THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CONTRACEPTIVE PILL

newproject_1_originalBefore we get into the dark ‘truth’ about these Monday to Sunday pills, we should get ourselves familiar with the back story. Basically, society want to have sex without getting pregnant and without the restriction of condoms. The condom part is largely male driven because let’s face it…. women just want to feel erm…full. Pardon my crudeness. Interestingly, the pill was only initially available to married women when it was released in 1961. God forbid we should be caught with our knickers down if we didn’t have a husband. ‘That girl ought to be ashamed of herself!’. This rule lasted all of six years because the pharmaceutical companies realised ‘Hey there is a large profit to be made here!’. Hence why your doctor prescribes meds for everything instead of encouraging natural ways of healing…but that’s clearly a blog for another day!

Now, according to this article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15984258 , the contraceptive pill has been called the greatest scientific invention of the 20th Century. Which it probably is…for men. This article also states that 70% of women in the UK are on the pill or have taken it at some point in their lives. Now that is scary. As you have been patient in reading this introduction, all shall now be revealed. Side note: I felt it important to share this in case other women are struggling and they can’t figure out why.

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I have been known to my family as RUTH. Short for RUTHLESS. Not a very endearing name to say the least. From the age of 14 years old I went on the pill to regulate and reduce the pain of my period. Had those side effects been the only ones I may still be on it now. For the next ten years of my life I would have a cloudy, angry mind, an extremely short fuse and endless migraines. The migraines were unbearable. The longest was 28 hours and I couldn’t leave my bed or come out from under the covers. Painkillers didn’t even dent them. I literally thought my brain was going to explode. During a shift at the bookies one day, my vision went blurry, I couldn’t speak and I couldn’t add up. I fell off my chair and pulled myself into the toilet and turned the light off until the duty manager arrived. On reflection, the symptoms suggested a minor stroke but because I was 19 and naive, I dismissed it.

It’s hard to say which was the most difficult, the migraines or the moods. If I was calling a company about a bill I would end up flipping even if the advisor I was speaking to was giving world class customer service. But to me the inconvenience of having to take 5 minutes out of my day to make a premium call to a company I don’t want to speak to was torture. Even during dialling I would hyperventilate with anger and just wait for a reason to start screaming. After these types of calls I would just sit and cry out of frustration and bae would be like ‘seriously though what did you get out of that’ and the guilt would set in.

Other instances have included calling my father derogatory names and telling him to get out of my life, ripping cables and wires out of walls, destroying my own possessions because being destructive helped rid me of the energy that took over my body. Because I had no rational thought I would spend my wages without a second thought and leave myself without basic needs such as food. Shopping also made me feel better…. which is ironic as I knew eventually I would destroy what I bought in a rage with my bare hands. The worst habit I got into, which I still do today but much more diplomatically, is tell people uncomfortable truths. If my comments upset my nearest and dearest I would just say something like ‘well the truth hurts…. bitch’. How awful! When I think back to how I felt during those years I could vomit in disgust.

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Whilst there were hundreds of occurrences like this, there was one thought I had which still makes me shiver now. The strong deep-seated feeling that I wanted to slowly tear somebody’s limbs off. I’d pray for a woman (or a man!) to start something so I could get into a scrap and rid myself of the strong feelings that were coursing through my veins like snakes. Had my love not loved me so much, I may have never recognised that I had lost my shit completely and needed to find a way back to rational thought. Neither of us considered the pill was the root cause so I tried exercising, eating healthy, getting more sleep, changing my surroundings….and alas nothing changed.

The penny dropped when I started to become conscious of what I was eating. Watching programmes like ‘The Sugar Documentary’ opened my eyes to what chemicals in foods do to the body. Consuming the parasitic chemicals in processed food could lead to serious illnesses such as cancer, as well as restricting day to day life due to the internal reactions they cause. Once I cleaned up my diet, I was devastated to find the feeling was still there lurking in the background. It was like a shadow that started at my feet, twisted up tightly around my body and finally made a permanent evil settlement in my brain, squeezing the life out of my rational thought.

So, after one particularly bad day of wanting to murder the world and smash up my house, I happened across the leaflet of the contraceptive pill I was taking. I’d never really given the side effects a thought before and my interest in how chemicals impacted on the brain and body roused my interest. In my contraceptive taking lifetime I used Microgynon, Yasmin and Cilest so I decided to look at the side effects in more detail (on an actual PC because phones didn’t have standard internet then…lol). The points below are the side effects I personally experienced from taking the contraceptive pill and these are listed in their literature-

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches
  • Increased chance of blood clotting
  • Depression
  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Disturbance in liver function
  • Mood swings

Serious Side effects

  • sudden and severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance

In the case of Yasmin, 6.7% women were discontinued from the clinical trials due to an adverse reaction and yet this product is available to young girls and women around the world!

After some discussion with bae, I decided to just stop taking it. I didn’t go to my doctor as I didn’t feel they would take me seriously. Every time I discussed contraception they tried to convince me to get the implant in my arm. Having heard and seen horror stories about the implant, I told my doctor I didn’t want to be asked about this again and I asked him to make a note of this on my file.

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The Results

Well, what can I say…a week in with no pill down my neck and I felt like a phoenix rising from the flames. My mind was clearer than it had been since my school days. My brain went to the laughter function quite easily and never strayed into angry thoughts. If it tried to, I could acknowledge them and send them away. I was rational again! The heavy cloud of being misunderstood and miserable floated away to find some other poor soul. Bae said it was like he’d met me for the first time all over again. Then that got me thinking, how many relationships have fallen apart because of this? How many women were feeling worthless, misunderstood, depressed and/or suicidal? From that moment on I told myself I would never put my reproduction system in the hands of a man made chemical again. Inhibiting my eggs for years at a time was not natural to me and the thought of potential damage to my cycle consumed me. Luckily, everything settled down after around three months or so. Experiencing a proper period after 10 years was hard going but I took joy from knowing my body was functioning as nature intended, not as a man in a lab intended.

Since my experience, I have seen other women go through the same struggle. During a camping trip, my usually kind hearted and fun friend was in a foul mood. Her temper was so short she threw a bag of metal pans at her brother! Immediately after she felt so consumed with anger, regret and upset she even exclaimed ‘what’s wrong with me?!’. She too stopped taking the pill and felt rational and happy after just a week too. So, whether you agree with the pill or not, the struggle is real for many women and they are better off using the natural method. If this story sounds familiar to you, I urge you to stop taking it for just a few weeks and I guarantee you will feel a million times better!

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2007/sep/12/health.medicineandhealth

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/sexual-health/a7829/cilest-ethinylestradiol-and-norgestimate/

http://www.rxlist.com/yasmin-side-effects-drug-center.htm

http://www.dokteronline.com/en/microgynon-30/package-leaflet/

Birthday Blog

newproject_1_original-7Today is my birthday. (Edit…it was two days ago)

Born 9th April 1988, on the 100th day of the year, on the 142nd Grand National Day, just after 1pm. My dad lost his bet…a great start.

Throughout my twenty-nine years on this earth I have pretty much had as much freedom as I have wanted. What a beautiful thing. Reflecting on that, I admit I did not use that freedom wisely most of the time, which is selfish when considering how much some people would simply like freedom. On turning twenty-nine I still unashamedly enjoy some of the same things as I did when I was 9 or 19. I feel I have also learned a million life lessons…but I didn’t feel like that when turning 28…

…interesting.

It is a common notion that knocking on thirty’s door is a time of growing up ‘properly’ once and for all. No more excuses for bad behaviour or for not looking after yourself. Spontaneous drinking sessions with friends fade and those annoying things start to batter at your walls…
…expectations.

As the big 3 0 looms closer, there are suddenly one hundred and one expectations placed20170411_102615 on us. ‘When are you having kids?’ and ‘When are you getting married?’ …are the most frequently asked questions if you haven’t already done those things. Of course, millions treasure the idea of domestic bliss…but not all. There are still those who are happy to embrace the opportunities that arise from simply being one with oneself. The absence of responsibility and obligation is its own fairy-tale and it’s not one that we can all give up easily. It is a little bewildering as to why some view this as unusual or horrifying; ‘time is running out if you want to settle down!’. These kinds of responses can push us in to thinking we must act to keep up with the ‘norms’ of society, instead of growing old alone in a cardboard box somewhere as our heart really desires.

Even when you do embrace a life other than the domestic one, it won’t be good enough for everyone. If you haven’t completed their imaginary list of things to do before you’re thirty then you’re a big fat failure. When our minds cloud with other people’s expectations and ideals we ultimately lose ourselves. And that is the key to happiness at any age. The relationship with Self. Living in the moment by doing what you enjoy as an individual will attract what you truly want in life. Any energy dispelled on people who can only give you negative opinions, rather than adding value to your life, will only hold you back in the long run. They will make you second guess yourself, go against your gut and before you know it you’re knocking on the door of the next decade wondering where it all went wrong.

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People with expectations about how others should live have little going on in their own life (or they’re insecure so they pull others down with them). Let them do that while you do you with a happy mind, whatever your age. The moment you allow yourself to chase life validation you begin to fight a losing battle. Only misery and disappointment will ensue, simply because you’re not living your own truth.

So, in this last year of my twenties, I solemnly swear…to be myself. Young at heart with my mind closed to the expectations of others.

Forgiveness

wp-1483898817978.jpgDivorce, break ups and frenemies are much more prominent nowadays. A quarter of the children in the UK are being raised by a lone parent, as per the Office of Statistics and Lady Leshurr tells us that some girls change their friends more than their panties! It is a little sad that so many couples and old friends could not make it out of the darkness and stay together, or at least stay amicable to keep the peace.

Friends particularly fall out much easier and individuals will  refer to their friends ‘mugging them off’, or ‘talking BS’ about them to someone else. On social media, you see people unfriending lots of people at once to have a ‘clear out’ and others comment comically saying they ‘hope they make the cut’. This can also extend to family members… ‘were only family by blood’…this one can cause a whole new set of problems for the people involved.

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But how did society end up this way? When did we start throwing people out like yesterday’s trash without a second thought? Granted, sometimes we don’t have a choice and we need to protect ourselves from toxic people. Surely there is still room for forgiveness in our lives though? Forgiveness is now seen as a weakness when it is in fact a great strength. When someone wrongs us we naturally feel hurt and betrayed and we share these feelings with those who love us. Those who love us want to protect us and they may exhibit angry opinions at our circumstances and to the person who hurt us. They may even go as far as to tell you what action to take or to cut the person off completely. This is where lines start to get blurred. Instead of leading with our own heart and head we lead with someone else’s.
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To forgive someone, you should first want to forgive them. Is their mistake bigger than the relationship you have with them? Is one mistake in 5, 10 or 15 years’ worth throwing everything away? Ultimately it comes down to trust. In the immediate aftermath of the situation when emotions are raging, it is likely you will feel that you will never trust that person again. Trust can be rebuilt though and it takes an enormous effort on both sides. If the betrayer has no remorse or isn’t showing signs of trying to make it right, then you should cut them off. If they are, or you know that they have deep rooted issues, or are going through turmoil at the time the incident happened, you should not be hasty in your decision.
The bottom line is…GOOD PEOPLE DO BAD THINGS. Forgiveness is not a weakness, it is empowering. Being able to forgive means you have empathy, compassion and most importantly, a sense of humanity. Imagine it was you who did what that person did. How would you feel? Would you want one last chance to make things right? Would you wish for just one person to understand? We are all human and we all mess up, sometimes big and sometimes small. Losing someone you love because of a mistake you made can cause years of guilt and self-loathing. Do they deserve that? You can forgive and protect yourself from future betrayal at the same time. As the saying goes, ‘fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me’. You can forgive someone twice but it may mean a relationship overhaul to protect your mental wellbeing.

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A beautiful side effect of forgiveness is a deeper love for your partner, friend or family. A good person who has done a bad thing will forever hold you dear to their heart because you found forgiveness for them in yours. Don’t let feelings like hate, anger and resentment rule you or you will never have the capacity to forgive again.

Willpower

The power I seek is one of will

I know I have that ability still

The goals in my head won’t be achieved

If I don’t ignore feeling aggrieved

 

No one will be my success for me

I separate the real from the corny

What I need is a motivator

To make me sit and write on paper

 

In the gym I feel strong

but if I stay home I feel wrong

Tiredness has taken over my being

and my goals are sat staying unseen

 

The worst thing I do is look at others

It makes me hide under covers

Self comparison cannot compare

to embracing yourself and artistic flair

 

Just for writing this poem I feel better

I’ve changed into my gym kit from my sweater

I’ll shut out the world and finish my tasks

and ignore the creepers behind the masks

New Year, New You?

wp-1483290035427.jpgI am sure you have had your fill of the ‘New Year, New Me’ proclamations but surely one more won’t hurt? That’s the spirit! Read on!

For some, 2016 was a great year and for others it was terrible times. We buy into the idea that a year will be for us or against us and so you hear people say things like ‘this year is my year!’ or ‘I’m glad to see the back of 2016!’.

New year resolutions are an effective way to give yourself a guilt free clean slate. For instance, most people start their diets or the gym in January and they are adamant they will be ripped the year after. On social media, many people are doing dry January to give their livers a break after the festive period. Other common resolutions are letting go of toxic people or trying to be a better individual. But why do we always wait until January to make these positive changes to our lifestyles?

Time is of course man made and based on the circadian rhythms of the earth. The first humans didn’t have any concept of time or age, they just lived until they died and survived in between knowing when dark came it meant sleep and when the sun rose it was time to find food. We are in a commercial age now where the year is planned for us by the governments and supermarkets and we are expected to take different action on each event i.e. dress up, buy presents, pray etc. New Year, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer holidays, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Birthdays. I am sure you can think of others but those right there pretty much structure the year for us and we just happily go along with it. It puts us in a never-ending cycle of expectation and if you don’t earn much, you may struggle to do anything else in the year, other than pay for these events that have ultimately been thrust upon you.

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You must bear in mind that for the corrupt leaders of this world, it is much easier if our minds are occupied with these events. They seek to turn Christians and Muslims against one another. On TV, in magazines and on Instagram famous women wear less and less and enhance themselves more and more. It makes young women want to emulate them and they become less concerned with their brain power. Betting outlets and websites have increased at an alarming rate, as have porn websites. The young men of this world are susceptible to living in a virtual world where things like corrupt politics and unjustified bombings just go unnoticed. We live comfortable lives in the west whilst children starve in the east. Deforestation and climate change is hardly in the news these days yet they threat our very existence and the lives of animals…who have as much right to this earth as us. I could go on and on…

…the point I am getting to is this, if you want a new you in the new year, start living with your eyes open. If you can stop mistreatment or corruption then do it. If you can improve someone’s life by a small gesture do it. If you feel compassion and empathy for a stranger, tell them. Don’t be constrained and warped by a system forced upon you. If you don’t want to celebrate Christmas, you don’t have to! One thing thrine has learned this year is that love conquers all. Not love for your partner or family but love for humanity. It is time we stood up and took back our world. We may not see change for generations but the more we live with our eyes open and speak out against the evils of this world, the more chance the generations after us have of living in peace.

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No doubt you may be thinking this was a little cheesy and preachy, however, it had to be said. If you live for humanity by showing kindness and understanding, even to the cruellest of people, you make a positive change. That positivity will come back to you one way or another and if not, you can smile because this year you helped someone other than yourself.

Christmas Wars

wp-1481446743074.jpgWhether you think it or not you are in some sort of Christmas War, we all are. From fighting the queues in the shops to convincing your five-year-old Santa is real (because someone at school said he isn’t!), we all want that happy magical day. So how do we get through these festive times of stress?

Well, checking Facebook and Instagram posts I have found some common themes that cropped up last year…

The age old ‘I’m a better parent than my ex’

Number one so far on Facebook is baby mother/father drama. I’m not quite sure why I thought this wouldn’t be a reoccurring theme but it seems I am filled with too much Christmas hope that parents can get on for the sake of their kids. Let’s get this clear now, if you’re letting your ex drive your emotions so far that you must post on Facebook, then you haven’t fully moved on. Whether it is love or anger just let it go, let it go, they can’t hold you back anymore! Ultimately, kids don’t care if Mum spent £100.00 more than Dad, or if they open their presents at yours or Grandma Joan’s, they just want happy festive fun. So, if deadbeat other parent is not having the sprog over the holidays or they haven’t met your standards of buying, maybe you should keep your beak out of their business? You’re doing everything right, right? After all, they are nothing to do with you anymore, you just share kids! It is ‘social’ media not ‘personal’ media. Let it go, accept whatever your ex is doing with the kids and make sure YOUR time with them is memorable.

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‘I told my mum we’ll be there at 12pm’

When two people merge their lives, they must haggle over their ‘Christmas time’ and who gets it. You may spend the festive day at your mums for dinner, see Aunty Julie in the afternoon and then share a sherry with Grandad in the evening. Your partner protests this, as they have already told their mum you are going to hers for dinner! Major time consuming debates ahead to resolve…but there is an easy answer…stay at home! Why let your day be ruined by social dictators? If they want to see you and your kids so bad tell them you’re having Christmas at home and they are more than welcome to stop by for egg nog (said no one in the UK ever). You should anticipate some guilt tripping from family over Christmas, just remember, it is your day too and you are not obligated to spend it trying to people please.

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‘I can’t go to the pub, I’m skint mate’

How many of us get to January with empty wallets and pray we can make our pennies last until payday? The pressure of buying for lots of people, or getting literally everything your child wants can easily spoil the break. Where Christmas used to be a religious holiday, in its place lies an overly commercialised day which the media and high streets ram down our throats. Each year proud mothers post the pile for presents for their little one on Facebook, to show off their generosity (or stupidity depending on your view point) and general superiority as a parent. Take it from Thrine in the politest way…no one gives a damn what you buy your kid for Christmas. If you want to be suckered in to filling your house with crap and creating a brat in the process, that really is your business. To those with common sense, only spend what you can afford and don’t feel obligated to buy for adults. The day is about family and love, don’t let the materialistic aspects take over too much. If your children get to a point at Christmas where they openly tell you they don’t like their presents, or some presents remain untouched for months after then you have over done it…you have successfully created a spoiled brat. Lastly, adults deserve fun at Christmas too, so at least save yourself some money for a cheeky tipple!

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‘I don’t celebrate Christmas’         

You think you have it bad trying to plan Christmas? Think about those who don’t celebrate it! Almost everything in the UK is shut on Christmas Day. The High Streets, Supermarkets, Restaurants…you name it, it is shut, confining everyone to their homes. In addition to the inconvenience of the day, there is the big Christmas rush leading up to it. A non-Christian, non-Christmas day celebrator may need to go Primark for some socks in December and he/she is met with a snaking queue that stretches to the street outside. He/she seeks out the pound shop for some AA batteries but can’t even squeeze in the door due to some women fighting over the last Santa sacks. Help him out by doing most your buying online…in November!

So, there you have it, a little overview of ‘Christmas Wars’. Rest assured, there is a happier Christmas blog post in me somewhere. I will get it to you before the guy with the white beard comes down your chimney or when the cows come home…whichever happens first.

Why it’s good when bad things happen

wp-1479649605358.jpgWhen bad things happen, we start blaming the world for our problems, build resentment towards others and ask the sky what the hell we did to deserve all this. The truth is though, you can’t have the good without the bad. Too much good and you’ll end up taking things for granted. Too much bad and you may turn a little crazy and/or evil. Whatever bad situation you’re in, there is some good to come from it I promise. The main thing to remember in any predicament is that there isn’t a reaction…without your reaction. In other words, things are only bad if you let them be. Of course, there are also the terrible times we all go through, such as death and betrayal but even these have a somewhat ‘good’ aspect to them depending on how optimistic and hopeful you are.

Death reminds us of the old cliché, ‘life is short’. Losing a loved one immediately grounds you and all the problems you thought you had become extremely small and insignificant. We are reminded that we all face the same fate and we must muster the mental strength to grieve and mourn ourselves to a place of acceptance. So, where is the good here? Well, it is hard to see and you won’t exactly feel good but it is a positive to your wellbeing in the long run either way…it is self-reflection. The notion that life is short hits us hardest when we lose someone and this is often a catalyst to ‘live life to the full’. The grief also enhances our ability to be compassionate and kind to others, traits that some people don’t usually have.

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Betrayal is painful. It is painful because it comes from the people who we thought we could trust and we end up replaying situations with them over and over to try figure out how we could have been so stupid. Each of us has our own internal battle and our own way to reason, so you may never understand why someone betrayed you. What you can do is examine what you tolerate. You are not obligated to spend time or converse with anyone, even family. If you need to take a step back to protect yourself then don’t feel guilty about it. The betrayer may continue to try justify their actions to you or may even get angry when you don’t see it from their point view. Ultimately, you should weigh up if the person can add value to your life. If they don’t then keep your distance and remain neutral about their existence. Causing further drama means you have adopted your betrayer’s ways of handling things. The good in taking these steps is that they ensure you have the right people around you to help you live your life to the full. Negative people are betrayers too, as they are blatantly opposing aspects of your existence…true friends would never do that. Your business is your business, negs can keep on walking by.

Other bad things that happen to us can be minor. A car drenching you by driving through a puddle when you are on the path (been there!), being late for work, failed promises from loved ones, being let down by a friend etc. etc. These are the ones that don’t exactly shake you to your core but they may reduce you to tears of frustration if they keep happening one after another. If you get easily flustered like me, try sitting still for a good ten minutes and arrange your thoughts. The universe must pick on someone and today it is just your day. Remind yourself it will pass and that there are more serious things to get bent out of shape over. I take these moments as a test of my patience and self-control. A good sweaty gym session and sauna always calms me down, or letting out random screams (hahaha).

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As stated in the opening paragraph, having good things happen all the time can make us take our good life for granted and it just becomes normal.  For instance, if a child is bought and given everything they ask for, they stop understanding the value of gifts, so they then start to demand things. If they always get their own way, they will be distressed and angry when they do not. It is all about balance. Bad happenings switch on and expand our coping mechanisms in life. If children learn when they are young that not everything is a given, they will cope much better as an adult when things don’t go their way. This understanding also breeds a self-confidence and allows them to recover quickly from failure. If you struggle to cope with bad events, then look back to your childhood and consider how ‘sheltered’ you were. You may have developed a big ego from people always letting you win, or a strict stubbornness because you were always told you were right. This can be difficult to reflect on and you will need to be willing to humble yourself to heal.

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So, the moral of the blog really is to first take a step back and try reason with the bad, so that you may take some good from it, however small. If you can adapt this practice you will be happier and cope much better in times of trouble. If you completely struggle to do this then you may need a proper break from your surroundings, away from the people you see day to day. Get back in touch with your sense of self and remind yourself of the things you find joyful. Train your mind to take the good with the bad so you may live in balance.