What You Need to Do to Help Your Body Recover?

By Dr Olivia Naturals Support • May 27, 2024

Transitioning off hormonal birth control, such as an IUD or oral contraceptives, can be a significant change for your body. It's essential to understand how to support your system through this transition to help it recover and regain balance. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you through this process.

Understanding the Impact of Hormonal Birth Control

Hormonal birth control methods, including IUDs and pills, work by regulating hormones to prevent ovulation and create an environment where pregnancy is less likely. However, these hormones can have lingering effects on your body even after you stop using them.

Hormonal Build-Up and Receptor Sites

One of the critical areas affected by hormonal birth control is your thyroid. The hormones in birth control can clog your thyroid receptor sites, which can be detected through a T3 uptake test. A low T3 uptake indicates that your thyroid cannot absorb hormones properly due to these clogged receptor sites.

Additionally, your liver plays a crucial role in processing and conjugating hormones. When you stop using birth control, your liver might still be dealing with the residual effects of the synthetic hormones, potentially leading to an imbalance.

The Importance of Detoxification

The first step in helping your body recover from hormonal birth control is detoxification. I'm a huge advocate of medical detoxification because it systematically helps your body eliminate toxins and restore balance. Here’s a breakdown of the three phases of detoxification:

Phase One: Water-Soluble Toxins

In this initial phase, your body targets water-soluble toxins. These toxins are typically easier for your body to eliminate because they can be dissolved in water and excreted through urine.

Phase Two: Fat-Soluble Toxins

This phase is crucial when it comes to hormonal detoxification. Many hormones, including those from birth control, are stored in fat and glandular tissues. By focusing on fat-soluble toxins, this phase helps your body release these trapped hormones, which is essential for restoring hormonal balance.

Phase Three: Enhancing Detox Pathways

The final phase aims to improve your body's natural detox pathways. This includes supporting your liver, kidneys, and other organs involved in detoxification to ensure they function optimally and can continue to process and eliminate toxins effectively.

Practical Steps for Detoxification

1. Hydration

Staying well-hydrated is fundamental for all phases of detoxification. Water helps flush out toxins, supports kidney function, and maintains overall health. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, more if you’re active or live in a hot climate.

2. Diet and Nutrition

Focus on a clean, balanced diet rich in nutrients to support your body’s detox processes.

  • Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and other greens are high in antioxidants and essential nutrients that support liver health.
  • Cruciferous Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts contain compounds that support phase two detoxification.
  • Lean Proteins: Protein is essential for repairing tissues and supporting liver function.
  • Healthy Fats: Avocados, nuts, and seeds provide healthy fats that help in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and aid detoxification.
  • Fiber-Rich Foods: Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables help maintain digestive health and aid in the excretion of toxins.

3. Supplements

Certain supplements can support detoxification and hormonal balance:

  • Milk Thistle: Known for its liver-supporting properties.
  • Probiotics: To maintain a healthy gut flora, which is crucial for overall detoxification.
  • B Vitamins: Important for energy production and liver function.
  • Magnesium: Supports numerous biochemical reactions in the body, including detoxification.

4. Exercise

Regular physical activity helps boost circulation, supports lymphatic drainage, and promotes sweating, which is another way your body can eliminate toxins. Aim for a mix of cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and activities like yoga or Pilates that support overall wellness.

Supporting Thyroid Health

Since hormonal birth control can impact your thyroid, it’s essential to give your thyroid some extra care during this time.

1. Iodine

Iodine is crucial for thyroid function. Foods like seaweed, fish, and dairy products are good sources of iodine. However, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider before taking iodine supplements, as too much can also be harmful.

2. Selenium

Selenium helps convert thyroid hormones to their active form. Brazil nuts, seafood, and eggs are rich in selenium.

3. Regular Monitoring

Keep an eye on your thyroid function with regular check-ups and blood tests, particularly if you notice symptoms like fatigue, weight changes, or mood swings.

Supporting Liver Health

Your liver is a powerhouse when it comes to detoxification and hormone processing. Supporting liver health can enhance your body’s ability to recover from birth control.

1. Avoid Alcohol and Toxins

Give your liver a break by avoiding alcohol and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins, such as pesticides and harsh chemicals.

2. Liver-Supporting Foods

Foods like garlic, onions, and beets support liver function. Green tea and lemon water are also excellent for liver detoxification.

Hormonal Balance Post-Birth Control

After stopping birth control, your body may need some time to regulate its natural hormone production. Here are some tips to support this process:

1. Stress Management

Chronic stress can disrupt your hormonal balance. Practice stress-reducing techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy.

2. Sleep

Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Good sleep hygiene is vital for hormonal health, as your body repairs and regenerates during sleep.

3. Natural Supplements

Certain herbs and natural supplements can support hormonal balance. Examples include:

  • Vitex (Chasteberry): Known for supporting menstrual cycle regularity.
  • Maca Root: Helps balance hormones and boost energy.
  • Ashwagandha: An adaptogen that helps the body manage stress and balance hormones.


Getting off birth control or an IUD is a significant step, and supporting your body through this transition is crucial for your overall health. By focusing on detoxification, supporting your thyroid and liver, maintaining a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and adopting healthy lifestyle habits, you can help your body recover and regain its natural hormonal balance.

Remember, every body is different, and it may take some time for your system to adjust. Be patient with yourself and consult with healthcare providers to ensure you're on the right track. Taking these steps can help you feel better and more balanced as you transition off hormonal birth control.