Being a woman is the most beautiful thing ever. We have the ability to do practically everything. As we grow, we watch our body transition into different phases. I remember being a young girl, about the age of 13 or so, and trying to find my identity. Questioning if wearing a hoodie and a dress made me a “tom-girl” or if wearing a bigger bra made me look a bit older than my age. It was always a question that I asked myself. It’s like you’re on this quest to find out what makes you feel more womanly all while becoming more in-tune with your body.
Menstrual cycle: [( men -strooh-uhl, men -struhl)]
Process of ovulation and menstruation in women and other female primates.
It’s something that most girls experience at some point. I remember the time when I received my period. It felt like breaking news. It was such a big deal for me. In that moment I felt like a woman. I felt like life had changed for me in so many ways. I was officially an adult (so I thought). I couldn't wait to tell my friends. It was like I was one step ahead of the other girls in school who hadn't gotten their cycle yet. As time went on and I grew a little older I began to hate having a period. PMS became much more intense for me. Hormones fluctuating, leading to emotional highs and lows and I felt as if I was on some kind of rollercoaster. When I started to become sexually active birth control seemed very foreign but necessary non the less. The options where limitless: Pills, IUD, Depo Shot, Condoms, The Patch….the list goes on. Choosing the best fit for me became a challenge and extremely overwhelming. My first start with birth control was the pill. My thoughts were, how hard could this possibly be. Follow the damn chart and take one every few hours as directed. I became forgetful, missing time slots and some days not taking the pill at all. So then I realized that wasn't working for me. I needed something easier. My Gynecologist had recommended another bc method. NuvaRing!
Heres My Experience:
NuvaRing specifically makes me feel all of the emotions. I can wake up and be in the greatest mood and suddenly an hour later, i’m flustered with tears streaming down my face. Theres good months and theres the bad months. Cramping can appear at any time of the day or hour and sometimes it’s so intense that I have to sit and practice breathing techniques to feel a sense of normality again. The hormonal imbalance birth controls bring is a very trying process. In one hand, yes you are preventing pregnancy, and are enjoying your early twenties living in New York city and children are not in the near future (crosses fingers). You feel protected. But in the other hand, you're balled up in a fetal position, feeling overwhelmingly emotional about not being able to indulge in Friday nights excursion with friends because cramps have gotten the best of you. You are constantly trying to pick your poison, find what methods and home remedies work best, all while trying to enjoy life’s day to day offers.
What I Did About It:
So after extensive research I stumbled across a remedy that actually works. To alleviate cramps, I like to apply about 5 to 7 drops of lavender oil topically on the area where the cramps are striking. Lavender has many purposes, commonly known for its calming property. I allow the oil to sit and work its magic while I lay or go about my day. There are other essential oils that work well for cramping and can be applied topically as well. Find your match, and feel a lot better about mother natures arrival this month!