Worrying as a Woman: Feminine Health
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We deal with SO much as women. Think about it. I don't even know where to start sometimes! From the moment we're kids, we're introduced to the idea of "image": our weight, our hair, our face, and we're quickly introduced to how complex (and simultaneously beautiful) our bodies are.
The title of this post isn't referring to worrying about our physical safety per-say (that's another whole topic), but rather the struggles and concerns we have with our bodies. Women's health is so complex and tricky, and I'm still trying to figure it all out at the age of 26.
I can't even tell you guys how many feminine "issues" I've had. I can only assume that the majority of you all reading this post have experienced at least one time in your life where you were in tears because of something having to do with simply being a woman -- A trip to the OBGYN that didn't go as planned, a missed period, a funky smell (don't be weird, we've all been there), pain, the list goes on and on.
We have to deal with enough in our day-to-day lives as women. We have to take care of ourselves, most likely balance a career, bleed once a month filled with discomfort and cramps, deal with crazy hormonal changes, and spend a ridiculous amount of money on beauty expenses (I swear, getting my nails is a whole bill).
Think about it -- The cycle never ends. I remember a few times over the course of my twenties going to my annual OBGYN appointment and worrying about the results. Something ALWAYS felt off, and I just couldn't figure out how to properly balance my hormones and my body. Not to mention the cost of these appointments, blood work and testing, AND having to sit and wait worried? We have no reason to add more concerns to our plate.
PS FRIENDLY REMINDER TO VISIT YOUR GYNECOLOGIST/OBGYN IF YOU HAVEN'T IN THE LAST YEAR! MAKE THAT APPOINTMENT.
I've personally dealt with a few issues "down there". I don't shy away from talking about it because WE ALL DEAL WITH IT. I've had a million conversations with my girlfriends about what we're going through, asking each other for advice, feedback, etc.
Being a woman is A LOT. It's exhausting. And expensive. And a blessing.
There's zero reason to add additional stress to what we already deal with. Chances are, you've had some sort of mishap during sex at one point in your life...broken condom, no condom, forgot to take your birth control, something. It happens. Nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of, but it's our job to be responsible to ourselves as women.
Plan B One Step is made just for that - To reduce the risk of pregnancy after a mishap or an accident. It works mainly by delaying ovulation and preventing pregnancy BEFORE it begins. It is NOT an abortion pill and won't affect an existing pregnancy. The main ingredient, levonorgestrel, is the same ingredient found in many birth control pills, just at a higher dose.
know, I know. Taboo. Pregnancy, vaginas, sex, LIFE! I don't shy away from these topics because they are real, and they affect us all or someone we know. I'm all about talking about things that help women, be it emotional, physical, or internal. Plan B One Step is a product that's there to help women, and I 100% believe that emergency contraception is an important option for all women.
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The sooner you take Plan B One-Step, the better it works. After unsafe sex or an accident, it's best to take it immediately. Plan B One-Step must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or birth control failure, and as always, you should take as directed on the packaging.
IMPORTANT: Taking Plan B One-Step will NOT impact a woman's future or long-term fertility. You don't need an ID to purchase -- I was able to find it on the feminine care aisle at Target. Some retailers will have it behind the counter, but if you're unable to locate it a pharmacist will always be able to help you.
Remember to always take care of you. Our bodies are a complicated, beautiful thing -- Treat them well! Practice safe sex, keep your hygiene on point, wash with unscented soap down there, and don't be afraid of emergency contraception when situations don't go as planned.