5 Common Side Effects of Contraceptive Pill

November 7, 2017 Joseph Melvin 0

Taking oral contraceptive is one of the most common methods of birth control. In the US, more than 12 million women take this pill every year. It is very effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy if taken times every day. According to reports produced by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), the chance of unintended pregnancy is 0.01% if you take the contraceptive pill.

The pills contain hormones called estrogen and progesterone. There are two types of pills; one is the combination pill that contains both the hormones and the other one contains only the progesterone hormone. The combination pill is sometimes referred to as ‘mini pills’.

Many people have vague knowledge about the side effects of the contraceptive pill. The side effects vary from one person to the other. Here we will discuss some of the common side effects of taking pills.

Nausea and headache


You may experience nausea after taking the pill. This usually happens during the first few months after you start taking the contraceptive pill. Slowly, you will start to feel better. If you take the pill along with your breakfast or before going to bed, then you not have the feeling of nausea anymore. You can also develop a headache and migraine for taking pills. But the condition will get better over time.

Mood swings


Most women experience mood swings after they start taking the contraceptive pill. According to a study, it is found that the area of the brain that is connected with responding to reward or analyzing stimuli becomes thin. This results in depression. If you are experiencing brain fog contraceptive pill may be the cause of it. If you stay depressed for a long time, you should contact your doctor.

Reduced libido


Some women may start to have a lower sex drive after taking contraceptive pills. But this is not the case for everyone. Some women, in fact, has more sex drive after taking the pills. If lower sex drive is affecting your relationship then you should contact a doctor.

Vaginal discharge


Some people might notice changes in the vaginal discharge after taking pills. This is not harmful, but if the vaginal discharge is less during sex, then your experience might be painful. You can use extra lubrication to make your sex more pleasurable. If you think that you might have an infection, you must consult a doctor.

Breast tenderness


Some women who are on contraceptive pills report that their breasts become enlarged and tender. This is a temporary condition and will go away. But if you have breast pain or any kind of swelling in your breast, you should see a doctor immediately.

Missed periods or having vaginal bleeding between periods are also reported as a result of taking contraceptive pills. Many people think that they gain weight after taking the pills, but no study has proved such thing yet. Another misconception is that contraceptive pills increase the chances of having cancer. In fact, contraceptive pills reduce the risk of bowel cancer. You should try out a number of pills to see which one you are most comfortable with. You can also contact a doctor for consultation regarding this matter.

 

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Different types of Emergency Contraception

October 30, 2017 Joseph Melvin 0

Emergency contraception can is taken when you want to avoid unplanned pregnancy. It is very popular among the young women now as it can save them from many awkward situations. These pills are very effective in preventing pregnancy. If you take them within 72 hours then you will only have 1% to 2% chance of being pregnant. Some of the emergency pills remain effective for up to 5 days.

The emergency contraception disrupts the natural hormone production of our body. It prevents pregnancy by slowing down ovulation, preventing fertilization or implantation and disrupting the way eggs and sperms move. There are many types of emergency contraception available on the market now. All these are approved by the FDA. These are discussed below.

Pills containing progestin only

Plan B, Next Choice, Minipill, etc. fall in this group. These are very effective and have only few side effects. You can buy these without any doctor’s prescriptions.

Pills containing progestin and estrogen

These are usually not sold as emergency contraception. But a number of brands suggest that if you take these in higher doses then these will work as emergency pills.

Pills containing antiprogestin

It is known as Ella and is the most effective emergency contraceptive pills available now. However, it is more expensive than the other pills.

Copper-T

This device can help to prevent unwanted pregnancy. You can use it within five days of having sex. It is very effective. Those who don’t like taking oral contraception can choose this option.

There are no side effects of taking prostegin-only pills. If you take pills containing estrogen and progestin then you might have nausea and vomiting tendency. Some people even have abdominal pain and headache. It is always better to take the pills with food to reduce the chances of these side effects. Before taking the emergency contraceptive pills you should make sure that you are not pregnant. If you are pregnant then emergency contraception can be harmful. There is a high risk of miscarriage.

Before taking emergency contraception, it is always better to ask a doctor. With so many types of emergency contraception available today, your doctor can prescribe the right one for you. You shouldn’t take emergency contraception as regular birth control pills. Always keep in mind that these are for emergency situations only. Try having safe sex so that you can reduce the chance of any sexually transmitted infections.…

Put That Oxygen to Good Use! How Breathing Techniques Can Immediately Relive Tension

August 2, 2017 Joseph Melvin 0

Life is anything but predictable. In the blink of an eye, things can go from normal to crazy. When such things occur, your mental health will suffer—among other things.

When faced with such an event, you’d be surprised at how well a deep breath or deep breathing can work.

What is deep breathing?

It is the breathing that you can do by contracting your diaphragm. Your diaphragm is the muscle between the thoracic cavity and your abdomen’s cavity.  This usually involves the slow inhalation and holding of oxygen in the lungs. It is shortly followed by slow expulsion. Repetition is important to gain maximum positive effect.

Why does it work?

It has been long established that the way we breathe can affect the whole body. When you breathe a certain way, it can affect you in a positive or a negative way.

When you breathe in a good way, you can significantly lower your stress levels. On a scientific level, inhaling and holding oxygen interrupts your fight or flight response. That response is what is triggered whenever you feel stressed.

Deep breathing is often best when done in situations of duress. It is also something that practitioners of alternative medicine stand by.

Benefits of deep breathing

It makes you happy

Not in a weird sort of way, of course. When you breathe deeply, your body relaxes and produces endorphins. If you aren’t familiar with Endorphins, these are the chemicals that your body creates to stimulate joy and it also works as a natural painkiller.

It makes your lungs stronger

When you are able to carry and process more oxygen, your body benefits more. Your minerals will be processed through your blood efficiently.

It calms you down

There are a lot of positive psychological effects of deep breathing. There is a reason why deep breathing has always been part of yoga exercises. When you take a step back and calm yourself, you’ll be able to make better decisions.

Food For Thought

When you find yourself in a hard situation, don’t let stress win. Take time to breathe deeply. We’ve got a lot of oxygen around so it’s best to put it to good use!

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No Delicious Fruit without Good Roots: Parental Care 101

July 29, 2017 Joseph Melvin 0

At least, I hope you’re having a good day.

When you’re parents, suddenly life goes on Nightmare Mode. It’s fairly easy to putting self-care on the back burner until everything with the kids get sorted out. However, what a lot of parents don’t realize is that the whole “kids” package won’t ever end.

Not even when they’re all grown up and living their own lives. A parent’s worry is a worry to be carried until they die. With that now established, any parent reading this must now recognize the importance of self-care.

What is self-care?

This refers to satisfactorily meeting your personal needs. If you’ve ever played the game The Sims, there are status bars which deteriorate over time. This is pretty much people work. We all have needs which slowly or drastically depreciate as time goes by.

It can all depend on the environmental factors you find yourself in. Stressors play a big part in how much you may need self-care. When you’re a parent, self-care is critical.

Why do parents need suitable self-care?

When you’re a parent, you’re fully responsible for a brand new life (or two). To cultivate the growth of decent human beings, a proper environment is needed. When parents are constantly under stress and remiss with their self-care, it can lead to disastrous consequences.

So what sorts of self-care should parents prioritize?

Getting suitable rest

This is one of the things that any expert will tell you. Your faculties will suffer if you do not get suitable rest. When your child’s well-being rests on you being able to care for them appropriately, suitable rest is critical.

Getting help for personal issues

If you have any longstanding personal issues like rage or depression, get help. It isn’t anything to be ashamed about. It is actually best to get help now and avoid any untoward exchanges or events involving the children.

Food For Thought:

When you’re a parent, the general aim is to raise good and healthy individuals. This cannot happen if the parent does not care for themselves appropriately. You can’t have good fruit is the tree’s roots are rotten.…

Never Just One Kind: The Amazing Types of Therapy

June 2, 2017 Joseph Melvin 0

The subject of health isn’t always easy to talk about. You can’t really keep going without eventually stepping on some toes. While it is generally accepted that good health is important, the method in which it is attained varies.

Every person has their own preference. However, what I’ve always found to be odd was the lack of understanding regarding therapy. The general consensus is that it is something that either mentally disturbed or physically recovering people need.

The topic of therapy is much more than that. Today, let’s take a look at some of the branches of therapy!

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is the more well-known form of therapy. This deals with those who are coming from prolonged illness or injury. Those who have arthritis also find this to be quite helpful. Physical therapy aims to bring back any faulty or weak functions of the limbs and other body parts.

Physical therapy is regularly depicted in film and TV. The duration of physical therapy will vary on case to case basis.

Speech Therapy

This form of therapy helps those with communication. Comprehension, usage, and even confidence in speaking are tackled with this form of therapy. While you may be wondering if these are for those with learning disabilities, the client base for this type of therapy isn’t as limited as that. Those who come from injury wherein there is damage to certain parts of the brain.

 Talking Therapy

The term ‘talking therapy’ refers to all the different variety of psychological therapy. As you may know, this refers to those who may need help coping or addressing personal, familial, or societal issues. Those battling mental issues will find the variety of psychological therapy quite helpful.

Talking therapy is not a one size fits all service. There needs to be extensive sessions where professional diagnosis is made. That way, the experts may be able to narrow down which specific talking therapy is needed for a client.

These are only a few of the different types of therapy. The benefits of therapy are great as long as treatment is consistent and expertly assisted.