Ask Dr Libby: How does taking the pill interfere with vitamins and minerals? –

The birth control pill directly affects vitamin metabolism in the body. So when you take the pill you are likely to become deficient in quite a number of vitamins and minerals. It is therefore advised that you take the following supplements throughout the duration of being on the pill, and then for three to six months after discontinuing its use.

Key Takeaways:

  • An important antioxidant and immune system vitamin, studies have shown disruption to vitamin A levels and beta-carotene (the precursor to vitamin A) in the blood of those taking the pill.
  • A deficiency in vitamin A can impair healthy eye function, increase susceptibility to infections, cause dry and scaly skin, reduce appetite and vitality, impact teeth and gum health, and lead to heavy menstrual bleeding and cervical problems.
  • Beta-carotene rich foods include sweet potato, carrots, dark leafy greens such as kale and retinol rich foods include liver and other organ meats.

“Here’s a list of all the vitamins and minerals that can be affected in varying levels and how to make sure you’re getting what you need.”