Over the years, Salty Confidential has chatted about everything runners need to know about their periods and looked in-depth at how our monthly cycle can affect our running. But what if you’re artificially suppressing your hormone cycle with hormonal birth control like the pill, the patch, or the Mirena IUD? What impact do these have on runners? Or do they not make any difference at all?
Imma spoil my own post and say up front that there isn’t a definitive answer to this question. Everyone is different; here at Salty Running, some of us have used hormonal contraception for years with no issues, while others have sworn off it forever. That said, there are definitely aspects of hormonal birth control that runners should know and think about, so keep reading!