Introducing the Women's Wellness Series
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As I’ve mentioned before, I love to write about things that I have learned. A lot of my blog post ideas stem from the fact that searched for similar information and couldn’t find it. Something that I started learning about a couple years ago is women’s wellness. Simple things like “period literacy” - knowing about your cycle, how it works, when you can actually get pregnant, what kind of discharge means what, etc just isn’t that well known, let alone taught. I don’t know about you, but neither my 5th grade puberty video, nor my 8th grade “the talk” assembly addressed these topics. Heck, my 9th grade biology class, where I took anatomy by correspondence, didn’t even go over it. Why is that? When you know what is going on in your body or what isn’t going on that should be, not only does it empower you, but it also helps you make better decisions for yourself. Oh and FEEL BETTER.
It probably truly began when I started learning more about clean and nontoxic beauty, but really got deep when I started learning more about birth control and what it does to our bodies. To learn more about my story and quitting birth control, you can click here. Since then I have taken my basal body temperature (BBM) for 2 years, seed cycled, and more. This year I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis after having to go through a colonoscopy, and since then have had to navigate an autoimmune disease… which is apparently pretty common for women my age (late 20s / early 30s). BUT NO ONE REALLY TALKS ABOUT IT. I’ve received so many messages from you that said you found out you had a certain disease, finally figured out what was wrong, or sought help - not because of me, but because my content prompted you to get checked out. I get it. Going to the doctor is sometimes scary. I put it off for way too long. I don’t always love sharing so many personal things, but the reason I do it, is because I figure if it helps one person, that is enough for me. I love helping people and created my blog to assist others.
I also want to be a place of encouragement. In Dallas I experienced a doctor that completely dismissed my comments and thoughts about my health. I actually noticed that I had a short cycle (24 days versus 28 - 32 days), which meant I was imbalanced in some kind of way. I remember showing her my tracking and she glanced and was like yeah you’re fine and hurriedly left the room. I know that some people people read google and think that makes them know better than a board certified physician, but I never pretended to feel that way / be that way. I just wanted to present my findings and have a discussion. This was also the same doctor that told me getting off birth control just wasn’t affective. You know what isn’t affective? Not knowing your body and how it works.
Don’t let one doctor make you abandon ship. Keep trying! I have found wonderful doctors here in LA! My approach is definitely two-pronged. I’m super thankful for Western medicine and medications, but I also believe in Eastern medicine. I mean if you can eat something or have a procedure like acupuncture that could possible help you, why wouldn’t you do it?! I get it if it is a money thing, but what’s the harm try if you can afford it? Sure I’m for knowing your body and “woo woo” type things, but know I also am super thankful for modern medicine. If it wasn’t for Western medicine, my inflammation levels wouldn’t have dropped to 29g this week (November) from 1068.6g back in January. That’s so crazy!!
All that to say, I’m stoked to bring you a new series. I wrapped up my year-long Women in the Workplace series a couple months back and was trying to think of a new series to start. Starting next Wednesday, I’ll be doing a Women’s Wellness series!! Some topics will be more surface level and others might get deep. Either way I hope to educate and inform. Please send and requests or topics you’d like me to cover. Just as a reference, I am not a doctor. Always check with your physician before beginning supplements and such. I’m excited to dive in next week. Stay tuned!! XOXO
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