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Don’t Be Ashamed to Share: Hysterectomy, Infertility and More

This contributed post is near and dear to my heart for several reasons. First, I 100 percent agree that it is still difficult for many women to open up about the subjects discussed below: hysterectomies, infertility, their bodies, etc. I  had a hysterectomy two years ago, and before I was blessed with Katie, I had to see a fertility specialist. I think this post below makes an important point that we need to talk to each other and not stay silent. 

Sometimes, as women, it is difficult to  discuss intimate issues. And to be honest, it’s easy to understand why. There still seem to be a lot of social expectations that force women to believe they should only act in a certain way or discuss certain topics in public. Although it is much better than it was even 20 years ago, this issue still exists. So, when for any reason, women find themselves having to handle intimate issues that most people don’t talk about, it’s easy to feel at a loss. The main problem with these issues is that they are generally surrounded by silence. As a result, if you’re struggling with any of these topics, you might feel as if you’re the only person dealing with it. You might feel like a failure when everyone else seems to be managing their lives without any trouble. Here’s the thing about intimate issues: You are not alone. This is what a lot of women need to hear:

There’s no shame; things can go wrong down there too

Sometimes, your body doesn’t perform as well as it should. While there is no embarrassment in discussing catching a cold, you should train your mind to perceive intimate issues in the same way. If you’re not ashamed of your cold, why should you be ashamed of experiencing pain while urinating or even while having sex? That’s precisely why there are specialists such as https://www.urologygeorgia.com/, to help you understand the problem and find a solution. Ultimately, you need to be assured that doctors support and respect you.

When there’s no other choice

What defines a woman? Depending on how you feel about your femininity, you might refer to reproductive organs, silhouette or even parental situation to explain what makes you feel like a woman. So, for a lot of women, the idea of having a hysterectomy can be devastating as they often wonder if they are still real women after the operation. But you only need to look at charities such as https://www.hysteriauk.co.uk/ to see that there is massive support around the issues. In fact, for many patients, talking and writing about their feelings can help to redefine the way they perceive themselves.

You struggle to get pregnant

As a woman, you’ll find that society expects you to have children. You might even be dreaming of having children. So, it can be devastating when you try to get pregnant without success. Many women feel so ashamed about it that they prefer not to address the issue in conversation. But don’t think that you’re the only one. There are many reasons why you might be struggling with pregnancy, from infertility to blocked Fallopian tubes. Talking to your doctor and friends can help you to find support and help.

You don’t want children

What if you don’t want to have children? As surprising as it might sound, a lot of women find themselves under fire for choosing not to have children. In reality, it is your own decision, and there is no need to feel guilty about it. You don’t owe the world a child, and more importantly, you are too valuable to let others decide your life. In the end, you’ll find that you can open up about your decision to those you trust.

The bottom line is that a lot of women feel isolated when it comes to their intimate choices and life. Don’t ever think you”re on your own. If you start talking, you’ll find that most women around you can sympathize with your problems, and you to theirs. Spread the word and help destroy the shameful isolation.

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What Is Your Body Trying To Tell You?

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We ignore what our bodies are telling us all of the time. We think that we’re invincible, and often convince ourselves that anything that might be wrong is just an issue that’s going to go away quicker than it started. But these are the things that we should be challenging, not ignoring. Our bodies are speaking volumes to us; all we have to do is make sure we listen. From the simple things like how our hair is growing, to the color of our skin, it all means something in terms of your health. So, here are a few things that you might have been ignoring that we really think you should not be. Here are just a few of them.

Your Eyes

Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your body; yet you may not think of them this way. For example, those with low vision tend to ignore the problem until it gets worse and worse, when a few simple treatments right away might be the better option. From glasses to a cataract surgery, there are plenty of things that can be done. Not doing anything puts a massive strain on your eyes, which will then lead to things, such as headaches, migraines, and even muscle strain. The pain you can get from all three of these is horrendous, so you’re best off being proactive if you notice a problem with your eyesight, such as blurry vision. However, it could be something much more serious than your sight deteriorating. It could be something such as a tumor growing in the brain or lifelong conditions, such as glaucoma.

Your Skin

We value our skin and the way it looks. Or at least we should do. Our skin can often become neglected–from not keeping it hydrated by drinking the right amount of water each day, to forgetting to take our makeup off before bed. But the signs our skin can show us can be a problem much more serious than a few spots breaking out. If you’re noticing that your skin is turning yellow, along with the inside of your eyes turning pale, you’re probably having an issue with your liver. Don’t jump to conclusions; it could be something so minor. But make sure you get it checked out right away. The same is true if you notice moles changing in size or shape or any spots on your skin. A dermatologist can do a body check and see if he or she thinks any more testing is necessary. 

Your Energy

We as humans are tired people. There are those that jump around and seem to have so much energy, but the majority of us just aren’t them. That’s because we’re not giving our bodies what it needs to be able to live a normal and happy life. To do so, you really need around 8-9 hours sleep minimum, 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day, and to keep yourself hydrated with around 8 cups of water each day to make sure you’re feeling as fresh as possible.

What signs do you look for in your body?

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Ready to Be More Organic? It’s More than Just Eating Organic Food

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We all know that eating organic food is much better for our health and the state of the environment. But is that where organic living has to end? You’ll be pleased to hear that there is actually a lot more that can be done in your life, so that you can live a wholesome, naturall,y organic life. It’s not just about food!

Ready to be more organic? Here are some really great tips that can help you get started.

Create An Organic Garden

One of the easiest ways to ensure that all the fruit and vegetables you eat are organic is to start growing it yourself. Growing your own food can be quite difficult, especially if you are completely new to it. But don’t panic; you can start off developing your skills by beginning with the easier produce to grow, such as lettuce, cucumbers, and gherkins. You’ll be able to buy seeds from your local supermarket; but there are also some online stores that sell more exotic fruit and vegetable seeds, if you fancy challenging yourself!

Reduce Your Energy Consumption

Leading a more eco-friendly life is part of living more organically, too. So, it’s important that you try and reduce your household’s energy consumption as much as possible. There are various ways you can do this. First of all, make sure that every electronic device and appliance is turned completely off when it isn’t in use. Next, you should consider switching to a renewable energy source. There are now quite a few energy companies that will install solar panels onto your home’s roof, so that you can use greener energy from a nature-friendly source!

Go Natural With Skincare

You can also improve your skin care so that it’s a lot more organic. First of all, it’s worth finding some natural skin care products. Lots of beauty companies now have a very good range of natural products, as there is such a high demand for them. These are all made from organic ingredients and are completely cruelty-free, meaning they haven’t been tested on animals. If you want, you might also like the idea of trying to make your own skin care products. There are lots of recipes online that use plenty of ingredients you will already have in the house.

Eat Seasonally

There are some people who complain about the price of organic food. Sure, it can sometimes be expensive, but that is usually the case for ingredients and produce that are on sale when they are out of season. So, as you can probably tell, it’s much better to try and eat seasonally whenever you can. There are a few guides that can help you work out your diet, so that it is more in keeping with the season. But one of the best ways to figure out what is in season is to buy from farmers markets, as they will only be able to sell what they are able to grow at the time.

Enjoy your new organic life!

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Recovering From the Indulgence of the Holiday Season

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Christmas can often be a time of indulgence. We all know this. We’ve all felt the after-dinner food coma, sleeping on the couch with a drink in our hand. We’ve all looked in the mirror and at the scales afterwards and wondered how so much weight came on so quickly. Celebrating with family we don’t see often except during the holidays can make us feel this way, so don’t worry about having a good time and indulging. Of course, we all need to get back on track after the holidays.

Here are some of the best tips  you can use to get back on track for the new year:

Diet

After eating all the turkey, goose, duck, or ham, plus other holiday dinner sides and desserts, you can put on some serious pounds. Drinking beers or cocktails can do the same. You might eat more than you usually do in a week because of special Christmas get-togethers and parties; sugary foods or other such calorific items can make you feel a little bloated. For this reason, going on a diet or making a commitment to eat healthy in the new year is your best bet. Which diet should you go on? Well, there are many things you can try. We’d argue sticking to some basics.

First of all, no fad diet will ever help you as much as watching the calories in/calories out method. Calculating the caloric maintenance you need to stay at the same weight, and subtracting 500 from that a day, on top of a little exercise will always help you lose weight and be healthy, unless you have a health condition. This is as complicated as you need to get.

You can also try intermittent fasting. After all, leftovers from the winter feasts might last a long time, and you might desire them more than anything. Try only eating within an eight-hour window, and fast for sixteen. This sounds quite intense, but remember you sleep eight hours a day on average. That means an eating schedule of 12pm to 8pm is all you need to keep to. There are many health benefits to intermittent fasting, including losing weight and reducing the risk of disease.

It also helps you burn more fat because of the period of time that your body goes without digesting a meal. The process is more complicated than that, but that’s it in a nutshell. Better yet? Intermittent fasting is easier to adapt to out of all the diets you could do, because with many diets, eating a limited amount of food can be dreadfully challenging in the first few weeks.

Detox

Many people consume plenty of alcohol during Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, and of course, this is not healthy. Reducing the damage from an over-indulgent Christmas means limiting your drinking or completely ending it for a time. Think of going on a full body detox because it can truly help your body gain good ground in your pursuits of health.

A detox means preventing any intoxicants from entering your body. No booze, no smoking, no caffeine. Just water, healthy meals and maybe dietary supplements. This, coupled with getting plenty of sleep, walking in nature a few times a week, and exercising can help you skyrocket back to your old self and rewind the damage caused through indulgence.

Pets

That’s right, pets can indulge during Christmas too. You might not have realized how many little strips of meat you might have fed them under the table, or how many extra treats you have given them. Your lack of exercise outside might have resulted in fewer walks per week for them as well, meaning that assessing their health is important.

Consider giving them a different type of food that is more healthy for them. If you have been giving them too much for the size of the animal, consider lessening it a little. You can also try giving them fresh veggies for treats instead of the store bought kind. Check out topdogvitamins.com for some of the best supplements you can provide your dog with, in order to make sure their nutritional needs are being taken care of. Sure, your pet loves the holiday leftovers, too, but an overweight dog can have way too many health problems.

Get Active

Getting active helps to lose weight and feel more energetic. You’ve probably spent many days watching Christmas films and playing on your new electronics over the Christmas period, and now is the time to get outside. Consider going on long walks with your family around your surrounding town or village, and walk your pets more frequently, too. Some people will have to bundle up, but once you start walking, the weather won’t bother you so much.

Connect with family you haven’t spoken to in a while, and plan active outings instead of sitting in their homes to visit. Consider picking up a new habit in the new year. Starting martial arts, yoga or simply heading to the gym more often can do you all the good in the world and are all great ways to get out outside the house.

Catch Up On Professional Responsibilities

Your career has likely been on hold for some time over the Christmas period. This break can be well needed, and it might have completely refreshed your outlook. If you can, however, stay in touch with your business using your home office and catch up with your responsibilities one or two times during the holiday break. Maybe, you have some professional development you’ve been putting off. You might need to catch up with a few old clients or rectify a troubling situation. You might simply need to resolve your taxes before the new year. Make sure you schedule some professional time, too, and take care of anything you most need to. This can give you the best start to the new year, happy that you have nothing left pending or threatening to turn into a bigger issue. This can also refocus your mind in a much more positive way than working on a cold Monday morning when you return to work.

With these tips, your Christmas period should be bookended with positivity to make the entire indulgent period vindicated. We hope you had a blast and an even happier New Year.

Do you have any tips for recovering from the holiday season? 

 

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Keeping Track of Your Natural Cycles and Their Importance

Sometimes it can seem like our lives run like clockwork. We get up at a similar time each day, head to work, take breaks, come home, meet friends, and catch up with family. Every now and then, we might have a holiday thrown in. But when it comes to our bodies, things aren’t always so reliable or written in stone. This can be relatively inconvenient. But not to worry. Here are a few simple ways to track your natural cycles, giving you peace of mind and improving your overall health, well being, and understanding of your body.

Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation

Most women will generally have a menstrual cycle that lasts around 28 days. This process sees natural changes occurring in your body to allow for the chance to procreate. However, unfortunately for us, we all have different cycles, and these can vary not only from woman to woman but for an individual from one month to another. Now, there are several reasons that you may want to keep track of your menstrual cycle. Firstly, it allows you to prepare yourself for your period. It’s always beneficial to know when you are due to start, as this allows you to keep your mooncup or other sanitary items with you around the time that you may need them. If you are trying to have children, charting your menstrual cycle can also allow you to work out which days you are most fertile. Try out the Flo app. This is a simple way to keep a record of your cycle and helps to make relatively accurate predictions regarding menstruation and ovulation through its use of machine learning (or artificial intelligence).

Pregnancy

When you’re bringing a new life into the world, chances are that you’ll want to know exactly what is going on within your body and how this lines up to medical expectations and others’ experiences. You’re going to be experiencing some pretty big changes over the next few months, so it’s not all too surprising that you’ll want to feel in control every step of the way. Many newly pregnant women are unsure of when exactly they conceived. So they may feel a little lost when it comes to knowing when to expect their little one’s arrival into the world. Know your due date from early on by using a simple online calculator. It will use information regarding your last menstrual period (or LMP) to identify your last ovulation date. This can give you a little peace of mind until your next doctor’s appointment.

Sleep Cycle

Many of us are sleep deprived without even knowing it! We’re just so used to being tired and getting on with things. But new wearable technology means that we can get a better and more comprehensive insight into our sleep patterns from the comfort of our very own homes. Devices such as Fitbit can monitor your heart rate while you sleep, allowing you to track how many hours you get, how many times you’re disturbed or woken and how much time you spend in REM. This can help you to make changes if necessary.

As you can see, having a deeper and more thorough understanding of your body and its cycles is much more simple than ever before!

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