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The Contraceptive Pill and Your Nutrition

The Pill is a common and important method of birth control for many women, but it is not without side effects. Along with the well-known risks of strokes and blood clots, the hormonal contraceptive pill can lead to deficiencies in essential nutrients such as B vitamins, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, and zinc.



Hormonal contraception can affect gut permeability, and liver function, which affects how your body metabolises nutrients. This can lead to deficiencies, even in people with healthy dietary intakes.


Given that many women take the Pill over extended periods, even over decades, there is potential for these deficiencies to lead to a variety of negative effects.


At PIM we have a particular interest in the effects of diet and nutrition on all aspects of health and wellbeing. Contact us to learn more.


Click here to read more about nutrition and the Pill.


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