For women looking to delay pregnancy until they are ready to start a family, birth control pills are an essential medication. While there is a great body of research on how certain medications and supplements affect the effectiveness of oral contraceptives not too much is known about how these contraceptives affect the absorption of certain minerals and nutrients in your body.
With that said it is still worth noting that oral contraceptives can cause you to become deficient in certain vitamins. An example is vitamin B12. Research has shown that women who have been on oral contraceptives for extended periods of time tend to have issues absorbing vitamin B12.
Studies show that pills that are higher in estrogen are more strongly associated with B12 and folate (folic acid, or vitamin B6) deficiencies, leading to the assumption that the estrogen in the pill is the reason for this impaired absorption.
Before you go into panic mode, it is worth noting that they don’t make oral contraceptives the way they used to and modern contraceptives tend to have lower levels of estrogen in them than 20 years ago so if you’re on the pill or considering starting a course you should sit down with your doctor and talk about the risks.
Your doctor is the best person to advise you on the best oral contraceptive for your situation and whether or not you may need to supplement your B12 intake. For high risks members of the population like vegans and vegetarians it is always necessary to supplement your B12 intake.
Research has proven that it is important to stay on top of your vitamin B12 intake, and investing in a good quality supplement is the best way to do this.
If you would like to protect yourself and your family talk to Nations Nutrition today to find out more about our great tasting, easy to take vitamin B12 liquid spray drops.