Lady Things

Men, this post is not for you.  Go away.  You have been warned.

Ok ladies, I’m going to tell you about some of my favorite lady things.  Those of you who can’t talk about lady issues might want to go away too.
TMI or not, I can’t not tell you about things that change my life so much for the better.
I will go in order from least to most TMI.
1. Progesterone Cream
The last several months, my cycle has gotten shorter and shorter.  Now I’m not one to complain about a non-consistant cycle… but if it’s going to change I would rather it get LONGER not shorter.  My sisters convinced me to try  progesterone cream to balance things out.  I tried it a few years ago but all it seemed to do was make me eat more.  So I gave it up, but as I refuse to admit that I am pre-menopausal at the age of 30, I was willing to try it again.
After two months of using the cream, my cycle is back to normal.  And THIS month, it didn’t last as long!  Awesome!  I also didn’t feel the need to stuff my face (also good).
And as an added bonus, absolutely no PMS this month.  At. All.  I could have sworn my period was early because I was so cheerful and full of energy, it wasn’t until I counted the days that I discovered it was right on time.

For more information on why to use Progesterone Cream, just google it.  There are a lot of benefits.
2. I can’t use for some reasons, and won’t use for other reasons nearly all forms of birth control.  It’s not that I’m against it, it just doesn’t work out.  I find the various forms at best inconvenient and at worse worse extremely invasive.
Then I discovered “Natural Family Planning” (NFP).  People have been using these methods in order to TRY go get pregnant for years, so why on can’t you use the same method in order to NOT get pregnant?  The answer is you can!  Now before you roll your eyes and say “You know what they call people who use the rhythm method? Parents” keep in mind that NFP is NOT the rhythm method.  The rhythm method, besides having a horribly uncomfortable name, uses the calendar.
A woman’s fertility cycle is based on many factors and not only varies from woman to woman, but also varies from month to month.  NFP has nothing to do with the calendar and everything to do with a woman’s symptoms.  Most women don’t even realize what is going on in your own body.  I certainly didn’t until I started paying attention.  The “you ovulate on day 14” is a total myth.
The truth is that women are only fertile for just a few days a month, the rest of the time your body is a very hostile environment for sperm.  So if you know what you are doing, you can either abstain or use a prophylactic during those few days.  Easy enough and no chemicals to mess me up.
I suggest the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility.  I found it very informative and clinical, with no religious or spiritual overtones (for those of us who don’t think that birth control is wrong, just inconvenient and invasive). The only complaint I have is that there is brief “hero worship” talk in one of the appendixes about Margaret Sanger that I don’t appreciate at all, (Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist who wanted to exterminate people of color, wanted to “assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.” and was the founder of Planned Parenthood, but that is a post for another day), other than that, I really found it great.  I got it from the library, renewed it then bought my own copy 🙂

3. Ok ladies, if you found those last two to be too much for you, then go elsewhere because this is going to be worse.
I introduce you to the Diva Cup.  I’ll let you research how to use it.  There are also a lot of different brands, so it’s a good idea to find the right size and there is a little learning curve, but there always is with something new.
I have gone from going through ridiculous amounts pads and tampons (often having to be used at the same time) to using a tiny panty liner on the especially heavy days.
AND (the best part) this is the first time I haven’t felt disgusting and gunky all day long and this is the first month I haven’t been seriously grossed out by my period.
Now I’m not a tree-hugger by any stretch of the imagination.  In fact, once something touts that it’s “green” that is almost enough for me NOT buy it at all.  Common sense and a little consideration is all that it takes to be “green”  (again, a post for another day).  But I do like that I’m not clogging up landfills and spending money that I don’t have to.

Well there you have it ladies, congratulations if you hung on this long!

  • Brandi says:

    Thanks for this post!
    I love the TCOYF book. I have PCOS and it helped me immensely in figuring out why things weren’t working right, and helped me have both of my kids.
    You’re not the first Diva devotee I’ve heard of… I usually use cloth pads rather than disposable, but I can’t quite get on the Diva wagon. But the more I hear about it… maybe eventually. 🙂

  • Wow – actually really good information here!

  • Rachel says:

    Big fan of the DivaCup!! Been using one for about 6 months. So worth it.

  • Heather B says:

    TOTALLY with you on #1 (obviously -I’m one of your sisters that tried to convince you 🙂 and I’ve read a lot on #2 and am very impressed. I had a neighbor that planned every single one of their 8 children for EXACTLY when they wanted them, using nothing but NFP. There’s much more to it than most people initially think they know, like you said. And for #3… I’ve contemplated something like that for years now, I’m SO sick of wasting money too, and like you, if it seems ‘green’, then NO THANKS! But glad to hear a testimonial from somebody who’s trying and liking an alternative. Hmmm, maybe. You may have to call me and give me more info 🙂 Good post, by the way, despite the personal subject matter, GREAT info and very helpful stuff. Thanks for having the guts to post it!

  • Kira =] says:

    I’ve been curious about #1 after what I’ve heard from your sisters. It’s awesome that you found a great free way to take care of your fertility that doesn’t mess up your body. I’m just not a fan of huge exposure to unnecessary hormones. I have been very interested in the Diva Cup for a few years. When it comes to that I just want what makes me feel the most comfortable. Mine does cost me a lot of money each month. Might have to e-mail for a more thorough discussion on it.

  • Donna says:

    I’ve been wondering about the Diva cup for years. Though, thanks to my IUD, I have no need for it currently. Gotta say, I LOVE the Mirena IUD, though I know it’s not for everyone.
    I’ve never read the book for #2, but years ago when I started trying to get pregnant, I realized that my body gave me pretty clear signs when I was ovulating that I’d never paid attention to before. It wasn’t hard after that to use those signs to avoid getting pregnant as well. Human bodies are pretty amazing.
    SO, that’s my contribution to TMI.

  • Megan b says:

    Yeah, I learned eventually that the ovulating on day 14 is a myth. My kids were all conceived on day 8 or 9 🙂 I will thinking on this diva cup thing…. I am intrigued, to be sure…. but….

  • Liz says:

    I learned about the Diva Cup from Pinterest, of all places. I want to try one, but since I’m pregnant right now . . . . 😀

  • Beth says:

    Love your blog! And I love #2, too! Although, the other two are a little bit sketchy… I’ll take your word for it and stick with my ways for awhile 🙂

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