5. You’ll need to supplement your Vitamin D
It is advisable to check your Vitamin D levels when you go off the pill, especially if you’ve taken one containing estrogen. In a study, it was found that women using birth control had higher levels of Vitamin D than those that don’t. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina study conducted the study. They realized that women taking birth control with estrogen would see a drop in Vitamin D levels when they stopped using it.
Vitamin D is very important. It helps with the absorption of calcium into the body. Calcium is essential for strong, healthy bones and teeth. If you’re going off the pill to fall pregnant, it is wise to take a Vitamin D supplement. If you fall pregnant, you need higher levels of Vitamin D than usual. This is so that calcium can be absorbed into your baby’s skeleton. If you don’t take a supplement and you fall pregnant straight after going off the pill, your Vitamin D levels could be too low.
Low levels of Vitamin D are also associated with weight gain, as you feel hungry all the time. This leads to overeating. Vitamin D can also help to lower high blood pressure. Low Vitamin D levels are indicators of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or depression.
If you’re going off the pill but not planning to fall pregnant right away, you can add Vitamin D to your system the natural way. Plenty of outdoor activity and exposure to sunshine will raise your depleted levels of Vitamin D. Getting exercise, keeping in shape, and doing it in some natural sunshine are perfect antidotes to weight gain and feeling a bit ‘blue.’