to go down the birth control route, regardless of your reasons, speak to your TICM physician. My motto is there should be no pill for every ill. So many patients I leave disappointed after treatments with me. They will ask me as they leave with a very disappointed look on their face, asking will I not give them any herbals. My answer is usually no as they do not need it. Of course there will be exceptional circumstances where it is required such as in the treatment of cancer, or toxic heat issues. Other than that, acupuncture, gua sha, moxa, cupping etc alone will suffice.