Why I Replaced My Birth Control Pill With An App On My Phone

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In the past year or so, I’ve made some very healthy changes to my lifestyle-from the foods that I eat to the products I use. I’ve become more conscious of chemicals and toxins, and the myriad of other things that I don’t want in my body. So it was only a matter of time before I started having second thoughts about ingesting synthetic hormones every night. That’s right, I’m talking about The. Pill.

The thought crossed my mind about a month ago. It almost felt like a naughty thought, the notion of taking no birth control. What would my boyfriend think? Would my pill-pushing doctor fall off his chair and faint? Would my friends think I’m some earthy-crunchy hippie?

In regards to the latter, it was quite the opposite. I have a good friend who I often talk to about such intimate things as periods, sex, and birth control-girl talk! When I posed my crazy idea to jump ship to her, she told me that she had already done the same, much to my surprise.

She had been using NuvaRing, and experienced some very unpleasant side effects. But, after only a couple of weeks of having the ring removed (at her insistence), her breakouts and depression, which she associated with the ring, had completely gone away. She was glad for the turn of events, because she said her body needed to “detox from the pill.”

That afternoon I spent at least a couple hours on my phone, poring over articles about the negatives of hormonal birth control and what can happen with long-term use. And that was all it took.

I took my usual dose that night, but vowed to stop by the end of the week. And I did! I was excited and eager to see what sort of things would happen to my body sans the pill. Would I turn into a radiant-skinned, fertile goddess? Only time would tell.

In the meantime, I knew I had to come up with some way of charting my cycle accurately, no matter how primitive. I may be quitting traditional birth control, but I don’t any more babies yet! I did some research, and came across a form of birth control called “The Rhythm Method”. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either.

Basically, it’s exactly as it sounds. You track your monthly cycle and plan accordingly: no sex during fertile days.

But how would one best go about that? Upon further digging, I stumbled upon an article where the author had, like myself, decided to stop taking birth control pills. Instead, she was using an app called “Clue” to track her monthly cycle.

This piqued my interest. An app to replace my pill?! I immediately looked it up and downloaded it, which was completely free. I just filled out some information, and then the little OB/GYN living inside the app calculated my next predicted menstruation, my fertile days, and PMS days. It was all displayed on a neat little chart that is super easy to use. There are other tracking options as well, which have proved useful to me.

Clue can track the heaviness of your flow, any pain, food cravings, mood, any tests you take, whether you have protected or unprotected sex, your digestion, skin, energy, and so on.

As a woman who is not very in touch with her body, this is super helpful information to have and look back on. Plus, the more I use the app, the more accurate my future period predictions will be.

It has been about three weeks now since I gave the pill the boot, and I’m feeling great.

Call it coincidental, but now that I’ve stopped using my birth control, my skin has greatly improved. Other than that, I have not noticed any other changes. But I’m not complaining! I’m just glad that I am no longer putting a whole slew of synthetic hormones into my body. The way I see it, our bodies know how to take care of themselves, and nature is best left alone.

If you are like me and are considering whether you’re actually doing yourself more harm than good by using a traditional birth control, I hope this has inspired you to dig deeper and question whether or not you’re ready to make a change for the better!

To Bra, Or Not to Bra: A General Rule of Thumb

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These days it seems like more and more women are joining the unofficial “no bra movement”, choosing instead to exercise their right to cleavage freedom.

I happen to be one of these women, but not for any rebellious reason. Long story short, I’m a 22 year old trapped in a 13 year old’s body. And by that I mean I have very little boobs. Therefore, I can get away without wearing a bra.

That said, I believe there are some occasions when a woman should not forego a bra. Below are examples of what I believe warrant (and don’t) an under garment.

Please Wear A Bra: 

  • If you are wearing a low-cut shirt and people can clearly see down your shirt when you bend over.
  • With a white shirt. Or at least a tanktop underneath.
  • To a job interview
  • On a first date

Forget The Bra! :

  • Going to the grocery store
  • In the summer (as long as your shirt is not super low-cut)
  • If you’re wearing a camisole instead
  • Hanging around the house
  • If you’re wearing more than one layer, especially if one is a sweatshirt
  • If you’re cleaning
  • If you have tiny boobs
  • If you have big boobs
  • If you’re feeling adventurous
  • Going for a drive
  • Travelling
  • Gardening
  • If it’s super hot, forget it

And ladies, don’t forget to wash your bras! Now that summer is upon us, you’ll want to take extra care and make sure your bra is clean, so as not to get sweaty and gross.

Also worth mentioning that if the back of your bra is too tight/sweaty, it can cause breakouts on your back. Shower!

A Trick To Keep Your Clothes Smelling Amazing

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Hello everyone! Today I am going to share with you a little trick you can use to keep your clothes smelling pretty and clean, long after they’ve come out of the wash!

All you need is a small bottle (even sample size) of perfume, and/or some paper perfume samples from magazines. I read Allure and Cosmo, so I have ample of both.

If you’re using the samples from a magazine, simply tear out the page, open up the sample, and place it in your drawers with your clothes.

Also, you can spray a little bit of perfume into the drawer (or into your closet), and your clothes will smell great when you go to wear them next.

 

 

I Tried Double Cleansing For Two Weeks, And My Results Were Surprising

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“Skin” and “oil” don’t seem like they belong in the same sentence, but after reading this post, you may just change your mind.

I’m always reading about the latest and greatest beauty trends, from products to bizarre treatments.  That’s how I learned about this thing called double cleansing.

To break it down into simple terms, it is basically the practice of washing your face twice: once with an oil cleanser, and then again with a regular cleanser.

Apparently this technique is not at all new to the skin care world. In fact, it has been practiced in Korea for many, many years. And maybe that’s what drew me to it, the fact that it is tried and true. Not to mention the fact that Korea is known for its excellent skin care practices.

I set out to do more research about double cleansing, and find out what sort of an oil cleanser I should be using if I wanted to do this right.

Never having used an oil cleanser before, I had no idea what brands to look for. Turns out, a  lot of skin care companies that I’m already familiar with make oil based cleansers, like Neutrogena, Palmer’s, and my favorite, Burt’s Bees.

I picked my oil cleanser up at Wal-Mart for about $15-a little pricey for me, but a little seems to go a long way. For the second cleanser I decided to use my Cetaphil, which I normally use.

That night I was very eager to try double cleansing for the first time. As I pumped a small amount of oil into my hand and began massaging it over my face, I admit that I felt a little “dirty”! After about 30 seconds, I washed it off with a damp washcloth. My face didn’t immediately break out into monstrous zits,  so that was a good sign.

Before I proceeded to wash with Cetaphil, I took note of how my skin looked and felt. Because I had just rubbed oil all over my face, my skin looked glossy and shiny, and it felt very smooth and moisturized.

The idea behind double cleansing is that the first cleanse with the oil helps to remove large impurities from the skin, which in turn allows the second cleanser (and all other products used) to penetrate the skin better and be more effective. That makes sense!

So, I proceeded to wash my face with Cetaphil like I normally do. After patting my skin dry, I looked very closely at myself in the mirror. Nothing about my face appeared different, but it did feel noticeably softer.

I don’t wash my face in the morning other than with water, and I read that double cleansing only needs to be done once a day. So every evening for the following two weeks, I double cleansed.

Once the first week had passed without any breakouts, I was able to breathe a sigh of relief, as that is ample time for my skin to tell how it will (or won’t) react.

Here we are and the end of the second week, and I have come to really look forward to my evening routine. One of the pluses for me is that I get to massage my face with the oil, which has many benefits on its own. I look at double cleansing as relaxation, rather than an extra step that I have to do.

Overall, the biggest change I see in my skin is that it is softer. But what I  care about more is the fact that double cleansing helps other skin products to be more effective and get deeper into our pores, since I use a topical medication in the evening.

I fully plan to continue double cleansing each night, and look forward to seeing my skin reaching more potential.