Oral Contraceptives & Nutrient Depletion

Birth control pills tend to deplete a woman?s nutrients. Supplements are needed to replace what has been lost. In addition to ethical considerations, health factors alone dictate that a woman should only resort to oral contraception only under dire necessity. Contraception is regarded as disliked in Islam. If a valid reason exits, it may be used, e.g. if there is fear of a pregnancy harming the woman. Consult an Alim for further details and specific circumstances.     

Nutrients which may be depleted include:

Folic Acid ? its lack may result in anaemia, birth defects in babies, cancerous changes in the neck of the womb, depression and breast cancer.

Vitamin B6 ? without which one becomes glucose intolerant and depressed

Vitamin B12 ? depletion results in anaemia.

Vitamin C
? is needed to combat, colds, flu, chronic fatigue, blood fat levels etc.

? its depletion may lead to depression manifested only during menopause.
Preventing depletion

Use a food supplement with at least 50mg each of vitamins B1. B2, B3, B5, B6, choline and inositol with 50mcg of B12 and biotin and 400 mcg of folic acid. Tyrosine and 5-hydroxytryptophan can be taken as a separate amino acid combination.

In addition, one should eat correctly to maintain stable blood sugar levels, exercise regularly and manage your stress levels in order to assist the endocrine, immune and nervous systems.